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100 Hottest Restaurants 2017

By The Editors | February 23, 2017 | Articles

541 Edgewood Ave. SE • Old Fourth Ward
404.524.5005 • @staplehouse • $11-$36 • R P

“Staplehouse” has become somewhat of a buzzword around our city—mention the name, and you can expect a conversation to ensue about one or more of the following topics. First and foremost, it’s a restaurant doing a ton of good in the community. The labor-of-love concept, born from late chef Ryan Hidinger and wife Jen’s underground supper club, now funnels post-tax profits to nonprofit org The Giving Kitchen, which supports Atlanta-area restaurant workers facing an unanticipated hardship. Next, it’s received a number of impressive accolades, from the No. 1 spot on Bon Appétit’s “Best New Restaurants 2016” list to the James Beard Award nomination for best chef: Southeast (chef Ryan Smith is a bona fide rock star in the kitchen and is completely redefining what modern Southern cooking looks and tastes like). And finally, it’s wildly popular—with a reservation waitlist and diners booking their tables months in advance, Staplehouse is easily the hottest ticket in town. Once you do snag a rez, you’ll be treated to a thoughtful, creative and ever-changing menu of seasonal offerings while seated in either the main dining room or at one of the communal-style tables on the enclosed patio. And, yet, despite all the hype, it’s the feeling you get from experiencing a meal at Staplehouse that stays with you more than anything else—it’s warm, joyful and comforting, like enjoying dinner at home with old friends.

HOT FACTOR Staplehouse’s five-course tasting menu with supplemental wine pairings is an over-the-top ATL dining experience that can only be described as magical. Smith’s talent is on full display here, delivering awe-inspiring dishes that draw heavily on availability and seasonality of ingredients.

3035 Peacthree Road NW, Ste. 140 • Buckhead
770.415.9766 • @americancut • $14-$115 • R P

Since opening in late September 2016 at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, American Cut has quickly become a go-to dining and drinking destination for ATL’s posh set, with three levels offering a variety of experiences packed into one seriously sexy spot. Start by grabbing a cocktail at the swank downstairs bar packed with pretty people. Then, once your table is ready, enter the glitzy art deco-esque dining room (complete with supple Hermès leather chairs—really!) to indulge in executive chef John Adamson’s standout entrees like the 40-ounce cast iron-seared tomahawk rib-eye or chili lobster served with Texas toast while sipping an Old Fashioned smoked tableside. Save room for dessert: The Crackerjack sundae, monkey bread with grilled peaches and s’mores flame are as delicious as they sound. After dinner, The Regent Cocktail Club—the restaurant’s top-floor lounge—beckons for a Southside of the Border in a copper mug paired with breathtaking city vistas on the wraparound patio or private cigar porch. Lounge on one of the chesterfields or leather-slung butterfly chairs that look straight out of Mad Men and toast to the high life—at this hot new fixture on the Buckhead dining scene, it’s hard not to feel like a VIP.

HOT FACTOR American Cut has seen an all-star lineup of athletes come through its doors, from Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy to New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony to Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. Keep your eyes peeled on your next visit!

924 Garrett St., Ste. c • Glenwood Park
404.380.1886 • @gunshowatl • $12-$28 • R

When Kevin Gillespie decided to flex his culinary moxie in 2013 with the opening of his restaurant Gunshow, fans of the Top Chef alum were both excited and apprehensive about the red-bearded chef’s first solo foray. A dim-sum style dining experience where innovative dishes steeped in fresh, sustainable ingredients are wheeled out on a cart for guests to choose from was quite the gamble and shock to the Atlanta dining scene. But it’s one that’s paid off. The menu is a moving target of deliciousness that traverses the senses in dishes that range from rustic to refined, allowing the chefs to tell emotional stories through the lens of their food. Fast-forward four years, and it’s still tough to get a reservation at the Glenwood Park mainstay, which has garnered numerous accolades in Atlanta publications (including several prior JEZ “100 Hottest” nods); recognition in national outlets from GQ to Esquire; and, not to mention, the flood of celebs like Mindy Kaling, Usher and Andre 3000 who have gotten their tickets to the Gunshow.

HOT FACTOR Keep an eye out for Gunshow’s Hired Guns series featuring rising culinary talent from across the nation. Although the March 12 edition featuring Top Chef alum Jennifer Carroll of Washington, D.C.’s Requin is already sold out, save the date for May 7, when chef Grae Nonas of Tullibee at the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis will helm the kitchen for a night. Tickets go on sale one month prior to the event.

3050 Peachtree Road NW • Buckhead
404.841.0040 • @umisushiatl • $8-$120 • R

To simply call Umi the best overall sushi restaurant in Atlanta would be an understatement and doesn’t do justice to the ethereal culinary undertaking executive chef Fuyuhiko Ito has created. While nigiri and sashimi are sliced with surgeonlike precision, and the freshest seafood is bathed in flavor only amplified by Ito’s French training, the complete aura of Umi’s elegant warmth is what draws patrons to this Buckhead sushi temple like moths to a flame. Always a packed affair, the scene that plays host to a deluge of Hollywood heavyweights, music royalty and sports icons too many to name was only compounded when the team lifted the veil on their exclusive, reservation-only bar next door, Himitsu. The moody and glitzy space from acclaimed designer Tom Dixon screams exclusivity, and part of the fun is the enigmatic process of gaining entry. From imbibing meticulously crafted cocktails and sipping bespoke Japanese whiskies to dining on the most incredible sushi in the city, Umi and Himitsu serve as the litmus test for Atlantans looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

HOT FACTOR Impress any date by planning your evening ahead with an Umi/Himitsu one-two punch. Secure a spot at the reservation-only bar by requesting the date/time at, including the word “LOVE” in the subject line. Upon confirmation, guests receive an email or call regarding the details of the request.

Multiple Locations • Buckhead, Midtown, Vinings
@fifthgroup • $16-$54 • B R P

Though this beloved Fifth Group Restaurants concept isn’t new by any means, the addition of a buzzy Buckhead outpost in 2016 helped catapult South City Kitchen to the top of this year’s “100 Hottest” list. The eatery’s new location, nestled at the base of a bustling high-rise on Peachtree Road, maintains the charming quality of its successful sister spots in Midtown and Vinings, yet boasts a charisma that’s entirely its own—thanks in large part to an inviting two-tiered patio that’s become a magnet for the after-work crowd and Sunday brunch-seekers alike. Of course, it wouldn’t be a meal at SCK without the classic fried green tomatoes or the mind-blowingly-good Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken (at brunch, the fried chicken and malted buttermilk waffle is a must-order—trust us!), but Buckhead menu highlights like spice grilled quail and Georgia mountain trout—not to mention a special “For the Table” section featuring large plates to be shared family-style—are equally hard to resist. (And don’t get us started on the divine desserts... chocolate caramel angel pie? Yes, please!). With every dish, executive chef Jason Starnes is focused on locality, crafting sophisticated Southern eats from regionally grown, seasonal ingredients. And what could be more delicious than that?

HOT FACTOR Elevate happy hour (literally) on South City Kitchen Buckhead’s epic patio situation overlooking Peachtree. The bar stocks three custom-blended bourbons—perfect for sipping by the outdoor fireplace on a warm Atlanta evening.

