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Grass-fed coulotte steak with peanut romesco, potato, grilled cabbage, and sweet peppers from Miller Union in Atlanta.
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Miller Union

38 Essential Restaurants in Atlanta

From Colombian, Ethiopian, and omakase feasts to southern and soul food classics, pizza, and pop-ups to know

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Grass-fed coulotte steak with peanut romesco, potato, grilled cabbage, and sweet peppers
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The Eater 38 is an attempt to answer the question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It is a curated list of restaurants covering the entire metro Atlanta area — both inside and outside the perimeter — spanning myriad cuisines and price points.

Clever solutions for providing hospitality throughout the pandemic ran the gamut in Atlanta, and continue to impact the dining landscape here as COVID-19 vaccines are administered across the United States. Restaurants are building patios in parking lots, installing takeout windows or outdoor kitchens, offering robust to-go options on the menu, and launching new side businesses.

With all these factors in mind, the Eater 38 has been updated for the last time in 2021 and includes longtime Atlanta staples, restaurants with loyal followings, and those really stepping up to the challenges brought on by the health crisis. The restaurants listed below have also been open for six months or longer and were selected to not only reflect the changes the pandemic has created, but to properly showcase the impressive diversity of Atlanta’s dining scene. Removal from the Eater 38 does not mean a restaurant isn’t still great and won’t return in the future, but allows for new additions, keeping the 38 a fresh, inclusive, and representative list.

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1. Spring Restaurant

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36 Mill St
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 540-2777
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The critically acclaimed restaurant, owned by chef Brian So and partner Daniel Crawford, features a tight, seasonally-inspired menu of dishes paired with a carefully curated list of natural and biodynamic wines. Start with fois gras terrine and sockeye salmon crudo before moving on to entrees like grilled wagyu flatiron steak and braised short rib or a whole fish course. Never skip the desserts at Spring, which change often and incorporate herbs, fruits, and other ingredients of the season. The small dining room here lends itself nicely to intimate dinner dates for two or foursomes of friends meeting to catch up over bottles of wine and a meal. Reservations highly encouraged.

2. Vatica Indian Cuisine

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1475 Terrell Mill Rd #105
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 955-3740
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Located in the Terrell Mill Junction shopping plaza in Marietta, the extensive menu served at Indian restaurant stalwart Vatica features heaping platters of biryani, the comforts of tandoori shrimp, lamb, and chicken, and daily thali specials. Kick off the meal with snacks like bhel puri, pani puri, and samosas before digging into the entrees here, including the generous sizzler plate with shrimp and fish tikka masala, tandoori chicken, and kebabs or kahari lamb in tomato gravy. Make sure to order some spicy bullet naan or the bread basket, which comes with garlic naan, roti, and onion kulcha. Grab gulab jamun and a mango lassi for dessert, too. Order online for takeout.

A daily thali platter special can always be ordered from Marietta Indian restaurant Vatica on Terrell Mill Road. Vatica Indian Cuisine

3. Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar

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3721 Main St
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 228-4897
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The Gullah and Lowcountry dishes at Virgil’s, owned by Gee and Juan Smalls, are not to be missed. Order the she-crab soup or Gullah egg rolls stuffed with red rice, cabbage, and shrimp; the crab rice mixed with sautéed bacon, onions, and peppers; a side of greens; and the brownie-based Chucktown Chewie sundae for dessert. Order online for takeout. Just north of the College Park MARTA station.

Shrimp and crab gravy at Virgil’s in College Park, GA
Shrimp and crab gravy
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4. Heirloom Market BBQ

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2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-2502
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This Cobb County barbecue spot has limited seating, but chefs and owners Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee bring more than enough flavor to compensate for the cramped quarters or a ride home with a to-go box. Taylor and Lee’s Southern-Korean barbecue restaurant offers a must-try spicy Korean pork sandwich on its menu with chopped rib meat marinated in fermented chili paste, topped with kimchi coleslaw, black sesame seeds, and a sliced scallion. Order the sandwich with a side of Brunswick stew or collards. Order online for takeout.

