City Guide: 10 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in Atlanta, GA

September 26, 2018 0 0

Reality check: As the best restaurants in Atlanta, GA make a point of hammering home, if you think dining in the ATL is just about heavy fried food, think again. Chefs in Atlanta are cooking with lots of soul, and bringing both traditional and innovative takes on classics to the city. The restaurant scene here is on the come-up, serving every kind of food, from vegan to Korean barbeque. However, these culinary pioneers are not forgetting Atlanta’s roots: You can still find amazing traditional Southern cooking in the ATL as well. SELECT found 10 can’t-miss restaurants blowing up the city’s food scene. Make sure to update your must-dine list with the following eateries – among the best restaurants in Atlanta, GA.

Name Location Description
Staplehouse 541 Edgewood Ave SE Staplehouse offers a menu dedicated to the seasons — an a la carte selection of vegetarian, vegan, dairy- and gluten-free dishes. Guests can sample a little bit of everything from the tasting menu, which ranges from fresh produce including tomatoes, basil, eggplant with corn nuts and buttermilk and cantaloupe, to beef tartare, chicken liver tart, and freshly caught tilefish prepared with corn, peas, and saké. The Staplehouse is a for-profit subsidiary of the Giving Kitchen, which is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance grants for the city’s restaurants workers who face an unexpected crisis.
Cakes & Ale 155 Sycamore St, Decatur Cakes & Ale is a creative farm-to-table-style restaurant preparing dishes with seasonal ingredients and a magnificent café next door serving up some of the tastiest breakfast, lunch and sweet treats in the city. Some of the restaurant’s staples are the gnocchi in a mushroom, rosemary and duck jus sauce, and polenta and ratatouille topped with a fried egg and Parmesan. If you are looking for a shareable meal, try one of their Grand Plates — we suggest the 220-ounce rib eye served with crop potatoes, beans and beets, and arugula in a horseradish cream sauce. End your meal with a cortado and flourless chocolate cake for a trip to heaven on a plate.
Atlas 88 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW Located in Buckhead’s St. Regis Hotel, Atlas brings fine dining to the city with seasonal American dishes and an impressive wine selection offering one-of-a-kind bottles. The restaurant also houses an art gallery with 20th-century artwork chosen from The Lewis Collection, one of the largest private art collections in the world. When it’s time to order, start with truffle potato pierogi dumplings filled with braised Wagyu, parmesan, mushrooms and a sweet corn puree. Main courses range from burgers and steaks to seasonal fish dishes and homemade pasta. End your meal with the ginger cheesecake topped with coconut-whipped panna cotta, or the raspberry hibiscus donuts filled with raspberry jelly, hibiscus glaze, and jelly topped with lemon cheesecake ice cream.
Restaurant Eugene 2277 Peachtree Rd Restaurant Eugene serves American cuisine with a bit of Southern flair. Chef and owner Linton Hopkins is an Atlanta native with experience in New York, New Orleans and DC kitchens, so he knows his way around a fire. His dishes are unique takes on some classics, like the Riverview farms pork served with yellow corn, pea hummus, grandma’s okra and cheddar bubbles (yes, bubbles). Others include ricotta-stuffed tortellini, ember-roasted squash, crispy venison sweetbreads and blossoms or the mosaic of compressed melon and figs. The seasonal tasting menus give diners a chance to indulge in a variety of menu items as well as some innovative offerings by the chef. Try the delicious cheese plate of local cheeses or a Southern favorite of pickled peaches, vanilla ice cream, buckwheat, and anise.
Kevin Rathbun Steak 154 Krog St NE Kevin Rathbun Steak has been called one of the best steakhouses in the country for a reason. There’s an extensive menu filled with hot and cold appetizer options, soups and salads, fresh shellfish and steaks accompanied by more than 10 sauce choices. Starters include roasted bone marrow and lobster fritters and also cold options such as beef tartar and ahi tuna poké. Make sure not to fill up on too many small plates, as you’ll need your appetite to take on the 26-ounce porterhouse. For those looking for something on the lighter side, there’s the Maine lobster tail served with butter and cocktail sauce and the Colorado rack of lamb with a rosemary mustard crust. Wrap up your meal with the classic Baked Alaska, a vanilla parfait topped with banana ice cream, foster sauce, and chopped peanuts.
