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The 16 Hottest New Restaurants in Atlanta Right Now

From beautiful Thai-Chinese dishes and new school Italian to breakfast sandwiches worth the drive and kitchens dedicated to pop-ups

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Despite construction and permitting delays and other unforeseen obstacles brought on by the pandemic over the last year, new restaurants continue opening across Atlanta and its sprawling metro area. While most restaurants are open for dine-in service, many establishments are placing greater emphasis on patios and outdoor seating options as well as takeout. Here, Eater shines the spotlight on a few of Atlanta’s newest restaurants to check out this month.

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1. Chattahoochee Food Works

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1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

The first set of restaurant stalls are now open inside this much-anticipated northwest Atlanta food hall. The sprawling 31-stall market and test kitchen in the city’s Underwood Hills neighborhood is a collaboration between celebrity chef and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern and Robert Montwaid — the man behind Gansevoort Market in New York City. Food stalls here serve everything from Neapolitan-style pizzas, Thai fare, pho, and bánh mì to sushi, Southern soul food breakfast dishes, ramen, and over-the-top cookies. There’s even a bar serving wine, cocktails, and beer. More food stalls are expected to open over the coming months. Read more about Chattahoochee Food Works here. Covered patio seating. Valet available in the evenings.

Curry Puff- Puffed pastries filled with minced chicken, sweet potatoes, onions, and curry powder w/ a side of cucumber salad in sweet vinaigrette from TydeTate Kitchen Ryan Fleisher

2. CHE BUTTER JONEZ

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757 Cleveland Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 919-4061
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Occupy the Hood activist Malik Rhasaan and Detric Fox-Quinlan recently opened a permanent location of their popular food truck as a restaurant next door to a Chevron on Cleveland Avenue in southwest Atlanta. Known best for the That Sh!T Slambing burger, the menu changes daily at Che Butter Jonez the restaurant, but will include that oft-ordered lamb burger, along with bodega-style breakfast dishes, tacos on Tuesday, and snacks like parmesan truffle popcorn and crispy fried Brussels sprouts. Takeout available.

That Sh!T Slambing burger Che Butter Jonez

3. Big Boss Chinese

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100 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 855-5889
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Housed in the former Chinese Buddha space on 10th Street, once owned by his mother, chef Guy Wong describes Big Boss Chinese as the “more casual little brother” to his Old Fourth Ward restaurant Ruby Chow’s. The menu here centers on “Chinese American classics” paired with beer, wine, sake, and bubble tea. Expect dishes like sweet and sour chicken or shrimp, General Tso’s chicken, crab rangoon, egg rolls, and fried rice and lo mein options served in a minimalist, retro-cool dining room. Order at the counter and grab a seat. Order online for takeout or delivery.

4. La Chingana Peruvian pop-up

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Chef Arnaldo Castillo wants to create a restaurant he can one day pass on to his future children, a restaurant that tells his personal story through food. He launched La Chingana as a general pop-up in 2020, while working as the head chef of Minero. It began as a way to provide relief for essential workers during the pandemic. Following his departure from Minero earlier this year, Castillo threw himself into La Chingana full time, transforming it into a pop-up serving traditional Peruvian food from Lima and northern Peru, where he and his family are from. Each month, Castillo can be found popping up at restaurants throughout Atlanta offering a multi-course tasting menu with a rotating selection of classic Peruvian dishes, like ceviche clásico, jamón del país sandwiches, and causa limeña. Castillo hopes to one day turn his now popular pop-up into a full-fledge restaurant. Read more about La Chingana here. Follow on Instagram for pop-up dates and details.

Arroz con pato, a main course of braised duck thigh, confit fried leg, salsa criolla and huancaina sauce from Atlanta Peruvian pop-up La Chingana
Arroz con pato, a main course of braised duck thigh, confit fried leg, salsa criolla and huancaina sauce from Peruvian pop-up La Chingana.
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5. El Viñedo Local

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730 Peachtree St NE Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 596-8239
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South American coffee, wine, and tapas bar El Viñedo Local opened on Peachtree Street in Midtown this spring, one block north of the Fox Theatre. Owner Robert Kaster tapped Uruguayan native chef Bruno Vergara to create dishes and grab-and-go food for the all-day menu here, including arepas and perfectly baked empanadas and guava pastries, as well as a selection of ceviche, sandwiches like a choripan, and plates of fried plantains, rice, and beans. Like the coffee and food, wines at El Viñedo Local lean into South American producers using sustainable and organic winemaking practices. Patio seating. Takeout available.

