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Bread and Butterfly in Inman Park.
Jonathan Phillips

20 Atlanta Restaurants Perfect for Solo Dining

Grab a seat at the bar with a good book or a table for one by the window

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Bread and Butterfly in Inman Park.
| Jonathan Phillips

There is sometimes an unwarranted stigma associated with solo dining — that it’s an isolating experience. For most people who regularly dine out alone, that’s simply not the case. Dining solo is often a deliberate choice to provide a person with downtime after a busy day or a chance to unwind with a good book and a meal or to catch up on work while enjoying a bite to eat with a glass of wine. Thankfully, many Atlanta restaurants have created spaces to make solo dining a pleasurable experience. Every solo diner has their favorite spot, too, but here are just a few restaurant suggestions around Atlanta to consider for some alone time paired with a great meal.

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1. Boggs Social & Supply

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1310 White St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 600-2963
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This friendly West End neighborhood bar and restaurant is a solid spot to dine solo in the evenings. Grab a seat at the bar and order up a beer or a cocktail and whatever food is on the menu from the rotating list of pop-ups that frequent the kitchen here or wings on Wednesday. There’s often live music at Bogg’s, too. Be sure to check out breakfast pop-up Ria’s Baby Bird on the weekends.

2. Bacchanalia

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1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW Suite 1
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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Take yourself on a fancy date and sit at the bar for an outstanding meal from fine dining stalwart Bacchanalia. The bar is open for walk-ins during the evening and serves a la carte dishes from the tasting menu, including oysters and caviar, the popular crab fritter, and select entrees. Start off with a glass of wine here and end the night with an amaro, madeira, or an after-dinner cocktail.

3. El Viñedo Local

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730 Peachtree St NE #100
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 596-8239
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Located in Midtown, both the small bar and community table at South American coffee, wine, and tapas restaurant El Viñedo Local were built for solo dining. Order arepas, empanadas, sandwiches, and ceviches paired with coffee and wines leaning into South American producers using sustainable and organic wine practices. During the warmer months, the restaurant throws open the large front windows to give the space an indoor-outdoor vibe.

4. Talat Market

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112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 257-6255
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This buzzy Thai restaurant in Summerhill features a fantastic bar perfect for solo dining. Start off a meal here with a glass of wine or the martini with a choice of vodka, pisco, or gin mixed with vermouth, madeira, pandan, and artichoke. Then, order a bowl of crispy shrimp chips for snacking, spicy papaya salad, and an entree, including beef red curry and seafood noodles. Don’t skip dessert here, like the banana ice cream laced with palm sugar atop coconut sticky rice. Seating is available on the patio and at the rail outside, too.

5. Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

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3167 Peachtree Rd NE Suite S
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 500-2181
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Pasta, a glass of red wine, and a good book is the suggested move for the bar at Storico Fresco in Buckhead. Head here for some of Atlanta’s best cacio e pepe and a mista salad with mixed greens, cipollini onions, artichoke chunks, and crunchy almonds tossed in a saba vinaigrette. The restaurant tends to get busy in the evenings, especially on the weekends, so dining at lunch or earlier in the evening is best.

6. Noni's

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357 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 343-1808
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The bar at Noni’s on Edgewood is a frequent spot for solo diners looking for a heaping bowl of pasta just like grandma used to make or a hearty deli sandwich or meatball sub paired with garlic parmesan fries. Order a beer, one of the many natural wines on the list, or a cocktail here and enjoy the vibe, music, and people watching.

7. Staplehouse Market

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541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 524-5005
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Seeking sunshine and patio time while reading or doing a little work? Consider Staplehouse Market on Edgewood the go-to spot for afternoons on the patio. Pop inside to order fresh pastries, cheese and charcuterie, or any of the daily dishes listed on the menu board from the kitchen. Then, order a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail (try the spritz) and head out back to the garden and covered patio.

8. MetroFresh

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931 Monroe Dr NE a106
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 724-0151
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MetroFresh, located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and large entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this small restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. Seating options range from two- to four-top tables, including on the patio out front.

9. Red's Beer Garden

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1328 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(770) 637-2299
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For solo diners in search of beer, German-style pretzels, and hot dogs, Red’s Beer Garden is the place for that. While Red’s does offer indoor seating, the garden is where it’s at here. It’s often filled with tables full of friends as well as folks dining solo while reading or finishing up some work in the evenings. There’s dollar-off drinks Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., too.

