by Victoria P. on
We are regulars here. I have taken: my mother, clients, strangers, friends.... basically, if I get the chance to take someone (ANYONE) that hasn't been before....IT'S HAPPENING. There are a few things you should be aware of before entering this very (in)famous "Atlanta Institution" RULES FOR THY CLERMONT EXPERIENCE: 1. Tip Thy Strippers. Okay, so they aren't the girls you'll find at PP or GR or whatever "other" strip clubs around here (with the exception of about three girls that are absolutely gorgeous), but these ladies are still workin' hard for the money. It doesn't take much. I've never seen someone so happy to get a $5 bill, and they will come and personally thank you after they dance. 2. Tip Thy Bartender, Dammit. She works hard, too. She is basically in-control of how ridiculously awesome your Clermont Lounge experience is going to be. Be nice to her. Trust me on this one, if you tip well, you might even get some free drinks out of it ;) ;) ;) 3. Don't be an Asshole. Being chauvinist only makes you look like a shithead to everyone else, so...don't. Your bar service will suffer significantly and people will talk badly about you. Very badly. 4. Beware of Bathrooms. Ever gone to the bathroom at a crappy gas station? Ok, you know what to expect. The bathrooms are gross... whatever. It's a bar. I'm female, so I can only speak for the ladies, but it's not the worst I've ever seen by far. I'm not sure how I'd feel about sitting on the toilet in sober mind, but I digress... 5. Take a Cab. This is extremely important. Walk, if you can, make your friend's idiot boyfriend drive, or take a freaking cab. It's worth the money. Parking is limited-ish on the weekends, and the cab fare is way cheaper than the cost of a DUI or death. Most likely, you are drunk before even stepping foot in here, and you will be at least 5x as drunk when you leave. Even if you don't plan on drinking...you will. I've been there. It happens to the best of us. Ok, there you have it. Five simple rules to having the most hilariously awesome night of your life. I have made so many great friends, had so many awkward lapdances, and so many EPIC hangovers because of the fabulous Clermont Lounge.
by Nidia Bastine on
Oh. My. Goodness, this was a fantastic meal, and in the land of some serious culinary competition. My friend and I ate at the bar, and gave control to the bartender, who coursed our meals and matched each course with wine. Unfortunately, this means that by course three my memory's a little foggy; I will never forget, however, the fried cauliflower, or the goat cheese broiled with a barely-cooked egg, or the lamb tartare, or a seriously fantastic Pinotage. The chef came over (probably intrigued by the ridiculous amount of food we ate) to say hello and check on our meal, which was transformative for me, and a first for me at a restaurant as prestigious as this one.
by Marita Oechsle on
When I think of Tao I often think of something along the lines of "tourist trap". My friend took me to dinner here and although a little over-hyped it was overall a great experience. Once crawling with A-listers, I thought those moments were long thrown out along with Jen and Brad's marriage and most recently Madonna's marriage. But I guess the footprints left behind by the A-listers last way longer than their own reigns in lala land. Turns out Tao's still pretty hot in touristy circles. The earliest reservation I could get was for 10:45 on a Thursday night. It was crowded, I was starving and was almost tempted to leave. But reality is, there's nothing like eating a meal with a ceiling-high Buddha watching you happily. Well, maybe happily is an overstatement. My favorite by far was the Sashimi of Kobe Beef. It was thinly sliced kobe beef that melted in your mouth. The Crispy Lobster and Shrimp Dumplings were incredibly unique and came in a ginger sauce. It leaned more towards a shumai than your average half-moon dumpling and was definitely wading serenely in a ginger-spiced saucy bath. It was NOT normal dumpling behavior. A nod towards the Chinese inspired restaurant- we opted for the Peking Duck. It was sizable and pretty tasty, although compares nothing to what they serve up in the famous brown-paper wrapped duck houses in Beijing. But okay getting off tangent. I opted for the Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass which I thought was wonderful. I think it's something about that slightly sweet, earthy flavor that gets me every time. I enjoyed every bite. Flaky, soft and just the right amount of natural flavor vs seasonings. Lastly, in an attempt to get some vegetables in, we opted for a side of Hoi Yin eggplant. Although I enjoyed the flavors, I thought it overpowered the eggplants (they're such followers they'll soak up and conform to any flavors they come near anyways). For the price and the wait, it's probably not worth going back but I do have to admit it was a great experience and the food almost made me believe I was a fan of "Chinese" food after all.