As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. We've already covered the restaurant standbys, top newcomers, 2013 in one word, best dining neighborhood, biggest dining surprises, and the single best meal of the year. Now, it's time for restaurant breakups. Readers, please leave your thoughts in the comments.
Antico Pizza. [CatMax Photography]
Q: Were there any restaurants you broke up with in 2013?
Jennifer Zyman, Creative Loafing:
Holeman and Finch. Perhaps it is the changes in ownership/management, but a lot of the magic and finesse has disappeared.
Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Not really a break up but I still don't get all the fuss over Antico Pizza. Sorry. Simply not my kind of pie or place.
Laura Scholz, Eater Atlanta contributor:
I found myself going to Antico a lot less, but mostly because I just go next door to Gio's. Shorter lines and gelato.
Angela Hansberger, Fiddlehead Foraging:
I had an unfortunate "uni incident" from a popular late night spot, so we are on a break.
Christiane Lauterbach, Atlanta Magazine and Knife & Fork:
I am mad at Manuel's Tavern for letting their food go. I defended them for 35 years. I will still drink their beer!
Broderick Smylie, Savory Exposure:
Why? I've enjoyed the food but when it gets busy the service tends to suffer.
John Kessler, Atlanta Journal Constitution:
This is not what I'd call a major breakup, but I used to like to duck into the Oceanaire Seafood Room for some expensive but satisfying oysters or a crab cake every once in a while. But then I had one of those non-service experiences that made me feel pissy and critical of the high prices and corporate gloss.
John Mishler, Eater Atlanta contributor:
I will probably not return to Noche or Cafe Istanbul in 2014, not so much because of low-quality food, but lackluster service.
Jimmy Sobeck, Eat It, Atlanta:
It pains me to say it, because I like the people, the space, and the bourbon list, but I've not had a good meal at Local 3.
Beth McKibben, Twisted South Magazine food editor:
I don't really break up with restaurants unless something has gone really wrong. But I do take a break to get a fresh perspective upon returning.