As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of restaurant industry folks. We've already covered the restaurant standbys, best newcomers, and 2014 in one word. Now it's time for the best dining neighborhood.
What was the best dining neighborhood in 2014?
Krista Miller, Atlanta Eats director of content
There were so many neighborhoods that saw huge improvements in their dining, but my absolute favorite this year was Historic Roswell. Canton Street is a complete experience. It's so wonderful to just walk around when the weather is great. Some of my favorite memories of 2014 were progressive dinners on Canton Street. From a glass of wine at Vin 25's patio to a beautiful plate of Carbonara at Osteria Mattone to bourbon and dessert at Table & Main to a nightcap at Little Alley Steak. It's just a fantastic place to be.
Jason Santamaria, Second Self Beer Company co-founder
Zach Meloy, Better Half chef/owner
Gonna have to say Westside.
Ali Wild, Across the Street owner
Old Fourth Ward, of course.
Steven Lingenfelter, Illegal Food chef/owner
Todd Richards, The Pig & The Pearl and The Shed at Glenwood chef/partner
The entire zip code 30312-30316. Old Fourth Ward, Renyoldstown, Glenwood Park.
It's where all the cool kids hang out, so to speak. From Sound Table, to H. Harper Station, Spice to Table, Lotta Frutta, Miso Izakaya, Gunshow, and of course The Shed at Glenwood (I apologize if I missed anyone), it's not only the 'hood in which I live, it's where I eat and drink.
Alex Brounstein, Grindhouse Killer Burgers owner
2014 was all about Decatur. Within a few blocks you can find some of the best restaurants in the city: Paper Plane, Kimball House, 246, Leon's, Makan, Cakes and Ale, Chai Pani, Iberian Pig, and Pinewood. Grindhouse Killer Burgers will be there in 2015, fashionably late to the game.
Julian Goglia, The Pinewood owner/bartender
Decatur is greater. Our city is quickly growing into one of the best dining destinations on the East Coast.
Zeb Stevenson, Parish executive chef/soon moving to Watershed on Peachtree
West Midtown just keeps getting better, more diverse, and more approachable. The addition of cool fast-casual has really taken it over the top.
Jarrett Stieber, Eat Me Speak Me chef
Eli Kirshtein, The Luminary chef/owner
Inman Park/Old Fourth Ward.
Josh Charles, Flags of Origin owner/designer (Bocado Burger, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall)
West Midtown, but surprisingly Buckhead is coming fast.