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Grilled pork tenderloin with fig olivada at Banshee in East Atlanta Village
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The Hottest Restaurants in Atlanta Right Now, October 2018

Where to eat this month around the ATL

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Grilled pork tenderloin with fig olivada at Banshee in East Atlanta Village
| Photo by Ryan Fleisher

While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it’s not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, there is the Eater Heatmap, which changes periodically to highlight where to eat now around Atlanta. Since this is a spotlight on what's happening right now, room must be made for what's fresh. Therefore, in this month’s edition, it’s time to say goodbye to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and Tortas Factory and say hello to Banshee, Buteco, and Son Of A Bear Korean.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Restaurant Holmes

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50 S Main St
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(678) 691-8320
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Restaurant Holmes opened in the historic Jones House at Alpharetta City Center at the end of July. It’s already the place to hit for lunch, dinner, and drinks and plans to keep the suburban city’s new dining vibe alive. The kitchen is lead by chef Taylor Neary (Marcel, St. Cecilia). Expect 20 shareable, in-season dishes on the menu, including bone marrow toast, street corn, and the grains and burrata . Restaurant Holmes offers a tight list of gin and rum-focused cocktails, a handful of local beers on tap, and around 30 wines from California, France, Spain, and Germany. On pleasant evenings, grab a seat on Holmes’ covered patio.

Restaurant Holmes

2. Snackboxe Bistro

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Peachtree Pavilion, 6035 Peachtree Rd. C114
Doraville, GA 30360
(770) 417-8082
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Located in the Super H Mart plaza in Doraville, Snackboxe Bistro is metro Atlanta’s newest Laotian restaurant. The menu is a mix of traditional Laotian dishes and street foods including larb (meat salad), khao poon (spicy rice noodle soup), mok pha (steamed fish), fried spared ribs and wings, and drinks like Thai tea (sweetened condensed milk, black tea, and syrup served cold).

Snackboxe Bistro in Doravile
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3. El Super Pan-Battery Atlanta

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455 Legends Place
Atlanta, GA 30339

Chef-owner Hector Santiago opened the second location of his Ponce City Market (PCM) Latin sandwich bar El Super Pan at Battery Atlanta in July. The greatly-expanded Battery location offers a similar menu, which stars the Cubano Mixto pressed sandwich with roasted pork, ham, salami, and Swiss and his mofongos—mashed, fried plantains. It’s Puerto Rico’s unofficial national dish. The restaurant features several TVs for game-day viewing, a revolving daily food menu or “El Menu del Dia”, new grilled meat dishes, and cocktails like the mojito and pisco sour.

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4. Zunzi’s

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1971 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

The Savannah-based Zunzi’s Takeout is now open on Howell Mill Road near Collier Road. And, its South African-style sandwiches are still some of the best in the country. Despite Zunzi’s positive sandwich reputation, the restaurant’s motto, “Shit Yeah!”, caused quite a kerfuffle with a few nearby residents on Nextdoor—the neighborhood forum known for its mini dramas and lost animal posts. The unwarranted dramatics, however, hasn’t slowed the lines down for those sandwiches. Try the Conquistador on French bread with chicken, romaine, tomato, and topped with Shit Yeah sauce and Zunzi’s dressing or the Boerewors on a Roll with boerewors (South African sausage) and grilled peppers and onions topped with brown gravy and dank sauce.

5. Momonoki

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95 8th St NW #100
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 390-3025
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Brush Sushi Izakaya’s sibling, Momonoki, is now open at the corner of 8th and Williams at Modera by Mill Creek in Midtown. The small, fast-casual Japanese restaurant from chef Jason Liang and John Chen serves traditional tonkotsu ramen along with tsukemen, or “dipping ramen”, where the noodles are served in a separate bowl and dipped into another bowl of hot broth. Don’t miss out on Momonoki’s katsu sandos. These are Japanese cutlet sandwiches made with a choice of fried chicken, shrimp, avocado shiitake, or steak served with kewpie mayo, cabbage, and three-hour house katsu sauce on milk bread. Need caffeine? Head next door to Momo Cafe and grab a matcha latte and a black sesame soft serve cone.

6. Tiny Lou's

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789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(470) 485-0085
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Tiny Lou’s opened in June at the newly-renovated Hotel Clermont on Ponce de Leon. The nouveau French restaurant, located on the bottom floor, is named for an Austrian dancer who worked at the hotel’s Gypsy Room (pre-Clermont Lounge) in the 1950s. Executive chef Jeb Aldrich (4th and Swift, Noble Fin) has composed a menu of updated French classics with Viennese and Southern touches. Try the duck consommé with foie gras dumplings, radishes, pickled apricot, and herbs served table side or the Hudson Valley snails with parsley pistou, caper cappelletti, pickled champagne grapes, and frisée to begin the meal. For dinner, there’s steak frites with C.A.B. coulotte and sauce du Clermont or the lamb chop with polenta vert, artichokes barigoule, shaved fennel, and sauce au poivre. Do not leave Tiny Lou’s without ordering one of pastry chef Claudia Martinez’s beautiful (and delicious) confections presented on a 1950s dessert cart.

