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Aug./Sept. 2006

Center Stage Cuisine
Dramatic Dining for a Night on the Town

Table 1280
A night out on the town to see the latest play or the hottest musical act isn't complete without indulging in a great meal to set the mood before, or to complete the night after, the performance. Here are some of the city's best bets for a dining experience just as engaging as any act you'll find on a stage.

Table 1280
Whether you're headed to the High Museum of Art to view the latest Wyeth acquisition or to the Alliance Theatre for a night of drama, a venture to any of the venues that fall under the Woodruff Arts Center's umbrella should naturally include a visit to Table 1280 Restaurant and Tapas Lounge. Located on the center's piazza, Table 1280 was recently named one of "The 10 Hottest Restaurants Now" by Bon Appetit. Depending on your level of hunger, you might choose the restaurant, featuring American brassiere-inspired dishes imbued with seasonal ingredients, such as buttermilk fried range chicken breast, fresh crayfish, Georgia grits and spicy okra, or the tapas lounge, featuring hot and cold small plates. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, 404-897-1280 or

Nan Thai Fine Dining
If you're in the popular arts area of Midtown and are looking for something a little more exotic to tempt your taste buds, Nan Thai Fine Dining rarely disappoints. The use of cream-colored banquettes in the elegant dining room lend themselves to an intimate dining experience, one that offers appetizers, soups, sautéed dishes, traditional curry, and "Chef Nan's Selections," which includes dishes such as Gang Kai See Dar-- grilled lemongrass chicken simmered in a red curry sauce with pineapple, basil leaves and grape tomatoes. 1350 Spring St., 404-870-9933 or

The Vortex
Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
In Atlanta, not all breathtaking drama is found on a stage. This proves true most profoundly at the Sun Dial, located atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza downtown. The panorama provided of the city from 723 feet creates a true spectacle and the perfect setting for a special night out. A tri-level complex, the Sun Dial features a revolving restaurant, bar and viewing level. Of course, the dining is right on par with the unparalleled view. 210 Peachtree St., 404-589-7506 or

And now, for something completely different! A cultural world away in funky Little Five Points, inhale the best burgers in town at the Vortex and take in the eclectic clientele that make this neighborhood, home of innovative arts venues such as 7 Stages Theatre and Horizon Theatre Company, one of the most diverse in the city. Don't be intimidated by the laughing skull entrance and the tattoos and piercings of the staff--all walks of life are welcome to customize a burger creation from more than a dozen choices. 438 Moreland Ave., Little Five Points, 404-688-1828 and 878 Peachtree St., Midtown, 404-875-1667, or

Savoy Bar & Grill
Cafe Intermezzo
With two locations open until late at night, Atlanta tradition and European coffeehouse Cafe Intermezzo supplies a perfectly sweet ending to an entertainment-filled night. Upon entrance, the Cafe immediately impresses visitors with its seemingly unending selection of entrees, cakes, pies, coffees, liquors, hot chocolates and cappuccinos--105 different pastries and 38 varieties of cheesecake are available alone! Special dessert tour guides stationed at the display case help novices make their choice, highlighting the most popular dishes and their own favorites. If you're in the mood for something lighter, a variety of sorbets and gelatos are offered as well.1845 Peachtree Rd., Brookwood, 404-355-0411 and 4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 770-396-1344, or

The Savoy Bar & Grill
Elegantly situated in the original historic lobby of The Georgian Terrace Hotel, The Savoy dishes up American Continental cuisine a la carte, including entrees such as caramelized sea scallops with yellow corn and green onion risotto. Al fresco dining is available on the terrace and the bar offers light fare and live jazz until the wee small hours on Friday and Saturday--a fitting nightcap to a night full of entertainment at The Fox Theatre, located just across the street. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404-898-8350 or

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