P.F. Chang’s

**** (4 stars)

This P.F. Chang’s is a big improvement over the Chili’s that occupied this space for many years. The menu is a reduced version of the real P.F. Chang’s menu, and is sadly missing our favorite rib appetizer. But the superb tuna tartare starter made up for it. This was the best thing I’ve had at a P.F. Chang’s.

Service was friendly and efficient, so we were in and out in time to easily make our connection.

P.F Chang’s
Concourse A
8700 Spine Rd
Atlanta, GA 30320
(404) 481-2146
http://www.yelp.com/biz/p-f-changs-atlanta-2

Atlanta Grill

*** (3 stars)

There’s nothing particularly impressive about the food here, especially given that it is in the Ritz Carlton.

The meal begins with a bread basket with excellent biscuits and corn bread. We tried three appetizers, charred octopus, fried green tomatoes and shrimp cocktail. All were fine.

The bone in “prime” striploin I had as an entree was truly the toughest piece of meat I’ve ever been served, literally uncuttable with a steak knife.

Side dishes were grilled asparagus (nothing special) and caramelized Brussels sprouts (the highlight of the meal).

The inedible steak was promptly removed from the bill, which was representative of the overall excellent service we received. This was particularly true of Brian, the sommelier, who is extremely knowledgeable.

The winless is fairly broad, although pricing is high and inconsistent, with some wines prices at up to four times retail.

The outdoor balcony offers a pleasant if noisy view of Peachtree.

Atlanta Grill
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
181 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-0400
http://www.yelp.com/biz/atlanta-grill-atlanta

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

*** (3 stars)

Conveniently located downtown near tourist attractions and convention center, this is a good choice for a quick stay in Atlanta. The staff is the usual welcoming, well trained Ritz personnel.

The facility itself feels more like a Marriott than a Ritz. There is nothing particularly posh about the rooms or amenities.

The Atlanta Grill offers live jazz and a good spot for drinks, but there are better choices for food in the area.

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
181 Peachtree Street, N.E
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-0400
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-ritz-carlton-atlanta-atlanta