St Regis – Hotel Icon, or Crap Buckhead Location?

Paces 88, one of the restaurants in the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, advertises itself as an American Bistro. The setting, decor and service all were as perfect as touted, but the food left much to be desired.

First we ordered the Lobster cake sandwich. The sandwich was so salty as to eliminate all taste of the lobster. Makes one think the lobster was from last week’s special.

Next we sampled the Shrimp and Grits. This dish was  sweetened with raisins giving it a “desert” flavor; not particularly as enjoyable as it would have been sans the sweetness. Shrimp and Grits is a standard in the South – “sweetened”? this is pratically sacrilege. The goat cheese tart was quite good and the chicken liver pate excellent. Pate is not much different than Alpo; nor is the skill to assemble much more sophisticated. A European hotel better offer solid Pate.

Summary: prices were reasonable and again the service made the experience worth the visit. More Atlanta restaurants should learn this service level – makes a mid range meal digestable !

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