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Location: Right off of the street and in the same plaza as Yogli Mogli. Parking is a bit tight and they do not offer much parking space, so I recommend finding a spot on the side of the street and then walking. Atmosphere: My friend and I sat on the patio, which was nice and offered views onto the street. It also has a warm and rustic vibe. When you first walk into the restaurant I was greeted by a very friendly host who asked if we wanted to either sit inside or outside. He then led us to our table which was very clean and simple. The inside of the restaurant features a wall of wine options that you can choose from and also features desserts that I think you can pick up for togo. Murphy’s has a very casual laid back atmosphere that transports you to a Cali winery. Food/Beverages: We ordered the mimosas which were good because how can you really butcher a mimosa (juice & champagne)? I ordered the quinoa squash with the artichokes as an appetizer and a side of their mac and cheese. My lovely friend ordered their special, which was grilled scallops over angel hair pasta and tossed in a pesto sauce. The artichokes were very good because they were grilled and served with a delicious lemon aioli of some sort. I LOVE artichokes and boy, they did this artichoke justice. The quinoa squash was also delicious and perfectly seasoned. Many places usually offer bland vegetable entrees, but Murphy’s seasoned this entree to perfection. It was surprisingly good. The thing that stole my heart was actually the mac and cheese. I love mac and cheese and this was some good ole mac and cheese. I think they used some sort of white cheddar and truffle oil, which complemented the cheese very nicely. I also loved the fact that they used a thicker type of pasta in order to catch every drop of their delicious cheese sauce. If you do not thick that the shape of the pasta affects how a dish tastes, then you my friend need to try their mac and cheese. It was goooooood. My friend’s scallop pesto pasta was also very flavorful, light and filling. The pesto sauce was divine and she raved about the perfection that the scallops were cooked to. Service: Our server was very attentive to us and made sure that we had everything we needed. Overall: Murphy’s is a great place for a unique spin on traditional american food. Everything was seasoned to my liking and I will definitely be back to try some of their other offerings. Parking is a bit of a pain, but a bit of walking is not all that bad. I am surprised that I haven’t heard about this gem in Virginia Highland’s until now.
I recently had the pleasure of dining with friends at Miller Union on a Saturday evening. This was Sat, Oct 30, the night before Halloween when it seemed that all of Atlanta was out-and-about. As we drove into the parking lot, I was grateful to see a valet on hand. A full parking lot is always a good sign at a restaurant, but the thought of negotiating the full lot to find a spot was overwhemling. We were seated immediately in a very cozy dining room just behind the bar. The wait staff was incredibly attentive (considering how busy the restaurant was) and knowlegable. Cocktails were ordered all-around. I have to suggest the cleverly named Miller Thyme cocktail, a gin drink with lemon and a thyme-infused simple syrup - very refreshing. I ordered a seasonal appetizer that was the special that evening, butternut squash with a roasted kale leaf and a shaving of parmesan on a slice of warm sourdough baguette. Unbelievable flavor combination. Of course I sampled everyone else's appetizer and highly recommend the farm egg in celery cream - amazingly rich and creamy. I chose the grilled GA mountain trout with creamed potatoes and a sprinkling of the most fantastic crumbled bacon that I have ever put in my mouth. The trout was very flavorful and beautifully cooked. I also tasted bites of my fellow diners' entrees including, the heritage pork chop and the griddled chicken. These dishes were also full of flavor and served alongside fresh, seasonal braised and roasted vegatables. The table shared 4 desserts: a plum crisp (just the right blend of sweet and tart combined with a crumbly topping), a gluten-free almond buckwheat cake (nice alternative), a terrific apple-pecan cake, and my personal favorite, a fudge brownie with homemade ice cream. Owners Chef Satterfield and Neal McCarthy took the time to stop by our table (and the tables of many other diners) to thank us for choosing Miller Union. Straightforward food prepared with an appreciation and respect for fresh, seasonal, high-quality ingredients. I cannot wait to go back.
This place was the ultimate experience for out of state visitors. My friends and I are all about the true dining experience. We love chic eateries with amazing decor that put such a big smile on your face when you walk in. I love to feel like I'm in a movie when I am out dining and this place did just that. When you pull up to the establishment you are a little confused because it looks like you just pulled up to a garage shipping dock. Parking wasn't anywhere insight so we paid for valet. Shortly there after we walked into an amazing restaurant that is mouth dropping. It has a very urban New York sophisticated upscale hipster appeal. The bar tender was very well versed in her knowledge of cocktails so we took her suggestions for drinks. The restaurant is very large in size. We decided to sit outside on their amazing patio surrounded by trendy lofts and a beautiful landscape of rich greenery. Their outside dining was absolutely one of the best experiences I have had. The weather was even great in November of 2014. The drinks are a bit pricey as it is upscale dining, but I experience is well worth. We only stayed for drinks as we were just looking for place to kick back and have a few cocktails. I totally recommend this place as a date night restaurant or a girls in the city night out with your with your closest friends. I will definitely visit this place the next time that I am in Atlanta. The service was a plus. This place is definitely an attraction for Atlanta visitors.
