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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”.

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Smyrna Beer Market by the Stout Brothers

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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

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.

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Rev Coffee

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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.

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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.

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MTH Pizza

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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

South City Kitchen

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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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Muss & Turner's Smyrna

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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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Taco Cantina

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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.

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Tacos La Villa

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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

Minato Japanese Restaurant

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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.

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Cafe Comma

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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

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.

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PH'EAST

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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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Superica

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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.

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C. Ellet's Steakhouse

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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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Stockyard Burgers and Bones

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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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Read Shop by The Merchant

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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.

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Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria

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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.

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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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Heirloom Market BBQ

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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.

A tin tray displaying spicy Korean BBQ pork, kimchi, and pickles spilling out of a sandwich at Heirloom Market BBQ in Smyrna GA. Heirloom Market BBQ

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.

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

The Original Hot Dog Factory

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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Rev Coffee

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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Real Subs Cafe

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.

Real Subs Cafe
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MTH Pizza

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

South City Kitchen

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.

South City Kitchen Vinings
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Muss & Turner's Smyrna

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.

Muss & Turner’s
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Taco Cantina

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
Lia Picard

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.

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

Minato Japanese Restaurant

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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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.

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

101 Steak

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.

101 Steak
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PH'EAST

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.  

The Imprints Agency

Superica

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
Andrew Thomas Lee

C. Ellet's Steakhouse

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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Stockyard Burgers and Bones

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

Stockyard Burgers and Bones
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Read Shop by The Merchant

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
Wendy D/Yelp

Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria

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.