The spicy Korean BBQ pork sandwich at Heirloom BBQ Official

5. Hot Cafe

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5286 Riverdale Rd
Atlanta, GA 30349
(770) 996-6544
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For years, this modest restaurant just south of town has been serving up a comforting mix of Laotian, Thai, and Chinese dishes on its menu. But it’s the Laotian fare that really shines at Hot Cafe. Make sure to order any of the larb (or “lab”) — a meat salad tossed with scallions, cilantro, red onions, and toasted rice — along with the fiery papaya salad paired with sticky rice. Regulars also swear by the wings, pad thai, and tom yum soup. Call to order takeout.

6. Bacchanalia

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1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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Two decade-old fine-dining stalwart Bacchanalia and its epic tasting menu are better than ever. The menu still includes the popular crab fritter, Maine lobster with caviar and brioche, and a rotating array of in-season entrees and desserts. Located next to market and cafe Star Provisions on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, reservations are necessary for a table here. Don’t have reservations? Head to the bar for cocktails, a glass of wine, and the a la carte menu. For those looking to create the Bacchanalia experience at home, the restaurant also offers a lavish, four-course takeout menu that includes dishes such as Maine lobster, New York strip, cheeses, and dessert. Reservations required. Order online for takeout.

7. Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

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1133 Huff Rd NW #D
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 350-5500
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Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours in Westside is where the South’s most loved dishes meet chef and owner Deborah VanTrece and chef de cuisine Robert Butts. VanTrece’s world travels and her three decades of professional cooking experience drive the menu and the service here, with Butts pushing the boundaries further with his dishes — striking a balance between casual and fine dining with ease. Expect dishes like mole sous vide short ribs, a smoked salmon croquette sandwich, cornmeal-crusted catfish goujonnette, and crispy confit duck with chevre scallion Johnny cakes. Reservations encouraged.

8. K & K Soul Food

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881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 685-1073
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Any Bankhead restaurant that’s been around prior to Bankhead Highway’s renaming to Donald Lee Hollowell in the late 1990s has earned the right to call itself a landmark. Aside from the fact that K & K has existed for more than 40 years, the restaurant can credit its remarkable variety of menu items for the community’s continued patronage. Biscuits here can come filled with red sausage links, pork chops, chicken or beef sausage, country-fried steak, or straight-up fatback. This is where to head for meats like beef liver or chicken gizzards as well as stewed beef or fried whiting. The humble, deep-Westside restaurant, with its brick-tiled floors and 3D mural, includes a few booths. Call to order takeout.

K&K Soul Food

9. Busy Bee Cafe

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810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 525-9212
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In business since the 1940s, this Vine City soul food staple on Atlanta’s Westside serves some of the city’s best fried chicken, alongside an assortment of other Southern meat-and-three staples. The fried chicken here is marinated for 12 hours, hand-breaded, and fried. If that isn’t enticing enough, get the smothered version, which is topped with pan gravy. Busy Bee hopefully opens its second location in downtown Atlanta in 2021. Order online for takeout and delivery.

Fried chicken, collards, and mac and cheese  from Busy Bee Cafe in Vine City Atlanta Busy Bee Cafe

10. Miller Union

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550
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James Beard award-winning chef Steven Satterfield’s fresh Southern cooking is simple, elegant, and includes a lot of seasonal, locally grown vegetables. The farm egg baked in celery cream with grilled bread is a must-try Atlanta dish. The restaurant also has one of the best vegetable plates in town and offers a killer wine list, too. The pandemic saw Satterfield and his team of chefs offer takeout from the restaurant for the first time ever to enjoy the Miller Union experience at home. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout.

[Miller Union's farm egg in celery cream. Photo: Matthew Wong]
[Miller Union’s farm egg in celery cream. Photo: Matthew Wong]
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11. Redbird

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1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 900-5172
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Redbird, the restaurant from chef Zeb Stevenson, churns out wildly creative seasonal dishes, with vegetables and fish always playing starring roles on the menu. Order family style and pair the meal with food-friendly wines, a cleverly named cocktail, or local beer while sitting in the airy, light-filled dining room or on the covered patio taking in the action at buzzy Westside Provisions District. Redbird serves weekend brunch, too, with its biscuit sandwich and burger pop-up Birdy Biscuits from the restaurant’s to-go window on the patio. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout.

