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Wine Week Atlanta

This week (through Sunday, September 21), Concentrics Restaurants, which owns One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, Trois, Tap, among others is having Wine week at all their respective eateries. This is a great opportunity to try some different wines and many of the restaurants are known for their great selection of wines.

Here’s the breakdown of pricing:
At Lunch try 6 wines for $10
At Dinner try 8 wines for $18 or 14 wines for $20
14 wines? I don’t think I’d be tasting much of anything after the first 3 or 4!!

Your better option is to have a meal along with your wine tastings. A 3 course lunch is available for 25 bucks AND it includes 6 wines. This is only available at Trois, Murphy’s Lobby at Twelve and Room at Twelve.

Four course meals with 8 wines are availabe at the above listed restaurants as well as One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks and Parish. And you can feel good about eating at these restaurants as a portion will get donated to the Atlanta Food Bank.

The lunch deal is by far the better deal. You get 1 less course (can you say small salad?) and 2 less wines for about half the price. Look at Room at Twelve: the only difference in their menu offering for this event is an Arugula salad.

Click the link below for menus:
Wine Week

Living It Up on a Budget: 23 Wines That Deliver Outstanding Quality for $10 or Less

The City Grill


Great special event venue. Recently went here for a wedding reception and everything – food, service, decor – was first rate. The decor of this place has not changed in years but it still looks as classy as ever. Upon entering, we ascended the marble staircase to the entrance where we were greeted with servers with h’ourderves of bacon wrapped scallops, stuffed mushrooms, mini beef wellingtons, and lamb chops. There was also an offering of wine, mimosas and blood mary’s.

The service and pace were great. Walking in the door we had servers with h’ourderves and drinks. And we had time to enjoy some drinks and mingle with other wedding guests before our lunch. The organization here was right on the money. They had 4 different food stations – 2 vegetarian, a carving station, and a pasta / potato station. The wait staff organized for a couple tables at a time to be at each station that way the lines weren’t ridiculously long.

As far as a wedding reception venue, the City Grill is a top notch venue. You can have great food but poor service and execution or vice versa. But everything here went extremely smoothly. I loved that we had service as soon as we walked in and never felt rushed at any point during our afternoon.

Here’s what the NY Times said about The City Grill:
“One of the grandest restaurant settings in Atlanta is the City Grill, on several levels of a former Federal Reserve Bank downtown….The space is stately, spacious, and serene…City Grill’s interpretation of new Southern cooking is equally refined.”

50 Hurt Plz SE # 200
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 524-2489
City Grill

Other Wedding Resources:
Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide
The Wedding Day Diet
Bridal Show Planner

Season’s 52

Health Food in Disguise

All items on the menu are 475 calories or less. I’m not understanding that with the flatbread pizza type thing which is served on a plate that must be 2 feet long. It must be low carbs, but that is just too tasty to be that low in calories. And the stuffed mushrooms are too die for.

I think the fish is a better bet than the meat on this menu. My dining companions both had fish and it was delicious. I had the pork medallions which is supposedly the most popular item on the menu, but I bet no one orders it more than once after they taste the fish – especially the curried snapper. If you are dieting but are still looking for an upscale place where you don’t have to feel guilty about what you’re eating or count calories, this is definitely the place to go.

On Peachtree at W Paces
3050 Peachtree Rd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 846-1552
Seasons 52

Restaurant Certificates 60% off – ends 8/31

Restaurant.com is offering discount certificates for 60% off the regular price. That means that a $25 certificate to the restaurant of your choice is only $4.00. The way the program works is that you purchase a restaurant certificate for $25 at a cost of $10 to you. But with this special promotion you get the certificates for 4 bucks! This is a great deal to try restaurants that you’ve never been to before.

Now take 60% off $25 Gift Certificates. Pay $4 when you use the code LABOR. Valid 8/26/08 through 8/31/08.

I’ve been using restaurant.com for years now and am very pleased with the service. I’ve never had a single problem with them in all the restaurants I’ve been to. It’s allowed me to try many restaurants in Atlanta that I wouldn’t have gone to otherwise. But hurry, this offer ends 8/10/08.

There is NO LIMIT to how many certificates you can buy. So, stock up, certificates may never be discounted this much again. And remember, this isn’t just limited to Atlanta. If you’re traveling to other parts of the country, you can find certificates for restaurants there as well. Restaurant.com is all over the United States. Check out the link below.

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Mosaic Restaurant in Buckhead

Mosaic Restaurant, situated just off the main drag of Buckhead, is one of those charming old homes that has been converted to a restaurant. Mosaic makes great use of the space inside and although it was pretty, we opted for their patio seating.

Mosaic definitely has a later crowd. We had reservations for 7:30 and on a pleasant June evening we were the only ones seated outside. By the time we were leaving there wasn’t one open table outside.

The service was exceptional at Mosaic and very attentive but not overly intrusive. The food, on the other hand, was average. Maybe if it was priced a little lower I would have enjoyed it more. But at nearly $30 an entree, the bar was set a little higher.

We started off with the Mosaic salad. I am always a sucker for artichokes and hearts of palm. The salad was a generous portion (of lettuce) and big enough for me to split with my other 2 dining companions. However, I spent more time looking for the almost non-existent artichokes and hearts of palm then I did enjoying my salad.

Next were the entrees: Lobster Ravioli, Coriander Crusted Ahi Tuna, and Pork loin with sausage and chick peas. The tuna and pork loin were ok, but there wasn’t anything spectacular about either one and the tuna definitely was not worth of the $27 price tag. I didn’t try the 28 dollar lobster ravioli but I’m guessing it was on par with the tuna and pork loin.

One great thing about Mosaic (besides the service and atmosphere): There is plenty of free parking available.

3097 Maple Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 846-5722
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