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Where to Eat and Drink in Smyrna and Vinings

A neighborhood dining and drinking guide to Smyrna and Vinings, northwest of Atlanta

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The Cobb County city of Smyrna, northwest of Buckhead, is beginning to shake its reputation as a ho-hum suburb. Thanks to Atlanta’s westward expansion, Smyrna (along with its ITP neighbor, Vinings) has seen an influx of young people moving to the area in recent years. With their arrival, hip and chef-y restaurants have followed. This includes the retail and dining complex on the edge of Smyrna, the Battery Atlanta, also home to Braves Truist Park. Both opened in 2017 and continue to beef up this small city’s burgeoning food scene.

Upon crossing the Chattahoochee River on I-75 north (inside the perimeter,) the unincorporated village of Vinings offers visitors a charming shopping and dining district. The city of Smyrna begins one mile northwest, just beyond I-285. Its boundaries stretch westward from the Cumberland area to South Cobb Drive and southward toward South Atlanta Road near the Fulton County border. These neighborhoods offer everything from hot dog joints and relaxed coffee shops to fine dining institutions and hidden-away bars.

Here are 20 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to explore in the communities of Smyrna and Vinings — aka “Smynings”.

Disclaimer: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here. It is highly advised people wear masks indoors or in crowded situations, regardless of vaccination status, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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1. Smyrna Beer Market by the Stout Brothers

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1265 W Spring St
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 319-8200
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Beer, mead, and cider lovers will find happiness and a great selection at the Smyrna Beer Market in the Smyrna Market Village. While there, keep an eye out for burritos and salsas from chef Andre Gomez (formerly of Porch Light Latin Kitchen) in the cold cases. The chef closed his beloved Smyrna restaurant recently to focus on building his new burrito, salsa, and chimichurri brand, José Sucio.

Stacks of salsas and burritos from José Sucio chef Andre Gomez sit on a table and are for sale at Smyrna Beer Market. Smyrna Beer Market by the Stout Brothers

2. The Original Hot Dog Factory

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1529 Spring Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(678) 293-6099

The Original Hot Dog Factory in Smyrna has about 20 varieties of hot dogs. Among the creatively adorned dogs are the Jamaican jerk chicken with grilled pineapples and island sauce and the taco dog with chili, cheese, and guacamole. Throw in a side of beer battered onion rings. Order online by location for takeout or delivery.

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3. Rev Coffee

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1680 Spring Rd SE B
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 573-4434
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What once housed a Mercedes-Benz repair shop is now an industrial coffee house with its own roastery. The usual coffee and espresso drinks are available as well as pour overs and tea. For a quick bite, quiche, sandwiches, and baked goods are all on the food menu. Rev also serves as a community hub with a diverse crowd of regulars ranging from college kids to seniors groups. Order ahead for takeout.

Rev Coffee
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4. Real Subs Cafe

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4340 East-West Connector #300
Smyrna, GA 30082
(678) 424-8660
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The popular OTP walking, running, and cycling spot Silver Comet Trail starts in Smyrna. Across the street, this purveyor of sub sandwiches filled with all-natural meats is a popular, post-workout stop for those seeking to replenish a few calories.

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5. MTH Pizza

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE Suite 415
Smyrna, GA 30080
(678) 424-1333
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A venture from the owners of Muss & Turner’s and Local Three (Todd Mussman, Ryan Turner, and Chris Hall — MTH, get it?), MTH serves up a variety of pizzas on its menu. The menu here changes often, but expect twists on classics like mushroom and Margherita pizzas as well as wings and salads. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Three pizzas, two salads, and a glass of red wine from MTH Pizza in Smyrna Unsukay Concepts

6. South City Kitchen

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 435-0700
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South City Kitchen satisfies those southern cravings in a plush, warmly lit space on the border of Vinings and Smyrna. The menu is composed of regional classics such as she-crab soup or juicy fried chicken served with collard greens, red bliss potatoes, and honey-thyme jus. The restaurant also has locations in Midtown, Buckhead, and Alpharetta. Order online for takeout.

