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#1 Post by John Liotta » May 19th, 2010, 6:18 pm

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Craft- NOW CLOSED
Bones- $15
Chops/Chops Lobster Bar- $15
MF Sushi- NOW CLOSED
MF Buckhead- NOW CLOSED
Valenza- $20 (Not regularly enforced)
Haven- $20
Dantana's- Free
Flemings- One free bottle per table, $15-25 after
Rathbun's Steak- First bottle waived, second $20 (often waived)
Rathbun's- $15 (same as above) (has been waived) (Kevin, Clay, etc.)
KR Steak Bar- First bottle waived, second $20, (not regularly enforced)
Rosa Mexicana- $25
Joel- NOW CLOSED
Fogo de Chao- $20
C&S Oyster- $20 (have occasionally frowned on BYO)
Wahoo- $10 (Now with a wine shop attached!)
Murphy's- Regularly waived
Parker's On Ponce- Free
Varasano's- $12
Bistro Niko- $15
Bocado- $9
Social- $10
Repast- NOW CLOSED
Cakes And Ales- $25 (Subject to change/Call ahead/Ask for Jordan)
Watershed- Orignal Location CLOSED, NOW OPEN ON PEACHTREE $20, Often Waived
Nikolai's Roof- $35
NY Prime- $20 ($30 for additional services, such as decanters)
Antico- No Corkage (BYO glasses, etc. is recommended)
Tasty China- BYO No Longer Allowed
Peter Chang's (Now called Tasty China 2)- NOW CLOSED
One Midtown-Free
Two Urban Licks-Free/$15- Call ahead
Farmburger-Free (See Manager Chance)
Farmburger Buckhead- Free
Farmburger Dunwoody- Free
Feast-$7
Panahar (buford hwy) - free
Antica Posta - $10 (Marco is generous and easy to work with)
Houston's - Free (all locations)
Wildfire Grill (Perimeter) - $10
Serpas- $15
La Pietra Cucina NOW LPC- NOW CLOSED
Miller Union- $35 (one bottle limit) (If Neal is there may be waived, otherwise very strict)
Aria- $25 (Gerry and Andres are contacts, often waived)
Abattoir- NOW CLOSED
Empire State South- $20 (Steve Grubbs is the wine guy)
Pura Vida- NOW CLOSED
Wisteria- $15
Fox Brothers- $10
Big Tex- NOW CLOSED
La Fourchette- NOW CLOSED (Re-Opened as Barca- and now closing)
Tartufo- NOW CLOSED (Well about to anyway)
Rosebud- NOW CLOSED
The Family Dog- Unsure, new owners
Timone's- NOW CLOSED
Dolce- NOW CLOSED
Geisha House- NOW CLOSED
Ten Pin Alley- NOW CLOSED
Pacci- NOW CLOSED *New restaurant is called Briza and is reportedly terrible.
Local Three- Free
Muss & Turner's/Eleanor's- Free
Woodfire Grill- NOW CLOSED
Sotto Sotto- $30 (per bottle)
McKendrick's- $20 (per bottle, limit two per reservation)
Ecco- $20 (per bottle, waived bottle per bottle purchased off of house list)
Gu's Bistro- NOW CLOSED
No. 246- $10
4th & Swift- NOW CLOSED
Iberian Pig- $15 (Often waived)
FAB- NOW CLOSED
Fuoco di Napoli- NOW CLOSED
Southern Art and Bourbon Bar- $25 per bottle
Seven Lamps- $20 (not regularly enforced)
Bocca Lupo- $25 (Has not been enforced yet)
Better Half- $15
The General Muir- No Longer Allowed :(
Lusca- NOW CLOSED New place 8 Arm now open, however.
Eat Me, Speak Me Pop Up at Gato- Free
Cooks & Soliders- $15 (No limit, waived if a bottle is purchased off the list)
Atlas (St. Regis, strictly enforced)- $25, Tastevin members call ahead for special instructions
St. Cecilia- $10 (Not enforced)
Bistro VG- $25
The Luminary- NOW CLOSED
Il Giallo- $20
Poor Hendrix- $15
Hopstix- $10
Dish Dive- Free
Staplehouse- $30
Food Terminal- Free, no stems

This is a start guys.
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#2 Post by Dennis Atick » May 19th, 2010, 6:32 pm

One Midtown-Free (unless you get jobbed like I did last year)
Two Urban Licks-Free
Farmburger-Free, according to Brandon Tai's inquiry today
Feast-$7
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#3 Post by Brandon Tai » May 24th, 2010, 6:02 am

Two Urban Licks - Corkage is now $15 per, but was waived. Apparently some guests have been bringing Two Buck Chuck.
Flemings - as of a few months ago, they changed their policy to one free bottle per table and either $15 or $25 after that. I haven't gone back since.
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#4 Post by Dennis Atick » May 24th, 2010, 6:09 am

Brandon Tai wrote:Two Urban Licks - Corkage is now $15 per, but was waived. Apparently some guests have been bringing Two Buck Chuck.
They don't like the way I roll? WTF? [snort.gif]
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#5 Post by J a y C a i n » May 25th, 2010, 5:33 am

What's the deal at Watershed? My buddy Joe Truex is taking over in the kitchen, so we'll probably get over there more.

