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A Meal in Midtown

If you’re ever in the Atlanta area and are looking for an incredible meal, you must – MUST – go to Blue Ridge Grill in Midtown. After valet takes your car, you’ll walk into a lodge-themed building with wood beam ceilings, cozy lighting and linen covered tables. The friendly staff will greet you by name (“Welcome, Mr. Ridings!”) and will acknowledge the reason for your visit (“We see that it’s your birthday – thank you for celebrating with us!”) They will then lead you to your table (which has been decorated with birthday confetti and Hershey kisses) and seat you, offering you a white linen napkin (black if you prefer). You’re welcome to order a drink from the bar, or you can bring your own wine from home (which they’ll serve for a slight corking fee) and they’ll immediately bring you a basket of freshly made bread, whose aroma fills the table.

Corn Souffle

Your waitress will tell you about the evening’s specials and give you a menu to peruse, which features anything from trout and scallops to filet mignon and lamb. I ordered the soup of the day, a chilled potato soup with lump crab meat and chives. I’d never had chilled soup before, and it was definitely different – very tasty, but took some getting used to. For the main course, I ordered an 8 oz. filet mignon (medium), which is served with a tomato chutney relish on the side. The meat cuts like butter – the moment I sliced into it, I knew it was going to be perfect. The flavor was wonderful, and while the smoky chutney relish added a new level of flavor to the dish, the meat was so good by itself I had a hard time adding anything to it. We ordered mashed potatoes and corn souffle for our sides, which are served family style. The potatoes were creamy and topped with butter, while the corn souffle was almost like a sweet creamed corn with a breaded crust – dessert like and delicious.

And speaking of dessert, because we were there to celebrate, the staff delivered a complimentary molten lava cake topped with vanilla ice cream. We also ordered a peach cobbler and a banana bread pudding to share – both were amazing. At the end of the meal, the check was delivered with decadent chocolates, and a small gift for the birthday boy (a wrapped box that we believe contained truffles).

Blue Ridge Grill main dining room

This dining experience was outstanding. The food was prepared and priced as an upscale establishment, but the atmosphere was more casual and comfortable. The staff was excellent, providing terrific service and personal attention – from the birthday decorations on the table to the various staff members who stopped by to say, “Happy Birthday, Mr. Ridings,” this restaurant understands (and masters) the idea of customer service. Whether you’re wanting to impress a business client or celebrate a special occasion, the Blue Ridge Grill should definitely be on your list of places to try when you’re in Atlanta.

-Jessica

*Editor’s Note: Blue Ridge Grill has no idea who I am. I am just a customer who had an amazing experience and wants to spread the word – no royalties or free meals have been offered for my review of this restaurant. My tummy is just really, really happy. Over and out.

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