In order to save money on airfare, I flew into Atlanta a day early. Sure it meant getting up at 4:00am this morning, but the cost of flying is getting to be so outrageous that you do what you gotta do. The up-side was that I ended up getting into town at 2:00, which left me time to meet up with some Atlanta peeps for dinner.
And what a dinner it was...
Dante's Down the Hatch "Jazz and Fondue Restaurant and Club" has been an Atlanta institution for 43 years that I've never heard of. Which is odd, because it's fairly famous. It's a themed restaurant built around a "sailing ship" that's surrounded by live crocodiles. Kind of like dining in the middle of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, but without the animatronic pirates and stuff...
All this plus CHEESES OF THE WORLD!!!
The menu is a bit confusing. I thought I was ordering vegetable fondue, but it ended up being vegetables and a pot of boiling oil. But that didn't stop me from unintentionally stealing some of somebody else's cheese, which was delicious (Houston, I owe you dinner next time I'm in town!)...
The jazz was good. Really good. And since our table was inside the ship, we had a front-row seat!
All in all an awesome way to spend an evening. I'm sad that the place is closing at the end of the month, as I would have absolutely come here again.
Many thanks to blogger buddies (et al) The Muskrat, Whipstitch, Coal Miner's Granddaughter, Copasetic Beth, and Houston's Problem for strawberry daiquiri-infused dinner fun!
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That’s the most fun I’ve had at Dante’s! I’m sad it’s closing but happy that our last visit was with such awesome friends! 🙂
Wow. That is a cool looking restaurant. And to get to dine with Beth and Kevin (who I would love to meet someday) sounds great.
I had an awesome time and am glad we did it. If only you had gotten a nap (like I did) on Saturday, so you could’ve stayed out with us to hear a great 80s cover band!
Sorry to hear Dante’s is closing. I may have to make a special trip up from Columbus before the end of the month. My dad went to school with Dante himself. I used to go there with him when it was at the old Underground Atlanta location.
I really like those indoor “outdoor” restaurant themes. They always remind me of WDW/EPCOT growing up. Sad to see them closing.