The following tasting menus are great for many reasons. These menus allow you to sample the best of the season’s freshest local ingredients. One is touted as the chef’s vehicle for maintaining the restaurant’s artistry. Another allows you to delve deeply into a particular cuisine. Whatever your reason for choosing a tasting menu, these Atlanta restaurants will leave you fully satisfied.
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Price: $90 (for 7 courses); $70 (for 5 courses)
For any great occasion to splurge, Woodfire Grill’s tasting menu is an excellent choice. So committed to the idea of chef self expression, the tasting menu items are not publicized. However, previous menus have featured salmon tartar, pan-roasted trout, risotto, quail and chocolate mousse. Experience what chef Kevin Gillespie is capable of with a few tastes of his talent. In addition to the food, the atmosphere at Woodfire Grill is elegant and service is impeccable.
1198 Howell Mill Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Price: $85 (for 5 courses)
This intimate locale is one of an abundance of great Atlanta restaurants featuring regional ingredients. There are changes made to the menu daily however each course is sure to delight. Offerings this season for its third, heartiest course feature pork loin, prime New York strip, Tennessee duck breast and lamb. Also, take note of the suggested wine pairings that are compatible to each dish’s taste. Bacchanalia also houses Quinones, which has its own tasting menu that is more Southern in its offerings. Due to the size of this restaurant, advance reservations will be necessary.
Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House
5953 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30340
Price: $69 (for 12 courses for 2)
This restaurant, fully named Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House, is a Korean restaurant. For those not familiar with Korean food, the 12-course tasting menu is a great way of delving into the diverse options this cuisine can offer. Traditional items include the braised short rib, fried polluck and the stuffed fishcake. Some of the more interesting offerings include Korean fried chicken, jellyfish salad and braised crab. Try a plethora of flavors and see what you might want to come back and order on a lighter visit.
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2277 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Price: $85 (for 7 courses)
This year, Chef Linton Hopkins won the James Beard Award for best chef in the Southeast. If you would like to learn why, the chef’s tasting menu is an excellent opportunity to catch a glimpse of Hopkins’ heart and talent. The menu changes seasonally, often from month to month. The June menu offered oyster stew, foie gras torchon, black bass, potato confit, lamb pot au feu, cheese fondue and green tea profiterole. There is also a vegetable tasting menu for vegetarian diners.
Sotto Sotto Italian Restaurant
313 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Price: $55 (for 4 courses); $65 (for 5 courses)
Sotto Sotto Italian Restaurant is one of the best authentic Italian restaurants in Atlanta. Maybe that is why its tasting menu is limited to large groups. When you call to reserve your table for eight or more, you will be able to choose from tortelli di Michelangelo, tagliatelle ai funghi and risotto ai frutti di mare in your third course. The five-course menu includes antipasto, salad, pasta, meat and dessert while the four-course menu provides an appetizer, salad, pasta and dessert. Both options will leave a stack of empty plates.
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Sebrina Bush is a freelance writer in Atlanta. She is covering Food & Drink. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.