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Bones Atlanta
Where to eat lunch in Atlanta before the big game? 

By Jan Walsh, Photography by Jan Walsh  

Given Alabama is playing Georgia on the road for the SEC Championship, which hopefully leads to the National Championship Game, I have been bombarded with Atlanta PR firms asking me to recommend “their” restaurant clients to “my” readers. And while I appreciate them reaching out to me, I have my own favorite, highly recommended restaurant in Atlanta—Bones. 

Bones is not a chain or multi location steakhouse. It is a fine dining steakhouse, which opened in 1979 and has been serving the finest prime beef and seafood since. I fell in love with it at first bite decades ago and most recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary there. 

Bones french onion soupMy husband, Kev typically orders a steak. I order seafood. We have dined here many times. And every lunch and dinner have been perfection. But three things we both always order are the lobster bisque and the hash brown potatoes. I have never tasted a French onion soup, lobster bisque, or hash browns in the league with Bones. The French Onion Soup boasts complex layers of deep, dark caramelized onion flavors that meld with the creamy cheese topping as it runs down throughout the bowl. The creamy bisque is also a complex bowl. It is filled with hearty bites of Maine lobster and is topped off with sherry poured tableside, if you choose. And we always do. It makes a perfect bisque beyond perfection. And the large round, mound of golden thick cut hash browns also arrives piping hot, topped with sour cream and fresh chives. Crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, you will never find a better potato dish anywhere. 

Bones lobster bisqueI would go there just to have their soups and potatoes. But everything from their bread to desserts, including Southern specialties are also perfection. Thus, I suggest you start with the French Onion Soup, Bones Lobster Bisque, and Hash Browns, for sharing, with your choice of entrees. 

Bones is open for lunch and dinner. Make reservations. Or just show up very early for bar seating. Full service at bar but no food served at bar tables. 




bones hash browns Lunch Hours: Monday - Friday: 11:30 - 2:30
Dinner Hours: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30 - 10:00

Phone: (404) 237-2663

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