The year is drawing to a close and, as is tradition, Eater Atlanta surveyed several Atlanta food writers and dining experts on everything from where they love to eat when not in pursuit of a story to their best meal in 2019. Responses are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited. Be sure to check back throughout the next few days for more Year in Eater.
Here, Atlanta’s dining authorities name their regular restaurant standbys for off-duty dining.
Let us know the restaurants you frequented this year in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
Mara Davis — Radio and TV personality for WABE, the Bert Show, and Atlanta Eats
Floataway Cafe, Varuni Napoli, Houston’s, Cafe Lapin, Ma Li, Grindhouse, Little Rey, Alon’s, General Muir, Nam Phuong, Aria, Sotto Sotto.
Jennifer Zyman — Contributing writer and restaurant critic for Atlanta Magazine, Thrillist, Eater Atlanta, AJC
Snackboxe Bistro, Urban Wu, Fred’s Meat and Bread, Rumi’s Kitchen, Houston’s, Las Brasas Lan Zhou Ramen, Royal China, Nina and Rafi, and La Guelaguetza in Tucker (even if they have weird hours).
Mike Jordan — Thrillist Atlanta editor and contributing writer for Eater Atlanta, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Atlanta Magazine
8ARM, Zab-E-Lee Thai in College Park, Gu’s Dumplings in Krog Street Market, Biltong Bar in Ponce City Market, Argosy, Nina & Rafi, Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, Raging Taco & Burrito. Strangely, I didn’t eat a lot of barbecue this year.
Beth McKibben — Eater Atlanta editor
It’s never easy to really dine off the clock in this job. You’re always in pursuit of the next meal, story, and restaurant to write up. However, these are my go-tos when I’m not working the Eater beat: Mandolin Kitchen, Chong Qing Hot Pot at Atlanta Chinatown, Sinaloense Pollo Asados, Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria, Zyka, Man Chung Hong (the new reno job is beautiful,) BoccaLupo, and LLoyd’s Restaurant & Lounge.