70 W. Paces Ferry Road • Buckhead
404.262.2675 • @chopslobsterbar • $24-$200 • R

This old-school Atlanta steakhouse continues to please patrons’ palates more than two decades after opening, cementing itself as one of the city’s most iconic fine-dining destinations. A two-in-one concept keeps things exciting and fresh: Upstairs, Chops boasts a dimly lit, dark-wood dining room complete with white tablecloths and elegant booths, making it the ultimate romantic date-night spot; while downstairs, Lobster Bar offers an uberexclusive speak-easy experience (the lighting is so excellent here that many film crews request to use it in TV shows and movies!). Regardless of where you land, the resto’s main focus is on exceptional service and the highest-quality surf and turf, from the certified 100 percent A5 authentic wagyu Kobe beef (Chops is one of the only restos in the city currently serving it) to the Maryland-style jumbo lump crabcakes and, of course, the famous steamed and cracked Maine lobsters. Shareable sides shine just as bright, whether you opt to indulge in hashed potato tots with blue cheese truffle sauce or creamy curly mac and smoked Gouda. Sweet, warm bread pudding or toffee crunch pie are the cherries on top of a decadent evening.

HOT FACTOR After dinner, if you know the right people, head to The Club, the swank, invite-only spot downstairs. Special wine options are available, as well as cigars chosen from the house humidor room. Rumor has it that celebs and VIPs hang here, so privacy is king.

7. 8ARM
710 Ponce de Leon Ave. • Virginia-Highland
470.875.5856 • @8armatl • $9-$70 • B P

8Arm, a hip Va-Hi restaurant with an adjoining coffee shop from the guys behind Octopus Bar, opened in fall 2016 and has been steadily gaining steam, despite the tragic death of chef/co-owner Angus Brown in January. It would have been easy to quit after such a devastating loss, but Brown’s partner, Nhan Le, is moving forward with their concept, recently adding a full beverage program to elevate the rotating eight-item menu. Now, the edgy-industrial space on Ponce truly offers something for everyone, at any time of day: coffee from Octane and other top-notch roasters; daily breakfast available via counter service, and brunch on weekends; bread and pastries baked in-house; and lunch and dinner menus highlighting clean, healthy dishes with a less-is-more approach—think burrata and prosciutto drizzled with sherry, olive oil and basil, and mussels atop pain au levain with nori butter and ginger. In February, the resto also opened a covered patio, offering guests the option of dining outside on warm spring days and ordering drinks at the walk-up bar housed in a renovated shipping container (too cool!). And now the team’s announced plans for Ama, a seafoodcentric spot on the BeltLine with a raw bar and wood-fired grill, scheduled to bow this summer. They’ve truly got their tentacles in everything.

HOT FACTOR In addition to launching a full bar in February, 8Arm also debuted a late-night menu (starting at 10pm, to cater to ATL’s service industry) featuring a delish lobster roll, plus the beloved burger formerly served at Brown’s and Le’s now-shuttered Lusca.

3035 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. A209 • Buckhead
404.939.9840 • @gypsykitchenatl • $7-$90 • R P

It’s a trip around the globe—no passport required—at Gypsy Kitchen. The restaurant’s flavor-packed food is only rivaled by the sweeping views from the rooftop patio and gorgeous people filling every booth. Step inside this hot spot next to brother concept The Southern Gentleman at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and head straight to the lively bar (the one with a giant metal fighting bull perched above—you can’t miss it). There, you’ll discover stellar wine and cocktails like The Seville Rose, made with dried rose petals. In addition to the oversize Spanish symbol, design elements like Moroccan-inspired pendant lights and ornate Indian tile add to the multicultural ambiance. But it’s the food that truly takes diners on a culinary adventure (the restaurant’s motto is, after all, “Travel like a gypsy; eat like a king”): Platos largos like whole roasted fish and dry-aged bone-in New York strip steak mingle with smaller yet equally shareable entrees such as seafood paella and Moroccan spiced Berkshire ribs. The menu also features tapas ranging from garlic shrimp and yellowfin tuna tartare to heartier grilled Spanish octopus and lamb kefta tagine, as well as a variety of a la carte embutidos (cured meat) and quesos. Wrap up your tour abroad with a selection off the amaro and sherry cart, paired with sugary churros for a sweet finish.

HOT FACTOR Aside from Gypsy Hour (Monday to Friday, 4:30 to 6:30pm), when tapas are just $4 to $5, the time to go to Gypsy Kitchen is every Sunday at 5pm, when the resto’s Basque Sundays promotion is in full swing, featuring a live flamenco guitarist, an expansive selection of half-off bottled wine, and a special rotating menu of pinchos and montaditos. Salud!

303 E. Howard Ave. • Decatur
404.378.3502 • @kimballhouse • $24-$115 • R P

Since Kimball House opened in the old Decatur railway depot in 2013, the spot known for absinthe-based cocktails and an impressive raw bar selection has been a staple on our “100 Hottest” list. (And, diners, rejoice! Kimball House now accepts reservations.) The restaurant itself is a throwback to a public house in a bygone era, with stacks of antique books, vintage sconces and high-backed tufted leather booths—even a library ladder on a rolling track behind the polished wood bar—oozing relaxed elegance. Ubertalented co-owner and mixologist Miles Macquarrie works his magic with meticulous drinks like the Afternoon Delight (absinthe, pineapple, lime, bay, cava) that pair well with an order of oysters on the half shell, which arrive on an ornate iced-down pewter tray. Then it’s on to the dinner menu, a dazzling, daily-changing variety of veggies, fish and meats, with one mainstay: the three-course steak dinner, which includes soup, salad and New York strip, along with a mix of seasonal vegetables (much of Kimball House’s produce is grown on-site). It’s simple yet classic—much like the restaurant itself, which nods to the past while being decidedly of-the-moment.

HOT FACTOR Kimball House expanded last year with the opening of Bonanza!, a private event space and casual weekend cocktail lounge in the back of the building. The kitchen here is focused on cheese and fresh charcuterie in addition to oyster and caviar service, with cocktails serving as perfect aperitifs.

10. O-KU
1085 Howell Mill Road, Ste. A3 • Westside
404.500.2383 • @okuatlanta • $8-$100 • R P

Sushi is elevated to an art form at glam Charleston, S.C., import O-Ku, from the folks behind Avalon’s Oak Steakhouse and Colletta. The Westside Ironworks hot spot with a killer rooftop patio overlooking the Midtown skyline—you’re lucky if you can snag a seat—provides an innovative, more cosmopolitan take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine, with former Umi chef Jackie Chang at the helm as executive chef. From the delicate O-Ku Karaage oysters topped with creamy masago aioli all the way to the showstopping O-Ku Omakase, a multicourse tasting of the freshest fish (sourced from the finest fish markets in Tokyo and Hawaii and flown in daily!), the restaurant’s menu offerings are anything but basic. Pair your meal (other faves are the Marilyn Mon roll, as well as the box-style Black Magic roll) with the unique Sugar & Spice martini, a blend of passion-fruit puree, lemon juice and habanero-infused vodka for a smoky kick, or try any of the premium sakes and wines. Each colorful bite and sip at O-Ku is crafted with creativity and care—and ATLiens can’t seem to get enough.