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12. Little Bear

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71 Georgia Ave SE Unit A
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 500-5396
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Former pop-up chef Jarrett Stieber opened Little Bear in Summerhill right before the start of the pandemic in 2020. Despite the challenges brought on by the health crisis, Stieber never wavered from what made his pop-up, and now his restaurant, so popular with regulars. The chef’s mischievous sense of humor and creativity continue to be on full display in the dishes and in the cocktails at Little Bear. It’s best to order the entire tight menu here. Tell the server “Just F*ck Me Up, Fam.” Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout

A ceramic blue and white bowl of gold rice pudding garnished with edible violets at Little Bear Atlanta Ryan Fleisher

13. Lyla Lila

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693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 963-2637
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Chef Craig Richards opened his Midtown restaurant Lyla Lila in December 2019. Just three months later, the pandemic halted its forward momentum as a destination restaurant. Despite it all, Richards seemed to never lose sight of his original vision for Lyla Lila, a casually elegant neighborhood restaurant that Midtown needed. Pasta is a craft Richards has been working at for nearly two decades, which includes stints with Italian chef Lidia Bastianich at her Kansas City and Pittsburgh restaurants, and leading the kitchens at Virginia-Highland trattoria La Tavola and St. Cecilia in Buckhead. From cold-smoked scallops to duck lasagna to whole wood-grilled fish to the tiramsu, the dishes on the menu definitely make Lyla Lila a destination restaurant. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout.

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14. Talat Market

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112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 257-6255
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Summerhill Thai restaurant Talat Market opened in spring 2020 inside an old neighborhood market on Ormond Street. Each week, chefs Parnass Lim Savang and Rod Lassiter create around a dozen or so Thai and Thai-influenced dishes for the menu, featuring soups, salads, relishes, curries, stir-fries, and desserts, along with a couple of larger entrees, like yum khao thawt (crispy rice salad) and whole fish preparations. This is where to head for happy hour specials, fresh oysters, off-menu dishes, and crushable cocktails, including a Thai-inspired twist on the pina colada. Order online for takeout.

15. Our Bar ATL

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339 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 929-8380
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This Edgewood Avenue bar is so much more than its name presents. Since opening in February 2020, Our Bar ATL has become an inclusive community hub for drinking, dancing, events surrounding social justice causes and activism, and chef residencies and restaurant pop-ups in its kitchen. Owned by 13 industry professionals and friends, Our Bar ATL deliberately spotlights Atlanta’s up-and-coming talent and creative entrepreneurs, whether that’s in music, politics, spoken word, or food. The restaurant pop-ups here rotate frequently, but have included food from chef Keedra Keeley, Dolo’s Pizza, Otaku Eats, and chef Elliott Farmer, to name a few. There’s a late-night menu, too. Typically people can order online for takeout once the kitchen opens.

Dolo Pizza is one of the many restaurant pop-ups hosted by Edgewood Avenue bar Our Bar ATL in Atlanta. Our Bar ATL

16. Aria

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490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-7673
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After years of serving classic, white-tablecloth fine dining, chef Gerry Klaskala remodeled his Buckhead staple restaurant to appeal to a younger generation of diners. Now it’s a bit more relaxed and casual — there’s a walk-in ready bar and lounge for drinks and snacks for an impromptu night out. The kitchen consistently cranks out Aria favorites, like butter braised lobster, slow braised pork, and lump crab cakes. Aria continues to carry one of Atlanta’s most comprehensive wine lists, too. Dine al fresco on Aria’s covered and heated patio. Reservations required.

