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Banshee in East Atlanta Village
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Atlanta’s Dining Experts Name 2018’s Best Dining Neighborhoods

From East Atlanta Village to Doraville

Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for over 12 years.

The year is drawing to a close and, as is tradition, Eater Atlanta has surveyed several Atlanta food writers and dining experts on everything from their best meal in 2018 to their food headline predictions for 2019. Responses are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited. The experts have already given their restaurant standbys when dining off duty, their picks for the city’s best new restaurants, and they’ve summed up dining this year in one word.

Now Atlanta’s food authorities name the city’s best dining neighborhoods of 2018.

Which neighborhood was the best for dining in 2018? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Mara Davis — Radio and TV personality for WABE, The Bert Show, and Atlanta Eats

Inman Park, because there are so many terrific choices. Krog Street Market (where the locals go, tourists go to PCM), Bread & Butterfly, the always consistent and amazing Sotto Sotto, BoccaLupo, Fritti, Barcelona Wine Bar, Bartaco, and One Eared Stag.

Mara Shalhoup — Deputy editor for Atlanta Magazine

East Atlanta Village. Other neighborhoods have a higher concentration of stellar restaurants, but they don’t have a concentration of realer restaurants. Specifically: Banshee, Octopus Bar, Gaja, Argosy, and everything at We Suki Suki a Global Grub Collective.

Gray Chapman — Freelance food and drinks writer at New York Times, Atlanta Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Vice, and Vox


Mike Jordan — Digital program director for V103, Thrillist Atlanta editor, Eater Atlanta contributor

West Midtown, for sure. Donetto, Cooks & Soldiers, Ford Fry’s triple threat of JCT Kitchen & Bar, Marcel, and The Optimist, and O-Ku. And, you can’t speak about the area without insisting that people hit Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, because chef Deborah VanTrece had a killer year and is a great ambassador for our city’s unique culinary aptitude. Also, whether it’s acceptable or not as a serious restaurant, I LOVE Little Trouble.

Pecan-crusted, bacon-wrapped and sorghum-glazed onion rings with brie cheese dipping sauce
Pecan-crusted, bacon-wrapped, sorghum-glazed onion rings with brie cheese dipping sauce
Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

Ryan Hughley — Eater Atlanta contributor, freelance food writer

The restaurants I frequent most are without a doubt due to my neighborhood. I may be biased but, the Old Fourth Ward has some of the best food around — or it’s about a five minute drive away. If I want an incredible drink, it’s nothing to pop into Biltong Bar (the absolute best, most underrated bar in the entire city) at Ponce City Market. If I’m craving romance and Italian, newcomer A Mano is always there for me with a giant bowl of bucatini alla bolognese and a glass of wine to wash it down.

Beth McKibben, Eater Atlanta editor

Buford Highway. Ok, it’s not a neighborhood but, this stretch of road and its adjacent side streets represent so much of what is truly wonderful about our dining scene in Atlanta. I travel up and down Buford Highway multiple times a week, never tire of it eating along it, and so enjoy meeting the restaurant owners who feed people from all over the ATL. Other neighborhoods I’m watching right now: Summerhill, Grant Park, and Westview/West End.


976 Brady Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 445-6867 Visit Website

Sotto Sotto

313 N Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 404 523 6678 Visit Website

Octopus Bar

560 Gresham Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 627-9911 Visit Website


1271 Glenwood Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (470) 428-2034 Visit Website


282 Northwest 25th Street, , FL 33127 (786) 822-8226 Visit Website

One Eared Stag

1029 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 525-4479 Visit Website

Cooks & Soldiers

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

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website


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

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

1133 Huff Road Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 350-5500 Visit Website

Ponce City Market

675 North Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 900-7900 Visit Website

We Suki Suki A Global Grub Collective

479-b Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 430-7613 Visit Website


753 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 577-2332 Visit Website

a mano

587 Ralph McGill Boulevard Northeast, , GA 30312 (404) 549-7727 Visit Website

Bread & Butterfly

290 Elizabeth Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (678) 515-4536 Visit Website

The Optimist

1400 Adams Street, , TN 37208 (615) 709-3156 Visit Website

Little Trouble

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


470 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 577-0407 Visit Website


491-A Flat Shoals Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (404) 835-2126 Visit Website


600 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 888-9149 Visit Website


81 Van Buren Street, , TN 37208 (629) 900-0021 Visit Website


309 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 880-9559 Visit Website

Barcelona Wine Bar

1709 East Passyunk Avenue, , PA 19148 (215) 515-7900 Visit Website
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