Two perfectly baked ham and cheese empanadas from El Vinedo Local  in Midtown Atlanta El Vinedo Local

6. Poach Social

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112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(678) 974-7324
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Owned by Brian Mitchell and Ronnie Marrow, Poach Social combines their love for the morning meal and good vibes all within a bright and cheery space in Summerhill. Located next door to Talat Market, the menu here includes everything from chipotle-smoked sausage and egg and salmon lox breakfast sandwiches to heartier brunch dishes, like shrimp and grits, brioche French toast, and watermelon and goat cheese quinoa and farro salad. Order fresh juices to pair with the meal, including the CSWS (Can’t Stop Won’t Stop) made with apple, spinach, celery, cucumbers and ginger or the One Love with homemade sorrel and mixed with ginger spices and hibiscus leaves. Patio seating. Order online for takeout and delivery.

Breakfast spot Poach Social opened next door to Talat Market in Summerhill in July.
Breakfast spot Poach Social opened next door to Talat Market in Summerhill in July.
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7. Politan Row at Colony Square

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1197 Peachtree St NE Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 228-7941
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The new Colony Square food hall opened earlier this summer and will eventually include 11 locally or independently owned food stalls. Nine food stalls and a central cocktail bar are currently open serving everything from margherita and vegetarian naan pizzas to Caribbean fare and bánh mì. Much like a restaurant, Politan Row employs “guest assistants” and “guest ambassadors” who act as servers and hosts, helping to bus tables, offer water to seated diners, answer the phones, and book reservations. There’s even the option to reserve a chef’s table for 12 people. Pop into cocktail lounge Jo Jo’s Beloved hidden behind a door toward the back of the food hall and be transported back to the age of disco glam. Read more about Politan Row here.

Politan Row food hall dining area with three rows of mid-century modern tables and chairs Official

8. Lucian Books and Wine

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3005 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 549-2655
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Owners Katie Barringer and Jordan Smelt merge their love for books, wine, food, and London at bookshop and wine bar Lucian. Located at Modera Buckhead, Lucian specializes in titles centered around art, design, food, and culture and carries nearly 250 wines by the bottle and 15 wines by the glass, curated by Smelt. Chef Brian Hendrickson approaches the food here with the same thoughtfulness and care as Barringer does with books and Smelt with wine. Nothing is an afterthought, including the sauces, which Hendrickson says can take up to three days to make for each dish on the menu. This includes the duck jus for the roast duck, right down to the sorrel mayonnaise he makes for dipping Lucian’s crispy fries. All dishes, including the fries and the cheeky Scotch egg served in the afternoon, are meant to be paired with wine. Reservations highly encouraged. Read more about Lucian here.

Three slivers round white radish slices topped with a small dollop of mustard seeds sit atop raw hamachi over slices of cucumber at Lucian in Atlanta
Raw hamachi with black radishes
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9. Biggerstaff Brewing Company

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537 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 796-9919
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Biggerstaff Brewing Company is now open and serving coffee, beer, and food next door to Staplehouse Market on Edgewood Avenue. The brewpub first opens for coffee in the mornings, seeing Biggerstaff transform into a cafe serving Intelligentsia coffee and espresso drinks as well as pastries. Owners Clay Davies and Sarah Davies nabbed Staplehouse chef and owner Ryan Smith to help create the food menu for the brewpub. The menu from Smith and chef Davis King features charcuterie and shareable snacks, like smoked Vidalia onion rings, crispy cornbread bites, a Scotch egg encased in lemon pepper chicken sausage, pork belly atop creamy farrow, and beets and brats. There’s also burgers, sandwiches, and salads here, too, all meant to pair with Biggerstaff’s beers, which include IPAs, sours, coffee brews, and a smoked pale ale. Patio seating available.

