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Jamaican sorrell drink black pepper sorbet with roasted pear and benne seed granola from pop-up Ębí Chop Bar
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Atlanta’s Dining Experts Sum Up 2019 in One Word

One word to describe dining in Atlanta this year

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.

As the year winds down, Eater Atlanta surveyed several Atlanta food writers and dining experts on everything from their best meal in 2019 to their food headline predictions for 2020. Responses are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited. The experts have already given their restaurant standbys when dining off duty, named the best new Atlanta restaurants, and discussed the biggest food trends of 2019.

It’s now time for Atlanta’s dining experts to describe this year’s dining scene in just one word.

Tell us how you would describe the 2019 Atlanta dining scene in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


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

Aspirational

Mara Shalhoup — Deputy editor for Atlanta Magazine

Diverse*
*Though there is still room for improvement

Jennifer Zyman — Contributing writer and restaurant critic for Atlanta Magazine, Thrillist, Eater Atlanta, AJC

Global

Mike Jordan — Thrillist Atlanta editor and contributing writer for Eater Atlanta, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Atlanta Magazine

Arrived

Beth McKibben — Eater Atlanta editor

Reawakening

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Coming Attractions

A Running List of Restaurants Opening Around Atlanta in 2024

Atlanta Restaurant Openings

Ela, Fifth Group’s Newest Restaurant, Brings More Mediterranean to Virginia-Highland