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1198 Howell Mill Rd. (Forsyth St.) Send to Phone
Little Southern sister of the New York branch.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Commune Restaurant Review

: Originally related to the New York Commune, the Atlanta version now stands alone, with its vibrant interior marked by red, back-lit, cross-shaped cut-outs in the ceiling and a red, back-lit wall. High-energy, the place still encourages conversation at the tables, including one very long table in the center which seats 24 guests. Romance-seekers need not worry, however, as there are two-tops for intense gazers. After a vaunted opening, dishes became a bit lackluster, as chefs changed and the kitchen seemed to lose its compass. Enter chef Thomas Ricci, with powerful San Francisco credentials and a clear sense of what to do. Mixed at tableside, the tuna tartare is a splendid mince of fresh tuna with just enough kick from scotch bonnet peppers to keep it from becoming dull. Coca-cola baby back ribs wouldn’t pass muster in a ’cue joint, but they’re tasty enough with a side of j√≠cama slaw. Awesomely sophisticated yet homey is the truffled mac ’n’ cheese that accompanies a glorious pork chop, and the scallops with artichoke ravioli come perfectly cooked. Order asparagus, and you get both white and green. Sides are ample for two at least. Check out Monday for dinner and a movie in the courtyard. Classics only, along the lines of Casablanca and The Thin Man. The upstairs bar is an intimate spot for pre-dinner sipping and greeting.


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