It is no secret that Atlanta is an up and coming foodie city. It feels like every time I turn around there are new restaurants opening. I can never get through my list of places that I want to go before adding a few more. Because of this ongoing problem, my friends and I have started doing what we like to call “restaurant tours.”
A “restaurant tour” is one-part pub crawl and one-part progressive dinner. For those of you who don’t know, progressive dinners traditionally are where you get a group of friends together and each family hosts one portion of the meal at their respective houses. For example, one family serves a salad, the next house might serve an appetizer, the third house the main course, and the forth house a dessert, etc.
On our restaurant tours, we hop from one restaurant to another, getting a drink and a sample of the menu (eaten family style). We have found that by doing this, we have been able to figure out which restaurants have the best food, drinks, service, and ambiance to warrant a full sit down dinner since we are all busy and have limited time to have full meals in every restaurant. It’s best to keep your group small (4 people max) and go on Sunday afternoons. That way you can sit at the bar or easily get a table. You’ll also want to choose restaurants that are close in proximity so you can walk in between stops.
Our first “restaurant tour” was in Inman Park and went a little something like this:
2:30pm :: Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall :: We met up at Ladybird to get our day started. It was one of the first warm days of spring, so we opted to sit outside in their patio area. However, the inside has several different areas to choose from all offering a campfire and lodge theme.
3:30pm :: A short walk down the Beltline to our next stop.
4:00pm :: Beetlecat :: Our appetizer course. Since Beetlecat is a seafood restaurant, we opted for baked oysters, a dozen blue point oysters, and prosecco. The oysters were fantastic and the service was good, despite how busy they were at the time.
5:30pm :: MF Sushi :: For our next course we decided on sushi. We devoured the lobster box, negi salmon roll, and sake. It was some of the better sushi we’ve had in Atlanta, but the service was slow.
7:00pm :: Barcelona Wine Bar :: We ended our evening at Barcelona. We had all been there several times before, but how can you say no to Barcelona!? We were able to slide in at the bar to start out last course with a glass of red wine. There are so many good choices, making the decision tough. We ended up with the hanger steak, scallops, pulpo gallego (potatoes), and their warm bread. Of course we topped it off with a little dessert! It gets a little loud in the bar area to talk, but the service was still pretty quick for the crowd.
There are groups of restaurants all over Atlanta begging to be in your next tour! If you need more suggestions of where to start, The Peters Company is always here to help!
Written by Katelyn Sheffield, Transaction Coordinator, The Peters Company