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The 38 Essential Atlanta Restaurants, January '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 Leon's Full Service, Alon's Bakery, La Tavola, and Gu's Bistro, not because we'd kick them out of bed in the morning, but because in the spirit of New Year's, we're getting fresh with it. Say hello to our new friends: if 2012 has you switching to the Mediterranean diet, Kyma has you covered. Or perhaps get adventurous with One Eared Stag. Get your fine dining in check where steakhouse meets French technique over at BLT Steak. And Miso Izakaya is one of Bon App's six favorite izakayas in North America. We think it's pretty good, too, along with the other 37 spots on our list.

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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 NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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4. 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 Restaurant and Bar

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155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-7994
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7. Carver's 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. Crawfish Shack Seafood

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4337 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30341
(404) 929-6789
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10. El Rey Del Taco

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

11. Empire State South

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

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

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

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2243 Akers Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-2502
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15. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NW
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. Myung GA Won

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1960 Day Dr NW
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-1300

23. 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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24. No. 246

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

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1029 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-4479
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26. Pura Vida

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656 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 870-9797
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27. Quan Ba 9

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

28. Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

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

29. Shoya Japanese Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

37. Varasano's Pizzeria

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2171 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 352-8216
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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 NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
887 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. 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 Restaurant and Bar

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

7. Carver's 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. Crawfish Shack Seafood

4337 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30341
4337 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30341

10. El Rey Del Taco

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

11. Empire State South

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

12. Floataway Cafe

1123 Zonolite Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306