10. JenChan's

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186 Carroll St SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 549-9843
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This friendly Asian-Southern restaurant in Cabbagetown includes seating on the sidewalk and at the bar for some alone time and a great meal. Begin with an order of duck egg rolls, before diving into a bowl of coconut curry noodles topped with Vietnamese pork, panko fried shrimp, or chicken katsu or a small pizza, like the MikChan topped with burrata and mozzarella, Boston butt, and caramelized onions.

11. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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BoccaLupo’s roots may be Italian, but its heart sits right in Inman Park as a casual, neighborhood restaurant. Specializing in handmade pastas and seasonal dishes, chef Bruce Logue changes up the menu frequently here to keep it fresh. It’s not unusual to see folks dining solo with a book in hand while indulging in the restaurant’s 20-yolk tagliatelle or black spaghetti and a glass of barbera.

12. Daily Chew

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2127 Liddell Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 600-4155
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Owned by Stop Think Chew chef Julia Kesler Imerman, this cafe includes multiple seating options inside for a morning or afternoon of reading or working while dining on protein bowls, toasts, fresh pastries, and rotisserie chicken dishes and pitas. Try the harissa roast cauliflower, too. Order a latte or cup of tea, and take a seat for a bit of respite from the outside world.

13. Bread & Butterfly

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290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 515-4536
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For a quaint and quiet experience, grab a small table in the dining room or a bar stool at Bread and Butterfly, an all-day Parisian cafe in Inman Park. Bread and Butterfly excels at the simple and savory French classics. The laid back ambiance, friendly service, and French cafe vibes make it easy to settle into a corner nook with an espresso and a freshly baked croissant or a glass of champagne and steak frites.

14. Muchacho

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904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 748-9254
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Whether dining on the patio, at a two-top inside, or at the meandering bar in the dining room, Muchacho in Reynoldstown encourages solo dining, especially during the work week. The newly expanded menu here now offers even more breakfast bowls and tacos in the morning and street tacos in the afternoon, along with a surfer’s burrito stuffed with carne asada and crispy fries and several sandwiches and snacks. There’s coffee as well as wines by the glass, beer, and cocktails, too.

15. Banshee

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1271 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(470) 428-2034
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Located in the heart of East Atlanta Village, both the bar inside and the bar on the covered patio at Banshee are perfect spots for solo dining in the evenings. Pop in for a glass of wine or a cocktail and order the fry bread with the restaurant’s addictive pepperoni butter or the sunchoke salad. Entrees here range from seared duck breast and cavatelli with mushroom bolognese to steelhead trout and fried scallops. The music and people watching at Banshee are hard to beat.

16. Gato

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1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 371-0889
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The counter at Gato is a solid place to dine solo with a good book. This small and inviting neighborhood restaurant in Candler Park serves a menu exploring the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán Wednesday through Saturday evenings, paired with natural wines and a tight selection of cocktails. Gato also hosts young chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs in its kitchen, including Gigi’s Italian Kitchen every Sunday through Tuesday and Taiwanese breakfasts from Mighty Hans on Saturdays.

17. Atlanta Chinatown

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Chinatown Mall, 5383 New Peachtree Rd Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 458-6660
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The food court inside Atlanta Chinatown mall serves quick, counter meals that are flavorful and affordable. Go all in on one dish or sample a few from the various food stalls, which include everything from hand-pulled noodles and barbecue duck to soup dumplings and spicy hot pots on the menus. When finished, take a stroll through the shops in the mall. There’s also a lovely courtyard patio here.

18. Las Brasas

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614 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9121
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It’s hard to beat a solo meal at the bar and the friendly service offered from this Peruvian restaurant in Decatur. La Brasas specializes in rotisserie chicken cooked over hardwood and seasoned with huacatay, a minty herb tasting of tarragon basil, and a touch of citrus. But don’t skip the lamb empanadas, the ceviches, or the lomo saltado with filet mignon and pisco fries at this restaurant. Be sure to order a pisco sour or caipirinha, too.

19. Kang Nam

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5715 Buford Hwy NE # 101
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 455-3464
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Grab a seat at the sushi bar at this Buford Highway Japanese restaurant for sushi, sashimi, and a vast array of rolls. There’s also udon, lunch and dinner specials, and teriyaki and tempura selections on the menu, too.

20. Gilly Brew Bar

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5329 Mimosa Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(770) 557-1614
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Owned by Daniel Brown, and located in the oldest house in Stone Mountain Village, Gilly Brew Bar serves coffee and innovative cocktail-like coffee and tea drinks on its menu, along with dishes prepared by chefs in residency in its kitchen, aka the Mayor’s House. This is the spot in Stone Mountain for a solo diner looking to work or read quietly while sipping on clever coffee concoctions and dining on meals served by some of Atlanta’s next-generation chefs and restaurant pop-ups. Indoor seating is available, but it’s hard to resist the views and vibes on Gilly’s ground-floor patio or the wraparound covered porch upstairs.

