Joseph De Sciose

Swank Stops In Buckhead

Antica Posta
Tuscan plates of arugula and rabbit, beef carpaccio,handmade pastas, and fresh fish come flying out of the small,unpretentious kitchen at Antica Posta. With dishes that begin at$7, you can't go wrong with dinner at this tiny Buckhead cottage.Finish with a simple panna cotta, served with wild berry sauce. 519East Paces Ferry Road NE.; (404) 262-7112. Entrées: $15-$30.

Top-Rated: Joël
The lofty dining room creates a spacious and airyrestaurant. Chef Joël Antunes, who also helmed The Dining Roomat The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, cooks with a French andMediterranean twist. Outstanding entrée: Georgia trout overtender gnocchi, roasted cherry tomatoes, and a tart vinaigrette. Anappetizer of peekytoe crab cake doused with a sauce of curry andapples had a delicious, salty crust. If you want a bargain inBuckhead, here you go. Three-course dinners begin at $39 onweekdays. 3290 Northside Parkway; (404) 233-3500. Entrées: $29-$37.

The Dining Room
The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, far from justanother expensive hotel restaurant, is the spark that set thearea's culinary scene ablaze. The restaurant's current whiz in thekitchen is Arnaud Berthelier, whose radical food stands in starkcontrast to The Ritz's Second Empire formality and tinklingclassical music. Hideous combinations, meant to impress, lurk hereand there on the menu (example: asparagus-bacon ice cream).Fortunately, a lot of good choices abound too. My favorite was acreamy and dense risotto with wild morels and Parmesan. Ablockbuster-laden wine list completes the experience. 3434Peachtree Road NE .; (404) 237-2700. Three-course dinners begin at $88 perperson.

Local Classic: Bone's Restaurant
Ask any native of Atlanta what the best steak house in townis, and I'll bet you a porterhouse ($34.95 per pound here) thatBone's will be on the list. Exceptionally friendly service and aclubby atmosphere have kept this restaurant jumping. You'll findthe steaks to be simply prepared, cut to reasonable servings, andcooked exactly to order. Note: Lunch and dinner prices for steaksare the same. 3130 Piedmont Road; (404) 237-2663. Dinner entrées: $25.95-$42.95.


"Food Finds: Buckhead, Georgia" is from the December 2006 issueof Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics aresubject to change, please check all information to make sure it'sstill current before making your travel plans.

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