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The 38 Essential Atlanta Restaurants, October '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 (inside the perimeter), 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 The Vortex and Cafe Intermezzo. With the loss of these spots, we've welcomed Floataway Cafe and La Tavola to the alphabetical list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

4th & Swift

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Alon's Bakery

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Antico Pizza Napoletana

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Bhojanic

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The Brick Store Pub

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The Busy Bee Cafe

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Cafe Agora

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Community Q BBQ

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El Rey Del Taco

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Empire State South

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Floataway Cafe

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Fox Brothers Bar BQ

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Heirloom Market BBQ

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Highland Bakery

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Holeman & Finch Public House

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JCT Kitchen

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King of Pops

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La Tavola

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Little Bangkok

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Miller Union

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Miso Izakaya

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Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream

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Murphy's

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Muss & Turner's

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No. 246

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Nuevo Laredo Cantina

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Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge

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One Eared Stag

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Ormsby's

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Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

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Rathbun's Restaurant

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Restaurant Eugene

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Sotto Sotto Restaurant

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Souper Jenny

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Star Provisions

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Tomo Japanese Restaurant

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Woodfire Grill

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