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7. Muss & Turner's Smyrna

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114
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Muss & Turners has been a Smyrna staple for over a decade. This deli-by-day, high-end, casual bistro by night really knows its way around a sandwich, too. Try the Swifty’s dream; a pulled pork sandwich topped with barbecue sauce, horseradish slaw, and bacon. Head behind the cooler door in the evenings for a cocktail at the restaurant’s full-service speakeasy, Eleanor’s. Weekly family meals available for takeout. Order online for takeout.

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8. Taco Cantina

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2517 Spring Rd SE #101
Smyrna, GA 30080
(678) 424-1826
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Adolfo Gonzalez opened Taco Cantina to return to the dishes of his childhood after working his way up through Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s kitchens. Beyond tacos with corn tortillas and classic fillings like chorizo and barbacoa, other standard menu items include tortas, burritos, and nachos. Order online for takeout.

Taco Cantina
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9. Tacos La Villa

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2415 Cobb Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 951-0415

This no-frills taqueria attracts hordes of people, and for good reason. The classic tacos are good here, but the restaurant also serves sought-after birria tacos and a birria taco pizza, too.

Three rows of quesabirria tacos on the griddle at Tacos La Villa in Smyrna Tacos La Villa

10. Minato Japanese Restaurant

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2697 Spring Rd SE A
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 432-6012

Tucked away on the backside of a strip mall, Minato can easily be missed on busy Spring Road, but it’s been a Smyrna institution for over 30 years. Amongst the kitschy decor, the menu consists of classic sushi favorites and servers who make everyone feel like regulars. Order the off-menu cowboy hat; a rice cracker topped with crab salad and a fried scallop. Call to order takeout.

Minato
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11. Cafe Comma

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3621 Vinings Slope SE Suite 4150
Atlanta, GA 30339

Cafe Comma is a minimalist coffee shop located in Vinings. Classic coffee beverages are available as well as creative twists on lattes, like brown sugar and caramel creme. There are several toasts to choose from, too, including smoked salmon and cream cheese and brie and apricot.

Honey cinnamon milk latte topped with two cinnamon sticks and sprinkles of grated cinnamon. Cafe Comma

12. 101 Steak

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3621 Vinings Slope SE #4110
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 805-8855
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101 Steak in Vinings is upscale yet unpretentious. Choose among filet mignon, New York strip, and steak Delmonico and pair it with the ultra-creamy pimento macaroni and cheese with smoked bacon. Limited takeout menu available.

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13. PH'EAST

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925 Battery Ave SE Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30339
(678) 247-8137
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Ph’east is a one-stop shop for a variety of Asian fare. Located at the Battery Atlanta, the mini food hall includes stalls from Poke Burri and Lifting Noodles Ramen as well as Fan T’Asia from Muling Zhao and Man Fai Yan of popular Buford Highway Chinese restaurant BoBo Garden. Grab a beer or cocktail at the Taps at Ph’east, which typically has its TVs tuned to the Braves, Atlanta United, Atlanta Hawks, the Falcons, or college football throughout the week.  

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14. Superica

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455 Legends Place SE, Ste 800
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 675-6318
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This OTP counterpart to chef Ford Fry’s Superica located at the Battery Atlanta makes diners feel like they’re in a small town Texas cafe thanks in part to those steer horns on the wall. Start with the chorizo queso followed by the tacos al pastor with achiote and grilled pineapple. Call to order takeout.

The El Felix
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15. C. Ellet's Steakhouse

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2605 Circle 75 Pkwy Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30339
(678) 996-5344
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Smyrna’s dining scene leveled up when chef Linton Hopkins (H&F Burger) opened his modern steakhouse at the Battery Atlanta. The menu includes upgraded versions of classics like potato skins and cornmeal crusted fried shrimp as well as serious steak options, including wagyu “baseball” top sirloin steak and a 55-day, dry-aged cowboy ribeye. For a more on-the-go experience, grab drinks and snacks at the oyster window on the patio. Reservations encouraged.

