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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The Spotted Dog Restaurant Review: Re-crafting a historic Atlanta firehouse, Derek Lawford Pubs, which owns a half dozen Atlanta neighborhood pubs, has created its best architectural work to date. Working under her mentor, consulting chef Shaun Doty, chef Cristy Knolton turns out clever fare that reflects the pub tradition but isn't enslaved to it. Bangers and mash are a standard at all Derek Lawford Pubs, but her pickled vegetables, mostly done in-house and served in a small Mason jar, are splendid. The crisp, slightly spicy pickled carrot sticks could almost replace your favorite chocolate bar. The white bean soup with a dab of truffle oil and clever pretzel croutons is warming and satisfying. The tender pork chop and the huge fish ‘n’ chips portion (a single filet of Icelandic cod that's big enough to scare Jonah's whale) say "pub" but the presentations are classier. The light snacks have been revised, and now star a very good pimento cheese. Zero in on the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Skip the wine and enjoy this topnotch beer list by savoring a pint of draft at a proper (not frosty) temperature. The name reflects, of course, the Dalmatian dogs that traditionally handled duty on fire fighters' vehicles. Its location is good for post-performance dining after the Fox Theatre, and it's immediately adjacent to the MARTA North Ave. Station.