As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. This year, we asked the group eight questions running the gamut from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of the 2013. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.
Wrecking Bar Brewpub.
Q: What were your top standbys of 2013?
Austin Louis Ray, writer:
I probably ate at Wrecking Bar more than anywhere else this year. Bob Sandage is making some of the best beers in Georgia, so it's been fun to see the brewpub step up its food game this year. Former Farm Burger chef Terry Koval does some magnificent things, both with meat (get the three pigs skillet) and veggies (go on Tuesday for the non-meat specials).
Jennifer Maley, Eater Atlanta contributor:
General Muir. Solid coffee, baked goods, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and super-helpful staff.
Christiane Lauterbach, Atlanta Magazine and Knife & Fork:
As usual, I eat at Taqueria del Sol more than any other restaurant. Miso Izakaya is at the top of my every day list and I adore the counter at the Candler Park Market.
Sonia Chopra, Eater Atlanta editor:
My go-to for a night out is always a Victory Sandwich Bar/Paper Plane combination, now followed by Kimball House. The deli at The General Muir and Ink & Elm are my favorite places to work.
Beth McKibben, Twisted South Magazine food editor:
Pinewood Tippling. Drinks, food, staff, atmosphere always a win for me.
Pho Dai Loi because I love pho and they have some of the best in town. Kid-friendly too.
Laura Scholz, Eater Atlanta contributor:
Wrecking Bar. I love that you can get a great craft beer or an innovative cocktail, order a heavy pub-type meal or keep it light with a salad and/or appetizer. There's something for every taste, and the food (and drinks) never disappoint.
Chris Watkins, Eat Drink Repeat:
John Mishler, Eater Atlanta contributor:
Fontaine's. No questions asked.
Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal Constitution:
The Wrecking Bar. For me, a standby needs to be close to home, have food that's a good value at a variety of price points, good drinks, and a comfortable, friendly setting. TWB has all those. Terry Koval cooks local with passion and wit, and Ian Cox and Bob Sandage put the same kind of energy into the booze and beer.
John Kessler, Atlanta Journal Constitution:
I'd consider myself a regular at Leon's Full Service and Taqueria del Sol in Decatur, and Dae Jang Gum, which is a stall in the Super H Mart Doraville food court.
Jennifer Zyman, Creative Loafing:
One Eared Stag.
Jimmy Sobeck, Eat It, Atlanta:
OK Cafe, Nam Phuong, Sushi Huku, Willy's
Grant Goggans, Marie, Let's Eat:
Any time that I did not feel like trying something new for lunch, I was back at Brandi's World Famous Hot Dogs in Marietta. That blazing-hot chili is addictive.
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