1. Boggs Social & Supply

1310 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

This friendly West End neighborhood bar and restaurant is a solid spot to dine solo in the evenings. Grab a seat at the bar and order up a beer or a cocktail and whatever food is on the menu from the rotating list of pop-ups that frequent the kitchen here or wings on Wednesday. There’s often live music at Bogg’s, too. Be sure to check out breakfast pop-up Ria’s Baby Bird on the weekends.

1310 White St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

2. Bacchanalia

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30318

Take yourself on a fancy date and sit at the bar for an outstanding meal from fine dining stalwart Bacchanalia. The bar is open for walk-ins during the evening and serves a la carte dishes from the tasting menu, including oysters and caviar, the popular crab fritter, and select entrees. Start off with a glass of wine here and end the night with an amaro, madeira, or an after-dinner cocktail.

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW Suite 1
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. El Viñedo Local

730 Peachtree St NE #100, Atlanta, GA 30308

Located in Midtown, both the small bar and community table at South American coffee, wine, and tapas restaurant El Viñedo Local were built for solo dining. Order arepas, empanadas, sandwiches, and ceviches paired with coffee and wines leaning into South American producers using sustainable and organic wine practices. During the warmer months, the restaurant throws open the large front windows to give the space an indoor-outdoor vibe.

730 Peachtree St NE #100
Atlanta, GA 30308

4. Talat Market

112 Ormond St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

This buzzy Thai restaurant in Summerhill features a fantastic bar perfect for solo dining. Start off a meal here with a glass of wine or the martini with a choice of vodka, pisco, or gin mixed with vermouth, madeira, pandan, and artichoke. Then, order a bowl of crispy shrimp chips for snacking, spicy papaya salad, and an entree, including beef red curry and seafood noodles. Don’t skip dessert here, like the banana ice cream laced with palm sugar atop coconut sticky rice. Seating is available on the patio and at the rail outside, too.

112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

5. Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

3167 Peachtree Rd NE Suite S, Atlanta, GA 30305

Pasta, a glass of red wine, and a good book is the suggested move for the bar at Storico Fresco in Buckhead. Head here for some of Atlanta’s best cacio e pepe and a mista salad with mixed greens, cipollini onions, artichoke chunks, and crunchy almonds tossed in a saba vinaigrette. The restaurant tends to get busy in the evenings, especially on the weekends, so dining at lunch or earlier in the evening is best.

3167 Peachtree Rd NE Suite S
Atlanta, GA 30305

6. Noni's

357 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

The bar at Noni’s on Edgewood is a frequent spot for solo diners looking for a heaping bowl of pasta just like grandma used to make or a hearty deli sandwich or meatball sub paired with garlic parmesan fries. Order a beer, one of the many natural wines on the list, or a cocktail here and enjoy the vibe, music, and people watching.

357 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. Staplehouse Market

541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Seeking sunshine and patio time while reading or doing a little work? Consider Staplehouse Market on Edgewood the go-to spot for afternoons on the patio. Pop inside to order fresh pastries, cheese and charcuterie, or any of the daily dishes listed on the menu board from the kitchen. Then, order a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail (try the spritz) and head out back to the garden and covered patio.

541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

8. MetroFresh

931 Monroe Dr NE a106, Atlanta, GA 30308

MetroFresh, located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and large entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this small restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. Seating options range from two- to four-top tables, including on the patio out front.

931 Monroe Dr NE a106
Atlanta, GA 30308

9. Red's Beer Garden

1328 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

For solo diners in search of beer, German-style pretzels, and hot dogs, Red’s Beer Garden is the place for that. While Red’s does offer indoor seating, the garden is where it’s at here. It’s often filled with tables full of friends as well as folks dining solo while reading or finishing up some work in the evenings. There’s dollar-off drinks Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., too.

1328 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

10. JenChan's

186 Carroll St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

This friendly Asian-Southern restaurant in Cabbagetown includes seating on the sidewalk and at the bar for some alone time and a great meal. Begin with an order of duck egg rolls, before diving into a bowl of coconut curry noodles topped with Vietnamese pork, panko fried shrimp, or chicken katsu or a small pizza, like the MikChan topped with burrata and mozzarella, Boston butt, and caramelized onions.

