Dining these days is as much about the buzz as the food. For those times, though, when you seek an intimate tete-à-tete, plan an evening at Linton Hopkins's south Buckhead fortress of quietude. Eugene has always appealed to a calmer, more mature clientele, and the waitstaff knows how to be solicitous but not overbearing. For a spontaneous night out sans reservation, head to the small back bar, where you can sit shoulder-to-shoulder, sip bubbly or bourbon, and share Southern-inspired plates like a blue crab galette and guinea hen with spoonbread puree.
Photo by Amy Herr