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The main dining area inside the revamped Aria in Buckhead.
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17. My Abuelas Food

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659 Auburn Ave NE Ste 506
Atlanta, GA 30312

After years of running their Puerto Rican food pop-up out of restaurant kitchens around town, chefs Luis and Monica Martinez landed a year-long residency in 2020 at the Spindle Kitchen in the Old Fourth Ward. That residency has now been extended for the foreseeable future, with the chefs continuing to serve crave-worthy dishes inspired by recipes from their grandmothers, like sancocho boricua, mofongo, tostones, empanadas, and the popular slow-roasted pork sandwich Mr. Pig. Look for vegan options on the menu here as well as pastries and desserts from Valeria Sanchez and Belkys Perez — the mother and daughter team behind bakery business La Dolce Madness Baked Goods. Order at the counter or online for takeout or delivery.

18. Glide Pizza

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660 Irwin St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

The lines that form in the evenings at Glide Pizza speak volumes of the breakout success this takeout operation continues to experience at Irwin Street Market. First opened during the height of the global pandemic last summer, Glide Pizza owner Rob Birdsong slings giant slices and 20-inch Brooklyn-style pies for takeout or local delivery via electric bicycle served through a to-go window just steps from the Eastside Beltline. Birdsong keeps the pizzas at Glide simple and classic, using fresh meats and other ingredients to top his pies procured from several local food purveyors in town. Soon, residents and visitors of Decatur will be able to grab slices and pizzas from Glide when a second takeout window opens inside brewery Inner Voice Brewing. Delivery is a big priority in Decatur, which begins on week one and includes the electric Edison bikes (or “Glide rides”) used to deliver orders in Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. Order online for takeout or local delivery.

Rob Birdsong holding a red tray with a slice of pepperoni pizza from the takeout window of Glide Pizza at Irwin Street Market in Atlanta Ryan Fleisher

19. Supremo Taco

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701 B Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 965-1446
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Supremo Taco, the taco spot from chefs Duane Kulers and Nhan Le, resides across the parking lot from Grindhouse Killer Burgers on the edge of Grant Park. This LA-style takeout establishment serves a selection of tacos, like al pastor, mole poblano with chicken, and barbacoa, as well as tostadas, and snacks, such as a fried choriqueso and churros. Make sure to check out Supremo’s daily specials, too. Order at the window or online for takeout. Follow on Instagram for special menu drops.

A line of people standing socially distanced and in masks ready to order from Supremo Taco’s to-go window. The shot is taken from the parking lot looking toward the white painted brick building with the bright neon green Supremo logo lit up as the evening sun sets, A white Jeep is parked to the left Ryan Fleisher

20. 8 Arm

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710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(470) 875-5856
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After the departure of chef Maricela Vega in April, 8ARM shifted menu gears again, this time to Japanese-focused dishes from chefs Hiro Endo and Allen Suh. With Endo and Suh at the helm, the menu features sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare, and some original dishes from Suh. 8ARM owners chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht are also transforming the restaurant’s outdoor kitchen Sidepiece into a late-night kushiyaki/yakitori food stand. But people can still expect strong cocktails from the patio bar and a deep wine list loaded with by-the-glass and bottle options of mostly natural and small producer wines, along with a selection of natural junmai sakes. Reservations encouraged.

21. Ticonderoga Club

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Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St NE W
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 458-4534
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To be a member of this Krog Street Market New England-style tavern, one simply has to walk in, grab a seat, and order a drink or a meal. Try popular menu mainstays like the Ipswich clam roll, the seasonal vegan noodle bowl, the veal sweetbreads, or the crowd-pleasing (and feeding) chuckwagon steak platter. Ticonderoga Club is owned by three forefolk of Atlanta’s cocktail movement: Greg Best, Paul Calvert, and Regan Smith. Cocktails rotate regularly here, but T-Club’s mint julep riff the Ticonderoga Cup and an Irish Coffee are always on the menu. Watch for cocktail and wine specials on the menu here. Reservations encouraged. Order to-go cocktails online for takeout.

