Last night was date night. Since it was restaurant week (3 courses for $25 at participating restaurants), we decided to hop on MARTA and head over to BLT Steak for dinner. After a quick 2 stop jaunt on the train and a 1 block walk to the W Downtown, we arrived at our final destination. We were briskly seated at our table and presented with two menus. The regular menu and the abbreviated restaurant week menu (entrée options included hangar steak, roast chicken or wild salmon).
Sometimes, you just have to scratch your head and wonder. Yesterday, CBS2 News out of Los Angeles ran another “Dining On A Dime” segment. So what’s the best way to officially kill an already overused news theme?
Step 1: Pick a ridiculously expensive restaurant. See: BLT Steak (Bistro Laurent Tourondel) – CHECK
Step 2: Advertise a “great” deal on the restaurant’s Kobe burger – CHECK
Step 3: Don’t mention the price of one of the most overpriced meat hunks around – CHECK PLUS
It’s actually worse than that. I only figured out the price by doing some investigative journalism on the video clip (1m27s mark). Not only do they fail to mention the price during the segment but it appears this sucker will run you $28. I can’t actually tell because the stupid overlay blocks the second number. It’s either $28 or $29. Hey, at least you get a beer and some fried taters to go along with your “Kobe” burger. In what universe is a $28 burger a “good deal?” Anyway, yuk it up over at CB2.com. And no, I’m not dying to get back to ATLs version after my disastrous lunch there.
Hot on the heels of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Tom Colicchio, highly acclaimed Laurent Tourondel has come to Atlanta to plant his flag. BLT Steak, Tourondel’s entry into this market, arrived with a great deal of fanfare. BLT Steak serves as the flagship restaurant at the W Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Supported by Drinkshop, the ultra chic bar just around the bend, BLT offers those of us not staying at the hotel a taste of the bling life.
Despite the name, you won’t find any bacon lettuce & tomato bargains here (BLT actually stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel). This place has expense account written all over it. So it is no surprise that opening night came and went for me. I reluctantly sat on the sidelines and waited for an invite. Last week, that invite came in the form of a lunch date with pops and a friend of the family. WOOT!
Over the past year and change, Atlanta has lost a number of its’ most well respected chefs. Joël Antunes left for the bright lights of New York, Guenter Seeger ran off into oblivion, and Michael Tuohy went to Sacramento (that’s not a misprint ladies and germs…SACRAMENTO!). [Quick aside – Tuohy is doing very well: LINKY]
At the same time, we have welcomed Jean-Georges, Tom Colicchio, Laurent Tourondel, and others. While their restaurants thrive, despite mixed reviews in some instances, these culinary giants have grabbed a great deal of attention. Deservedly so, I might add. Toss in the emergence of our beloved and adopted Richard Blais [he’s actually a New Yorker … and dare I say..a Gators fan!!!], and there isn’t much room on the front page for anyone else. While somewhat lost amongst them, chef Bruce Logue has garnered some well deserved attention from the local foodies (myself included).
Logue’s return, as he is a native Atlantan, is inspiring to say the least. Though his skills as a restauranteur are not as polished as those mentioned previously, he has proven to be a very capable chef. Read the rest of this after the jump.