186 Carroll St SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

11. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

BoccaLupo’s roots may be Italian, but its heart sits right in Inman Park as a casual, neighborhood restaurant. Specializing in handmade pastas and seasonal dishes, chef Bruce Logue changes up the menu frequently here to keep it fresh. It’s not unusual to see folks dining solo with a book in hand while indulging in the restaurant’s 20-yolk tagliatelle or black spaghetti and a glass of barbera.

753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

12. Daily Chew

2127 Liddell Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Owned by Stop Think Chew chef Julia Kesler Imerman, this cafe includes multiple seating options inside for a morning or afternoon of reading or working while dining on protein bowls, toasts, fresh pastries, and rotisserie chicken dishes and pitas. Try the harissa roast cauliflower, too. Order a latte or cup of tea, and take a seat for a bit of respite from the outside world.

2127 Liddell Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

13. Bread & Butterfly

290 Elizabeth St NE F, Atlanta, GA 30307

For a quaint and quiet experience, grab a small table in the dining room or a bar stool at Bread and Butterfly, an all-day Parisian cafe in Inman Park. Bread and Butterfly excels at the simple and savory French classics. The laid back ambiance, friendly service, and French cafe vibes make it easy to settle into a corner nook with an espresso and a freshly baked croissant or a glass of champagne and steak frites.

290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Muchacho

904 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Whether dining on the patio, at a two-top inside, or at the meandering bar in the dining room, Muchacho in Reynoldstown encourages solo dining, especially during the work week. The newly expanded menu here now offers even more breakfast bowls and tacos in the morning and street tacos in the afternoon, along with a surfer’s burrito stuffed with carne asada and crispy fries and several sandwiches and snacks. There’s coffee as well as wines by the glass, beer, and cocktails, too.

904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

15. Banshee

1271 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Located in the heart of East Atlanta Village, both the bar inside and the bar on the covered patio at Banshee are perfect spots for solo dining in the evenings. Pop in for a glass of wine or a cocktail and order the fry bread with the restaurant’s addictive pepperoni butter or the sunchoke salad. Entrees here range from seared duck breast and cavatelli with mushroom bolognese to steelhead trout and fried scallops. The music and people watching at Banshee are hard to beat.

1271 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

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16. Gato

1660 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

The counter at Gato is a solid place to dine solo with a good book. This small and inviting neighborhood restaurant in Candler Park serves a menu exploring the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán Wednesday through Saturday evenings, paired with natural wines and a tight selection of cocktails. Gato also hosts young chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs in its kitchen, including Gigi’s Italian Kitchen every Sunday through Tuesday and Taiwanese breakfasts from Mighty Hans on Saturdays.

1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

17. Atlanta Chinatown

Chinatown Mall, 5383 New Peachtree Rd Suite C, Atlanta, GA 30341

The food court inside Atlanta Chinatown mall serves quick, counter meals that are flavorful and affordable. Go all in on one dish or sample a few from the various food stalls, which include everything from hand-pulled noodles and barbecue duck to soup dumplings and spicy hot pots on the menus. When finished, take a stroll through the shops in the mall. There’s also a lovely courtyard patio here.

Chinatown Mall, 5383 New Peachtree Rd Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30341

18. Las Brasas

614 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

It’s hard to beat a solo meal at the bar and the friendly service offered from this Peruvian restaurant in Decatur. La Brasas specializes in rotisserie chicken cooked over hardwood and seasoned with huacatay, a minty herb tasting of tarragon basil, and a touch of citrus. But don’t skip the lamb empanadas, the ceviches, or the lomo saltado with filet mignon and pisco fries at this restaurant. Be sure to order a pisco sour or caipirinha, too.

614 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

19. Kang Nam

5715 Buford Hwy NE # 101, Atlanta, GA 30340

Grab a seat at the sushi bar at this Buford Highway Japanese restaurant for sushi, sashimi, and a vast array of rolls. There’s also udon, lunch and dinner specials, and teriyaki and tempura selections on the menu, too.

5715 Buford Hwy NE # 101
Atlanta, GA 30340

20. Gilly Brew Bar

5329 Mimosa Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Owned by Daniel Brown, and located in the oldest house in Stone Mountain Village, Gilly Brew Bar serves coffee and innovative cocktail-like coffee and tea drinks on its menu, along with dishes prepared by chefs in residency in its kitchen, aka the Mayor’s House. This is the spot in Stone Mountain for a solo diner looking to work or read quietly while sipping on clever coffee concoctions and dining on meals served by some of Atlanta’s next-generation chefs and restaurant pop-ups. Indoor seating is available, but it’s hard to resist the views and vibes on Gilly’s ground-floor patio or the wraparound covered porch upstairs.

5329 Mimosa Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

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