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16. Stockyard Burgers and Bones

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2850 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(678) 310-1095
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True to its name, the menu at Stockyard is stacked with plenty of burgers — there’s even a house-made veggie patty for herbivores (the Bohemian) — and bar snacks like nachos and loaded tots. Want bourbon with that? The bar here offers over 40 whiskeys and bourbons. Order online

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17. Read Shop by The Merchant

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4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE #125
Atlanta, GA 30339
(678) 742-7853
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Is it a bookstore with a coffee shop or a coffee shop with a bookstore? Either way, the cozy Read Shop in Vinings Jubilee has plenty of precisely made coffee beverages and books. It’s the sister store to in-town market the Merchant at Krog Street Market so, it has that Instagramm-able aesthetic down pat.

Read Shop
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18. Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria

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3300 Cobb Pkwy SE Unit 208
Atlanta, GA 30339
(678) 426-7149
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A native of Naples, Italy, owner Raffaele Crispino brought Neapolitan cuisine to Vinings in 2015. The menu includes handmade pastas and pizzas baked in a wood oven. Save room for a piece of Crispina’s tiramisu after dinner. Order online for takeout.

Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria
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19. Canoe

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4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 432-2663
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An Atlanta institution for over 20 years, Canoe is on the border of Buckhead and Vinings and a favorite for those seeking Chattahoochee riverfront fine dining. The brunch is celebrated for its pastry basket and cornmeal pancakes. By night, Canoe is all about the meats like peppercorn-crusted kangaroo — an homage to executive chef Matthew Basford’s Australian roots.

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20. Heirloom Market BBQ

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2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-2502
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Korean flavors meet Southern barbecue at Heirloom, located about two miles from the Battery Atlanta and Truist Park in the Cumberland area. It’s a takeout-only establishment, so plan to enjoy the standout items here, such as the 12-hour smoked brisket and spicy Korean barbecue pork sandwich, in the car or at home (it’s not uncommon to see people eating in the parking lot, too). Order online for takeout or delivery.

The spicy Korean BBQ pork sandwich at Heirloom BBQ Heirloom Market BBQ

1. Smyrna Beer Market by the Stout Brothers

1265 W Spring St, Smyrna, GA 30080
Stacks of salsas and burritos from José Sucio chef Andre Gomez sit on a table and are for sale at Smyrna Beer Market. Smyrna Beer Market by the Stout Brothers

Beer, mead, and cider lovers will find happiness and a great selection at the Smyrna Beer Market in the Smyrna Market Village. While there, keep an eye out for burritos and salsas from chef Andre Gomez (formerly of Porch Light Latin Kitchen) in the cold cases. The chef closed his beloved Smyrna restaurant recently to focus on building his new burrito, salsa, and chimichurri brand, José Sucio.

1265 W Spring St
Smyrna, GA 30080

2. The Original Hot Dog Factory

1529 Spring Rd SE, Smyrna, GA 30080
The Original Hot Dog Factory
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The Original Hot Dog Factory in Smyrna has about 20 varieties of hot dogs. Among the creatively adorned dogs are the Jamaican jerk chicken with grilled pineapples and island sauce and the taco dog with chili, cheese, and guacamole. Throw in a side of beer battered onion rings. Order online by location for takeout or delivery.

1529 Spring Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080

3. Rev Coffee

1680 Spring Rd SE B, Smyrna, GA 30080
Rev Coffee
Lia Picard

What once housed a Mercedes-Benz repair shop is now an industrial coffee house with its own roastery. The usual coffee and espresso drinks are available as well as pour overs and tea. For a quick bite, quiche, sandwiches, and baked goods are all on the food menu. Rev also serves as a community hub with a diverse crowd of regulars ranging from college kids to seniors groups. Order ahead for takeout.

1680 Spring Rd SE B
Smyrna, GA 30080

4. Real Subs Cafe

4340 East-West Connector #300, Smyrna, GA 30082
Real Subs Cafe
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The popular OTP walking, running, and cycling spot Silver Comet Trail starts in Smyrna. Across the street, this purveyor of sub sandwiches filled with all-natural meats is a popular, post-workout stop for those seeking to replenish a few calories.

