Here’s how to alleviate that pesky problem of a sizable tax refund: spend it all dining at some of the most expensive restaurants in Atlanta. You can visit one or all three, depending on the balance of your newly inflated bank account, but either way expect superlative service, robust menus and a lighter wallet.
Local Three: Spend your entire refund on one table. Location. You can get up close and personal since the chef’s table is located in the kitchen. Intimacy. Up to four people can dine at the table each night. Lots of food. It’s an eight-course menu with pairings inspired by the chef’s fancy and whatever is freshest that day. Cost. To “buy out” the entire table, you’ll have to shell out $700; per person, it’s $175 inclusive of tax and gratuity. Read about why Local Three was chosen as one of Atlanta's top brunches here.
3290 Northside Pkwy. N.W., Atlanta. 404-968-2700. www.localthree.com.
Marcel: A dinner splurge for two entails beef Wellington, Chateaubriand, mushroom duxelles, prosciutto and a puff pastry for $110. Plan ahead because seats at this pricey table requires 24-hour notice. Read our review of Marcel here.
1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-665-4555. www.marcelatl.com.
Restaurant Eugene: You can order a la carte items like honey wilted bok choy ($30), lamb loin and belly ($40) and poached swordfish and grits ($38) or opt for a premium eight-course menu with wine pairings, which tallies $167 per person.
2277 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-355-0321. www.restauranteugene.com.