Bacchanalia/Quinones, Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta , Georgia
Tel: 404 365 0410
Concierge.com's insider take:
Bacchanalia is often called the Chez Panisse of the South, and it's easy to see why: Bay Area–trained chefs Clifford Harrison and Anne Quatrano follow the legendary restaurant's lead, emphasizing simple presentation and fresh, seasonal ingredients. This no-fuss philosophy extends to the renovated warehouse space, which is comfortable and pretty but not distracting. The four-course prix fixe menu changes regularly, but highlights include crab fritter with Thai pepper essence, quail with wild mushrooms, and mouthwatering madeleines that will inspire you to take another crack at Proust. Downstairs, newer and more formal Quinones is also informed by California nouvelle cuisine, with stronger regional undertones, such as trout with local butter beans and tupelo honey. The elegant Southern Gothic dining room is perfect for important client meetings and romantic rendezvous alike. On the more casual end of the spectrum, another Bacchanalia relative, Floataway Café, offers the same focus on flavor without the multi-course commitment.