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The 38 Essential Atlanta Restaurants, April '12

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It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

This time around, after much reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, the 38 bids adieu to Crawfish Shack, Myung Ga Wong and Pura Vida. With the loss of these three spots, we've welcomed some new friends. We noticed we were missing enough breakfast spots, so Highland Bakery now lives on the list. Inman Park favorite Wisteria is another new addition, as well as fantastic Japanese spot Tomo.

Disagree? Prove that Southerners still have a few table manners and explain away your grievances/recommendations in the comments or in the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Antico Pizza Napoletana

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1093 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 724-2333
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2. BLT Steak

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45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 577-7601
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3. Bocado

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887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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4. The Busy Bee Cafe

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810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 525-9212
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5. Cafe Agora

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262 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 949-0900
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6. Cakes & Ale

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155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-7994
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7. Carvers Country Kitchen

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1118 West Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 794-4410
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8. Community Q BBQ

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1361 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 633-2080
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9. El Rey Del Taco

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5288 Buford Hwy
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 986-0032

10. Empire State South

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999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105
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11. Floataway Cafe

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1123 Zonolite Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 892-1414
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12. Fox Brothers Bar BQ

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1238 Dekalb Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-4030
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13. Heirloom Market BBQ

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2243 Akers Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-2502
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14. Highland Bakery

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655 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 586-0772
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15. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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16. Kyma

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3085 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 262-0702
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17. La Pietra Cucina

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1545 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 888-8709
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18. Little Bangkok

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2225 Cheshire Bridge Rd
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 315-1530
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19. Miller Union

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550
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20. Miso Izakaya

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619 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 701-0128
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21. Muss & Turner's

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114
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22. Nam Phuong Restaurant

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5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Oakbrook Square Shopping Center
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 409-8686
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23. No. 246

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129 E Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(678) 399-8246
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24. One Eared Stag

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1029 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-4479
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25. Quan Ba 9

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4285 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
(404) 636-2999

26. Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

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5150 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 936-0605

27. Shoya Izakaya

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6035 Peachtree Rd
Doraville, GA 30341
(770) 457-5555
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28. Sotto Sotto Restaurant

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313 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 523-6678
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29. Star Provisions

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1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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30. Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop

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1057 Blue Ridge Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 477-0379
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31. Sushi House Hayakawa

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5979 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 986-0010
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32. TAKA Sushi Cafe

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385 Pharr Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 869-2802
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33. Taqueria La Oaxaquena

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605 Mt Zion Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30236
(770) 960-3010
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34. Tasty China

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585 Franklin Rd SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 419-9849

35. Tomo Japanese Restaurant

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3630 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 835-2708
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36. Varasano's Pizzeria

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2171 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 352-8216
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37. Wisteria Restaurant

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471 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-3363
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38. Yakitori Jinbei

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2421 Cobb Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 818-9215
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1. Antico Pizza Napoletana

1093 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
1093 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. BLT Steak

45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30308
45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30308

3. Bocado

887 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318
887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. The Busy Bee Cafe

810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

5. Cafe Agora

262 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
262 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

6. Cakes & Ale

155 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030
155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

7. Carvers Country Kitchen

1118 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
1118 West Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. Community Q BBQ

1361 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
1361 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

9. El Rey Del Taco

5288 Buford Hwy, Doraville, GA 30340
5288 Buford Hwy
Doraville, GA 30340

10. Empire State South

999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

11. Floataway Cafe

1123 Zonolite Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
1123 Zonolite Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

12. Fox Brothers Bar BQ

1238 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307