REVIEW: Gordon Biersch, Atlanta Symphony, Midtown Atlanta, Fulton
Who doesn’t love a great deal? I am on numerous “deal lists” and I was a bit skeptical about dinner and the Atlanta Symphony for $100 for two people. I thought for $100 either you’re going to get a crappy dinner or lousy seats or both. We were both pleased to find out though that dinner was great as were our seats.
We were at a previous engagement that caused us to be running late for our reservations at Gordon Biersch. I did what I encourage our readers to do – call and let them know that you are running late. Bad news doesn’t get better with age and its unrealistic to arrive late and expect your reservations to be honored. In fact, I called them when we began our drive and again once we got close. Communications is the key! Because of this, our reservations were still honored when we arrived and we were seated right away. Our server spot-on for understanding our need for speed and was extremely accommodating getting us out of there on time for concert.
I assumed there would be a limited menu [view the regular menu] to choose from and I was correct, but we both found something that enticed us. Melanie chose the Ahi Tuna Steak and chose the Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus for her sides. I went with the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Chicken that came with a Quinoa Kale Salad and I selected the Sauerkraut and Bacon Potato Croquettes.
Melanie really enjoyed her Ahi Tuna Steak and was surprised how mild this dish was considering it was tuna as it did not have that strong fish flavor that normally comes with tuna. She also found her sides to be delightful as well. I loved the glaze on my chicken and Melanie wished the glaze on her tuna was as plentiful as it was on the chicken. The Quinoa Kale Salad was intriguing but I am not a big fan of kale but I wanted to try it because of my strong interest in quinoa. The Sauerkraut and Bacon Potato Croquettes were the star of the show and absolutely phenomenal. We enjoyed the flavor of these and its uniqueness. Kudos!
We valet parked at Symphony Hall. Don’t be intimidated when it says $20 to valet, because regular parking is $12. It is cash though where the parking garage takes plastic. Once inside, there is a cash bar for you to enjoy before being seated. Only bottled water is permitted within Symphony Hall.
Our tickets were Rear Orchestra but we could see just fine and it was a marvelous concert. During the first movement, the Atlanta Symphony was absolutely mesmerizing. It was like watching a story unfold musically before you. Quite fascinating! After intermission, the star of the evening, Karen Gomyo performed and was simply stunning. She performed as if there was fury in her bow and she set the place on fire. The audience was amazed as I looked around, people were glued to watching this stunning violin performance. If you haven’t checked out the Atlanta Symphony, put this on your list of things to do and do often. It’s thrilling!
Nothing goes together like dinner and a splendid evening in the greatest city in the South. Gordon Biersch took wonderful care of us and we enjoyed a very nice meal there. The Atlanta Symphony has to become a regular stop now for us as we enjoyed our evening so much! Guten appetit!