The empty bar with color string lights at Ticonderoga Club inside Krog Street Market Ticonderoga Club

22. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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Opened in 2013, Italian-American restaurant BoccaLupo has become both a neighborhood favorite in Inman Park for local residents and one of Atlanta’s must destination restaurants. Order any of the fresh pasta dishes on the menu — the black spaghetti and the 20-yolk tagliatelle are now Atlanta classics. Make sure to check out the tight wine list and cocktails here, too. Reservations encouraged.

23. Home Grown

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968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 222-0455
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Home Grown is a breakfast favorite among Atlanta’s eaters and restaurant industry insiders. It’s also home to one of the city’s must-try dishes — the comfy biscuit topped with fried chicken and smothered in sausage gravy. There’s almost always a wait at this casual Southern-centric neighborhood diner on the weekends that includes an outdoor patio in the parking lot. Home Grown is definitely worth it. Order online for takeout.

Home Grown Jonathan Phillips for Eater Atlanta

24. Argosy

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470 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 577-0407
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This East Atlanta Village hangout has been known to quietly serve some of the best versions of popular foods on its menu for years, including pizza, meatloaf, wings, vegan burgers, and a hot chicken thigh sandwich served on a brioche bun. Make sure to check out the seasonal food and dessert specials on the menu, too, and pair the meal with clever cocktails, wine, local beer, or even a boilermaker. Order online for takeout.

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25. Gato

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1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 371-0889
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This small and inviting neighborhood restaurant on the corner of McClendon Avenue and Clifton Road in Candler Park has temporarily discontinued its popular Southwestern-influenced breakfast on the weekends. But dinner is where Gato really shines. Served Wednesday through Sunday, dinner here explores the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Head in to enjoy a tight selection of natural and biodynamic wines in the evening with a family-style meal. Gato also serves as an incubator for rising, young chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs, some of whom have gone on to own their own restaurants, including chefs Parnass Lim Savang and Rod Lassiter of Talat Market and Jarrett Stieber of Little Bear. Follow on Instagram for pop-up updates.

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26. Kamayan Atl - Filipino food

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160 Rogers St NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

Many credit this Filipino pop-up restaurant, founded by Mia Orino and Carlo Gan, for finally bringing Filipino food to the forefront in Atlanta. And they’re right. The pair serve up traditional Filipino dishes, comfort foods, and feasts featuring ube-infused desserts and dishes, silog platters, lumpia, pancit bihon, and pork adobo. Orino and Gan will eventually open Kamayan ATL as a restaurant at Pratt Pullman in Kirkwood. Until then, people can catch them popping up there at the outdoor mobile food park and chefs market weekly. Order online for takeout. Follow on Instagram for updates.

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27. Feedel Bistro

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3125 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 963-2905
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This congenial restaurant on Briarcliff, owned by siblings Tamar Telahun and Simon Gebru, serves traditional Ethiopian and Eritrean fare on its menu with flatbread called injera used to scoop up the vegetable- and spicy meat-laden dishes. Order options like the lamb and collard stew gomen be’siga or the red pepper stew doro wet, the ye’shimbra asa chickpea biscuits, and the marinated short ribs goden tibs or vegan mushroom tibs. All entrees are served with injera, which can be substituted for rice. Order online for takeout.

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28. The Deer and The Dove

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155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 748-4617
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Chef Terry Koval opened his Decatur restaurant in 2019 and its become not only a destination restaurant for Atlantans, but provides Koval ample space to really shine as a chef. Expect skillfully composed dishes of in-season vegetables, beef and pork from nearby cattle and pig farms, and game meat entrees, like crispy rabbit legs fried in fermented buttermilk, duck sausage roulade, and plates of venison. The restaurant’s bar offers a handful of classic cocktails, beer, and cider, as well as a selection of mainly French and Italian wines. In the mornings, head next door to Koval’s B-Side Cafe for Montreal-style bagels, bagel sandwiches, and coffee. Reservations encouraged.

