Retail Guide: What to Do in Atlanta

Kevin Rathbun Steak
154 Krog St.

Consistently voted one of the best steakhouses in Atlanta by almost every outfit that rates such things, Kevin Rathbun Steak is known for high-quality USDA cuts sourced from Allen Brothers of Chicago. Among the offerings is a 22-oz. dry-aged cowboy ribeye, or for international meat lovers, the prime Japanese-Wagyu burger and the Australian rack of lamb. But Rathbun, renowned in the culinary world for defeating Bobby Flay on “The Iron Chef,” also offers plenty of tempting seafood and vegetarian options, including a mac-and-cheese tart with truffle crumbs. Visitors with time to spare should grab a drink in the outdoor area, aptly named the “Beltline Lounge” for the historical train tracks that run beside it (not to worry, the tracks are now used as a recreation trail).

Details: Kevin Rathbun Steak is open 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended.

Atlanta Braves vs.
L.A. Dodgers
Turner Field
755 Hank Aaron Dr.

For summer-sports fans, nothing beats catching a game and a brew. And at Turner Field, the best place to do both is at The Top of Chop. The three-tiered, open-air space, situated above the Chop House restaurant in right field, turns into a party zone during game time, as guests from all over the stadium gather around picnic tables and beer barrels to cheer on the home team. From Aug. 13-16, the Braves will be taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers, in what should be a relatively good series for them, as they lead the National League with the best at-home record this season.

Details: Games are scheduled for 7:35 p.m., Friday; 7:10 p.m., Saturday; 1:35 p.m., Sunday; and 7:10 p.m., Monday. Ticket prices range from $6-$8 for upper-level seats to $74-$78 for spots behind home plate.

Buckhead Bottle Bar
268 East Paces Ferry Rd.

Atlanta Hawk Zaza Pachulia is already the fan favorite on the team, and he’s doing even more to endear himself to the locals. His new all-day bar/restaurant venture, opened with A.D. Allushi and Ian Winslade, aims to bring a sleek, cosmopolitan vibe to the Atlanta night scene. Allushi told Footwear News the Buckhead Bottle Bar, which debuted in June and features four bars, including a roof space, was modeled after New York’s and Miami’s coolest hot spots. In addition to an extensive wine list and innovative house cocktails, such as the White Peach Cosmo and the Scottish Mule (both $9), the bar also has a full menu of surprisingly un-barlike dishes. For instance, for an appetizer, there’s the cornmeal-dusted oysters with a citrus shooter ($9), and for slightly bigger bites, goat-cheese gnocchi in tomato sauce ($10).

Details: Buckhead Bottle Bar is open 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Monday through Friday; 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday.

Kathy Griffin
The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St., N.E.

Kathy Griffin is everywhere these days. The sixth season of her hit Bravo reality series, “My Life on the D-List,” began airing in June at the same time that her best-selling memoir was released in paperback. Now, comedy lovers around the country are getting a firsthand taste of Griffin’s irreverent humor in a new stand-up tour. On Saturday, Aug. 14, the show stops in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre for one night only, where Griffin will most likely discuss her own tireless quest for fame and take shots at familiar A-listers (including her arch-nemeses Ryan Seacrest and Oprah). Serious fans should check out Kathygriffin.net to win a chance to meet the redhead in person.

Details: Show times are 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Ticket prices are $51 to $73.

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