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Friends of Eater Name Their Top Atlanta Restaurant Newcomers of 2015

These are the best of the new kids on the block.

Ticonderoga Club has been open for only a couple of months, but it's made a big impact.
Ticonderoga Club has been open for only a couple of months, but it's made a big impact.
Jonathan Phillips/Eater Atlanta

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 2015. Responses are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. We've already covered the top standbys, and now it's time to pick the best of the fresh.

What were the top restaurant newcomers of 2015?

Bill Addison, Eater national restaurant critic: Staplehouse makes the top of my list, with RevivalLittle Bacch, and Ticonderoga Club (my god, those cocktails) close behind.

Ligaya Figueras, Atlanta Journal-Constitution food editor: Marcel. Staplehouse. Eating at Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market is an adventure every time.

The Foodie Buddha: Hands down O4W Pizza ... that shit's the truth.

Grant Goggans, Marie, Let's Eat! editor: In Atlanta, probably Krog Street Market, generally. People really seem to enjoy going back to that space and trying a new restaurant each visit. Venkman's is also really promising, and I love both Hop's and Gus's Chicken. We have not visited Revival yet, but we're really looking forward to it. Out of town, Bill's Bar-B-Q in Hull reopened after a few years being shuttered. Technically, that's not a newcomer, but it's great to see them back in action. Their mull and chopped pork are fantastic.

Angela Hansberger, Creative Loafing contributor: Ticonderoga has quickly moved into favorite status. Staplehouse charmed me from day one and Ryan Smith's food continues to impress. Le Fat is a charmer. Little Trouble is uber cool and a fun place to take out of towners. Little Bacch makes the most memorable chicken in the coziest environment. One night I only ordered caviar and soaked in the scene.

Brad Kaplan, Creative Loafing contributor and Thirsty South founder: No doubt about it — Staplehouse and Ticonderoga Club.

Evan Mah, Atlanta Magazine food editor: Little Bach (quiet, calming, and confident), Ticonderoga Club (buzzy cocktails, sharp food), Atlas (luxury), Masterpiece (the best Sichuan food in Atlanta).

Beth McKibben, Eater Atlanta contributor: O4W Pizza at Irwin Street Market. There's a reason everybody loves Grandma. Can a bar be on the list? If so, I want Little Trouble in there somewhere. Sometimes you just want beef dumplings, pork rinds, and a strong cocktail for dinner. Marcel has brought something special to the Atlanta dining scene. Old school steakhouse with white table cloths, a la minute service, classic dishes, and vintage cocktails but without the stuff and fuss. I like that I can dine on the "cheap" at the bar with a classic daiquiri and shrimp scampi or go super fancy at a table with a filet and champagne. It's a throwback vibe without being kitschy.

Laura Scholz, Eater Atlanta contributor: Cooks & Soldiers really elevated what was already a booming restaurant scene on the Westside, which is my neighborhood. And seeing Ryan Hidinger's vision realized in the opening of Staplehouse was very personally meaningful to me, buy also meaningful to the community as a whole for what it means for funding The Giving Kitchen.

Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributor: Almost too many to name, but certainly among the top, Atlas, Marcel, Revival, Little Bacch, Ticonderoga Club, Staplehouse, Cape Dutch.

Le Fat

935 Marietta Street NorthWest, , GA 30318 (404) 439-9850 Visit Website


88 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, , GA 30305 (404) 600-6471 Visit Website

Gus's Fried Chicken

, Atlanta, GA (404) 996-2837

Little Trouble

, , TX 78644 (512) 995-6333 Visit Website


541 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 524-5005 Visit Website

Ticonderoga Club

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 458-4534 Visit Website


129 Church Street, , GA 30030 (470) 225-6770 Visit Website

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

O4W Pizza

3117 Main Street, , GA 30096 (678) 587-5420 Visit Website

Cooks & Soldiers

691 14th Street Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 996-2623 Visit Website

Little Bacch

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 365-0410


1170 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 665-4555 Visit Website

Cape Dutch

1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324 (404) 343-0313