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#6 Post by Dennis Atick » May 25th, 2010, 5:48 am

J a y C a i n wrote:What's the deal at Watershed? My buddy Joe Truex is taking over in the kitchen, so we'll probably get over there more.
Last time I was at Watershed for dinner (last fall) corkage was $20.
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#7 Post by Thomas Puricelli » May 25th, 2010, 5:59 am

J a y C a i n wrote:What's the deal at Watershed? My buddy Joe Truex is taking over in the kitchen, so we'll probably get over there more.
Not to get away from the BYO purpose of the thread, but what is going to happen with Repast?

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#8 Post by Dennis Atick » May 25th, 2010, 6:52 am

Thomas Puricelli wrote:
J a y C a i n wrote:What's the deal at Watershed? My buddy Joe Truex is taking over in the kitchen, so we'll probably get over there more.
Not to get away from the BYO purpose of the thread, but what is going to happen with Repast?
Joe's wife is staying and running the kitchen. She'll have even more of a presence, I suppose, as her touch was already there.
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#9 Post by Dennis Atick » May 25th, 2010, 11:40 am

Cakes and Ale is now allowing corkage at $25
Not sure if they are claiming that publicly, but call ahead.
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#10 Post by Phil Davis » June 8th, 2010, 5:42 pm

panahar (buford hwy) - free
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#11 Post by EricG » June 13th, 2010, 8:15 am

Antica Posta - $10
Houston's - Free
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#12 Post by Lou Recupero » June 16th, 2010, 1:42 pm

Wildfire Grill (Perimeter) - $10
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#13 Post by Chad Richardson » June 16th, 2010, 2:03 pm

Serpas-$15

(Aria and Blue Point would be good adds, if anyone knows off-hand).
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#14 Post by Dennis Atick » June 16th, 2010, 2:09 pm

I need to try Serpas. I've heard good things.
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#15 Post by John Liotta » June 17th, 2010, 7:46 am

Chad Richardson wrote:Serpas-$15

(Aria and Blue Point would be good adds, if anyone knows off-hand).

I think all the Buckhead Life Restaurants have the same corkage policy ($15), which includes Bluepointe.
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#16 Post by Michael Bowden » June 30th, 2010, 5:47 am

Joel is now closed BTW.
I'm taller than Zach Lang.

It's Michael.....not Mike, Mark, Mick, Mikey...get it? got it? good.

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#17 Post by Michael Bowden » June 30th, 2010, 5:48 am

Thomas Puricelli wrote: Not to get away from the BYO purpose of the thread, but what is going to happen with Repast?
Thomas, just an FYI, Repast is now closed.
I'm taller than Zach Lang.

It's Michael.....not Mike, Mark, Mick, Mikey...get it? got it? good.

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#18 Post by EricG » July 7th, 2010, 12:18 pm

Chad Richardson wrote:Serpas-$15

(Aria and Blue Point would be good adds, if anyone knows off-hand).

Aria does allow. I think it's $25.
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#19 Post by John Liotta » July 7th, 2010, 12:29 pm

Gerry and Andres will often waive corkage. Helps to share too.
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#20 Post by Ken Katz » July 7th, 2010, 4:09 pm

rathbun's-$15 and a taste. IIRC, Brandon?

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#21 Post by J a y C a i n » July 7th, 2010, 5:36 pm

Ken Katz wrote:rathbun's-$15 and a taste. IIRC, Brandon?
This is at the whim of Kevin. Keep in mind when you go there that Dunn HM is Kevin's favorite wine. We took a bottle of '86 HM there one night, and I told our server to uncork it in the kitchen and let Kevin taste it for us. Kevin came out of the kitchen and thanked us personally for bringing it -- no corkage that night.

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#22 Post by John Liotta » July 7th, 2010, 5:58 pm

Ken Katz wrote:rathbun's-$15 and a taste. IIRC, Brandon?