Chef and owner Terry Koval inspecting dishes prior to being served at The Deer and the Dove The Deer and the Dove

29. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Housed in the former Decatur train depot, the menu at Kimball House is an ode to elegant dining and drinking all experienced in a dimly lit, laid-back dining room. Kick off the night with Southern and Gulf water oysters paired with cocktails or champagne at happy hour. Stay for dinner and continue the evening by sharing local vegetable and fish dishes or a three-course steak dinner for two. Beyond its award-winning cocktails, the Decatur restaurant features a wine list that is equally impressive, and includes everything from mucadet, chenin blanc, and big, bold reds to sherry, madeira, and vermouth. Reservations encouraged.

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30. Snackboxe Bistro

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C, 113 Peachtree Rd
Doraville, GA 30360
(770) 417-8082
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Since opening in 2018 at the H Mart plaza in Doraville, Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro has gained an avid following — and for good reason. Chef Thip Athakhanh mixes traditional Lao dishes and street foods with beloved home recipes passed down from her family on the menu at Snackboxe. Expect plates of larb (meat salad), khao poon (spicy rice noodle soup), and the popular mok pha (steamed fish) with street foods such as fried garlic-pepper wings, lemongrass spare ribs, and tapioca pearl dumplings here. A second location opens in September in Duluth focused on Lao barbecue. Order online for takeout.

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31. Marisqueria El Veneno

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5072 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 986-9568

One of Atlanta’s oldest and most beloved marisquerias, this is where to head for real deal Mexican seafood with heat. El Veneno offers platters of mixed seafood to feed a family, soups filled with crab legs and shrimp, oysters, and plenty of micheladas to curb the kick from the hot sauce. Try the caldo de camaron (shrimp soup) or huachinango estilo Nayarit, a fried, whole red snapper topped with spicy salsa. Call to order takeout.

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32. Las Americas Cafeteria

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3652 Shallowford Rd
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 457-3111
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Since opening in 1982, Las Americas has served as both a market for purchasing provisions and a small restaurant for folks craving homestyle Colombian food. Open in the mornings and serving food throughout the day, head in for platters of eggs, beans, and braised beef at breakfast and arepas, empanadas, or a heaping bandeja paisa platter filled with ground beef, sausage, red beans, rice, chicharróns, an arepa, plantains, and sliced avocado topped with a fried egg. Takeout available.

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33. Northern China Eatery

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5141 Buford Hwy NE C
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 458-2282
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At the dumpling-heavy Northern China Eatery, diners will find everything from baskets full of warm and savory soup dumplings to pork and fennel-filled fried dumplings. Try the pork and chive steamed dumplings or pork, shrimp, and chive fried dumplings, too. Though, there really is no wrong dumpling order here. Don’t skip the Chinese crepes with crullers at breakfast or the cumin lamb, Mandarin pork belly and glass noodles, and chong ching spicy chicken. Northern China also sells bags of 60 frozen dumplings to make at home. Order online.

34. LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

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5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(678) 691-2175
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This Buford Highway staple in the Pinetree Shopping Plaza, now with a second location in Kennesaw, offers heaping plates of hand-pulled noodles and noodle soups on its menu. Try the pork or oxtail stir-fried noodles or order the beef or roast duck hand-pulled noodle soup. Watch the chefs through the kitchen window roll, twist, pull, and whip noodles into shape. LanZhou also offers a variety of dumplings on its menu, including soup dumplings and pork buns. Order online for takeout.

35. Arepa Mia

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10 N Clarendon Ave suite a
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(404) 600-3509
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Owned by Lis Hernandez, Arepa Mia in Avondale Estates (just east of Decatur) has been making arepas (and gathering loyal regulars) for well over a decade. The menu at this congenial counter-service restaurant consists of arepas stuffed with everything from beef and chicken to seafood and scrambled eggs, as well as empanadas, cachapas (Venezuelan sweet or savory pancake), and pabellón with shredded beef, black beans, fried plantains, queso, and jasmine rice. Grab a seat in the colorful dining room or outside on the small front patio. Online for takeout.

