Atlanta's Top Restaurants: Eat the Best Meal of Your Life

Kelly Skinner

By , Local Expert, Atlanta
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Yes, Atlantans like to eat. But if you lived here, wouldn’t you, too?

While the city’s love affair with Southern cuisine runs deep (shaping the chefs that run many of Atlanta’s beloved meat-and-three joints), Atlanta’s food dialogue expands far past fried chicken and chow-chow. From the run-down Jamaican jerk shack, to the high-end hotel eatery to the gourmet burger bar, Atlanta’s restaurants run the gamut of price, size, menu options and notoriety. Known as the Empire State of the South, Atlanta has taken its value as a food-forward city seriously, and has attracted a wealth of thoughtful, inventive, award-winning chefs in the...  Read more »

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    Bacchanalia

    Make dinner into an experience you'll remember. Beautifully plated dishes are executed using the finest ingredients. Truly delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy the food for a fraction of the cost and order menu items a la carte from the bar. "

     
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    Empire State South

    Before Hugh Acheson became a celebrichef, he was known for creating excellent food. Which he still does. Really, really well. Get it here.

    Local Expert Tip: "Brunch is a delicious affair. Order Hugh's Breakie (fruit, cheese, toasts), linger over cortados, then head outside for a game of bocce ball on the patio. "

     
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    Restaurant Eugene

    Take date night to the max and dish on the consistently phenomenal plates in these upscale digs.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you love a good story as much as incredible food, attend one of the restaurant's quarterly author series dinners, which feature local and visiting writers. "

     
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    Woodfire Grill

    Tyler Williams' enthusiasm for food is infectious. Follow his lead for a palate-pushing dining experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sit at the gorgeous bar at the front of the restaurant with a cocktail and order from the menu a la carte. "

     
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    The Optimist

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Neighborhood: Westside

    The restaurant's modern stylings and savory seafood take coastal cuisine to new heights.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're even remotely fond of oysters, try the raw bar. "

     
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    no. 246

    Partake in melt-in-your mouth pastas and season-inspired cocktails all on charming Decatur's main drag.

    Local Expert Tip: "Work off dinner with a game of ping pong on the restaurant's backyard patio. "

     
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    Cakes & Ale

    Decatur's consummate fine-dining restaurant touts an opulent American restaurant and a Parisian-style bakery side-by-side.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cakes & Ale truly excels in the appetizer department. Order several and share. "

     
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    Taqueria del Sol

    Lunch, dinner, happy hour, weekends, weekdays, birthdays, first dates, anniversaries, family nights... any...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "There is always a line, but it moves fast. The best advice is ordering a margarita at the bar, then getting back in line. It moves much quicker with a drink in hand. "

     
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    Watershed on Peachtree

    Fried chicken is out of this world. The restaurant is beautiful and tasty enough to make any northerner a tad jealous.

    Local Expert Tip: "Attend the jazz brunch on Sundays. The music is as good as the food. Which is to say, great. "

     
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    Miller Union

    • Cuisine: American, Southern
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Westside

    The hype surrounding this gleaming restaurant is well-deserved. Dine on food fresh from the farm stand.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy an outside-the-ordinary mid-day experience and visit for lunch. "

     

 

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