Pork belly on creamy farrow at Biggerstaff Brewing Biggerstaff Brewing Co.

10. Kinship Butcher Sundry

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1019 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

The much-anticipated Kinship Butcher and Sundry shop and cafe and coffee bar Academy Coffee are now open in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, and there’s been a steady stream of customers seeking fresh cuts of meat, coffee, and various pantry essentials. The market also includes a cheese counter and offers natural wine for sale. But make sure to grab one of Kinship’s daily sandwich specials, including the popular breakfast sandwiches here. There’s also pastries from baker Vivian Lee of Korean-inspired baked goods and grazing boards pop-up Foodcation Forever, too. Lee will be popping up at the market until her new sandwich shop, Leftie Lee’s, opens next year in Avondale Estates.

11. Yao Atlanta

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237 Perimeter Center Pkwy NE
Dunwoody, GA 30346
(770) 557-0353
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After finding quick success this spring with Isan Thai restaurant Tum Pok Pok, Jakkrit Tuanphakdee and Adidsara Weerasin opened Yao, an elegant, multi-level Thai-Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Center. Inspired by Yaowarat Road, the main thoroughfare in the Samphanthawong District of Bangkok’s Chinatown, look for dishes here like khao soi gai, noodles comprising chicken, lime, pickled green mustard, red onions, and a quail egg in curry broth, a daily whole salt and peppered fish, and roast duck egg noodles with Yu choy cilantro and a quail egg. Yao also serves a small selection of Japanese-inspired dishes, including spicy teriyaki tofu, Ishiyaki wagyu served Thai style, and cha siu pork belly, along with a section of appetizers such as crab wontons, truffle parmesan chips, and prawn taro rolls. Patio available. Order online for takeout and delivery.

The “catch of the day”, a whole salt and pepper fish, garnished with green onions, cilantro, roasted garlic, and minced chili. Yao

12. Gigi’s Italian Kitchen and Restaurant @ Gato

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1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 371-0889
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Every Sunday through Tuesday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., petite Candler Park restaurant Gato transforms into Gigi’s Italian Kitchen. People can expect to find “New York-style Italian food” with a bit of Southern flare on the menu here until November, including dishes like chicken marsala, marinated mussels, fritto misto, and buttermilk panna cotta with Georgia peaches. Gato owner Nicolas Stinson temporarily discontinued the restaurant’s popular weekend breakfast to focus on dinner service, with plans to amp up the pop-ups and chef collaborations for which Gato is known. Gigi’s: Monday and Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

13. La Calavera Pizza

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1696 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 697-7030
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After closing last January, Eric Arillo and Dale Ralston’s beloved Mexican bakery reopened in April as a pizzeria. Located on Memorial Drive in Kirkwood, La Calavera Pizza currently operates as a takeout restaurant serving round and brick pizzas using Arillo’s popular sourdough recipe for the crust. In addition to pizzas like pepperoni and cheese and brick tomato pies dubbed ladrillos, the menu also includes gluten-free and vegan pizzas, sourdough breadsticks, salads, and cookies. Open Wednesday - Sunday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Order online for takeout. Walk-ins welcome. Limited delivery.

A cheese pizza sprinkled with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh basil from La Calavera in Atlanta La Calavera Pizza

14. Dead End Drinks (formerly Ration and Dram)

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130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 974-8380
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Longtime Kirkwood-Edgewood neighborhood bar and restaurant Ration and Dram recently changed its name to Dead End Drinks. But the name isn’t the only big change happening here. The kitchen is now an incubator for a rotating array of roving Atlanta chefs and food pop-ups. That means the menu changes often and allows people the opportunity to order up and experience some of the most creative and exciting food currently happening on the Atlanta dining scene. Pop-ups like Humble Mumble, Jackalope, La Chingana, and TKO Korean can all be expected in the kitchen here, with announcements made on Instagram regarding who’s in residence each week. Don’t fret, Ration and Dram’s popular brunch is still served on weekends and cocktails are always a focal point at the bar. Patio seating available. Call to order takeout.

