Despite construction and permitting delays and other unforeseen obstacles brought on by the pandemic over the last two years, new restaurants continue opening across Atlanta and its sprawling metropolitan area. While most restaurants are open for dine-in and bar service, many establishments are placing greater emphasis on creating great patios and other outdoor seating experiences as well as on takeout offerings. Here, Eater shines the spotlight on a few of Atlanta’s newest restaurants to check out this month.Read More
The 15 Hottest New Restaurants in Atlanta Right Now
From cochinita pibil tacos and fire-roasted suckling pig in Roswell to BEC biscuits and coffee in Grant Park and smoked duck pot pie in Cascade Heights
1. Oreatha's At The Point
After finding success with her critically acclaimed Huff Road restaurant Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours, chef Deborah VanTrece just debuted her second restaurant, Oreatha’s at the Point. It’s already become a neighborhood gathering spot in Cascade Heights. With a menu inspired by home-cooked meals from mothers from around the globe, expect tempura miso fried artichokes, fried duck ravioli with aglio e olio and bechamel sauce, nori-crusted salmon niçoise, and Thai-seasoned catfish with tamarind hot sauce served from chef Christian “Lucke” Bell. There’s also a smoked duck pot pie on the menu — a hat tip to VanTrece’s mother, and the restaurant’s namesake. Dessert features chocolate chai tiramisu and pecan pie bakalva from chefs Sade McMullen and Briana Riddock. Reservations encouraged. Outdoor seating available.
People will definitely need a reservation for a seat at the 15-seat sushi bar at this Japanese restaurant on Howell Mill Road, led by chef J. Trent Harris. Even the petite cocktail bar here is reserved exclusively for guests dining at Mujo, which is all about creating an intimate dining experience, culminating in an elaborate omakase feast. Expect several courses of nigiri prepared in the edomae sushi style, broken up by beautifully presented dishes of hakurei turnip tartlets and buta nikomi with braised iberico pork. Nods to Japanese culinary traditions include serving tamagoyaki (Japanese shrimp and egg cake similar to an omelette,) followed by dessert, like a roasted sesame ice cream sundae topped with miso rum caramel and Japanese sweet potato with a dusting of soybean flour, paired with konacha green tea. Reservations required.
Billed as a mozzarella and salumi bar, Bastone comes from the White Bull and Grana chef Pat Pascarella. Taking over the former Bocado space at the corner of Howell Mill and 8th Street, kick off a meal with a selection of hand-stretched mozzarella and charcuterie paired with fresh-baked focaccia. Folks can even order mozzarella flights here. Move on to sharable appetizers, like the sunchoke caponata layered with sultanas, capers, and tomatoes, before diving into hand-made pasta dishes, including the busiate pollo Genovese or shrimp ravioli with ‘nduja, Calabrian chili, shrimp, and shrimp posada. Order cocktails, spritzy drinks during happy hour, or Italian wines by the glass or bottle, too. Front patio available. Covered patio available. Reservations encouraged.
4. The Usual
Chef Nick Leahy returns to his old restaurant stomping grounds in Brookwood Hills with this latest venture dubbed the Usual, a casual, family-friendly restaurant serving everything from burgers and loaded French fries to hanger steak, seafood and dumplings, and smoked short rib with a side of pimento cheese grit cakes. Expect takes on the Hemingway daiquiri, Cosmopolitan, Aviation, and French 75, along with original cocktails on the bar menu here. Order online.
5. How Crispy Express
After a year of pop-ups in Summerhill, the permanent location of fried chicken sandwich shop How Crispy Express is now firmly rooted on Georgia Avenue in the neighborhood. Backed by Ticonderoga Club’s Greg Best and Bart Sasso, chef William Silbernagel (The Bookhouse Pub, Argosy), and Atlanta architect Luke Wilkinson, expect just five sandwiches on the menu, including a vegetarian version made with a crispy chickpea patty, a nod to the quintessential Atlanta flavor lemon pepper wet, and fried chicken spiced with tikka seasoning. In addition to its sandwiches, look for chicken nuggets and sides like collards, mac and cheese, and yucca fries. Do not skip ordering the Buffalo chicken dip or the Coca-Cola cake here. A second, larger location opens in downtown Atlanta along historic Hotel Row later this year. Outdoor seating available. Takeout available.
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6. El Valle
Taking over the former Escorpion space on Peachtree, the menu at El Valle is meant to showcase the wide variety of ingredients and flavors found in dishes throughout Mexico. Begin the meal with halibut ceviche topped with xoconostle (sour fruit from a cactus), jalapenos, and avocado or soft shell crab served atop polenta. Next, order the octopus quesadilla or pork belly sopes, followed by a whole branzino with capers wrapped in a hoja santa leaf (Mexican pepperleaf). For dessert, there’s horchata panna cotta. The wine list at El Valle features a great selection of Mexican wines, alongside Latin American and Spanish wines by the glass and bottle. Cocktails lean heavily toward tequila and smokey mezcals incorporating ingredients like tomato honey cordial, poblano pepper, and pineapple. Reservations encouraged. Outdoor seating available.
7. Howdy ATL Cafe
Atlanta, GA 30315
Howdy ATL Biscuit Cafe opened in the former Grant Park Coffeehouse space across from Zoo Atlanta in May, and it’s already become the spot for area residents to grab BEC biscuits, scones, hand pies, and other baked goods paired with coffee throughout the day. Owner Boyd Baker has big plans in store for Howdy ATL in the future, including expanding the food menu, eventually serving beer and wine, and hosting live music, poetry readings, and political discussions at the cafe. Outdoor seating available.