My brother and I ate at Wisteria last week, and as always, it rocked my world. My favorite server, Jeffrey, was there to take care of us, and he continues to amaze. He remembered me from my visit a few weeks ago, and asked if I'd like to start with a green tea mojito like I did on my last visit. Of course I took him up on it--it's one of the tastiest cocktails I've ever had. I get such a kick out of servers having such great memories! Jeffrey is definitely a pro. Dinner was delicious, of course. I tried the duck for the first time and loved it. My brother, Edward, got an 8 bone rack of lamb. It was HUGE, and delicious by the look of it, as Edward cleaned his plate. I also recommend the citrus salad or the crabcake as a great starter. Dessert was divine; we had a sampler of three that only cost $10. Wisteria always impresses me with their wide range of options. For instance, the wine list contains half bottles, many wines by the glass, wine flights, and an impressive selection of Bordeaux wines. There is truly something for everybody at Wisteria. I'm looking forward to another excuse to go back.
Have you ever been to a Brazilian steakhouse or a Chinese dim sum? Imagine both but with refined Southern food and if you haven't gone to either.....you're in for a treat. This was a very unique dining experience. I was NOT expecting cafeteria style seating with my date sitting on the opposite side of me and other patrons so close to me but I LOVED IT. I was so curious to see what others ordered and ask if we should order it as well. Gunshow serves amazing small dishes and the actually chef comes out and presents each course to you. The drinks are made table side. I did feel bad declining some dishes since it looks so yummy but after dish number 5 - I was stuffed. This by far is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta due to its creativity, amazing food, and ambiance. The menu is constantly changing with revolving chefs. I wouldn't recommend it for a first date, since it's quite loud and busy, but definitely worth it with friends, family, or if you're in a relationship. We parked on the street. :)
Saturday, September 26,2k9 I planned a surprise bday party for my boyfriend's 30th...however it was last minute and I didn't have reservations. I showed up at Dugans @ 9 and it was already standing room only. OMG!!! So I panic, not only is he on the way but the guest are starting to arrive as well...The manager seemed to hear my prayers because he came over and offered me a pick up table. It would seat 10. Perfect right? Not yet. He told me that I would have to share the table with other patrons. I told him about my situation and he told me I could have the whole table!!!! And when I realized more people had showed up, no problem, he offered us 2 more tables. Our server was Bobby "Blu" and he was polite, efficient, and very understanding under pressure. The deejay played all the right songs and we didn't leave the dance floor until we left the Bar. I would highly recommend this bar. Good spirits+good music=a dam good time. Needless to say,everything flowed as planned..THANKS DUGANS!!!
My husband thinks George's has the best hamburger in town. I love it for the friendly people who own and run the place. The first George I met wasn't a warm and fuzzy person, but his wife Mary was a sweetheart. And George kept the place comfortable for the ladies by keeping a reign on the occasional drunken male - George's baseball bat made sure no-one would get too obnoxious. The service was excellent when George and Mary were still there, and it's just as appealing now. Renee is a sweetheart, and her brother and nephews are carrying on a friendly tradition with a variety of tasty foods. I don't think they have olives and feta cheese on the menu any more - I used to enjoy the taste with my pitcher or 2 of beer, but, time has moved on, I suppose. If you haven't been there since they expanded the space and put in new bathrooms, you may like the convenience. I miss the old cramped restrooms with the silly graffiti on the walls.
Overall I like this place, but on my last 2 visits I was rather disappointed, They have been having 25 cent wings and 2 dollar drinks on Fridays from 3- 8pm. This is an AWESOME deal, however the service during these times are AWFUL!!! When I go when it's packed my service is great, and speedy. However the first 25 cent friday I went I waited 30 minutes to even order a drink! Keep in mind it's paid parking. The next time was somewhat better but I still waited 20 minutes. And neither times has it been a full house, because of the prices I will prob give it another shot on Friday but damnit... I hope I can get a drink within a reasonable time! Oh and if you order wings the Inferno and BBQ are great, I just ask for them to fry them hard. Food and Drinks balance it out making my decision a rating of 3 versus one. I hope to come make a happier update this Friday. I would love to have this comment overidden by the awesome service I hope to recieve this week.
The design and location are more interesting than the menu. Frankly, the brunch menu is too snooty for me, and it includes minor Southern delicacies. I started with the pimento cheese; it's savory, and the topped bacon is well incorporated, but it's slightly too smokey. My meal was the griddled biscuit in which was disappointing. The sausage in the biscuit was very spam-like. It had the same look and consistency as cooked spam. The bacon was a hard, thick slice of what tasted like cooking oil. The biscuit was somewhat dry but had a good texture. The good in this conjunction was the fig and cheese had a lot of flavors! The potatoes were well done as well which I prefer. I did not enjoy my cocktail; there was too much grapefruit in my Venetian Spritzer, so it was very sour and unpleasant. The silver lining is the staff is helpful, and the outdoor patio is beautiful! I'd return if a regular menu item is added. I hope waffles is in the near future.
This place was pretty good. Where they seated us, however, was not what we were expecting. Although they had at least 6 other empty two person tables that did not say reserved, they sat us at the back or the restaurant where all the servers had to squeeze by our feet to take the food back to the bus station. We were by a tarp that covered their firewood. Our backs were almost touching the window display of another shop behind us. Their cocktails were delicious and the complimentary picked and Creme fraise was a nice touch. The charcuterie was adequate, although not the best I've ever had. The portion was large, however. The dessert was awful. As in, we each took a bite and put our forks down. The waitress didn't seem to notice... the apple tarts was burnt to a crisp on the bottom and the ice cream flavor was olive oil... what? They didn't mention that on the menu. I'd go back, but I'd ask to sit somewhere else and not order the dessert again.