Just like when you take a break from the new releases on Spotify to listen to some Frank Sinatra or Aretha Franklin, it can be fun to eat at an old school restaurant that isn’t trying to be cool, hip, or just serve Instagrammable food. When that’s the case, checkout Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead. With white tablecloths and exceptional service, you’ll feel like you’re back in the 1980s when a perfectly cooked filet with a lobster tail really was the finest of fine dining. Besides the surf and turf, make sure to get the steak tartare, which is customized tableside, and the smoked gouda mac and cheese, because life is all about balance.
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