HOT FACTOR Hit up O-Ku from 11pm to 1am every Friday and Saturday for a stellar late-night menu of seasonal rolls as well as hakozushi (box-style sushi) and nigiri. We recommend the indulgent Crème de la Crème with otoro, truffle shavings and caviar. Midnight munchies solved.

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11. LE FAT
935 Marietta St. NW • Westside
404.439.9850 • @lefatatl • $11-$22 • R P

Housed in a gorgeous yet relaxed space that captures the joie de vivre of Southeast Asia from the 1920s, Guy Wong’s Westside concept is a haven for Vietnamese comfort-food faves with Chinese and French influences. Try the pho; curry chicken; or whole fish fried with egg floss, ginger and garlic. Then wash it down with one of the refreshing signature cocktails like the L’oiseau Bleu, with blueberry and bay leaf shrub, sparkling rosé, mint and lemon oil.

Multiple locations • Inman Park, Westside
@barcelonawinebar • $5-$27 • B R P F

With two locations—Inman Park and the new Westside Ironworks—drawing crowds both inside and out on the festive patios, Barcelona’s a go-to for celebrating a birthday with the whole crew or spending an intimate night with a hot date. Pair your favorite tapas like patatas bravas, hanger steak or albondigas (spiced meatballs) with a glass—or pitcher—of red or white sangria for an extra authentic Spanish meal. The plates may be small, but they pack some seriously huge flavor.

299 N. Highland Ave. NE • Inman Park
678.732.0360 • @beetlecatatl • $15-$28 • B R P

The eccentric little sister to The Optimist, BeetleCat is an “oysterette” bringing the coastal life to the big city. Located near the BeltLine, it’s the perfect place to watch seasons unfold over a Painkiller cocktail and a lobster roll in the upstairs dining room or below deck at the downstairs bar. With a kitschy vibe and a perfected oyster platter, it’s the ideal spot to drop anchor.

88 W. Paces Ferry Road NW • Buckhead
404.600.6471 • @atlasbuckhead • Atlas, $28-$70; Tavern, $6-$19 • R

ATLiens are definitely clued in on The St. Regis’ suave dining spot, Atlas, but now the artwork-clad restaurant is welcoming the city’s more casual set into its swanky new after-four lounge—The Tavern. Grab your #girlsquad or man clan and pull up an oversize, ubercomfy chair while you nosh on light bites like the Atlas sliders with ground wagyu and smoked gouda-pimento cheese, or throw back a few Midnight Aviator martinis at the bar over the latest office gossip.

299 N. Highland Ave. NE • Inman Park
404.948.2123 • @hamptonhudson • $10-$25 • B P F

Located in the Inman Quarter complex, this New York-inspired resto from husband-and-wife restaurateurs Billy and Jenn Streck is bustling from the moment it opens for weekend brunch until last man standing at closing time. We recommend any of the clever concoctions on draft like the Hemmingway Old Fashioned, paired with the Hampton hot chicken biscuit sliders or steak tartare tacos, creatively housed in a potato-chip shell.

3344 Peachtree Road • Buckhead
404.261.6456 • @bistroniko • $21-$39 • B R P

Curb your craving for authentic Parisian comfort cuisine at this Buckhead bistro, where oysters on the patio pair perfectly with a little ATL sunshine and a whole lot of Muscadet. If brunch is more your scene, opt for the restaurant’s Sunday eats like the omelet au fines herbs or brioche French toast with a side of live jazz. Oui, s’il vous plaît!

1170 Howell Mill Road • Westside
404.500.4737 • @littletroubleatl • $5-$16

Delicious food and sips aside, this Blade Runner-inspired spot’s Instagram-worthy neon-red-lit entrance is unlike any other. Once you’ve made it past the door, opt for the swarming bar scene, or take a seat and sit a spell in the quieter restaurant half of the space for a piping-hot bowl of ramen. And, the Six Wings with Sriracha ginger are as hot and spicy as the scene.

290 Elizabeth St., Ste. F • Inman Park
678.515.4536 • @bread_and_butterfly • $9-$24 • B R P F

A pastry is only as good as the French cafe in which you eat it, so it’s safe to say the croissants, muffins and freshly baked breads at Bread & Butterfly are superb. If the weather’s nice, we recommend snagging a patio seat with a latte in hand for some prime-time people-watching. Whether you’re in for a full spread of fresh fare or a light bite paired with your favorite Champagne cocktail, you’ll want to take a seat and stay a while at this adorable place.

3035 Peachtree Road NE • Buckhead
404.869.9944 • @lebilboquetatlanta • $26-$41 • B R P F

Dining is elevated to a new level at Le Bilboquet, where the posh pewter bar and sidewalk seating designed a la French cafe are some of the neighborhood’s hottest places to see and be seen. Saturday brunch is always a party here—whether you’re in the mood for fluffy pancakes or a rich omelet, be sure to wash it down with a glass of bubbly or rosé on tap and your pup sitting next to you.

856 N. Peachtree St. NE • Midtown
404.881.5377 • @grainbaratl • $7-$25 • P

Making a lot from a little, Midtown fave Grain—from alums of Cypress Street Pint & Plate and Seven Lamps—serves up a dynamic menu of eclectic bar bites highlighting the ambiance of its cocktail bar. Whether patrons visit pre-dinner (we see you, $1 oysters during happy hour!) or for a late-night snack, Grain offers an intimate setting for the cocktail connoisseur in all of us. Weather permitting, step outside for the ultimate patio-sippin’ experience.

111 W. Paces Ferry Road NW • Buckhead
404.869.1992 • @yeboskihaus • $7-$33 • R P

Yebo has taken “seasonally rotating” to a whole new level, with two delicious concepts in one very chic space. Through April 1, the buzzy Buckhead eatery is Yebo Ski Haus, a cozy gathering place for après-style comfort food (the beer cheese fondue is a must), fire pit lounging and, of course, shot skis at the bar. But come late spring, the spot will transform back into Yebo Beach Haus, a relaxed South Africa-meets-Southampton destination where patrons can sip wine on the patio while enjoying superfresh coastal fare.

740 Ralph McGill Blvd. • Old Fourth Ward
470.225.6162 • @venkmansatl • $13-$24 • B R P F

Venkman’s has what everyone wants: dinner and a show. Serving up a tasty menu from executive chef Nick Melvin, the restaurant also acts as a live music venue covering all genres of music, especially ‘70s funk tunes from Peter Olson and Nicholas Niespodziani, owners and front men of Yacht Rock Revue. Rocking food, rocking music, rocking atmosphere—you’ll find it all here.

3035 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. A208 • Buckhead
404.939.9845 • @thesoutherngentlemanatl • $14-$54 • B R P

This go-to eat and drink spot for ATL ladies and gents is nestled right in the heart of Buckhead. From its renowned drink menu (calling all whiskey and bourbon lovers!) to its Southern comfort classics, this resto located atop The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is a sure crowd-pleaser. Not to mention, there’s live music on the weekends to help ease your workweek stress.

24. STK
1075 Peachtree St. NE • Midtown
404.793.0144 • @eatstk • $31-$50 • R

Lace up your thigh-high boots for a GNO at STK, where sexy meets sustenance with a menu chock-full of curated cocktails and savory steaks that are sure to have you happy-dancing to the live DJ’s mashups. Nosh on executive chef Andrea Montobbio’s crispy rock shrimp before sending your taste buds to hog heaven with one bite into a sizzling 16-ounce sirloin.

