clock menu more-arrow no yes

The Hottest Restaurants in Atlanta Right Now, November 2014

View as Map

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What haven't I heard of? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it"places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change periodically to highlight where the food-crazed crowds are flocking. Since this is a spotlight on what's happening right now, we must make room for what's fresh. Therefore, in this edition, we remove Lusca and Shake Shack, and we welcome Oak Steakhouse and The El Felix.

Suggestions? Vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments or email the tipline.

01/03/13: Added: Seven Lamps, Gio's Chicken Amalfitana
02/07/13: Added: General Muir, Monday Night Brewing, La Tagliatella, Woodfire Grill
03/07/13: Added: Chai Pani, KR SteakBar, the Argosy
04/03/13: Added: Paper Plane
05/02/13: Added: BoccaLupo, Villains
06/06/13: Added: Gunshow, King + Duke
07/11/13: Added: Chick-a-Biddy, Saltyard, Umi Sushi, Yum Bunz
08/01/13: Added: Timone's
09/05/13: Added: BlueTarp Brewing Co., Sun Dial, Caffe Gio
10/03/13: Added: Bantam Pub, Folk Art, Ink & Elm, Kimball House, Sobban
11/07/13: Added: Common Quarter, Stem Wine Bar, Jeni's
12/06/13: Added: Osteria Mattone, Smoke Ring
01/02/14: Added: Better Half, Toscano & Sons
02/06/14: Added: Cinco y Diez, St. Cecilia, Sprinkles ATM
03/06/14: Added: Big Sky Buckhead, Sweet Auburn Barbecue
04/03/14: Added: Foundation Social Eatery, Ration & Dram
05/01/14: Added: Lusca, Octane ATV, Varuni Napoli
06/05/14: Added: Southbound, Bar Amalfi
07/03/14: Added: Illegal Food, The Painted Pin
08/07/14: Added: The Pig & The Pearl, Spice to Table, The Luminary
09/04/14: Added: Makan
10/02/14: Added: Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Shake Shack, Craft Izakaya
11/06/14: Added: Oak Steakhouse, The El Felix

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Oak Steakhouse

Copy Link

The second location for the the Charleston-based restaurant, Oak is one of the highlights at the Avalon mixed-use development. In addition to Certified Angus Beef, executive chef Chad Anderson is serving entrees such as cornmeal-crusted grouper, swordfish steak, and pappardelle bolognese.

2. The El Felix

Copy Link
1130 Avalon Blvd
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(678) 205-0188
Visit Website
[Facebook]

3. The Pig & The Pearl

Copy Link
1380 Atlantic Drive Suite 14180
Atlanta, GA 30363
(404) 541-0930
Visit Website

From chef Todd Richards and the team behind The Shed at Glenwood, The Pig & The Pearl is a combination smokehouse/raw bar. Start off with a dish like yellowfin tuna sashimi, and then get your barbecue fix with smoked pork shoulder.

4. Makan, Restaurant & Bar

Copy Link
130 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 996-6504
Visit Website

Chef George Yu is serving up what he and co-owner Michael Lo call "Asian comfort food." The menu features influences from Korea, Japan, and China, and the Korean-style ramyun, with kimchi and Sun Noodles, is a fine version of the celebrated dish.

5. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Copy Link
684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Go to Ladybird for the expansive patio, BeltLine-adjacent location, and casual, outdoorsy atmosphere. Stay for the "modern campfire cuisine," which includes Navajo fry bread, preserved wild mushrooms, and grilled lamb steak.

6. Spice To Table

Copy Link

Chef Asha Gomez's acclaimed restaurant Cardamom Hill may be closed, but her "Indian patisserie" is now serving lunch and early dinner in Old Fourth Ward's Studioplex development. The pastries, tarts, and sandwiches offer a more casual atmosphere and lower price points compared to Gomez's previous fine dining venture.

7. The Luminary

Copy Link
99 Krog St NE Suite Y
Atlanta, GA 30307

Top chef alum Eli Kirshtein's brasserie was the first restaurant to open at Krog Street Market. In addition to a raw bar, the dinner menu features French classics like steak frites and beef tartare, plus American touches like New Orleans barbecue shrimp and chicken wings.

8. Craft Izakaya

Copy Link
99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA

Craft Izakaya is now open in Krog Street Market, too. The menu covers a lot of ground, but focuses on sushi and yakitori. Nate Shuman, formerly of Proof & Provision, is running the impressive bar program.

Loading comments...

1. Oak Steakhouse

Alpharetta, GA

The second location for the the Charleston-based restaurant, Oak is one of the highlights at the Avalon mixed-use development. In addition to Certified Angus Beef, executive chef Chad Anderson is serving entrees such as cornmeal-crusted grouper, swordfish steak, and pappardelle bolognese.

2. The El Felix

1130 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta, GA 30009
[Facebook]
1130 Avalon Blvd
Alpharetta, GA 30009

3. The Pig & The Pearl

1380 Atlantic Drive Suite 14180, Atlanta, GA 30363

From chef Todd Richards and the team behind The Shed at Glenwood, The Pig & The Pearl is a combination smokehouse/raw bar. Start off with a dish like yellowfin tuna sashimi, and then get your barbecue fix with smoked pork shoulder.

1380 Atlantic Drive Suite 14180
Atlanta, GA 30363

4. Makan, Restaurant & Bar

130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Chef George Yu is serving up what he and co-owner Michael Lo call "Asian comfort food." The menu features influences from Korea, Japan, and China, and the Korean-style ramyun, with kimchi and Sun Noodles, is a fine version of the celebrated dish.

130 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

5. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Go to Ladybird for the expansive patio, BeltLine-adjacent location, and casual, outdoorsy atmosphere. Stay for the "modern campfire cuisine," which includes Navajo fry bread, preserved wild mushrooms, and grilled lamb steak.

684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

6. Spice To Table

659 Auburn Avenue Northeast #503 Atlanta, GA 30312

Chef Asha Gomez's acclaimed restaurant Cardamom Hill may be closed, but her "Indian patisserie" is now serving lunch and early dinner in Old Fourth Ward's Studioplex development. The pastries, tarts, and sandwiches offer a more casual atmosphere and lower price points compared to Gomez's previous fine dining venture.

7. The Luminary

99 Krog St NE Suite Y, Atlanta, GA 30307

Top chef alum Eli Kirshtein's brasserie was the first restaurant to open at Krog Street Market. In addition to a raw bar, the dinner menu features French classics like steak frites and beef tartare, plus American touches like New Orleans barbecue shrimp and chicken wings.

99 Krog St NE Suite Y
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Craft Izakaya

99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA

Craft Izakaya is now open in Krog Street Market, too. The menu covers a lot of ground, but focuses on sushi and yakitori. Nate Shuman, formerly of Proof & Provision, is running the impressive bar program.

99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA

Related Maps