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The Hottest Restaurants in Atlanta Right Now, January 2015

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What haven't I heard of? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change periodically to highlight where the food-crazed crowds are flocking. Since this is a spotlight on what's happening right now, we must make room for what's fresh. Therefore, in this edition, we remove Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, The Luminary, and The Pig & The Pearl, and we welcome Last Word, Made Kitchen & Cocktails, and The Cockentrice.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cooks & Soldiers

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691 14th St NW Ste D
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 996-2623
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The latest concept from Castellucci Hospitality Group recently opened in the Elan Westside apartment building. The Basque-inspired fare comes from former Iberian Pig chef de cuisine Landon Thompson.

2. Krog Street Market Food Hall

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99 Krog Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

The highly anticipated Krog Street Market development is finally open to the public. Have a group and can't decide what to eat? Head over to the food hall for a variety of options, including sandwiches (Fred's Meat & Bread), Middle Eastern (Yalla), and barbecue (Grand Champion).

3. Last Word

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701 Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 343-1274
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In the former P'Cheen space, Matt Palmerlee and Eddie Russell, previously of The Branded Butcher in Athens and Parish, respectively, are running the Last Word kitchen as co-chefs. The duo is turning out dishes such as rabbit liver mousse; Georgia shrimp with charmoula, cauliflower, and garlic; and shared plates like lamb belly shawarma.

4. Made Kitchen & Cocktails

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45 Roswell Street
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(770) 452-6233
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Chris Sedgwick of Pure Taqueria has a new venture in Alpharetta. Executive chef Tim Agee is running the kitchen and cooking up an assortment of tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine.

5. Makan, Restaurant & Bar

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130 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 996-6504
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Chef George Yu is serving up what he and co-owner Michael Lo call "Asian comfort food." The menu features influences from Korea, Japan, and China, and the Korean-style ramyun, with kimchi and Sun Noodles, is a fine version of the celebrated dish. Makan now offers a late-night menu as well.

6. Oak Steakhouse

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The second location for the the Charleston-based restaurant, Oak is one of the highlights at the Avalon mixed-use development. In addition to Certified Angus Beef, executive chef Chad Anderson is serving entrees such as cornmeal-crusted grouper, swordfish steak, and pappardelle bolognese.

7. The Cockentrice

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99 Krog St NE Ste V
Atlanta, GA
(470) 428-2733
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Serving a meat-centric menu and plenty of charcuterie from The Spotted Trotter, Kevin Ouzts' first restaurant is now open in Krog Street Market. Be sure to try the beef cheek bread pudding with crispy pig ear salad.

8. The El Felix

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1130 Avalon Blvd
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(678) 205-0188
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At this Avalon restaurant, Ford Fry is going OTP with his first Tex-Mex concept. In addition to to traditional plates, look for more ambitious main courses like braised short ribs with chipotle molasses and garlic butter-basted Maine lobster.

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1. Cooks & Soldiers

691 14th St NW Ste D, Atlanta, GA 30318

The latest concept from Castellucci Hospitality Group recently opened in the Elan Westside apartment building. The Basque-inspired fare comes from former Iberian Pig chef de cuisine Landon Thompson.

691 14th St NW Ste D
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. Krog Street Market Food Hall

99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

The highly anticipated Krog Street Market development is finally open to the public. Have a group and can't decide what to eat? Head over to the food hall for a variety of options, including sandwiches (Fred's Meat & Bread), Middle Eastern (Yalla), and barbecue (Grand Champion).

99 Krog Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Last Word

701 Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

In the former P'Cheen space, Matt Palmerlee and Eddie Russell, previously of The Branded Butcher in Athens and Parish, respectively, are running the Last Word kitchen as co-chefs. The duo is turning out dishes such as rabbit liver mousse; Georgia shrimp with charmoula, cauliflower, and garlic; and shared plates like lamb belly shawarma.

701 Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

4. Made Kitchen & Cocktails

45 Roswell Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Chris Sedgwick of Pure Taqueria has a new venture in Alpharetta. Executive chef Tim Agee is running the kitchen and cooking up an assortment of tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine.

45 Roswell Street
Alpharetta, GA 30009

5. Makan, Restaurant & Bar

130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Chef George Yu is serving up what he and co-owner Michael Lo call "Asian comfort food." The menu features influences from Korea, Japan, and China, and the Korean-style ramyun, with kimchi and Sun Noodles, is a fine version of the celebrated dish. Makan now offers a late-night menu as well.

130 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

6. Oak Steakhouse

Alpharetta, GA

The second location for the the Charleston-based restaurant, Oak is one of the highlights at the Avalon mixed-use development. In addition to Certified Angus Beef, executive chef Chad Anderson is serving entrees such as cornmeal-crusted grouper, swordfish steak, and pappardelle bolognese.

7. The Cockentrice

99 Krog St NE Ste V, Atlanta, GA

Serving a meat-centric menu and plenty of charcuterie from The Spotted Trotter, Kevin Ouzts' first restaurant is now open in Krog Street Market. Be sure to try the beef cheek bread pudding with crispy pig ear salad.

99 Krog St NE Ste V
Atlanta, GA

8. The El Felix

1130 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta, GA 30009

At this Avalon restaurant, Ford Fry is going OTP with his first Tex-Mex concept. In addition to to traditional plates, look for more ambitious main courses like braised short ribs with chipotle molasses and garlic butter-basted Maine lobster.

1130 Avalon Blvd
Alpharetta, GA 30009

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