Monday, August 10, 2009

The Writing is on the Stucco -- Hal's On Old Ivy an Obvious Pick!

So, I’ve said it before (in numerous other formats) and I’ll gladly re-affirm that my all-time “Pick” (and not-so-best kept secret) for steaks is Hal’s On Old Ivy.

Another recent visit still inspires fresh muscles with double orders of bread- without which an irresistible broth rests in a bowl looking up and laughing in mockery for not “soaking” as a true philistine should. With a crab cocktail that pits brother against brother; you know you’ve found the Promised Land when you can cut your medium-rare filet with the edge of your spoon.

Of course intimate seating is nice but can indeed be a down side in this space-challenged charmer. Alas the ghosts of Old Ivy offer reprieve in the sacred knowledge that our world expands not just in mind, body and soul, but most importantly; a second floor addition complete with French quarter balcony! Yes, it’s true; Hal’s long-awaited expansion is slated for completion in mid October.

Epitomizing the right formula for a truly successful restaurant, there’s no hiding the secret anymore, Hal…the jig is up!!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could not agree more. I have been a regular for almost 10 years. Hal is there every night and takes great care of his customers.

Best filet in town with NY Prime a close second IMO. The escargot sauce also is a good "soaker" for the bread. Oysters LaBeau(sp) are a must.

To get the full experience hit the bar afterwards, have a smoke, and then go join the late night crowd at Johnny's Hideaway half a block down the street. It will be one of the best nights out you can have in the city!

I have described it to friends and colleagues as the "anti-Bones". Where Bone's is like going to dinner at a Country Club; Hal's is like going to dinner on Bourban Street in NOLA! If you are looking for a quiet night out go someplace else!

Anonymous said...

I love this sentence:

Another recent visit still inspires fresh muscles with double orders of bread- without which an irresistible broth rests in a bowl looking up and laughing in mockery for not “soaking” as a true philistine should.


Not sure what it means but I think I understand anyway.

Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding. Hal's On Old Ivy, is one of the worst dining establishments in the ATL. Complete drunks, from beginning to end. Thought our server was working a college mess hall, and the food was a mess.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:52,

Business have their off days. Given them a second chance before you rule them out. You are the ONLY person I've heard give Hal's a negative opinion.