Grilled sourdough toast with ricotta, fava bean fricassee, arugula, lemon, and vadouvan
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7. The Brasserie at Bazati

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550 Somerset Terrace NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 795-8342
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The 1920s Parisian-style restaurant the Brasserie is now open at Bazati next door to New Realm Brewing along the Eastside BeltLine trail. The restaurant is French to the core from its continental breakfast in the morning through dinner in the evening. The menu consists of traditional dishes such as a niçoise salad, moules or steak frites, quiche Lorraine, and escargots and a wine list of mainly French bottles. Cocktails lean classic with a boulevardier, Champagne cocktail containing suze, and a French 75 coupling genever (malted juniper spirit) and peach brandy. The Brasserie features two bars, a small lounge up front, and outdoor seating with BeltLine views.

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8. Son Of A Bear Korean Tavern

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350 Mead Rd E&F
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 832-0016

Son of a Bear, a new Korean tavern and soju bar, opened in the former Double Dragon Chinese space in Oakhurst. It’s owned by Michael Lo and chef George Yu (Taiyo Ramen, Suzy Siu’s Baos, Noona). The tavern’s menu focuses on shareable, family-style small plates such as kimchi fried rice balls, Korean fried chicken wings, and country fried kalbi bites and larger dishes like beef bulgogi and pork bo ssam. For those in need of something heartier, order the hangover ramyeon with pork belly and kimchi. Son of a Bear is a true neighborhood hangout, where the crowds linger over conversation and food and the servers know many of the diners by name.

Beef bulgogi
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9. Watchman's Seafood and Spirits

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99 Krog St NE suite y
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 254-0141
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Watchman’s Seafood & Spirits, the restaurant and cocktail bar from the team behind Decatur’s Kimball House, is now open next door to Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market. Like its Decatur sibling, Watchman’s cocktails are absolutely on point, but the food, lead by executive chef Daniel Chance (W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, Bacchanalia, Star Provisions), is equally as impressive. In other words, make sure to always order food at Watchman’s. Oysters are a must here. For the next course, try the lump crab fritters or the tuna crudo. Move on to the roasted grouper with green pea ragu and a side of hush puppies or red beans and rice for dinner.

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10. Banshee

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1271 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(470) 639-8931
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Banshee, the restaurant from Atlanta restaurant veterans Peter Chvala, chef Nolan Wynn, Faielle Stocco, and Katie McDonald, opened in East Atlanta Village (EAV) in the former My Sister’s Room space. The vibe mixes EAV’s low-key coolness and edge with relaxed refinement — and that includes the tunes playing over the sound system. Banshee’s menu is driven by the seasons and highly shareable. Dishes which may fall flat elsewhere are presented here with fresh perspective by Wynn. Order the grilled pork tenderloin with figs, the butternut squash ravioli, or the Sapelo Island clams or scallop crudo. One dish that is likely to remain (hopefully) a permanent fixture on Banshee’s menu is the fry bread accompanied by pepperoni butter. Yes, meat butter — and it’s as good as it sounds.

Fry bread with pepperoni butter
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11. Patria Cocina

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1039 Grant St SE b13
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 622-3501
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El Mexicano (RIP) regulars were overjoyed when the owners finally opened Patria Cocina at Grant Park’s the Beacon in July. Thankfully, El Mexicano’s popular street tacos are on the menu here. But, also worth ordering are dishes like camarones a la kora (spicy stew-like dish with shrimp and potatoes,) carnitas with slow-cooked pork, and the mole negro con pollo. Expect prices to be a tad higher than at the Moreland Avenue restaurant—likely due to the rent. But, the food is fresh, the space is light and bright, and the patio is a nice place to sip margaritas with a salsa trio and chips on a warm evening.

12. Buteco

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1039 Grant St SE suite c-10
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 963-2929
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Buteco, the Brazilian coffee house and bar owned by Rafael Pereira at the Beacon in Grant Park, doesn’t have the most extensive menu on this list but it’s filled with delightfully, comforting bites straight from the kitchen of the food truck parked outside the front door. The all-day cafe’s menu, created by Pereira’s mother and inspired by his father’s coffee shop in Brazil, includes coxinhas (croquettes filed with shredded chicken,) meat skewers, and tapioca squares. Order the pao de queijo waffle with ham, cheese, and oregano for a great take on a grilled cheese in a snack-sized portion. Buteco seats 25 people inside with additional seating on its two patios. The restaurant often offers live music on the weekends.