Kyma 3085 Piedmont Rd NE Kyma’s menu is mostly Mediterranean-inspired, with lots of fresh whole-fish options and Greek favorites. While diners can order from the many meat options, we recommend the Fagri, an imported sweet Mediterranean snapper with gorgeous pink coloring, or the Tsipoura — imported whole Royal Dorado with rich flavor and a delicate consistency. Diners looking to really fill their bellies should opt for the All Meze Dinner, which is a selection of spreads and five appetizers, or the Meze and Whole Fish Dinner, which includes three spreads, four appetizers, and an entire whole fish. Kyma has vegetarian and vegan options as well.
Cooks & Soldiers 691 14th St NW We love the open and inviting feel of Cooks & Soldiers, with its large bar for sipping your favorite cocktail and ordering small, Basque-inspired plates. The Night in Navarre is made with mescal, tequila, lime, maraschinos and cherry-bark vanilla bitters — perfect for pairing with an array of tapas on the menu. The small plate menu includes the chorizo hash prepared with Mexican chorizo, kale, beets, potatoes, egg yolk with a warm vinaigrette, or the Ibérico Albondigas: Meatballs made with tomatoes, pimenton and Manchego. You can opt for bigger plates from the asador menu, with meat and seafood options grilled to perfection, like whole-wood grilled market fish on the bone-in prime rib eye. Order the house-made postres, such as the buttermilk donuts crafted with espelette and hazelnut, chocolate sauce, and preserved fruit topped with cinnamon and sugar to accompany your sweet-and-smooth cortado.
Le Fat 935 Marietta St NW Located in West Midtown, Let Fat offers Vietnamese specialties in a brasserie setting. The restaurant’s signature cocktail is the L’oiseau Bleu, mixed with blueberry and bay leaf shrub, sparkling rosé, mint and lemon oil: It’s perfect for cooling down the palate. Indulge in some of the Vietnamese classics, like the pho made with chicken broth, onion, and cilantro, rice noodle bowls or the Vietnamese curry chicken braised in madras hot curry, carrots, potatoes and curry leaf. Other options include the whole fish, steak bahn mi or chili garlic prawns. Don’t pass up Wong’s Famous fried chicken, however: It’s prepared with crispy shallots, Thai pepper, cabbage slaw and garlic chips.
Breakers Korean BBQ 3505 Gwinnett Pl Dr NW, Duluth Just a short ride from the city, Breakers in Duluth is not your traditional Korean barbeque. The décor is chic with an ultra-sexy vibe, and the walls are dressed up with striking artwork. Order the beef short ribs or the kimchi stew to share, all accompanied by soup, salad, rice and a side dish of your choice. We recommend the all-you-can-eat options, in which you and your party can barbeque their own food on state-of-the-art downdraft grills. Everything from beef and pork brisket, pork belly, teriyaki chicken and pork, beef bulgogi, spicy chicken and pork and squid, as well as veggies, can be grilled to perfection … well, what you consider perfection, since you are BBQing your own meal.
Local Three 3290 Northside Pkwy NW Explore Local Three’s kitchen — one of the best in the country — while dining at the Chef’s Table during weekend brunch. Chef Chris Hall created a menu using the freshest ingredients around delicious, indulgent flavors. Sip on your choice of wine, beer or handcrafted cocktails. The restaurant features an extensive list of brown liquors like whiskey, bourbon, and scotch from all over the world. The menu is broken down into Today’s Plates, the Chef’s Corner, Favorites, Mains Cheeses and the Notorious Pig. Main dishes are mostly indulgent items, like the hoisin-glazed duck meatloaf, summer-corn risotto or the sweet and savory Coca-Cola glazed pork carnitas with grits and pickled jalapenos. Leave some room to sample the meat and cheese offerings with flatbread, jam, and local honey, however. The fried brownies topped with raspberry caramel and roasted banana ice cream also are a can’t-miss.

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Tamara Lacey

Food, nightlife, and entertainment expert Tamara Lacey travels the world in search of adventure, excitement, and the next big scoop. Whether relaxing at the spa or dancing the night away at the club, it's her job to report on the hottest new happenings in town.

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