Call ahead and speak to Clay and you will usually be okay for no corkage.
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#23 Post by Eric Brown » August 4th, 2010, 6:08 am

La Pietra Cucina $20 (occasionally waived)

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#24 Post by Phil Davis » August 21st, 2010, 9:37 am

miller union - $25, 1 bottle per table [head-bang.gif]
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#25 Post by Michael Bowden » August 21st, 2010, 2:30 pm

Phil Davis wrote:miller union - $25, 1 bottle per table [head-bang.gif]
Guess you can do that when your one of the 10 best new restaurants in the US.......

http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforum ... rants.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Oh....and I haven't been here yet....and I dont see it happening before I head to France.
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#26 Post by Ken Katz » August 21st, 2010, 4:50 pm

Michael Bowden wrote:
Phil Davis wrote:miller union - $25, 1 bottle per table [head-bang.gif]
Guess you can do that when your one of the 10 best new restaurants in the US.......

http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforum ... rants.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Oh....and I haven't been here yet....and I dont see it happening before I head to France.
I've been, it was good, nothing that great. Didn't bring a bottle , didn't even ask about corkage. I would go back, but would probably head to Bocado first, better all around and a $7 corkage, only 2 blocks away.

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#27 Post by S Marcet » August 31st, 2010, 6:30 pm

i was there this past friday. The one bottle corkage bites. I thought food quality was very good.
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#28 Post by Robert.Fleming » September 1st, 2010, 5:58 am

Ken Katz wrote: I would go back [to Miller Union], but would probably head to Bocado first, better all around and a $7 corkage, only 2 blocks away.
Ditto. Ate at Bocado last night, early, before the Braves game. Excellent meal, Opened four bottles, charged corkage (now $9) on one.

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#29 Post by Ken Katz » September 1st, 2010, 8:16 pm

Saw Brian today, he misses our lunches

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#30 Post by John Liotta » September 3rd, 2010, 3:24 pm

Brought many wines to the Four Seasons a few nights ago. They charged us (maybe, since their system was apparently broken) $20 total. This was in the bar. FWIW I have not been charged in the main dining room (Park 75).
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#31 Post by John Liotta » September 6th, 2010, 8:22 pm

BTW- did any of you guys find out what the corkage was at Empire State South? I forgot to ask when I was there.
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#32 Post by bkanipe » September 12th, 2010, 2:51 pm

Robert.Fleming wrote:
Ken Katz wrote: I would go back [to Miller Union], but would probably head to Bocado first, better all around and a $7 corkage, only 2 blocks away.
Ditto. Ate at Bocado last night, early, before the Braves game. Excellent meal, Opened four bottles, charged corkage (now $9) on one.
How is the stemware at Bocado? Would you consider it a good place for a smaller wine dinner (4-5 people) during the week?

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#33 Post by Robert.Fleming » September 12th, 2010, 5:01 pm

bkanipe wrote:
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Ken Katz wrote: I would go back [to Miller Union], but would probably head to Bocado first, better all around and a $7 corkage, only 2 blocks away.
Ditto. Ate at Bocado last night, early, before the Braves game. Excellent meal, Opened four bottles, charged corkage (now $9) on one.
How is the stemware at Bocado? Would you consider it a good place for a smaller wine dinner (4-5 people) during the week?

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#34 Post by J a y C a i n » September 20th, 2010, 5:31 am

John Liotta wrote:BTW- did any of you guys find out what the corkage was at Empire State South? I forgot to ask when I was there.
I came here today looking for the answer to this question. Anyone know....

Got some out-of-towners coming on 10/14 if anyone's interested - just PM me. At present it appears to be a modest gathering (7 or 8, including a couple of spouses)

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#35 Post by Dennis Sullivan » September 20th, 2010, 11:12 am

J a y C a i n wrote:
John Liotta wrote:BTW- did any of you guys find out what the corkage was at Empire State South? I forgot to ask when I was there.
I came here today looking for the answer to this question. Anyone know....

Got some out-of-towners coming on 10/14 if anyone's interested - just PM me. At present it appears to be a modest gathering (7 or 8, including a couple of spouses)
I'd try a telephone call. I was at 5 & 10 in Athens Friday. I didn't see any corkage reference on the wine menu, but it was a good and interesting selection. Certainly more typical of a wine geek's selections than what a restaurant wine marketing consultant would say needed to be there. E.g., I think there were twice as many Rieslings as Cabernets. [shock.gif]

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#36 Post by Thomas Puricelli » September 20th, 2010, 1:32 pm

J a y C a i n wrote:
John Liotta wrote:BTW- did any of you guys find out what the corkage was at Empire State South? I forgot to ask when I was there.
I came here today looking for the answer to this question. Anyone know....

Got some out-of-towners coming on 10/14 if anyone's interested - just PM me. At present it appears to be a modest gathering (7 or 8, including a couple of spouses)
If you are looking to have a quiet dinner, I'd pass on this place. I was stuck in a back room and it was so loud that our table of four couldn't talk. We were actually laughing about it. The whole place is wood and there is nothing on the walls or floor to drown it out. I do feel like my mother, complaining about noise in a restaurant, but just an FYI.