1093 Hemphill Ave. • Westside
404.724.2333 • @gioantico • $18-$27

Arguably the best pizza in A-Town, Antico Pizza serves up fresh ingredients atop authentic Italian-style pies until, well, they run out of dough. All pizzas come well-done and slightly charred to perfection, ensuring beyond-delicious bites for you and your date. Pair your meal with a bottle of one of the many wines, or take advantage of the B.Y.O.B. option. This ATL staple definitely has a pizza our heart!

914 Howell Mill Road • Westside
404.477.6260 • @theoptimistatl • $22-$45 • R

Although dinner at The Optimist is a treat in and of itself, it’s The Oyster Bar just off the main dining room that caught our eye. The menu includes a rotating selection of the freshest oysters—served on ice or roasted in the wood-fire oven—small plates and a killer Daily Punch. Bonus: Select oysters are $1 during Oyster Happy Hour (Monday to Friday, 5 to 6pm; Saturday, 3 to 4pm). Post-happy hour, enjoy a rousing game of putt-putt on the miniature outdoor course.

684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE • Old Fourth Ward
404.458.6838 • @ladybirdatlanta • $14-$55 • B P F

When you want to go camping without the effort (a la Troop Beverly Hills), Ladybird, located on the BeltLine, has you covered for brunch, lunch, dinner and happy hour (try the seasonally rotating Patio Punch). Mess hall tables, games, family-style entrees, alfresco fire pits and a triple chocolate s’mores dessert will have you nostalgic for summer camp.

887 Howell Mill Road • Westside
404.815.1399 • @bocadoatl • $13-$24 • R P

This popular West Midtown spot situated away from the hustle and bustle of town—in a former woodworking shop, actually—is top-tier when it comes to exquisite cuisine and unique libations. We love the striking flavor of the brandy-based Sudden Fall paired with the legendary Bocado burger stack and a side of crispy garlic herb or traditional fries (your pick!).

99 Krog St. NE • Inman Park
404.458.4534 • @ticonderogaclub • $16-$72 • B P

With cocktail buffs Greg Best and Paul Calvert manning the intimate eight-stool bar at this colonial era-inspired watering hole, the new go-to at Krog Street Market for nightcaps, mouthwatering seafood and the Chuck Wagon—a whopping 48-ounce hunk of meat in maitre d’ butter hailed as “enough to feed an army”—earned its first appearance on JEZ’s “100 Hottest” fair and square. Not to mention, the landing upstairs is the prime perch for people-watching.

900 Third St. • Alpharetta
678.722.8335 • @collettaatl • $14-$42 • R P

With a large open kitchen and crisp white tiles, Colletta, meaning “collection” in Italian, is the perfect place to gather with your own collection of friends and family. Along with enjoying a modern twist on traditional Northern Italian food, guests can also stop by the cocktail bar window and enjoy a drink while strolling the Avalon property.

31. ECCO
Multiple locations • Midtown, Airport
@fifthgroup • $15-$32 • R P

Skip the jet lag, long flight and crowded streets by heading to Ecco for some dang good food that transports you straight to Italy. Opt for any of the wood-fired pizzas at this Midtown resto (which also has a location in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) for a true delicacy. We recommend the lamb merguez sausage for an extra kick of flavor on that crunchy, cracker-like crust. And be on the lookout, Buckhead: An Ecco outpost is coming your way later this year.

1782 Cheshire Bridge Road NE • Buckhead
404.343.0313 • @capedutchatl • $16-$92 • R P

Justin Anthony’s South African wine country-inspired resto is just a little over a year old, yet still drawing a crowd every night for its stunning interiors (designed by Anthony’s superstylish wife, Kelly Wolf-Anthony) and flavorful menu items by executive chef Philippe Haddad, including the braised rabbit leg, elk chop and braai-grilled branzino (served with a side of crazy-good jalapeno sauce). Don’t forget to Insta a pic in front of the “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” canvas before leaving!

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1540 Avenue Place, Ste. B-230 • North Druid Hills
678.927.9131 • @thegeneralmuir • $14-$24 • B R P

The General Muir gets a surprising Asian makeover at the start of each week as guest chefs take over the kitchen for Monday Night Ramen. Think spicy miso ramen with chicken, scallions, black radish, Swiss chard and egg; or an imaginative spin on the classic latke befitting the theme, with bonito, furikake, okonomi and kewpie. But regular menu items like corned beef sandwiches and matzoh ball soup still keep folks lining up every day.

753 Edgewood Ave. NE • Inman Park
404.577.2332 • $16-$19 • R P F

If you’re looking for a world-class restaurant without the restrictive dress code—or price tag—look no further than Bruce Logue’s innovative Inman Park trattoria. Specializing in creative twists on pasta and cocktails, BoccaLupo combines the Old World expertise of fine Italian dining and contemporary American fare with a nod to Atlanta’s soul-food roots.

265 Pharr Road NE • Buckhead • 404.262.3165
@atlantafishmarket • $20-$43 • R

In addition to its iconic fish statue outside, Atlanta Fish Market is well known for serving up some of the best seafood in the A. Located right smack dab in the center of Buckhead, this lively eatery offers a mind-boggling variety of fresh fish and is also home to Pano’s Market, so patrons can purchase their favorites to prepare at home. For some out-of-the-sea good options, order the jumbo lump crab cakes with scallion whipped potatos, thin beans, tartar and mustard sauces.

3424 Peachtree Road NE • Buckhead
404.846.0644 • @newyorkprime • $24-$98 • R P

Featured on our “100 Hottest” list every year since Bruce Almighty premiered (2003 for the un-pop-cultured), this Buckhead steak joint remains a top choice for the A’s elite. If we had to guess what makes NY Prime so noteworthy, it’s probs the USDA prime-only menu that’s overflowing with tender meats like the double rib veal chop that’s simply b-e-a-utiful.

Multiple locations • Buckhead, Inman Park
@supericaatl • $14-$38 • B P

Think “Tex-Mex” in its most deliberate form. Complete with Mexican folk art and hanging antlers, Ford Fry’s Superica is always packed, and for a good reason—the food and atmosphere. With more than 57 tequilas and 10 mezcals, the resto emulates the funky-cool culture of Austin, Texas. If you’re feeling up to it, opt for the Tampiquena, which is a pretty large plate of marinated wood-grilled skirt steak served under two cheese enchiladas and a fried egg. Yes, please!

129 Church St. • Decatur
470.225.6770 • @revivaldecatur • $14-$32 • B R P

Revival is serving up plates just like mama used to make ‘em. Inspired by chef Kevin Gillespie’s formative years, the Decatur resto offers a traditional Sunday dinner dressed in family-style elegancies. When warmer weather arrives, Revival’s Communion Beer Garden provides the best spot for a pre- or post-meal beverage. Head to this beer haven for a truly happy hour every week, Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 7pm.

500 Pharr Road • Buckhead
404.237.2941 • @pricciatlanta • $25-$42 • R

There’s no such thing as a bad day when there’s pasta involved! That’s the motto of neighborhood Italian eatery Pricci, whose menu consists of hearty entrees and savory apps that are sure to leave bellies satisfied. Pasta is the specialty here, and there’s something for everyone according to executive chef Piero Premoli, a third-generation Italian and executive chef. Pasta and passion—what more could a diner want?

701-5 Highland Ave. NE • Old Fourth Ward
404.228.2005 • @castironatl • $7-$21 • B R

This newcomer to ATL’s dining scene has quickly become one of our faves, and for good reason: With a low-key vibe and high-quality food prepared almost entirely in cast iron pans (hence the name), it’s an unpretentious mainstay for BeltLine-goers looking for tasty eats. Try the Thai-inspired cold noodles and shrimp paired with a sizzling Penicillin cocktail; then finish with the resto’s too-cute dessert combo of housemade cookies and milk served via coupe.

1198 Howell Mill Road • Westside
404.355.2252 • @jctkitchenandbar • $16-$37 • R P

The welcoming atmosphere and delicious Southern plates (the JCT. fried chicken, with collard greens, buttermilk biscuits and housemade hot sauce, is a must) at this Ford Fry mainstay keep us coming back again and again. Sip a specialty cocktail on the rooftop, where live music and a spectacular skyline view make it a go-to spot for kicking off the weekend with a group of friends—or kissing it goodbye, as the resto also offers a Southern-style Sunday Supper from 5 to 9pm.

3393 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. 3058B • Buckhead
404.481.2980 • @true_food_kitchen • $12-$23 • B R P

Healthy never tasted as good as it does at True Food Kitchen, where the menu, just like the inspired cocktail list, is fresh, innovative and—the best part of all—anti-inflammatory. Head to this Lenox Square hot spot post-workout for the organic Tuscan kale salad, a filling yet light start to any meal, followed by the butternut squash pizza or hearty teriyaki quinoa bowl. Top it all off with a refreshing (and pretty) pomegranate mule, and feel good knowing you didn’t undo all your hard work at spin class!

675 Ponce de Leon Ave. • Old Fourth Ward
404.724.9700 • @brezzacucina • $15-$23 • B R

Celeb chef Jonathan Waxman’s first Atlanta venture is right at home in Ponce City Market, with a sprawling bar and airy, spacious dining room facing an open kitchen to complement the Italian-with-a-California-twist menu. The gnocchi, JW chicken and JW kale salad are standouts, but, chocolate lovers, be sure to order the creamy, dreamy Budino (bittersweet chocolate pudding, whipped cream and biscotti) for dessert. That’s amore!

44. KYMA
3085 Piedmont Road • Buckhead
404.262.0702 • @kymarestaurant • $26-$46 • R

When it comes to Mediterranean food, it doesn’t get much better than Kyma, which means “wave” in Greek. The restaurant features both a vegan and vegetarian menu and an impeccable recreation of Greek architectural elements (think white Doric columns and colorful mosaics). The lunch menu is always popular, offering inventive yet approachable dishes that would please even the pickiest palate.

887 Spring St. NW • Midtown
404.892.3037 • @thecheetahatl • $29-$43 • B R

Engage in fine dining with a risqué twist at Alluvia, located at The Cheetah in Midtown. Perfect for a guys’ night out, this gentlemen’s club specializes in dishes that are just as steamy as the performances. Head over for a late-night dinner, as the restaurant stays open till 2am, to indulge in blackened lobster tail with cheesy grits and fried okra, then end with a slice of Bourbon pecan pie. How’s that for a Southern meal?

46. HAL'S
30 Old Ivy Road • Buckhead
404.261.0025 • $19-$57 • R P

This old-school steakhouse with New Orleans flair has long been a centerpiece of the Buckhead dining scene. Juicy steaks, sumptuous fish and shellfish, and delectable pastas—plus an extensive selection of wines to pair with them—are divine, but it’s the atmosphere and the top-notch service that keep loyal patrons coming back time and time again.

2277 Peachtree Road NE • Buckhead
404.948.1175 • @holemanandfinch • 24-$49 • B R

Whether you spring for the bacon-wrapped venison loin (talk about decadent!) or keep it simple with the Buffalo chicken skins, this pub from James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins has a menu packed with Southern-inspired comfort food. As for dessert? Throw it back to your younger days with a good ‘ole Coca-Cola float.

950 Third St. • Alpharetta
678.722.8333 • @oakatlanta • $16-$60 • B R P F

This upscale Avalon steakhouse, with a sister location in Charleston, S.C., is renowned for using Georgia-sourced ingredients to create innovative dishes like grilled and confit swordfish, buttermilk fried chicken, and, of course, a variety of certified Angus beef signature steaks and chops. The resto also offers a range of delectable small plates, including truffle frites and baked three-cheese mac, that are sure to please.

691 14th St. NW • Westside
404.996.2623 • @cooksatl • $6-$79 • R P

Dishes pack major flavor at this Basque-inspired venture. Tucked away in the always-happenin’ West Midtown neighborhood, the culinary gem prides itself on authenticity—serving up a brilliant menu ranging from pintxos especiales (small plates) to asador (woodfire grill) entrees to share like the juicy bone-in Berkshire pork chop with apple, savory bread pudding and beet truffle demi.

Multiple locations • Cheshire Bridge, Decatur, Westside
$3-$12 • P

You’ll have to show up early to get a spot in the ever-present line out the door, but it’ll all be worth the wait when you have some jalapeno queso. The bare-bones Mexican resto serves up Southern-infused street tacos (think fried chicken and smoked pork) along with sides and a full bar. The salsa trio is a must, as are the muy delicioso margs served frozen or on the rocks.

51. 1KEPT
2293 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. B • Buckhead
404.254.1973 • @1kept • $21-$328 • R

1Kept’s collective kitchen is always cooking up new dishes inspired by the fresh, local ingredients delivered daily. This resto boasts a contemporary atmosphere but maintains the Southern charm from its creative menu, handcrafted libations and in-house pickling lab. If you’re looking to eat great food for an even better cause, make a res for the chef select, six-course meal between Tuesday and Thursday, when 100 percent of the bill goes to one of the eatery’s select charities.

930 Howell Mill Road NW, Ste. B • Westside
404.796.8888 • @eightsushiatl • $6-$80 • R P

All that glitters is gold—including the beautifully crafted sushi at this Westside hot spot. From the bluefin otoro roll sprinkled with caviar and edible gold flakes to the award-winning ramen, the food at Eight Sushi Lounge is irresistibly delicious. Take a seat at the sushi bar and watch the chefs work their magic, preparing rolls too pretty to eat—well, almost.

53. LURE
1106 Crescent Ave. NE • Midtown
404.817.3650 • @fifthgroup • $19-$34 • B R P

Smack dab in the middle of Crescent Avenue, Midtown’s buzzy culinary haven, Lure serves decadent seafood that’s made it a neighborhood mainstay. But, as winter finally turns to spring, we’re craving one of its signature punch bowls served alfresco on the expansive patio. The peach zinger, the perfect refreshing drink for warmer temps, is made with prosecco (on tap!), peach schnapps, peach puree and orange juice, and comes in a vintage-esque silver punch bowl.

349 Peachtree Hills Ave. • Buckhead
404.841.8820 • @krsteakbar • $12-$90 • R P

Nestled within the Peachtree Hills area of Buckhead, this chic neighborhood concept from Kevin Rathbun places emphasis on Italian-themed small plates and high-quality steaks. Looking to really splurge on date night? Order the dry-aged porterhouse for two, and prepare to indulge. The resto also offers a Monday Night Wine Club on the first Monday of every month, where guests can sample six wines from different regions along with passed apps.

Multiple locations • Chastain Park, Inman Park, Westside
@bartacolife • $3-$38 • P

The casual, surf shack-like vibe and buzzy patio draw patrons into this popular eatery, with three prime Atlanta-area locations, but the mouthwatering margaritas and tricked-out tacos are what make them stay. Try the Baja fish taco with a side of grilled corn with lime, cotija cheese and cayenne pepper, followed by the churros with chocolate sauce for a sweetly satisfying finish.

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3500 Peachtree Road • Buckhead
404.814.9640 • @tavernatphipps • $11-$30 • R

As soon as you walk into this Phipps Plaza standby, you’ll be bombarded with heavenly smells radiating from the kitchen. With hearty and rich sandwiches ranging from the Carnegie Deli pastrami Reuben to the Tavern burger to the spicy shrimp stuffed baguette, you’d be smart to stick to that side of the menu. Additionally, happy hour is always a full-blown party at this happening spot, thanks to live music and talented barkeeps.

997 Virginia Ave. NE • Virginia-Highland
404.872.0904 • @murphysatlanta • $14-$28 • B R P

An anchor in the charming Va-Hi neighborhood, this casual-chic eatery serves up Southern hospitality and droolworthy eats. Stop in for Murphy’s to-die-for weekend brunch and order a giant cinnamon roll or one of the delectable frittatas. It doesn’t stop there—the resto’s lunch and dinner menus and quaint wine shop are just another reason why Murphy’s will forever be one of our faves.

1238 DeKalb Ave. NE • Candler Park
404.577.4030 • @foxbrosbarbq • $8-$30 • P

Take a walk on the Southern side, all the way down to Candler Park, for Guy Fieri-approved barbecue that’s fall-off-the-bone, finger-lickin’ good. Tip: Go for The Everything Plate for literally a taste of everything, from pulled pork and beef brisket to chicken wings and thick-cut ribs. Don’t forget to douse it all in Fox’s homemade sauce!

155 Sycamore St. • Decatur
404.377.7994 • @cakesandalerestaurant • $25-$36 • R

This bistro-cafe gem located off the square in Decatur delights with fresh baked goods, high-quality cuisine and an elegant dining room. Have the oysters, served with a tangy Champagne vinaigrette, and a carefully crafted cocktail, perfect for ’gramming on one of the marbled tables. Before you leave, stop by the cafe next door for a slice of cake imported from sister establishment Proof Bakeshop and one of the best cappuccinos in the city brewed with Counter Culture coffee.

3365 Piedmont Road NE, Ste. 1350 • Buckhead
404.842.0011 • @chamagaucha • $30-$50 • R P

Things Brazil gave us: samba music, Gisele Bündchen and the incredibly tender charcoal-grilled meats served at Chama Gaucha. Steaks including picanha (the house specialty), rib-eye and filet mignon are seasoned to perfection and cut tableside at this spacious Buckhead resto (be sure to check out the patio on warmer days), and the over-the-top salad bar is brimming with fresh toppings that are handpicked daily.

3035 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. 201 • Buckhead
678.686.2267 • @dolce_italian • $13-$39 • B R P

Hats off to LDV Hospitality for gracing the Buckhead dining scene with this iconic Italian resto, whose flavorful crowd-pleasers like the Maine lobster ravioli have caught the attention of A-listers including Carrie Underwood. With leather-clad environs that mirror Rome circa 1960, the celeb-approved hot spot makes for an uber-romantic setup. (Hint, hint, fellas!)

3500 Peachtree Road • Buckhead
404.844.4810 • @daviosrestaurant • $9-$51 • B R P F

If you’re feelin’ Iggy-level fancy, this Phipps Plaza pick offers a mean melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon that looks even more elegant next to a glass of merlot. Speaking of wine o’clock, don’t miss out on happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm for post-work cocktails and half-priced hors d’oeuvres.

Multiple locations • Buckhead, Roswell
@thebigketch_buckhead • $5-$27 • R P

Dining at The Big Ketch is like taking a trip to the beach, complete with tasty seafood, fruity boat drinks, live music on the breezy patio and feel-good vibes all around. Start things off with hush puppies served with Key lime honey mustard or crab and shrimp dip; then choose from a variety of fresh fish entrees prepared with house-style, blackened or jerk-style seasonings. Looking for something a tad lighter? The signature low-cal quinoa bowls give you flavor without the guilt.

112 Krog St. NE • Inman Park
404.524.8280 • @rathbunsrestaurants • $15-50 • R P

Rathbun’s is an Inman Park staple, where new-American entrees like roasted maple leaf duck breast, pinot noir-braised short rib and sea scallop Benedict entice. The small plates are just as good; bring your crew to indulge in a sampling of flavor-packed dishes like charred baby octopus, lobster tacos and Yaya’s eggplant fries. If you’re looking to upgrade your March Madness-viewing spot from the neighborhood dive, a TV, classic cocktails and full menu are available at Rathbun’s Bar.

1197 Peachtree St. NE, Ste. 517 • Midtown
404.347.5291 • @establishmentatl • $15-$40 • B R P

After its 2016 move from Buckhead to Midtown, Establishment made waves as one of the few ATL restaurants to have frozé, made with pinot noir rosé, strawberries and lemon, on tap. The cocktails (and cozy patio) are the main attraction, with the focus intently on fresh ingredients and high-quality spirits. Even the ice—handcarved and delivered daily—is a step above.

500 10th St. NE • Midtown
404.249.0001 • @parktavern • $7-$15 • R P F

When you’re looking for a low-key spot to grab a beer and a bite to eat with friends and fur babies in tow, this Piedmont Park mainstay doesn’t disappoint. The dog-friendly patio is truly top-notch, and classic tavern fare including double-handed burgers, tacos and even sushi is hard to beat. And, in the words of Luke Bryan, rain is a good thing at Park Tavern—drafts are just $1 when drops start to fall. Bottoms up!

1050 Crescent Ave. • Midtown
404.343.3857 • @thefederalatl • $28-$38 • B R

At this charming bistro (whose name pays homage to neighboring the Federal Reserve Bank), chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere nail classic French fare like steak frites with maitre d’ butter, but mix in surprising dishes such as West Texas venison with cheese pierogi and smoked trout with Anson Mills grits. And it totally works, as the eatery’s recent James Beard Award nom for Best New Restaurant proves. Before leaving, order the fun El Morro cocktail rimmed in sprinkles for a colorful addition to your Instagram Story.

3201 Cains Hill Place NW • Buckhead
404.228.8856 • @bigskybuckhead • $7-$16 • B P F

Atlanta’s socialites head to Big Sky when they’re looking for a wild night with friends. But it doesn’t stop at the boozy delights. Chef Hector Santiago knows how to serve up tasty bar eats that wildly surpass your typical bar food expectations. Toast to the good life on the second-floor patio as you take in the stunning view of the Buckhead skyline.

Multiple locations • Decatur, Inman Park
@victorysandwichbar • $4-$9 • P F

As its name so accurately implies, Victory is the place to hit for a one-of-a-kind sandwich in a laid-back environment. Try the Tea Bird, a creative combo of chicken, ghost pepper jack cheese, tomato, lettuce and sweet tea mayo piled onto warm toasted bread; then wash it down with a must-sip Jack and Coke slushie on the picnic table-dotted patio.

128 E. Andrews Drive NW • Buckhead • 404.848.9100
@smokebellybbq • $5-$28 • R P

Barbecue lovers know that Smokebelly means business when it comes to smokin’ Southern dishes. Start with the brisket disco Q fries before moving on to classics like the Southern fried chicken sandwich, available in “Nashville hot” or “damn hot.” Wash it all down with a simple glass of sweet tea or a swig of the Plaid Shirt & Ankle Socks (a mix of Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red vodka and SweetWater 420). Then slip into The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, the intimate speak-easy behind the resto, for a Prohibition era-inspired cocktail.

992 Virginia Ave. NE • Virginia-Highland
404.873.5430 • @fifthgroup • $13-$36 • B R P

Seasoned Atlanta diners know that La Tavola is the spot to be for the best of the best in authentic Italian fare. Located in the vibrant Virginia-Highland ‘hood, this Italian powerhouse wows with its fresh Bolognese, to-die-for slow-roasted whole chicken and tasty tiramisu. Take your date night to the next level at this cozy, romantic charmer. Belissima!

999 Brady Ave. NW • Westside
678.733.8550 • @millerunionatl • $23-$39 • R P

Simple goes a long way at this Westside delight. James Beard Award nominee Steven Satterfield’s Southern fare with a modern twist is served up for your tasting pleasure—from Georgia-grown veggies to cuts-like-buttah meats, it’s hard to get enough of this culinary masterpiece. The farmstead-inspired menu is updated on the reg, so every visit to the restaurant is a unique and always delicious experience.

121 Sycamore St. • Decatur
404.371.8800 • @iberianpig • $10-$ 49 • R P F

Decatur’s most sought-out tapas spot? The Iberian Pig, hands down! Order from the unique menu featuring classic spins on the likes of mac ‘n’ cheese and pan-seared scallops, or walk on the wild side with more unexpected items such as B.W.D. (bacon wrapped dates, of course). With a diverse beverage program—say hello to vinos from Spain, Chile and Argentina—and an always social and eclectic ambiance, this resto’s a ringer for a festive night out.

Avalon, 4100 First St. • Alpharetta
678.436.5655 • @avaloninsider • $15-$23 • R P F

Branch & Barrel has become a favorite dining experience for Avalon shoppers after a long day of retail therapy—it’s hard to go wrong with an entree selection, since practically every dish is made from scratch (down to the ketchup). If you’re really hungry, be sure to order the Branch & Barrel loaded potato chips with pulled barbecued beef, pepper jack queso, lettuce and tomato—yum!

1170 Howell Mill Road • Westside
404.968.2033 • @ormsbys • $8-$25 • B

Known for its bustling scene and classic bar activities like darts, pool, shuffleboard and that strangely addictive ring-on-a-string game, Ormsby’s guarantees a good time whether you’re pre-gaming on a Friday night or enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon. The Westside gathering spot offers a wide selection of craft beers alongside elevated pub fare like hand-dipped corn dog pups and pimento cheese and corn fritters—consider them your reward after winning a heated round of bocce.

4199 Paces Ferry Road SE • Vinings
770.432.2663 • @canoe_atlanta • $17-$37 • B R P

Perched on the banks of the Chattahoochee, Canoe is a picturesque spot for a celebratory, romantic evening. Swing by early for a pre-dinner glass of vino at the riverside bar before dining and imbibing to your heart’s content on flavorful meat and seafood dishes—think slow-roasted rabbit, red snapper and Hickory-grilled New York strip—paired with one of the restaurant’s many fine wines. It’s a classic ATL experience that only gets better with each visit.

131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. • Decatur
404.687.0500 • @leonsfullservice • $13-$45 • B P

The full service at this Decatur hot spot refers to friendly wait staff, lush drinks, delicious food and lively atmosphere. It’s perfect for a quick happy hour or a long Sunday Funday brunch. While the menu is a tour de force of land, sea and garden, the biggest must is the In the Bucket handcut pomme frites served with a variety of sauces like garlic aioli, house ketchup and goat cheese fondue (yes, really!).

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3011 Buford Highway NE • Buckhead
404.315.7711 • @lipsatl • $16-$28 • B R

Whether you’re heading to LIPS Atlanta for one of its famous Saturday night shows—drag shows, that is—or one-of-a-kind Sunday Gospel brunches featuring the Sisters of the Sequins (entrees include your choice of a bloody mary or mimosa), you will definitely want to stay a while. If you can believe it, this place is even livelier during the week—especially on Wednesdays, during the Twisted Broadway performances from LIPS’ most talented ladies!

5394 Peachtree Road • Chamblee
678.580.5579 • @southboundatlanta • $8-$28 • B R P

Farm-fresh, local ingredients are at the heart of this Chamblee eatery in an old mercantile factory, as displayed in Southern fare like Cajun boiled peanuts, fried green tomatoes and smoked short rib. Don’t forget to end your meal with some whipped cream-topped banana pudding for a true down-home delight; then explore the wine list at the vintage wooden bar upstairs. On Wednesdays, stop in for Fried Chicken Night for a bite of the bird alongside cornbread, mashed potatoes and spicy collards.

75 14th St. • Midtown
404.881.5913 • @barmargotatl • $11-$58 • R

In collaboration with chef Ford Fry, Bar Margot—tucked into the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta—proves that a thoughtfully curated drink menu, and unique yet always comforting cuisine, goes a long way. For a simple drink packed with refreshing flavor, try the Lady Victoria (Hanger One vodka, lemon, Cocchi Americano and rosemary) served in a retro glass, along with the bright and lemony crab toast topped with avocado coulis, rooftop garden herbs and radish.

3717 Roswell Road • Buckhead
404.941.3081 • @theivybuckhead • $8-$15 • B P

What was once a mansion is now home to one of the hottest nightlife spots in the heart of Buckhead. Stop by for brunch to watch your favorite teams play on one of the 28 flat screens, or enjoy a GNO while sipping cold drinks and nibbling on a plate of the Ivy blue chips topped with blue cheese, bacon and blue cheese dressing while taking in the scene on the spacious, buzzing patio.

1197 Peachtree St. NE, Ste. 528 • Midtown
404.400.3669 • @5churchatlanta • $15-$85 • B R P

Born in Charlotte, N.C., this Midtown newcomer brings an exciting new twist to your traditional steak-and-potatoes dinner. Try executive chef (and contestant on the current season of Top Chef) Jamie Lynch’s famous 60-second prime NY strip for a cut that will truly blow your mind. Make sure to ask for a leftovers box—you’ll need it.

1198 Howell Mill Road • Westside
404.365.0410 • @starprovisions • $95 • R

There’s a reason that Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison’s upscale New American eatery, Bacchanalia, lands a spot on our list year after year—a creative prix fixe menu, exquisitely plated dishes, an extensive wine selection and the finest organic, locally sourced ingredients come together to make Bacchanalia a not-to-be-missed culinary experience for visitors and native Atlantans alike.

Multiple locations • Buckhead, Midtown
@fadoirishpub • $13-$20 • B R P

Come in around 4 to 7pm to experience the happiest of hours dressed in Irish craic. Fadó Irish Pub delivers delish sports pub fare and is the perfect gathering spot for friends to watch a game, dine or just grab a beer after a long day of work. Moscow mule lovers, don’t miss out on the Mega Mule—served in a giant copper mug, this massive drink is designed for splitting with up to 10 people.

215 Peachtree St. NE • Downtown
404.688.7625 • @hardrockatlanta • $16-$48 • R

Come be “with the band” and get your VIP seat to Southern fare and rock memorabilia at Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta. Flooded with a variety of food and tunes, this rock ’n’ roll hub will quickly become your favorite place to dine and pregame while taking in the local music scene.

3455 Peachtree Road NE • Buckhead
404.554.9995 • @stceciliaatl • $16-$48 • B R

Serving coastal European food rooted in culinary tradition, St. Cecilia is every foodie’s dream. Specializing in a selection of handmade pastas, like rich gnudi with house ricotta and brown butter (um... yum!), the resto invites guests to relax and indulge in a classy yet unpretentious space. Pre-dinner, be sure to snag a spot at the 20-seat marble bar, where you’ll engage with ATL’s attractive social set.

1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, Ste. 810 • Roswell
770.641.8877 • @foundationsocialeatery • $13-$27 • B R P

This bright, modern gastropub makes the trip OTP completely worth it. If menu items, including FSE spicy pork sausage, Carolina trout and housemade fettucini, aren’t enough of a reason to go, how about the top-notch patio and lounge areas? There’s not a better way to celebrate the start of spring than on Foundation’s stylish outdoor patio with an expertly curated cocktail in hand.

313 N. Highland Ave. NE • Inman Park
404.523.6678 • @sottosottoatl • $17-$38 • R

Somehow, this authentic Italian eatery manages to strike the perfect balance between delicious comfort food and five-star service. Perhaps it’s the fresh, handmade pastas in an upscale, living room-style space. Pair your delicious noms with an international red wine for a truly European experience.

5920 Roswell Road, Ste. B-118 • Sandy Springs
404.709.2148 • @gialloatl • $11-$42 • R

You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a little town in Italy after just one bite of the tagliatelle served under Italian sausage ragu. The pastas, all of which are handmade and responsibly sourced, represent the bold and rich flavors of Italy’s coastal cities, while the cured meats and cheeses hail from the country’s mountains and plains. Grazie, Giallo!

3060 Peachtree Road NW • Buckhead
404.477.3500 • @kinganddukeatl • $21-$52 • B R P

Owned by chef and restaurateur Ford Fry, King + Duke is certainly fit for royalty. Come for the old-school American fare and stay for the cozy environs, including a wood-burning hearth, dark woods, warm color palettes and quirky touches that Mark Twain—whose novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, inspired the eatery’s name—would have found appealing.

659 Peachtree St. NE • Midtown
404.897.5000 • @livingstonrestaurantandbar • $ 22-$32 • B R

Before heading to the Fox Theatre for a show, skip across the street to elegant The Georgian Terrace, which is home to Livingston Restaurant + Bar. Taking a cue from its historic yet glamorous space, the resto’s brunch, lunch and dinner menus offer a modern twist on classic cuisine. Sample the Creole scallop carbonara for bold flavor bursting in every bite.

800 Whitlock Ave., Ste. 124 • Marietta
678.388.8813 • $10-$23 • B R

Welcome to a restaurant where “supper” means dinner, and Grandma’s home cooking has an eco-friendly twist. Don’t let the strip-mall setting fool you; restaurateur Marc Taft’s unique Marietta eatery offers a sustainable, organic, seasonal menu enjoyed by brunch-seekers all over Atlanta. Plus, the drink menu features a Thin Mint martini—who doesn’t love that?

3290 Northside Parkway NW • Buckhead
404.968.2700 • @localthree • $23-$33 • B R P

Though hard to find, this Buckhead gem is known for its upbeat atmosphere. When the weather permits, take the party outside onto the lively patio, where you’ll nosh on killer bites featuring local ingredients while perusing the resto’s craft cocktail menu. The Yippee-Ki-Yay, Muddy’s Water!! is certainly a mouthful—literally—but worth the tongue twist for this sweet sip.

94. AMER
299 N. Highland Ave. • Inman Park
404.600.5895 • @ameratl • Small plates, $3-$13; cocktails, $10-$14

AMER’s intimate cocktail bar is perfect for pre-gaming or for after-parties. Its boozy creations are unrivaled, especially when paired with delish bar snacks and small plates. The open and airy vintage atmosphere suits this up-and-coming neighborhood spot. Stop by during Sour Hour for $6 craft cocktails and unique sips.

4225 Roswell Road NE • Buckhead
678.732.3274 • @buttermilkkitchen • $8-$15 • B P

There may be a constant wait at this weekend brunch destination, but, trust us, it’s worth it once you take one bite of the deliciously fluffy made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes (flavors rotate seasonally) or heavenly chicken biscuits with housemade red pepper jelly served with pimento cheese grits. The casual Southern environs—Mason jars galore!—certainly add to Buttermilk Kitchen’s charm.

191 Peachtree St. NE • Downtown
404.968.9662 • @fifthgroup • $7-$30 • R

Sizzlin’ south-of-the-border flavor and plenty of fresh ingredients make for delish eats at this muy caliente haunt. Alma Cocina’s contemporary Latin and Mexican cuisine brings in the crowds—especially for fan favorites like the superior margarita and must-try fried avocado tacos. This Downtown resto is perfect for a weekday lunch or a night out on the town, especially if you’re heading to a show or game at Philips Arena.

1186 N. Highland Ave. NE • Virginia-Highland
404.873.4656 • @fifthgroup • $4-$17 • R P

El Taco may be famous for its savory and spicy Mexican entrees, but the desserts are equally as good—if not better. Our faves? The churro to-go and the fried apple pie. And for those with big appetites, por qué no los dos?

125 Peachtree St. • Downtown
404.524.7200 • $9-$54 • R P

You may come for the kitchen, but you’ll stay for the specialty cocktails—especially since the 360-degree bar houses a collection of more than 70 whiskeys and bourbons. This place is all about merging contradictions in its menus, infusing complex with simple and innovative with traditional. Don’t believe us? Try the cornish hen with porcini gnocchi and wild mushrooms for an intriguing mashup of familiar Southern flavors.

Multiple locations
@ruths_chris • Prices vary by location • R

When it comes to a solid steak, Ruth’s Chris is the way to go. With four locations in the Metro Atlanta area, this steak joint is serving up some delicious selections, including filets, rib-eyes and New York strips—not to mention the always-fresh seafood and overwhelmingly decadent desserts.

1850 Lawrenceville Highway • Decatur
404.320.0054 • @cafeistanbulatlanta • $13-$18

Located unassumingly in the outskirts of Decatur, Cafe Istanbul has nonetheless become a staple of the Atlanta culinary scene for its casual, lively environment and authentic Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine, coupled with fun additions like on-site tarot card readers, belly dancers and hookah—aka an ideal spot for a casual yet memorable night out with friends.

Originally published in the March issue of Jezebel


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