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The 38 Essential Atlanta Restaurants, July '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 Super Pan, which closed, as well as Kyma, La Pietra Cucina, TAKA, Taqueria La Oaxaquena, and more. With the loss of these spots, we've welcomed some new friends. We noticed that we needed an Indian restaurant, so Bhojanic now lives on the (alphabetical) list, as well as Beard Award-winner Linton Hopkin's Restaurant Eugene, classics like Cafe Intermezzo and The Vortex, Morelli's, Octane Coffee, King of Pops, Nuevo Laredo, Ormsby's, Rathbun's, Brick Store Pub, Murphy's, JCT Kitchen, 4th and Swift, Souper Jenny, and Woodfire Grill. We also brought back Alon's Bakery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 4th & Swift

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621 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

2. Alon's Bakery

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4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30346

3. Antico Pizza Napoletana

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1093 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 724-2333
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4. Bhojanic

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1363 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

5. Bocado

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887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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6. The Brick Store Pub

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125 E Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

7. 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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8. Cafe Agora

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262 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 949-0900
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9. Cafe Intermezzo

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1845 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Community Q BBQ

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

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

12. Empire State South

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999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105
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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. Highland Bakery

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

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2277 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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17. JCT Kitchen

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1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

18. King of Pops

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1079 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

19. Little Bangkok

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

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

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619 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 701-0128
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22. Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream

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749 Moreland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

23. Murphy's

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997 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

24. Muss & Turner's

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114
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25. No. 246

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129 E Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(678) 399-8246
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26. Nuevo Laredo Cantina

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1495 Chattahoochee Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

27. Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge

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1009 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

28. One Eared Stag

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1029 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-4479
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29. Ormsby's

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1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

30. Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

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

31. Rathbun's Restaurant

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112 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

32. Restaurant Eugene

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

33. Sotto Sotto Restaurant

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313 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 523-6678
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34. Souper Jenny

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56 E Andrews Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

35. Star Provisions

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1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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36. Tomo Japanese Restaurant

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3630 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 835-2708
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37. Vortex Bar & Grill

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438 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

38. Woodfire Grill

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1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd
Atlanta, GA 30324

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1. 4th & Swift

621 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
621 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

2. Alon's Bakery

4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30346

3. Antico Pizza Napoletana

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

4. Bhojanic

1363 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
1363 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

5. Bocado

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

6. The Brick Store Pub

125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030
125 E Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030

7. The Busy Bee Cafe

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

8. Cafe Agora

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

9. Cafe Intermezzo

1845 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
1845 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Community Q BBQ

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

11. El Rey Del Taco

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

12. Empire State South

999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309