Khao Mok Gai (Burried Chicken Rice) from pop-up Jackalope in Atlanta, GA. Jackalope

15. Poco Loco Neighborhood Provisions

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2233 College Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

After nearly a year of selling hundreds of handmade Tex-Mex breakfast burritos on Saturday mornings from his Lake Claire neighborhood driveway, chef Nick Melvin opened this neighborhood market and food stand in a tiny cottage space in Kirkwood. Look for fresh and frozen burritos each week like barbacoa and egg, ramp chilaquiles, and the Pig Lebowski with Pine Street Market bacon and eggs from Georgia-based Moores Farm. Melvin also sells provisions such as charred salsa verde, fresh tortillas, prepared soups, chocolate chip cookies and Snickers balls, fermented chile, and wildflower honey. Look for the Poco Loco food trailer popping up soon in the Farm Burger parking lot at the Virginia-Highland Farmers Market, too. Currently open Thursday - Saturday. Seating available at picnic tables outside. Follow on Instagram for hours and weekly menus. Walk-ins welcome. Preorder for pick-up online. Read more about Poco Loco here.

An Al pastor chicken burrito cut in half with lettuce, cheese, and chunks of roasted chicken Courtesy of Poco Loco

16. Continent Restaurant & Cigar Lounge

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4300 Buford Hwy NE #201-202
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 228-2027
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Chef Scotley Innis opened his new Afro-Caribbean restaurant and cigar lounge this spring on Buford Highway. Inspired by his travels and love for the diaspora of African cuisine, Continent provides Innis the chance to showcase his vision for food from these regions and around the world at his own restaurant. The chef’s cross-cultural cuisine here ranges from starters like Yardman oysters (similar to oysters Rockefeller) layered with the leafy Jamaican vegetable callaloo, duck bacon, garlic butter, and parmesan cheese to oxtail lo mein, which mixes the savory braised meat with baby bok choy and chambray onions. Continent’s cigar lounge is where to relax and indulge in cigars and cocktails or Macallan scotch flights and rare spirits, like the pricey Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac, while dining on small plates from the restaurant. Reservations highly encouraged. Read more about Continent here.

Lamb suya chops from Continent Ryan Fleisher

1. Chattahoochee Food Works

1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Curry Puff- Puffed pastries filled with minced chicken, sweet potatoes, onions, and curry powder w/ a side of cucumber salad in sweet vinaigrette from TydeTate Kitchen Ryan Fleisher

The first set of restaurant stalls are now open inside this much-anticipated northwest Atlanta food hall. The sprawling 31-stall market and test kitchen in the city’s Underwood Hills neighborhood is a collaboration between celebrity chef and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern and Robert Montwaid — the man behind Gansevoort Market in New York City. Food stalls here serve everything from Neapolitan-style pizzas, Thai fare, pho, and bánh mì to sushi, Southern soul food breakfast dishes, ramen, and over-the-top cookies. There’s even a bar serving wine, cocktails, and beer. More food stalls are expected to open over the coming months. Read more about Chattahoochee Food Works here. Covered patio seating. Valet available in the evenings.

1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. CHE BUTTER JONEZ

757 Cleveland Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
That Sh!T Slambing burger Che Butter Jonez

Occupy the Hood activist Malik Rhasaan and Detric Fox-Quinlan recently opened a permanent location of their popular food truck as a restaurant next door to a Chevron on Cleveland Avenue in southwest Atlanta. Known best for the That Sh!T Slambing burger, the menu changes daily at Che Butter Jonez the restaurant, but will include that oft-ordered lamb burger, along with bodega-style breakfast dishes, tacos on Tuesday, and snacks like parmesan truffle popcorn and crispy fried Brussels sprouts. Takeout available.

757 Cleveland Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30315

3. Big Boss Chinese

100 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Housed in the former Chinese Buddha space on 10th Street, once owned by his mother, chef Guy Wong describes Big Boss Chinese as the “more casual little brother” to his Old Fourth Ward restaurant Ruby Chow’s. The menu here centers on “Chinese American classics” paired with beer, wine, sake, and bubble tea. Expect dishes like sweet and sour chicken or shrimp, General Tso’s chicken, crab rangoon, egg rolls, and fried rice and lo mein options served in a minimalist, retro-cool dining room. Order at the counter and grab a seat. Order online for takeout or delivery.

100 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. La Chingana Peruvian pop-up

Atlanta, GA
Arroz con pato, a main course of braised duck thigh, confit fried leg, salsa criolla and huancaina sauce from Atlanta Peruvian pop-up La Chingana
Arroz con pato, a main course of braised duck thigh, confit fried leg, salsa criolla and huancaina sauce from Peruvian pop-up La Chingana.
Kris Martins

Chef Arnaldo Castillo wants to create a restaurant he can one day pass on to his future children, a restaurant that tells his personal story through food. He launched La Chingana as a general pop-up in 2020, while working as the head chef of Minero. It began as a way to provide relief for essential workers during the pandemic. Following his departure from Minero earlier this year, Castillo threw himself into La Chingana full time, transforming it into a pop-up serving traditional Peruvian food from Lima and northern Peru, where he and his family are from. Each month, Castillo can be found popping up at restaurants throughout Atlanta offering a multi-course tasting menu with a rotating selection of classic Peruvian dishes, like ceviche clásico, jamón del país sandwiches, and causa limeña. Castillo hopes to one day turn his now popular pop-up into a full-fledge restaurant. Read more about La Chingana here. Follow on Instagram for pop-up dates and details.

5. El Viñedo Local

730 Peachtree St NE Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30308
Two perfectly baked ham and cheese empanadas from El Vinedo Local  in Midtown Atlanta El Vinedo Local

South American coffee, wine, and tapas bar El Viñedo Local opened on Peachtree Street in Midtown this spring, one block north of the Fox Theatre. Owner Robert Kaster tapped Uruguayan native chef Bruno Vergara to create dishes and grab-and-go food for the all-day menu here, including arepas and perfectly baked empanadas and guava pastries, as well as a selection of ceviche, sandwiches like a choripan, and plates of fried plantains, rice, and beans. Like the coffee and food, wines at El Viñedo Local lean into South American producers using sustainable and organic winemaking practices. Patio seating. Takeout available.

730 Peachtree St NE Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30308

6. Poach Social

112 Ormond St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Breakfast spot Poach Social opened next door to Talat Market in Summerhill in July.
Breakfast spot Poach Social opened next door to Talat Market in Summerhill in July.
Poach Social

Owned by Brian Mitchell and Ronnie Marrow, Poach Social combines their love for the morning meal and good vibes all within a bright and cheery space in Summerhill. Located next door to Talat Market, the menu here includes everything from chipotle-smoked sausage and egg and salmon lox breakfast sandwiches to heartier brunch dishes, like shrimp and grits, brioche French toast, and watermelon and goat cheese quinoa and farro salad. Order fresh juices to pair with the meal, including the CSWS (Can’t Stop Won’t Stop) made with apple, spinach, celery, cucumbers and ginger or the One Love with homemade sorrel and mixed with ginger spices and hibiscus leaves. Patio seating. Order online for takeout and delivery.

112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

7. Politan Row at Colony Square

1197 Peachtree St NE Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30309
Politan Row food hall dining area with three rows of mid-century modern tables and chairs Official

The new Colony Square food hall opened earlier this summer and will eventually include 11 locally or independently owned food stalls. Nine food stalls and a central cocktail bar are currently open serving everything from margherita and vegetarian naan pizzas to Caribbean fare and bánh mì. Much like a restaurant, Politan Row employs “guest assistants” and “guest ambassadors” who act as servers and hosts, helping to bus tables, offer water to seated diners, answer the phones, and book reservations. There’s even the option to reserve a chef’s table for 12 people. Pop into cocktail lounge Jo Jo’s Beloved hidden behind a door toward the back of the food hall and be transported back to the age of disco glam. Read more about Politan Row here.

1197 Peachtree St NE Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. Lucian Books and Wine

3005 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305
Three slivers round white radish slices topped with a small dollop of mustard seeds sit atop raw hamachi over slices of cucumber at Lucian in Atlanta
Raw hamachi with black radishes
Ryan Fleisher

Owners Katie Barringer and Jordan Smelt merge their love for books, wine, food, and London at bookshop and wine bar Lucian. Located at Modera Buckhead, Lucian specializes in titles centered around art, design, food, and culture and carries nearly 250 wines by the bottle and 15 wines by the glass, curated by Smelt. Chef Brian Hendrickson approaches the food here with the same thoughtfulness and care as Barringer does with books and Smelt with wine. Nothing is an afterthought, including the sauces, which Hendrickson says can take up to three days to make for each dish on the menu. This includes the duck jus for the roast duck, right down to the sorrel mayonnaise he makes for dipping Lucian’s crispy fries. All dishes, including the fries and the cheeky Scotch egg served in the afternoon, are meant to be paired with wine. Reservations highly encouraged. Read more about Lucian here.

3005 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305

9. Biggerstaff Brewing Company

537 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Pork belly on creamy farrow at Biggerstaff Brewing Biggerstaff Brewing Co.

Biggerstaff Brewing Company is now open and serving coffee, beer, and food next door to Staplehouse Market on Edgewood Avenue. The brewpub first opens for coffee in the mornings, seeing Biggerstaff transform into a cafe serving Intelligentsia coffee and espresso drinks as well as pastries. Owners Clay Davies and Sarah Davies nabbed Staplehouse chef and owner Ryan Smith to help create the food menu for the brewpub. The menu from Smith and chef Davis King features charcuterie and shareable snacks, like smoked Vidalia onion rings, crispy cornbread bites, a Scotch egg encased in lemon pepper chicken sausage, pork belly atop creamy farrow, and beets and brats. There’s also burgers, sandwiches, and salads here, too, all meant to pair with Biggerstaff’s beers, which include IPAs, sours, coffee brews, and a smoked pale ale. Patio seating available.

537 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

10. Kinship Butcher Sundry

1019 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The much-anticipated Kinship Butcher and Sundry shop and cafe and coffee bar Academy Coffee are now open in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, and there’s been a steady stream of customers seeking fresh cuts of meat, coffee, and various pantry essentials. The market also includes a cheese counter and offers natural wine for sale. But make sure to grab one of Kinship’s daily sandwich specials, including the popular breakfast sandwiches here. There’s also pastries from baker Vivian Lee of Korean-inspired baked goods and grazing boards pop-up Foodcation Forever, too. Lee will be popping up at the market until her new sandwich shop, Leftie Lee’s, opens next year in Avondale Estates.

1019 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

11. Yao Atlanta

237 Perimeter Center Pkwy NE, Dunwoody, GA 30346
The “catch of the day”, a whole salt and pepper fish, garnished with green onions, cilantro, roasted garlic, and minced chili. Yao

After finding quick success this spring with Isan Thai restaurant Tum Pok Pok, Jakkrit Tuanphakdee and Adidsara Weerasin opened Yao, an elegant, multi-level Thai-Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Center. Inspired by Yaowarat Road, the main thoroughfare in the Samphanthawong District of Bangkok’s Chinatown, look for dishes here like khao soi gai, noodles comprising chicken, lime, pickled green mustard, red onions, and a quail egg in curry broth, a daily whole salt and peppered fish, and roast duck egg noodles with Yu choy cilantro and a quail egg. Yao also serves a small selection of Japanese-inspired dishes, including spicy teriyaki tofu, Ishiyaki wagyu served Thai style, and cha siu pork belly, along with a section of appetizers such as crab wontons, truffle parmesan chips, and prawn taro rolls. Patio available. Order online for takeout and delivery.

