Conundrum: You’ve got friends breezing through town and have been charged with giving them the “Atlanta experience” in a single meal. Do you take them to your favorite gourmet spot buzzing with energy? Weave your way through popular Buford Highway ethnic wonders? Or do you visit those classic Atlanta restaurants you save for such occasions?
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Overall rating: 1 of 5 stars
Food: modern American with Southern influences
Best dishes: desserts
Vegetarian selections: salads, sides, vegetarian pasta
Price range: $$$-$$$$$
Credit cards: all major credit cards
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-11 p.m. Saturdays
Parking: valet, which can be validated at the restaurant to save $20 fee
Wheelchair access: yes
Noise level: low to moderate
Address, phone: 210 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-589-7506
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Livingston Restaurant + Bar
Located in Midtown’s historic Georgian Terrace Hotel, this restaurant opens daily for breakfast and dinner and for brunch on the weekends. Livingston serves modern American fare with items like smoked pork chops, hazelnut agnolotti and braised lamb with black pepper gnocchi. It offers three hours of complimentary valet or self-parking for restaurant patrons. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m and 5-10 p.m. Sundays, 6:30-10 a.m. and 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30-10 a.m. and 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays, 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. Saturdays. 659 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-897-5000, www.livingstonatlanta.com. $$-$$$.
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Southern Art & Bourbon Bar
This restaurant from celebrity chef Art Smith is housed within the InterContinental Buckhead hotel. The restaurant presents homey Southern flavors and dishes in an upscale way. It also features a ham bar showcasing different products from around the southern United States. Bourbon aficionados will appreciate the extensive selection available at the bar. 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays, 6:30-10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30-10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays, 6:30-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-11 p.m. Saturdays. 3315 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-946-9070, www.southernart.com. $$$-$$$$.