1. Restaurant Holmes

50 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Restaurant Holmes

Restaurant Holmes opened in the historic Jones House at Alpharetta City Center at the end of July. It’s already the place to hit for lunch, dinner, and drinks and plans to keep the suburban city’s new dining vibe alive. The kitchen is lead by chef Taylor Neary (Marcel, St. Cecilia). Expect 20 shareable, in-season dishes on the menu, including bone marrow toast, street corn, and the grains and burrata . Restaurant Holmes offers a tight list of gin and rum-focused cocktails, a handful of local beers on tap, and around 30 wines from California, France, Spain, and Germany. On pleasant evenings, grab a seat on Holmes’ covered patio.

50 S Main St
Alpharetta, GA 30009

2. Snackboxe Bistro

Peachtree Pavilion, 6035 Peachtree Rd. C114, Doraville, GA 30360
Snackboxe Bistro in Doravile
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Located in the Super H Mart plaza in Doraville, Snackboxe Bistro is metro Atlanta’s newest Laotian restaurant. The menu is a mix of traditional Laotian dishes and street foods including larb (meat salad), khao poon (spicy rice noodle soup), mok pha (steamed fish), fried spared ribs and wings, and drinks like Thai tea (sweetened condensed milk, black tea, and syrup served cold).

Peachtree Pavilion, 6035 Peachtree Rd. C114
Doraville, GA 30360

3. El Super Pan-Battery Atlanta

455 Legends Place, Atlanta, GA 30339
El Super Pan

Chef-owner Hector Santiago opened the second location of his Ponce City Market (PCM) Latin sandwich bar El Super Pan at Battery Atlanta in July. The greatly-expanded Battery location offers a similar menu, which stars the Cubano Mixto pressed sandwich with roasted pork, ham, salami, and Swiss and his mofongos—mashed, fried plantains. It’s Puerto Rico’s unofficial national dish. The restaurant features several TVs for game-day viewing, a revolving daily food menu or “El Menu del Dia”, new grilled meat dishes, and cocktails like the mojito and pisco sour.

455 Legends Place
Atlanta, GA 30339

4. Zunzi’s

1971 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

The Savannah-based Zunzi’s Takeout is now open on Howell Mill Road near Collier Road. And, its South African-style sandwiches are still some of the best in the country. Despite Zunzi’s positive sandwich reputation, the restaurant’s motto, “Shit Yeah!”, caused quite a kerfuffle with a few nearby residents on Nextdoor—the neighborhood forum known for its mini dramas and lost animal posts. The unwarranted dramatics, however, hasn’t slowed the lines down for those sandwiches. Try the Conquistador on French bread with chicken, romaine, tomato, and topped with Shit Yeah sauce and Zunzi’s dressing or the Boerewors on a Roll with boerewors (South African sausage) and grilled peppers and onions topped with brown gravy and dank sauce.

1971 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Momonoki

95 8th St NW #100, Atlanta, GA 30309

Brush Sushi Izakaya’s sibling, Momonoki, is now open at the corner of 8th and Williams at Modera by Mill Creek in Midtown. The small, fast-casual Japanese restaurant from chef Jason Liang and John Chen serves traditional tonkotsu ramen along with tsukemen, or “dipping ramen”, where the noodles are served in a separate bowl and dipped into another bowl of hot broth. Don’t miss out on Momonoki’s katsu sandos. These are Japanese cutlet sandwiches made with a choice of fried chicken, shrimp, avocado shiitake, or steak served with kewpie mayo, cabbage, and three-hour house katsu sauce on milk bread. Need caffeine? Head next door to Momo Cafe and grab a matcha latte and a black sesame soft serve cone.

95 8th St NW #100
Atlanta, GA 30309

6. Tiny Lou's

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Grilled sourdough toast with ricotta, fava bean fricassee, arugula, lemon, and vadouvan
Ryan Fleisher

Tiny Lou’s opened in June at the newly-renovated Hotel Clermont on Ponce de Leon. The nouveau French restaurant, located on the bottom floor, is named for an Austrian dancer who worked at the hotel’s Gypsy Room (pre-Clermont Lounge) in the 1950s. Executive chef Jeb Aldrich (4th and Swift, Noble Fin) has composed a menu of updated French classics with Viennese and Southern touches. Try the duck consommé with foie gras dumplings, radishes, pickled apricot, and herbs served table side or the Hudson Valley snails with parsley pistou, caper cappelletti, pickled champagne grapes, and frisée to begin the meal. For dinner, there’s steak frites with C.A.B. coulotte and sauce du Clermont or the lamb chop with polenta vert, artichokes barigoule, shaved fennel, and sauce au poivre. Do not leave Tiny Lou’s without ordering one of pastry chef Claudia Martinez’s beautiful (and delicious) confections presented on a 1950s dessert cart.

