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Gunter Seeger polarized Atlanta diners from the mid-1980s until he left town in 2009, first at the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton and then at his eponymous Seeger’s in Buckhead. Some said they had the best meal of their lives at Seeger's; some couldn’t understand the steakhouse prices for chilly service and stripped down platings. Get him or not, Seeger will return to Atlanta on October 26 to cook with Linton Hopkins at an already sold-out dinner at Restaurant Eugene.
John Kessler is leaving the AJC at a time when newspaper budgets are shrinking, institutional knowledge is expendable, and the traditional restaurant critic is being treated more and more like a quaint anachronism.
It was the year of the city center. With the opening of Buckhead Atlanta, Inman Park’s Krog Street Market, and Alpharetta’s Avalon, restaurants opened in droves. Local chefs got a nod from the James Beard Foundation, a lime shortage caused momentary panic, and one popular pop-up signed on its first brick-and-mortar location. Read on as we remember when.
When AJC dining critic John Kessler's review of the new high-end Buckhead steak and seafood restaurant Ocean Prime posted online last week, there was really nothing controversial about his sans-stars grade of FAIR. Expecting Kessler to rave about a chain restaurant (albeit a "swanky" model) is a bit like expecting a film critic to adore "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen."