Best of Atlanta 2017: Good Eats

By Kelsie Allen Barton and Jessica Cherner | March 29, 2017 | Articles

Best New OTP Spring
Marietta’s new neighborhood spot is housed in a small, simple space (a brick building along the train tracks, near Historic Marietta Square) with a small, simple menu to go along with it—but one that boasts flawlessly prepared, artfully plated, deliciously satisfying dishes. Chef Brian So is a master of minimalism, crafting no-frills food that lets the seasonal, locally sourced ingredients truly shine—something the James Beard Foundation certainly noticed when they nominated him for rising star chef of the year. @springmarietta

Best Hole in the Wall Atlanta Breakfast Club
Good-ole down-home Southern breakfast is always cookin’ at Atlanta Breakfast Club, an unassuming counter-serve diner across from the Georgia Aquarium. Here, lines filled with tourists and locals alike stretch out the door on weekends, but it’s worth it for the food: chicken and waffles; peach cobbler French toast; creamy grits; and flaky, buttery biscuits—just like mama makes ’em. Downtown, @theatlantabreakfastclub

Best New Restaurant Nine Mile Station
This buzzy Ponce City Market newcomer, an elevated beer garden residing on the restored mixed-use mecca’s rooftop, is drawing crowds for its views and brews. Book a res for dinner, lunch or brunch to make the most of your visit (it’ll cost you just to take the elevator up, FYI); then enjoy hearty shareable plates, local craft beers and classically prepared cocktails with a side of sweeping skylines. Spring outing idea: Grab your friends and indulge in Nine Mile Station’s epic Picnic Basket for four, which comes with pressed sandwiches, ribs, breads and spreads, salad and snacks, and all the fixings for $115. Old Fourth Ward, @9milestation

Best Burger One Eared Stag
It’s no surprise this addictive double-stack snagged our highly competitive best burger title. Dubbed The Meatstick (try not to giggle), it’s a beefy masterpiece in the form of two perfectly charred grass-fed patties oozing with American cheese, house pickles and thinly sliced onions, held together by golden-brown brioche buns. The secret, you ask? We think it has something to do with the ground-slab bacon added to the beef, giving it a subtly salty flavor. Inman Park, @oneearedstag

Best Casual Date
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill
Multiple locations

Best Airport Eatery
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Best Cheap Eats
Taqueria del Sol
Multiple locations

Best Pet-Friendly Resto Park Tavern

Best Spot for Dining on a Diet
Urban Pl8
Krog Street Market, Inman Park

Best Japanese
Eight Sushi Lounge

Best Mexican
Multiple locations

Best Italian
La Tavola

Best Steakhouse
Chops Buckhead

Best Seafood
Atlanta Fish Market Buckhead

Best Southern
Cuisine South City Kitchen
Multiple locations

Best Pizza
Ecco Midtown

Best Sushi
O-Ku Westside

Best Breakfast
J. Christopher’s
Multiple locations

Best Vegan
Souper Jenny
Multiple locations

Best Barbecue
D.B.A. Barbecue

Best Sweets Spot
Bon Glaze Multiple locations

Best Vegetarian
Cafe Sunflower
Multiple locations

Best Rising Star Chef
Jonathan McDowell
Nine Mile Station Ponce City Market, Old Fourth Ward

Best First Date
Bistro Niko

Best Buford Highway Spot

Best Group Dining Spot
Gypsy Kitchen

Best Brunch
The Southern Gentleman

Best for the Fam
Buckhead Diner

Best Special Occasion
NY Prime Buckhead

Best Hotel Restaurant
Atlas Buckhead

Best View
The Regent Cocktail Club

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