Marcel's 30-ounce USDA Prime porterhouse steak for two (©Andrew Thomas Lee)
"I want to create restaurants that strike a timeless emotional chord. Restaurants that don’t pander to trend, but draw generations of families together," says Atlanta's most prolific restaurateur, Ford Fry. The chef-turned-culinary monarch recently opened Marcel, his eighth restaurant in Metro Atlanta, which indeed embodies the timeless innovation Fry aims to achieve with each venture. The costly steakhouse incorporates vintage French touches and decorative elements of whimsy that transport patrons not to another time, but rather to another world. A menu of USDA Prime steaks, like the exceptional 14-ounce bone-in filet monsieur, is complemented by an array of flavorful sides—try the spinach gnudi and pommes dauphinoise—and starters—like the unbelievably tasty broiled humboldt fog (trust us on this one). The white tablecloth experience and superb ambience are made only more exceptional by each server's attention to detail and menu guidance.
Perhaps most surprising is the more laid-back and (much more) affordable late-night menu serving oysters and a cheesburger on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 pm to 2 am.
Dinner served Su-Th from 5-10 pm, F-Sa from 5-11 pm.