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Trader Vic's - Atlanta, GA (restaurant)
creativenative
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From: Drifting on my outrigger canoe
Posted: 2014-08-22 3:02 pm   Permalink

My wife, her boss and I went to this surviving Tiki temple a couple of nights ago. I knew it was old but we were all surprised at the clean décor (good maintenance all these years - no dust) and the timeless class of the restaurant. Of course mostly windowless and the layout made it semi-private where ever one sat to eat. It was late on a Wednesday night and still crowded. My wife's boss started telling us how some newer tiki establishments closed in the L.A. area and I had to explain to him, before we got to Atlanta's Trader Vic's, the basic important principles of a good Tiki venue, like semi privacy, no windows, darkness, sure enough this old classic Trader Vic's had all this, and this is why it survives all these years in a place far from the Pacific. Had a great time even though they were short staffed and everything took long to order or to cook. But pasted the time with our So Cal friend and his stories of the tiki places his parents used to take him as a young man. Now with his young daughters and trips to Disney's Tiki Room, the eldest has a bedroom with a Polynesian décor. At that moment, before the main courses came and while sipping his Mai Tai, he got it, he put 2 and 2 and 2 together and he now understands the Tiki Style and the Tiki allure like we all do. We have another convert. Here are some pics.






Some booty from my visit


Sorry don't know when I'll ever fix my camera phone, got to use selfie camera in darks rooms.


 
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LitClique
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From: Richmond, VA
Posted: 2014-08-22 10:09 pm   Permalink

I've got a date (ahem, by myself) with TV's ATL in exactly six weeks. How excited I am!

 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2014-08-25 06:19 am   Permalink

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They updated the elevator Tikis. Good. The painted ones that were there were a bit off-putting.
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PremEx
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Joined: Aug 23, 2006
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From: Houston, Texas
Posted: 2014-08-26 8:25 pm   Permalink

Pushing this elevator button always gives my wife and I a big thrill...



...as we know where we'll be when those elevator doors open next!

One of our favorite places to go. Just wish it were closer!







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On 2014-08-22 22:09, LitClique wrote:
I've got a date (ahem, by myself) with TV's ATL in exactly six weeks. How excited I am!



Same here. Mid October we've got bedroom accomodations on Amtrak's Sunset Limited and Crescent trains all the way to New York. But we're stopping over in Atlanta for 2 nights just to go to Vic's. Can't wait!


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Kedex
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From: New Orleans, LA
Posted: 2015-08-28 06:24 am   Permalink

I was finally able to visit Trader Vic's one year ago today, after several failed attempts (long story). One of the best meals I've ever eaten, and the drinks weren't bad, either.
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Holler Waller
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Joined: Mar 13, 2011
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From: NW TN
Posted: 2015-10-09 07:32 am   Permalink

Will be able to visit again next week end ish. *Fantastic as always, seemed like some mugs/glassware that wasn't there last year too.

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rbeyer68
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Joined: Sep 17, 2015
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From: Plano, TX
Posted: 2018-03-04 6:32 pm   Permalink

My wife and I went to the Atlanta location and I thought I would add our thoughts. We stayed at the Hilton (we did the same thing in London) and it sure makes the visit that much more special. Eat, drink, drink, drink and then ride the elevator to your room.


The decor is amazing. From what I have read and heard, it hasn't changed much thru the years and is a sight to see. From the moment the elevator opens you are transported to Polynesian paradise.

The food was also amazing. We had dinner at 7:00 and everything was stellar. I made reservations a few days ahead of time but they were not needed as the restaurant was pretty empty, even on a Saturday night. We had a few appetizers and then shared a wonderful scallop dish. We aren't talking small scallops, either. A bit pricey (as expected) but well worth it.

After dinner we went to the bar and that is where our visit dropped off a bit. My notes on the drinks:

- Mai Tai - good but too sweet
- Zombie - an interesting variation but too sweet
- Navy Grog - good but a tad sweet
- Honi Honi - no surprise but it was too sweet
- Atlanta's Own Peachtree Punch - actually was not too sweet. Nice peach flavor even though the garnish was half a canned peach.
- Samoan Fog Cutter - the best drink of the night. Well balanced and strong.

Overall, we really enjoyed going to Trader Vics but were let down a bit by the drinks. Interestingly enough, our bartender seemed to acknowledge that the drinks are too sweet (they do use the Trader Vics bottled syrups - which are very sweet) but as he said - "that is how management wants them made." We would not hesitate to return but I might ask for less syrup in the drinks.

Rick in Texas


 
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