4340 East-West Connector #300
Smyrna, GA 30082

5. MTH Pizza

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE Suite 415, Smyrna, GA 30080
Three pizzas, two salads, and a glass of red wine from MTH Pizza in Smyrna Unsukay Concepts

A venture from the owners of Muss & Turner’s and Local Three (Todd Mussman, Ryan Turner, and Chris Hall — MTH, get it?), MTH serves up a variety of pizzas on its menu. The menu here changes often, but expect twists on classics like mushroom and Margherita pizzas as well as wings and salads. Order online for takeout or delivery.

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE Suite 415
Smyrna, GA 30080

6. South City Kitchen

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080
South City Kitchen Vinings
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South City Kitchen satisfies those southern cravings in a plush, warmly lit space on the border of Vinings and Smyrna. The menu is composed of regional classics such as she-crab soup or juicy fried chicken served with collard greens, red bliss potatoes, and honey-thyme jus. The restaurant also has locations in Midtown, Buckhead, and Alpharetta. Order online for takeout.

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080

7. Muss & Turner's Smyrna

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309, Smyrna, GA 30080
Muss & Turner’s
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Muss & Turners has been a Smyrna staple for over a decade. This deli-by-day, high-end, casual bistro by night really knows its way around a sandwich, too. Try the Swifty’s dream; a pulled pork sandwich topped with barbecue sauce, horseradish slaw, and bacon. Head behind the cooler door in the evenings for a cocktail at the restaurant’s full-service speakeasy, Eleanor’s. Weekly family meals available for takeout. Order online for takeout.

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309
Smyrna, GA 30080

8. Taco Cantina

2517 Spring Rd SE #101, Smyrna, GA 30080
Taco Cantina
Lia Picard

Adolfo Gonzalez opened Taco Cantina to return to the dishes of his childhood after working his way up through Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s kitchens. Beyond tacos with corn tortillas and classic fillings like chorizo and barbacoa, other standard menu items include tortas, burritos, and nachos. Order online for takeout.

2517 Spring Rd SE #101
Smyrna, GA 30080

9. Tacos La Villa

2415 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080
Three rows of quesabirria tacos on the griddle at Tacos La Villa in Smyrna Tacos La Villa

This no-frills taqueria attracts hordes of people, and for good reason. The classic tacos are good here, but the restaurant also serves sought-after birria tacos and a birria taco pizza, too.

2415 Cobb Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080

10. Minato Japanese Restaurant

2697 Spring Rd SE A, Smyrna, GA 30080
Minato
Nikki G/Yelp

Tucked away on the backside of a strip mall, Minato can easily be missed on busy Spring Road, but it’s been a Smyrna institution for over 30 years. Amongst the kitschy decor, the menu consists of classic sushi favorites and servers who make everyone feel like regulars. Order the off-menu cowboy hat; a rice cracker topped with crab salad and a fried scallop. Call to order takeout.

2697 Spring Rd SE A
Smyrna, GA 30080

11. Cafe Comma

3621 Vinings Slope SE Suite 4150, Atlanta, GA 30339
Honey cinnamon milk latte topped with two cinnamon sticks and sprinkles of grated cinnamon. Cafe Comma

Cafe Comma is a minimalist coffee shop located in Vinings. Classic coffee beverages are available as well as creative twists on lattes, like brown sugar and caramel creme. There are several toasts to choose from, too, including smoked salmon and cream cheese and brie and apricot.

3621 Vinings Slope SE Suite 4150
Atlanta, GA 30339

12. 101 Steak

3621 Vinings Slope SE #4110, Atlanta, GA 30339
101 Steak
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101 Steak in Vinings is upscale yet unpretentious. Choose among filet mignon, New York strip, and steak Delmonico and pair it with the ultra-creamy pimento macaroni and cheese with smoked bacon. Limited takeout menu available.