8. Veganish ATL Food Truck Park
Jonesboro, GA 30236
After closing Atlanta Food Truck Park along Howell Mill Road at the end of 2021, Tan Bowers relocated the entire operation south to Jonesboro, rebranding it and reopening in May as metro Atlanta’s first vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian food truck park. Located in a former mulch yard on Tara Boulevard, Bowers says the move to Jonesboro was a leap of faith centered on a desire to offer more vegan and vegetarian food options on Atlanta’s south side. After spending months cleaning, landscaping, and installing electricity and seating throughout the new site, Veganish ATL now brings a rotating lineup of dedicated vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian food trucks to Jonesboro on the weekends. Look for special events and live music here, too. Open Friday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Follow on Instagram for food truck updates.
9. Daily Chew (Stop Think Chew HQ)
Stop Think Chew chef and owner Julia Kesler Imerman opened walk-up window the Daily Chew on Liddell Drive in Piedmont Heights. The window offers coffee, protein bowls, and light breakfast items in the mornings, with rotisserie chicken pita wraps and bowls in the afternoons. Make sure to ask about the daily pita special here, too. Food on the menu leans into Imerman’s Jewish and South African roots. Indoor counter service and cafe seating is also available. The chef’s next big undertaking is an all-day cafe called Brash Kitchen with Brash Coffee owner Chris McLeod opening at the Works. Outdoor seating available. Order online for takeout.
10. Casa Robles
Backed by Ryan and Dan Pernice, the brothers behind Table and Main, Osteria Mattone, and Coalition Food and Beverage, Casa Robles offers Roswell a restaurant where traditional Spanish tapas mixes with dishes styled after those found in El Salvador and Mexico on the menu. Dinner features pupusas, cochinita pibil tacos, tamales stuffed with Salvadorean chicken and chickpeas, and mariscada (a spicy seafood stew) from chef and El Salvador native Laura Orellana, followed by flan and tarta de Santiago (Spanish almond cake) for dessert. Wines lean heavily toward producers from Spain, Portugal, and South America here, with cocktails featuring rum, tequila, mezcal, and pisco from the bar. Reservations highly encouraged.
Atlanta, GA 30306
After opening at the end of April, Poncey-Highland seafood market, cafe, and raw bar Fishmonger is already a bonafide hit. Backed by chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht (8ARM, Octopus Bar) and chef Bradford Forsblom, Fishmonger sells fresh-caught fish, oysters, and shrimp from around the South in its cold cases, with a cafe menu featuring a Gulf shrimp salad roll, shrimp Louie, a tuna melt, and a grouper sandwich during the afternoon. At night, Fishmonger transforms into a raw bar offering oysters on the half shelf, crudo plates, and shrimp cocktail paired with natural wine and beer. Fishmonger is currently BYOB until it receives its liquor license. Outdoor seating available.
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12. Pollo Primo
Sinaloan-style chicken restaurant Pollo Primo, owned by chef Duane Kulers of Supremo Taco, took over the former Bento Mac Hibachi Box Wings and Sushi space in East Atlanta this winter. The menu here features quarter, half, and whole roast birds marinated in morita chile, citrus, and a selection of spices served with fresh tortillas and paired with sides like rice and beans, street corn, chicken soup, and churros. Meals come in individual and family-sized portions. Look for aguas frescas and horchata as well as margaritas and beer on the drinks menu, too. Patio seating available. Open for lunch and dinner.
13. Qommunity Food and Art
A space once home to pho and bánh mì shop We Suki Suki and mini food stall market the Global Grub Collective has transformed into a restaurant incubator and art space from Quynh “Q” Trinh called Qommunity. Trinh still serves her popular pho and bánh mì here on occasion, but she partnered with Poke Burri and Lifting Noodles Ramen owners Ken Yu and Seven Chan to anchor the new venture, which also features more indoor seating and a coffee, boba tea, and noodle bar serving sake cocktails in the evenings. Look for restaurant residencies at Qommunity throughout the year, too, including current occupants Laotian food pop-up So So Fed and comfort food from MikChan’s (owners of JenChan’s in Cabbagetown), taking over the former We Suki Suki space.
14. Fogón and Lions Alpharetta
Owned by chef Julio Delgado, Spanish-Latin restaurant Fogón and Lions is rooted in traditional wood-fired dishes from Spain, Mexico, South America, and Delgado’s native Puerto Rico. The kitchen even features a large custom-built grill meant to replicate the open-hearth cooking done throughout Spain and Latin America. This includes the churrascos (marinated grilled meats often found in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina) and whole roasted suckling pig on the menu. Beyond roast meats, expect a variety of pintxos, paella, tacos, and ceviche paired with Latin American and Spanish wines and rum and tequila cocktails from the bar. Reservations encouraged. Outdoor seating available.
Seafood restaurant and cocktail bar Boho 115 took over the former Square Pub on Decatur Square earlier this year, transforming this multi-level space into an easy breezy spot for ceviches, fresh fish, Argentinian steak, tacos, and empanadas paired with pisco sours and classic daiquiris. Look for chilled seafood and conserva selections here as well as empanadas from local bakery Belen de la Cruz and whole roasted fish dinners, too.