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Hal's on Old Ivy Restaurant Review: A longtime Atlanta stalwart, Hal's on Old Ivy shows Creole touches, with such dishes as Brabant potatoes, shrimp rémoulade, crawfish tails and gumbo. But if offered, the bone-in filet is the specialty. However, on our last visit, the first steak came out nearly well done, having been ordered medium rare (red), and the second was underdone. Rack of lamb with a mint jelly-influenced wine sauce worked quite well only a short while ago, but the chops this time had very little flavor and again were less done than ordered (pink). Moreover, the sauce was overwhelming. To accompany, the creamed spinach is very nice (pay extra for the Brabant potatoes). In the past we’ve enjoyed the fresh fish such as trout meunière or almandine and soft-shell crabs in season, as well as the duck à l'orange. Creole-themed desserts include bread pudding. The extensive wine list skews to reds, in deference to the steakhouse genre, with selections from various regions. Hal's downstairs bar still permits smoking, but regardless, we prefer seating on the completely smoke-free expanded second level space, with its own bar, two private rooms and an outdoor dining area. Service is very professional.