After forty years of serving Creole and Cajun classics to multiple generations, McKinnon's has changed very little: the fresh seafood shows up daily like clockwork, and the grouper Louisiane is still causing diners' eyes to roll in unbridled ecstasy.Nestled amidst Buckhead's spit-shined skyscrapers and big-box stores that the north end of Peachtree has cultivated over the years, there's an Atlanta institution that has stood the test of time – McKinnon's Louisiane. As we know all too well, it takes a real gem to weather the tide here in Atlanta, and as one of the city's oldest fine dining institutions, McKinnon's is certainly a diamond in the rough. After more than forty years (that's approximately a century and a half in Atlanta restaurant time) of serving Creole and Cajun classics to multiple generations, McKinnon's has changed very little: the fresh seafood delivery shows up each day like clockwork, the lounge's piano still features a professional ivory-tickler on the weekends, and the grouper Louisiane is still causing diners' eyes to roll in unbridled ecstasy. Yep, there's something to be said for longevity--while we Atlantans are often raccoon-like in our fixation on the New and Shiny, places like McKinnon's stick around for a reason. And it's not just because of the live piano music (though that certainly can't hurt).
It's classic, old-school style Creole cuisine (with a few Cajun dishes thrown in there for fun). We don't go to be part of a scene, or marvel at the footwear of fashionable Buckheadites, or try our tastebuds on the latest Top Chef trend. We do go to enjoy good company and great food in an elegant fine dining setting, with servers who have been doing their thing for decades, whilst we enjoy a Sazerac and some of the best Creole seafood in Atlanta. At the helm of the ship? Owner, Aziz, who took over the restaurant over fifteen years ago after working his way up the ranks. His attention for detail is unparalleled, and it shines through in every corner of the space. His passion is maintaining the tried-and-true tradition of the establishment. Every regular gets a warm greeting and their drink of choice at the ready. And we can still taste the authentic Louisiane flavors that Mr. McKinnon himself picked up when working in the kitchen of Galatoire's (the culinary Versailles of NOLA) so long ago. One thing's for certain: McKinnon's does its French Creole roots justice. So sit back and enjoy it. And go ahead and raise a glass in a toast to the longevity of this hole-in-the-wall – we'd like to see it stick around for another century or so.
Grouper Louisiane, $23
Ginger Crusted Snapper, $23
Crawfish Etouffe, $19.50
Bourbon St. Scallops, $23
Monday - Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.