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36. Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House

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5953 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
(678) 530-0844
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Located in Seoul Plaza on Buford Highway, Woo Nam Jeong or Stone Bowl House serves traditional Korean fare created by the restaurant’s longtime chef Young Hui Han, lovingly referred to as “grandma”. Regulars to this Korean restaurant know to order its signature dish, any of the dolsot bibimbap. The dish is served in a searing hot cast iron stone bowl allowing the rice to become nice and crispy before mixing. Make sure to indulge in the complimentary banchan here, which Han makes herself each day. Other dishes to try include the haemul pajeon (seafood scallion pancake) and gujeolpan, an elaborate Korean royal court dish consisting of nine types of food served with crepes in an octagonal wooden platter. Order online for takeout.

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37. Sushi Hayakawa

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5979 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 986-0010
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Chef Atsushi Hayakawa’s Buford Highway sushi house continues to dominate Atlanta’s sushi scene. Reservations are required and should be made well in advance; especially for those who want to watch Hayakawa prepare dinner himself. The two-and-a-half hour honkaku omakase is a one-on-one, 14-course sushi extravaganza with the chef. It’s a must for any sushi lover living in or visiting metro Atlanta.

38. Sun City Caribbean & American Restaurant

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6201 Memorial Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(770) 755-5897
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Sun City in Stone Mountain serves beef, chicken, and coco patties, a selection of classic Jamaican dishes, and a few specialties, including barbecued jerk ribs, on its menu. Come for the weekly soup specials like a thick red pea soup or the fish soup — referred to in Jamaica as “fish tea”. Breakfast often features jerk chicken and waffles, oat or cornmeal porridge, and saltfish paired with ackee or callaloo. There’s also a Sun City location in the city of Forest Park, just south of Atlanta. Order online for takeout or delivery via GrubHub, Postmates, DoorDash, or UberEats.

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1. Spring Restaurant

36 Mill St, Marietta, GA 30060

The critically acclaimed restaurant, owned by chef Brian So and partner Daniel Crawford, features a tight, seasonally-inspired menu of dishes paired with a carefully curated list of natural and biodynamic wines. Start with fois gras terrine and sockeye salmon crudo before moving on to entrees like grilled wagyu flatiron steak and braised short rib or a whole fish course. Never skip the desserts at Spring, which change often and incorporate herbs, fruits, and other ingredients of the season. The small dining room here lends itself nicely to intimate dinner dates for two or foursomes of friends meeting to catch up over bottles of wine and a meal. Reservations highly encouraged.

36 Mill St
Marietta, GA 30060

2. Vatica Indian Cuisine

1475 Terrell Mill Rd #105, Marietta, GA 30067
A daily thali platter special can always be ordered from Marietta Indian restaurant Vatica on Terrell Mill Road. Vatica Indian Cuisine

Located in the Terrell Mill Junction shopping plaza in Marietta, the extensive menu served at Indian restaurant stalwart Vatica features heaping platters of biryani, the comforts of tandoori shrimp, lamb, and chicken, and daily thali specials. Kick off the meal with snacks like bhel puri, pani puri, and samosas before digging into the entrees here, including the generous sizzler plate with shrimp and fish tikka masala, tandoori chicken, and kebabs or kahari lamb in tomato gravy. Make sure to order some spicy bullet naan or the bread basket, which comes with garlic naan, roti, and onion kulcha. Grab gulab jamun and a mango lassi for dessert, too. Order online for takeout.

1475 Terrell Mill Rd #105
Marietta, GA 30067

3. Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar

3721 Main St, College Park, GA 30337
Shrimp and crab gravy at Virgil’s in College Park, GA
Shrimp and crab gravy
Ryan Fleisher

The Gullah and Lowcountry dishes at Virgil’s, owned by Gee and Juan Smalls, are not to be missed. Order the she-crab soup or Gullah egg rolls stuffed with red rice, cabbage, and shrimp; the crab rice mixed with sautéed bacon, onions, and peppers; a side of greens; and the brownie-based Chucktown Chewie sundae for dessert. Order online for takeout. Just north of the College Park MARTA station.

3721 Main St
College Park, GA 30337