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    Best of the Best: Dining in Midtown Atlanta

    I’ve been on a dining tear through Midtown Atlanta recently, rekindling relationships over great food and great libations. My experiences at these restaurants are too good not to share. And if you’re like me, you’ll be hungry when you finish reading. Ready? Here is some of the best dining in Midtown Atlanta.

    First Stop: A MANO

    A Mano atlanta

    A Mano is unique…in a good way! Located in the Old Fourth Ward on the edge of Midtown, the restaurant is in a former single-family home that I passed by for years, always in various states of disrepair. Now lovingly renovated, the house feels like a neighborhood trattoria in a small Italian town.

    The wine and craft cocktails are fantastic! And the food is even better. We started out with several craft cocktails: a Mano Old Fashioned, a Negroni (gin, Campari, and vermouth), and a 589 Spritz (Cappelletti, prosecco, and soda). YUM! Then we made our way to the Antipasti and Prima courses where we were treated to: Burrata – grilled sourdough with a combination of cheese deliciousness, Insalata Mistaaka the house mixed salad, all locally grown and sourced, and Cacio e Pepe – spaghetti + pepper + an unknown divine sauce!

    In the next round, we were blown away by the Flank Steak and Tortellini with Goat Cheese and Sweet Potatoes, as well as the Seafood Cioppino that was loaded with sweet scallops, mussels and fish. Every dish was amazing, but the tortellini was mind-blowing. I’ve thought about that dish a dozen times since then.

    And finally, the Dolci course, which was Honeysuckle Coffee Gelato and Amaretti Cookies. Heaven! And plenty to share.

    A Mano was a great experience. Other upsides about the restaurant include a cool front deck/patio that will be awesome in warmer months, parking without valet, and gluten-free pasta options. The only downside was…the music. I’ve got eclectic musical tastes, but even I thought the music was weird! Maybe we just caught them on bad sound track night.

    Click here to check out their menu and make a reservation. MOLTO BENE!

    Next Stop: ECCO Midtown

    Ecco Midtown Atlanta

    I had the good fortune to attend the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s PRINCE show, which was incredible! The ASO will never be the same! Before the show, we stopped in for a bite at ECCO, a midtown mainstay. Always great food, atmosphere, and service.

    Here are a few highlights that I thoroughly recommend:

    First, we had the Fried Goat Cheese drizzled in honey with a touch of cracked black pepper. This starter is a MUST! The next course included yummy Georgia Baby Lettuces with the most divine vinaigrette and the wood-fired flatbread called Boquerones, topped with capers, olives, tomato, roasted eggplant, mozzarella, and marjoram.

    Since we were heading to a concert and needed some sugar to keep us fueled, we devoured a piece of Flourless Walnut Cake with espresso, cream, and sea salt (a la mode). Yes…ice cream, too. Then we were off to the wonderful Woodruff Arts Center!

    Upside: Easy valet parking, convenient to most in-town events, and plenty of seating if you’re in a pinch for a last-minute reservation. Downside: The dining area can be incredibly loud. Try getting a table near the back of the restaurant…away from all the hub-bub of the kitchen and bar. OF NOTE: ECCO is opening a Buckhead location, at the corner of Peachtree and Wieuca, in early 2018.

    Click here for the menu and reservations.

    Last Stop: LURE

    lure midtown atlanta

    A couple of dear clients invited us to Lure’s “Lobster Week.” They had raved about their experience last year and said we could not pass it up! Thankfully, we took their advice and accepted their invite. Here’s the skinny on Lobster Week:

    We basically ordered every dish on Lure’s smaller Lobster Week menu. The appetizers included Maine Lobster Carpaccio, Chilled Lobster (so good we ordered it twice), and Pappardelle (Maine lobster with roasted fennel and fennel fronds). Every morsel was amazing.

    The entrees included Braised Short Rib with Maine Lobster tail, both of which were melt-in-your-mouth good! We also thoroughly enjoyed the Grilled Maine Lobster Tails and a Maine Lobster Pour…Lure’s version of a low-country boil!

    Even though Lobster Week is for a limited time, I’ve dined at Lure a number of times under the usual menu. My go-to dishes start with Oysters On-The-Half-Shell and raw Yellowfin Tuna, before moving on to delicious Seared Salmon.

    No matter the menu, Lure is always a sure bet when looking for seafood

    Upside: Near Midtown event venues, easy valet parking, cool front patio. Downside: The dinner room can be super packed. The front patio is covered and heated so that’s always a good alternative. Don’t get suckered into parking on the street. Park Atlanta will give you a ticket after 9 p.m. on the weekends, even if you’ve paid to reserve the spot. I learned this the hard way

    Click here for a peek at Lure’s menu and to make a reservation. Enjoy!!

    In addition to being passionate about enjoying good food, Michelle loves helping people prioritize their passions and create a financial plan to reach them. Contact her for a free consultation to discuss her approach (and maybe swap a few restaurant recommendations!).


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    Best of the Best: Dining in Midtown Atlanta

    by Michelle Thompson time to read: 4 min