There was a time when you could have a nice night out in Atlanta. However, since the growth of hip-hop, there are just too many young people here with lots of money and limited home training! Yeah, I said it! I've worked in rap/hip-hop for the last 16 years. In fact, I moved to the ""ATL"" from Los Angeles BECAUSE of an untapped potential client base. And the city lived up to my expectations....THEN.\r
NOW, you can't get into a well-publicized or ""celeb-locale"" (Cheesecake Factory, Justin's, Cafe Dupri) without dining in a sea of young people with cellphones in their faces. McKinnon's, with it crusty but homey atmosphere, lounge singers belting out tunes like ""Zippa Dee Doo Dah"", and tenured wait staff, is a welcomed ""O-A-S"" in a desert of ""M-N-M""!\r
In it's effort to be ""The NYC of the Dirty South"", it's hard to find good southern food in Atlanta. Here, the Seafood Gumbo is some of the best that I've ever tasted that didn't come out of MY kitchen (our family is black Creole from New Iberia, LA). Exhibiting proper grey-brown hue of a Louisiana bayou, the gumbo is perfectly seasoned, surrounding a scoop of rice. Other favorites include the Java Shrimp appetizer, Crab Meat au Gratin, Ginger Crusted Salmon, and the Crawfish Ettoufee. I'm an adult but veggies are still a hard sell for me. Not the crisp green beans and flavorful red potatoes which accompany just about every entree. Stuffed after appetizer, gumbo AND entree, I always have a serving of the delicious Bread Pudding to go. \r
Another thing that's nice about McKinnon's is the owner, Aziz Mehram, who takes the time to stop by every table, makiing you feel like family. And the prices are in line with many such restaurants in Buckhead.\r
If you want crowds, a noisy atmosphere, fellow diners more interested in rims than roux and in Cristal than crayfish, then go to Pappadeaux's (or Mardi Gras!). For a great meal with dignified quiet ambiance, McKinnon's Louisiane is the spot!
Pros: Excellent service; Great food; Ambience
Cons: Limited parking early in the evening; Not for kids who don't know how to act in public!