No idea on corkage, but the wine list was pretty good and they do have decent stemware. Food wasn't bad either. As usual, mains were the least interesting part of the meal.

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#37 Post by bradkaplan » September 20th, 2010, 4:51 pm

The wine list is pretty great at Empire State South. I've not been impressed with the bar staff or service though, and haven't had enough of the food to comment.

Claude Genet blanc de blancs grand cru farmer fizz, just above retail price, $40. Very nice selection of burgs, and, yes, rieslings. Plus some fun notes on the wine menu that make for a good read.
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#38 Post by John Liotta » September 20th, 2010, 7:10 pm

Brad, I agree about the service.
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#39 Post by John Liotta » October 10th, 2010, 7:37 am

Went again last night to Empire State South. The somm Steven is an excellent guy, and as Brad mentioned, they have a very nice list. Corkage is $20.
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#40 Post by EricG » October 17th, 2010, 11:57 am

PSA: through the end of the month, 1/2 price full bottles at Park 75 in the Four Seasons on the weekends (Fri & Sat nights). Anniversary dinner so we had '02 Cristal for less than local retail last night rather than open what we brought!
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#41 Post by Ken Katz » October 24th, 2010, 5:10 pm

Pura Vida- $15. decent stemware.

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#42 Post by Eric Brown » November 3rd, 2010, 9:16 am

Wisteria $15

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#43 Post by Michael Bowden » November 21st, 2010, 2:18 pm

Noticed today at lunch that Fox Bros BBQ had a $10 corkage fee.......
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#44 Post by John Liotta » November 21st, 2010, 2:40 pm

Michael Bowden wrote:Noticed today at lunch that Fox Bros BBQ had a $10 corkage fee.......

And we asked about doing a private event . . . let everyone know when we get the details.
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#45 Post by J a y C a i n » November 21st, 2010, 5:32 pm

Michael Bowden wrote:Noticed today at lunch that Fox Bros BBQ had a $10 corkage fee.......
I like me some BBQ. Anyone got feedback on this? And "better than Harold's" is not feedback.

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#46 Post by dcornutt » November 21st, 2010, 6:03 pm

J a y C a i n wrote:
Michael Bowden wrote:Noticed today at lunch that Fox Bros BBQ had a $10 corkage fee.......
I like me some BBQ. Anyone got feedback on this? And "better than Harold's" is not feedback.
Along with Community BBQ this is considered to be the best in ATL.
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#47 Post by Brandon Tai » November 22nd, 2010, 5:56 am

Pacci has waived corkage every time I've called ahead and asked. Food & service is great too, just have to avoid a couple things on the menu.
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#48 Post by Robert.Fleming » November 22nd, 2010, 6:15 am

dcornutt wrote:Along with Community BBQ this [i.e., Fox Brothers] is considered to be the best in ATL.
Considered by whom? I can't find any ranking that puts them at the top of the heap. Certainly not the latest comprehensive survey (of 58 joints) by Bill Addison in the July 2010 issue of Atlanta magazine - neither Fox Bros. nor Community BBQ made his top five.
dcornutt wrote: Others are not close.
Bullshit. Unless, perhaps, you're using the narrowest possible definition of "ATL" (within the city limits) - and even then you're ignoring Anderson's (home of the pig ear sandwich), Rolling Bones, Daddy D'z (inconsistent, but at the top of the heap on its good days), Wyatt's Diner, P'Cheen, etc.

But you can't be using that definition or you couldn't include Community: it's in Decatur.

I give high marks to both Fox Bros. (though pulled pork is its weak suit; fried pickles are the best thing on the menu) and Community (pulled pork can be dry; smoked sausage is excellent; mac & cheese is transcendent), but I'll put Sam's BBQ1 in Marietta or Ziegler's in Acworth (carryout only) up against all comers.
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#49 Post by Eric Brown » November 22nd, 2010, 6:25 am

Robert.Fleming wrote:but I'll put Sam's BBQ1 in Marietta up against all comers.
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#50 Post by Robert.Fleming » November 22nd, 2010, 7:08 am

Eric Brown wrote:
Robert.Fleming wrote:but I'll put Sam's BBQ1 in Marietta up against all comers.
+1
That said, there are a couple of local places I need to try: Big Shanty Smokehouse in Kennesaw, and newcomer Heirloom Market BBQ on Akers Mill close to Galleria. Farther afield, I owe it to myself to eat at the Hickory Pig in Gainesville and Blind Pig BBQ in Jackson.

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