3621 Vinings Slope SE #4110
Atlanta, GA 30339

13. PH'EAST

925 Battery Ave SE Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA 30339
The Imprints Agency

Ph’east is a one-stop shop for a variety of Asian fare. Located at the Battery Atlanta, the mini food hall includes stalls from Poke Burri and Lifting Noodles Ramen as well as Fan T’Asia from Muling Zhao and Man Fai Yan of popular Buford Highway Chinese restaurant BoBo Garden. Grab a beer or cocktail at the Taps at Ph’east, which typically has its TVs tuned to the Braves, Atlanta United, Atlanta Hawks, the Falcons, or college football throughout the week.  

925 Battery Ave SE Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30339

14. Superica

455 Legends Place SE, Ste 800, Atlanta, GA 30339
The El Felix
Andrew Thomas Lee

This OTP counterpart to chef Ford Fry’s Superica located at the Battery Atlanta makes diners feel like they’re in a small town Texas cafe thanks in part to those steer horns on the wall. Start with the chorizo queso followed by the tacos al pastor with achiote and grilled pineapple. Call to order takeout.

455 Legends Place SE, Ste 800
Atlanta, GA 30339

15. C. Ellet's Steakhouse

2605 Circle 75 Pkwy Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30339
C. Ellet’s Steakhouse
Official

Smyrna’s dining scene leveled up when chef Linton Hopkins (H&F Burger) opened his modern steakhouse at the Battery Atlanta. The menu includes upgraded versions of classics like potato skins and cornmeal crusted fried shrimp as well as serious steak options, including wagyu “baseball” top sirloin steak and a 55-day, dry-aged cowboy ribeye. For a more on-the-go experience, grab drinks and snacks at the oyster window on the patio. Reservations encouraged.

2605 Circle 75 Pkwy Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30339

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16. Stockyard Burgers and Bones

2850 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
Stockyard Burgers and Bones
Official

True to its name, the menu at Stockyard is stacked with plenty of burgers — there’s even a house-made veggie patty for herbivores (the Bohemian) — and bar snacks like nachos and loaded tots. Want bourbon with that? The bar here offers over 40 whiskeys and bourbons. Order online

2850 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

17. Read Shop by The Merchant

4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE #125, Atlanta, GA 30339
Read Shop
Wendy D/Yelp

Is it a bookstore with a coffee shop or a coffee shop with a bookstore? Either way, the cozy Read Shop in Vinings Jubilee has plenty of precisely made coffee beverages and books. It’s the sister store to in-town market the Merchant at Krog Street Market so, it has that Instagramm-able aesthetic down pat.

4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE #125
Atlanta, GA 30339

18. Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria

3300 Cobb Pkwy SE Unit 208, Atlanta, GA 30339
Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria
Alex P/Yelp

A native of Naples, Italy, owner Raffaele Crispino brought Neapolitan cuisine to Vinings in 2015. The menu includes handmade pastas and pizzas baked in a wood oven. Save room for a piece of Crispina’s tiramisu after dinner. Order online for takeout.

3300 Cobb Pkwy SE Unit 208
Atlanta, GA 30339

19. Canoe

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
Canoe
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An Atlanta institution for over 20 years, Canoe is on the border of Buckhead and Vinings and a favorite for those seeking Chattahoochee riverfront fine dining. The brunch is celebrated for its pastry basket and cornmeal pancakes. By night, Canoe is all about the meats like peppercorn-crusted kangaroo — an homage to executive chef Matthew Basford’s Australian roots.

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

20. Heirloom Market BBQ

2243 Akers Mill Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
The spicy Korean BBQ pork sandwich at Heirloom BBQ Heirloom Market BBQ

Korean flavors meet Southern barbecue at Heirloom, located about two miles from the Battery Atlanta and Truist Park in the Cumberland area. It’s a takeout-only establishment, so plan to enjoy the standout items here, such as the 12-hour smoked brisket and spicy Korean barbecue pork sandwich, in the car or at home (it’s not uncommon to see people eating in the parking lot, too). Order online for takeout or delivery.

2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

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