237 Perimeter Center Pkwy NE
Dunwoody, GA 30346

12. Gigi’s Italian Kitchen and Restaurant @ Gato

1660 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Every Sunday through Tuesday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., petite Candler Park restaurant Gato transforms into Gigi’s Italian Kitchen. People can expect to find “New York-style Italian food” with a bit of Southern flare on the menu here until November, including dishes like chicken marsala, marinated mussels, fritto misto, and buttermilk panna cotta with Georgia peaches. Gato owner Nicolas Stinson temporarily discontinued the restaurant’s popular weekend breakfast to focus on dinner service, with plans to amp up the pop-ups and chef collaborations for which Gato is known. Gigi’s: Monday and Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

13. La Calavera Pizza

1696 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
A cheese pizza sprinkled with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh basil from La Calavera in Atlanta La Calavera Pizza

After closing last January, Eric Arillo and Dale Ralston’s beloved Mexican bakery reopened in April as a pizzeria. Located on Memorial Drive in Kirkwood, La Calavera Pizza currently operates as a takeout restaurant serving round and brick pizzas using Arillo’s popular sourdough recipe for the crust. In addition to pizzas like pepperoni and cheese and brick tomato pies dubbed ladrillos, the menu also includes gluten-free and vegan pizzas, sourdough breadsticks, salads, and cookies. Open Wednesday - Sunday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Order online for takeout. Walk-ins welcome. Limited delivery.

1696 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30317

14. Dead End Drinks (formerly Ration and Dram)

130 Arizona Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Khao Mok Gai (Burried Chicken Rice) from pop-up Jackalope in Atlanta, GA. Jackalope

Longtime Kirkwood-Edgewood neighborhood bar and restaurant Ration and Dram recently changed its name to Dead End Drinks. But the name isn’t the only big change happening here. The kitchen is now an incubator for a rotating array of roving Atlanta chefs and food pop-ups. That means the menu changes often and allows people the opportunity to order up and experience some of the most creative and exciting food currently happening on the Atlanta dining scene. Pop-ups like Humble Mumble, Jackalope, La Chingana, and TKO Korean can all be expected in the kitchen here, with announcements made on Instagram regarding who’s in residence each week. Don’t fret, Ration and Dram’s popular brunch is still served on weekends and cocktails are always a focal point at the bar. Patio seating available. Call to order takeout.

130 Arizona Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

15. Poco Loco Neighborhood Provisions

2233 College Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30317
An Al pastor chicken burrito cut in half with lettuce, cheese, and chunks of roasted chicken Courtesy of Poco Loco

After nearly a year of selling hundreds of handmade Tex-Mex breakfast burritos on Saturday mornings from his Lake Claire neighborhood driveway, chef Nick Melvin opened this neighborhood market and food stand in a tiny cottage space in Kirkwood. Look for fresh and frozen burritos each week like barbacoa and egg, ramp chilaquiles, and the Pig Lebowski with Pine Street Market bacon and eggs from Georgia-based Moores Farm. Melvin also sells provisions such as charred salsa verde, fresh tortillas, prepared soups, chocolate chip cookies and Snickers balls, fermented chile, and wildflower honey. Look for the Poco Loco food trailer popping up soon in the Farm Burger parking lot at the Virginia-Highland Farmers Market, too. Currently open Thursday - Saturday. Seating available at picnic tables outside. Follow on Instagram for hours and weekly menus. Walk-ins welcome. Preorder for pick-up online. Read more about Poco Loco here.

2233 College Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

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16. Continent Restaurant & Cigar Lounge

4300 Buford Hwy NE #201-202, Atlanta, GA 30345
Lamb suya chops from Continent Ryan Fleisher

Chef Scotley Innis opened his new Afro-Caribbean restaurant and cigar lounge this spring on Buford Highway. Inspired by his travels and love for the diaspora of African cuisine, Continent provides Innis the chance to showcase his vision for food from these regions and around the world at his own restaurant. The chef’s cross-cultural cuisine here ranges from starters like Yardman oysters (similar to oysters Rockefeller) layered with the leafy Jamaican vegetable callaloo, duck bacon, garlic butter, and parmesan cheese to oxtail lo mein, which mixes the savory braised meat with baby bok choy and chambray onions. Continent’s cigar lounge is where to relax and indulge in cigars and cocktails or Macallan scotch flights and rare spirits, like the pricey Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac, while dining on small plates from the restaurant. Reservations highly encouraged. Read more about Continent here.

4300 Buford Hwy NE #201-202
Atlanta, GA 30345

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