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From cheesecake to battered bacon: these are Atlanta’s 11 most epic fried foods

Deep-frying is truly the highest form of cooking because it improves any food, so why stop at chicken or potatoes? Atlanta’s top chefs certainly don't, which is why we've rounded up the 11 most epic fried foods in the city, and why you should round up your stretchiest pair of pants and immediately go out and get some fried cheese, fried cheesecake, and more.

Sebastian Davis

Fryinstein Monster

Pallookaville (address and info)
Behold this giant, fried wiener in three sections. It’s broken down into beef, then kielbasa, and then Italian sausage, dipped in one of their batters (we recommend cheese, of course), and then deep-fried until it's ready to be inhaled.
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Frito Pie Croquette

Fox Bros Bar-B-Q (address and info)
Fox Bros takes this classic, beautiful mess of a snack and turns the chips, chili, and cheese into delicious finger-sized balls instead of something that resembles a mud puddle.
Todd Coleman

Corna di maradona

Don Antonio by Starita (address and info)
This U-shaped fried calzone is filled with fresh ricotta and pork. It’s half-Italian and half-Georgia hillbilly, so it's perfect for when your cousins visit from New Jersey (or Naples).
Ecco

Fried goat cheese

Ecco (address and info)
Sometimes simple is best. Tangy goat cheese, a light batter, cracked pepper, and a drizzle of honey combine for a delicate balance of flavors and crispy creaminess. It's fancy fried food.
Chai Pani 

Kale pakora

Chai Pani (address and info)
This Indian street food is made with fresh kale in a curried chickpea batter and served with green chutney and sweet yogurt. Next time your friend tries to foist a green smoothie on you, hit ‘em back with this.
Varuni Napoli

Reginella

Varuni Napoli (address and info)
Italian for “princess”, the Reginella is a fried calzone that's stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta, corbarino tomatoes, salami, cicoli, black pepper, and Romano. Then it's topped with basil and extra virgin olive oil. You may just want to marry this piece of food royalty.
Del Frisco’s Grille

Pimento cheese fritters

Del Frisco’s Grille (address and info)
Crack open one of these golden nuggets and watch a river of pimento cheese ooze forth. With your trusty chipotle ranch dipping sauce, you’ll be a regular cheese prospector.
Folk Art

The Randy

Folk Art (address and info)
Inman Park’s new fried meat logs are strips of apple bacon that are dipped in pancake batter and drowned in bourbon maple syrup. If this isn’t the ultimate Southern food, nothing is.
Alma Cocina

Fried avocado taco

Alma Cocina (address and info)
Deep-fried avocados ride atop a platter of fried Cotija cheese, topped with some poblano pesto and roasted tomatoes. Served on corn tortillas.
Watershed

Eggplant fries

Watershed on Peachtree (address and info)
You've kept that New Year’s resolution so far, but it’s time to meet it halfway. Yes, you’re going to have delicious fried food, but this is a vegetable, so it’s "healthy"!!
Genki Noodles and Sushi

Fried cheesecake

Genki Noodles and Sushi (address and info)
Let’s not skip dessert. Genki takes their tempura batter and a delicious slice of cheesecake, then the hot oil does the rest of the work. Yeah, it seems indulgent, but at least you’re using chopsticks, and not your bare hands, to eat it, right? Right.

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1. Pallookaville Fine Foods 17N Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Pallookaville's Corndogs are legendary, (we suggest the Fryinstein Monster), but their Pork Burgers are gaining fame of their own too. Thanks to the secret spices, it's been called the best burger in ATL.

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2. Fox Bros Bar-B-Q 1238 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

An Atlanta institution serving up solid BBQ fare like pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, Frito pie, and burnt ends.

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3. Don Antonio by Starita 102 E Paces Ferry Rd NE , Atlanta, GA 30305

Antonio Starita is using Atlanta as the only expansion city for his wildly popular New York pizza masterpiece. 60 insane varieties of pie will make you swear off the greasy stuff in the cardboard box for good.

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4. Ecco 40 7th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

This Midtown resto is slinging sweet Mediterranean and Italian eats and has scooped up bunches of awards. They keep their menus changing with the seasons, and intriguingly describe their cocktail/wine program as "adventurous".

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5. Chai Pani 406 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30030

This joint serves pakoras (fritters made with chickpea batter, duh), Bombay Chili Cheese Fries (spiced turkey hash piled on masala fries), kebab rolls, and Tandoori fish wraps.

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6. Varuni Napoli 1540 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Varuni Napoli serves up classic Neapolitan pizza and street food. It's open kitchen design lets you get right into the action and see how real, Southern Italian food is made.

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7. Del Frisco's Grille 3376 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Situated in the upwardly trending Buckhead neighborhood, Del Frisco's Grille is a bustling steakhouse serving premier steaks, fresh food, and an array of other gourmet fare. And with a glass of wine from its extensive stock, you can take it all in from one of its scenic patio.

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8. Folk Art 465 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Jason Hill of Wisteria's new daily breakfast/lunchery in Inman Park.

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9. Alma Cocina 191 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

If you've got soul, there's no shame in boasting about in your name and Alma Cocina, which translates to Soul Kitchen in Spanish, isn't shy. This upscale downtown joint is serving upscale Latin/Mexican food in a modern setting, including braised lamb tacos, roasted chicken mole, and desserts like Mexican Coke (the drink) panna cotta.

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10. Watershed on Peachtree 1820 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

A James Beard award-winner, Watershed's a comfortable, soulful spot that's serving up locally sourced, down home, Southern grub.

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11. Genki Noodles & Sushi 3186 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Genki Noodles and Sushi boasts fresh, artfully presented sushi and noodle bowls. It's known for it's fun atmosphere and reasonable prices.

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