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

7. The Brasserie at Bazati

550 Somerset Terrace NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Ana Caridad

The 1920s Parisian-style restaurant the Brasserie is now open at Bazati next door to New Realm Brewing along the Eastside BeltLine trail. The restaurant is French to the core from its continental breakfast in the morning through dinner in the evening. The menu consists of traditional dishes such as a niçoise salad, moules or steak frites, quiche Lorraine, and escargots and a wine list of mainly French bottles. Cocktails lean classic with a boulevardier, Champagne cocktail containing suze, and a French 75 coupling genever (malted juniper spirit) and peach brandy. The Brasserie features two bars, a small lounge up front, and outdoor seating with BeltLine views.

550 Somerset Terrace NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

8. Son Of A Bear Korean Tavern

350 Mead Rd E&F, Decatur, GA 30030
Beef bulgogi
Meejoung S/Yelp

Son of a Bear, a new Korean tavern and soju bar, opened in the former Double Dragon Chinese space in Oakhurst. It’s owned by Michael Lo and chef George Yu (Taiyo Ramen, Suzy Siu’s Baos, Noona). The tavern’s menu focuses on shareable, family-style small plates such as kimchi fried rice balls, Korean fried chicken wings, and country fried kalbi bites and larger dishes like beef bulgogi and pork bo ssam. For those in need of something heartier, order the hangover ramyeon with pork belly and kimchi. Son of a Bear is a true neighborhood hangout, where the crowds linger over conversation and food and the servers know many of the diners by name.

350 Mead Rd E&F
Decatur, GA 30030

9. Watchman's Seafood and Spirits

99 Krog St NE suite y, Atlanta, GA 30307
Facebook/Watchman’s

Watchman’s Seafood & Spirits, the restaurant and cocktail bar from the team behind Decatur’s Kimball House, is now open next door to Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market. Like its Decatur sibling, Watchman’s cocktails are absolutely on point, but the food, lead by executive chef Daniel Chance (W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, Bacchanalia, Star Provisions), is equally as impressive. In other words, make sure to always order food at Watchman’s. Oysters are a must here. For the next course, try the lump crab fritters or the tuna crudo. Move on to the roasted grouper with green pea ragu and a side of hush puppies or red beans and rice for dinner.

99 Krog St NE suite y
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. Banshee

1271 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Fry bread with pepperoni butter
Ryan Fleisher

Banshee, the restaurant from Atlanta restaurant veterans Peter Chvala, chef Nolan Wynn, Faielle Stocco, and Katie McDonald, opened in East Atlanta Village (EAV) in the former My Sister’s Room space. The vibe mixes EAV’s low-key coolness and edge with relaxed refinement — and that includes the tunes playing over the sound system. Banshee’s menu is driven by the seasons and highly shareable. Dishes which may fall flat elsewhere are presented here with fresh perspective by Wynn. Order the grilled pork tenderloin with figs, the butternut squash ravioli, or the Sapelo Island clams or scallop crudo. One dish that is likely to remain (hopefully) a permanent fixture on Banshee’s menu is the fry bread accompanied by pepperoni butter. Yes, meat butter — and it’s as good as it sounds.

1271 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

11. Patria Cocina

1039 Grant St SE b13, Atlanta, GA 30315

El Mexicano (RIP) regulars were overjoyed when the owners finally opened Patria Cocina at Grant Park’s the Beacon in July. Thankfully, El Mexicano’s popular street tacos are on the menu here. But, also worth ordering are dishes like camarones a la kora (spicy stew-like dish with shrimp and potatoes,) carnitas with slow-cooked pork, and the mole negro con pollo. Expect prices to be a tad higher than at the Moreland Avenue restaurant—likely due to the rent. But, the food is fresh, the space is light and bright, and the patio is a nice place to sip margaritas with a salsa trio and chips on a warm evening.

1039 Grant St SE b13
Atlanta, GA 30315

12. Buteco

1039 Grant St SE suite c-10, Atlanta, GA 30315

Buteco, the Brazilian coffee house and bar owned by Rafael Pereira at the Beacon in Grant Park, doesn’t have the most extensive menu on this list but it’s filled with delightfully, comforting bites straight from the kitchen of the food truck parked outside the front door. The all-day cafe’s menu, created by Pereira’s mother and inspired by his father’s coffee shop in Brazil, includes coxinhas (croquettes filed with shredded chicken,) meat skewers, and tapioca squares. Order the pao de queijo waffle with ham, cheese, and oregano for a great take on a grilled cheese in a snack-sized portion. Buteco seats 25 people inside with additional seating on its two patios. The restaurant often offers live music on the weekends.

1039 Grant St SE suite c-10
Atlanta, GA 30315

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