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 a DIY deviled egg experience on the Beltline and Vietnamese fare in Virginia-Highland to dirty martinis and red sauce classics in Candler Park and dim sum in Doraville
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.
Smokey Stallion BBQ
NFL quarterback Cam Newton and his brother, C.J., opened Smokey Stallion BBQ in the former Smoke Ring space on Nelson Street in July, and people are already raving about the smoked lemon pepper wings and pulled pork sandwiches here. The menu features plates and sandwiches of smoked brisket, turkey legs, chicken, and even pan-seared salmon from pitmaster Mitch Robinson, along with appetizers of loaded fries, fried pickles, and pretzel bites and sides of dirty rice, collards, and fried okra. Outdoor seating available.
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.
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D Boca N Boca
After nearly three years of delays, Mexican restaurant and tequila bar D Boca N Boca finally opened in June. Backed by Helio Bernal of mobile kitchen the Real Mexican Vittles, the Summerhill restaurant offers a menu centered on dishes and recipes inspired by Bernal’s family in Veracruz on the Gulf Coast of Mexico and in the Yucatán. Expect everything from street tacos, pollo asado, and ceviche to aguachile from Sinaloa and Monterey and huachinango (Veracruz-style roasted red snapper) on the menu. There’s also a nod to an Atlanta sports legend, Braves baseball player Hank Aaron. The Hammerin’ Hank Chop is a spice-rubbed steak described as a “legends cut of meat” served with salsa and vegetables. The bar at D Boca N Boca carries both local and Mexican beers, along with tequila and mezcal for making margaritas, palomas, and original cocktails. Outdoor seating available.
Wander into Capella Cheese and peruse (and sample) the vast selection of cheeses in the cold case. Then, create a custom cheese board, which could also include charcuterie, and head out to the patio to enjoy. There’s even ready-made, grab-and-and go options for sale. Owned by cheesemonger Raymond Hook, this shop is a cheese lover’s dream, selling a variety of cheeses from around the world, including from farms right here in Georgia. Capella Cheese makes its own burrata, too, and features three temperature-controlled cheese rooms on the second level for aged and hard cheeses, washed rind and blue cheeses, and soft-ripening and bloomy rind cheeses. Grab wine and beer, along with chocolates, fresh bread, butter and spreads, crackers, and other cheese-pairing accoutrements from the shop. Hook and his friendly staff are more than happy to guide patrons in their purchases and answers any and all cheese questions. Outdoor seating available.
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One Flew South
Atlantans and visitors to the city no longer need to travel through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to dine at Southern restaurant and sushi bar One Flew South, now that the second location is open along the Eastside Beltline. Taking over the former Hazel Jane’s wine bar space, the Beltline location features the same menu as its airport counterpart, with a few new dishes added, like bourbon miso cod over creamy stone grits, Szechuan-style short ribs, a deviled egg flight, and hot drunken chicken and mochi waffles. Atlanta chef Allen Suh (8ARM, Gato, Gaja) leads the sushi bar here, while chef Cedric McCroery oversees day-to-day operations at both locations. Like the restaurant at the airport, the design leans casual yet sophisticated, and includes the iconic wood wall flanking the dining room and the photographic forest mural. There’s also a large front patio. Expect the same emphasis on great cocktails, too, as well as an expanded wine list. Outdoor seating available.
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.
Fans of Atlanta restaurateur Alex Kinjo (MF Sushi, Anh’s Kitchen, Kinjo Room) are already flocking to his latest venture in Virginia-Highland, Mai Kitchen. Sporting a stylish design for which Kinjo is now known, this Vietnamese restaurant features dishes like shaken beef, hot bowls of savory pho, spicy green papaya and mango salad, and Ha Long Bay noodles tossed with fried tofu. Order the passionfruit mousse for dessert, which comes domed in a rich hard chocolate shell.
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.
After running Peruvian pop-up La Chingana for over a year, chef Arnaldo Castillo opened his first restaurant in Poncey-Highland with Atlanta restaurateur Howard Hsu of neighboring Sweet Auburn BBQ. Tio Lucho’s is an ode to Castillo’s father, who was known for his ceviches. The restaurant even bears his father’s nickname (Tio Lucho or “Uncle Luis”), given to him while working in Peruvian restaurants throughout Atlanta over the years. Dishes at Tio Lucho’s blend Peruvian techniques and recipes with Southern ingredients, like tiradito (similar to sashimi), lomo saltado, and a few favorites from the La Chingana pop-up menu. But ceviches take center stage at this restaurant, as do other coastal Peruvian seafood dishes and cocktails. Outdoor seating available.
Wylie & Rum
Billed as a “Floribian” (Floridan and Caribbean) restaurant and rum bar, Wylie and Rum takes over a 1950s-era commercial building along busy Moreland Avenue and brings the Reynoldstown and Edgewood neighborhoods tropical vibes, food, and drinks with plenty of outdoor seating. Here, people can indulge in guava barbecue ribs, jerk chicken, black and white soup, handmade empanadas, and a vegan plate with pulled jerk jackfruit tossed in guava barbecue sauce. Expect rum-based cocktails like the Mai Tai, Hurricane, and mojito from the bar, which also features over 30 rums to try.
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Gigi's Italian Kitchen & Restaurant
Chefs Eric Brooks and Jacob Armando transformed their weekly pop-up in Candler Park into a permanent restaurant in August, transforming the former Gato space into a cozy Italian bistro with tables draped in red checkered linens set off by candlelight and flowers. Serving a menu of traditional red sauce classics made with in-season produce and fresh-made pastas, expect dishes like rigatoni fazool with cowpeas replacing cannellini beans and chicken marsala served with fresh focaccia. Dessert features Gigi’s popular tiramisu. A tight list of cocktails, wine, beer, and amaro round out the beverage list, which includes the Dirty Gigi martini and a rye Old Fashioned punched up with espresso and coffee bitters.
Taking over the Kitchen Six space, and backed by the owners of Oak Grove Market, Kindred brings Decatur a new neighborhood restaurant and bar with an emphasis on steak and takes on Southern classics. Kick off a meal at Kindred with a pimento cheese plate or chili-garlic crab claws. Then, try dishes like Catalonian shrimp and grits made with Spanish-style red shrimp atop Logan Turnpike grits garnished with pickled peppers or the beet terrine with whipped goat cheese and spiced pecans. The menu offers six steak options in a choice of three cuts — New York Strip, filet, or hanger — including the Woodsman with smoked mushrooms and sorrel and the Gaucho topped with chimichurri and pickled onions. Choices continue on Tuesday nights, too, when burgers are spotlighted, served as either lamb, grouper, or beef patties. Outdoor seating available.
Bun Factory opened this summer in the former Melody Hot Pot (and before that Chef Liu) space at Pinetree Plaza on Buford Highway. The restaurant serves a mix of popular Chinese dishes, dumplings, and dim sum, as well as Thai and Malaysian fare on the menu, including red curry chicken and Penang curry. Try the crab soup dumplings, Tokyo beef noodle soup, and pumpkin almond cakes.