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The Best Brunches in Atlanta Right Now

Updated On 02/21/2018 at 05:54PM EST
Andrew Thomas Lee

The General Muir

Emory Point

Jewish deli-style eats in transit station-styled digs
New York Jewish delis are legendary for their bagels, schmears, and smoked fish. Atlanta is legendary for eating. Put the two together, and add an interior of sparkling white subway tile with gold-painted menu items on the windows, and you get The General Muir, where the pastrami is unbelievable, the eggs are top-notch, and the schmaltz potatoes -- cooked chicken fat confit-style -- will heal whatever you did to yourself the night before. The bar makes a killer pamplemousse gin cocktail and other brunch drinks, and the menu gets everything right -- but it really excels with bread. That’s because the team, which includes exec chef and partner Todd Ginsberg, also runs a local baking operation called TGM, which is how they get that fantastic rye, challah, and more.

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Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Old Fourth Ward

Folksy fancy brunch for BeltLine-walkers
BeltLine brunch became a thing when Ladybird arrived in ATL three years ago. Since then, the outdoor enthusiast’s spot has quickly become one of the city’s gold standards, which isn’t at all easy in a city like Atlanta where biscuits and Bellinis are basically their own Sunday religion. You’re here to drink and eat, in that order, so they keep a seasonal patio punch, which at $55 gives four folks two pours apiece. They have two cocktails: a “redneck mimosa” (High Life + OJ) and a green chile vodka bloody with Charleston mix. The eating part includes breakfast tacos with chorizo scrambled eggs, avocado toast on sourdough, a Nashville hot chicken biscuit, and the crumbly migas made with a corn tortilla, eggs, chorizo, black bean, Cheddar, ash salsa, and sour cream, and by its very makeup is neither bad nor bougie.

Folk Art

Inman Park

Perfected comfort food in a communal space where it’s always breakfast time
Yes, there will be a line. No, there are not reservations. But there are brunchables, and they last from 9am to 4pm on the weekends. There are sweet potato waffles, which go great with the fried chicken and whiskey peach compote; there’s also beef, turkey, and lamb burgers, lobster rolls, a fried pork chop banh mi, and lots of breaded delights. If you’re big on having your plate loaded up, look to the section of the menu titled “The Dish,” where you’ll see the “Southern Comfort” meal of shrimp/grits, fried eggs, and Texas toast, among other soul-settling Saturday mid-morning meals. Oh, and get a Bloody -- they make them well. Actually, get three.

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Apres Diem

Midtown

French-forward feasts on a lively patio
AD has been a foundational brunch spot since AD meant something entirely different in terms of time. The patio out front, with all its huge potted plants, feels French enough to fool you with its fenced-in flower action and romantic setting. Prices are very reasonable: a $13 crab cake Benedict or lobster crostini on ciabatta with white wine butter sauce, shiitakes, tomatoes, and shallots will do the deal, leaving room for an $8 or $9 specialty drink. Do the Tuscan Icepick (sweet tea, citron vodka, and lemon juice), or the Breakfast of Champions (Guinness, Jameson, smoked Bloody mix, and a veggie kabob), and you’ll be out in under $25.

Le Petit Marché

Kirkwood

A tiny, open cafe serving French-inspired brunch with an ATL twist
This little pink market with saucer plates decorating the walls serves breakfast all day, so it’s no tall order to order it in the afternoon and call it brunch. Ask for a bowl of slow-cooked “Best Ever” oatmeal (which comes with house-made almond pralines and warm maple syrup), or have one of several sandwiches that include custom-built ones with your choice of bread (Parmesan biscuit, everything bagel, etc.), a selection of paninis, and one made with vanilla-rum-battered French toast, scrambled eggs, and topped with either bacon or Delia’s chicken sausage. They also have grilled street tacos with chorizo from The Spotted Trotter, a grits stack with marinated shrimp, bacon, Cheddar, and scrambled eggs, and a variety of local products in their market section.

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Bread & Butterfly

Inman Park

Bistro-baked eats from Cakes & Ale’s city-central cousin
The couple behind Decatur’s Cakes & Ale put B&B in the Inman Quarter development just to make you really happy, or at least that’s what the space’s bright green-tiled, European bistro-styled interior with yellow accents would have you believe. Those tall floor-to-ceiling windows let you peep the Elizabeth St action, although the best options are just below your chin on the plate. It begins with coffee and pastries at 8:30am, and opens up to the full menu, which includes a Gruyere quiche with caramelized onion, the pancake short stack, and the Burger Americain on brioche, from 10:30am to 3pm. Don’t forget that their breads are amazing (you might even say the butter makes them fly), because they come from Proof Bakeshop, which is also under the restaurant group’s ownership.

The Four Seasons

Midtown

The luxury hotel’s ATL location goes upscale Southern  
If you had no idea that Atlanta had great brunch, independently of other cities, you’d be well excused to find yourself eating Four Seasons Sunday brunch. First, you’ll feel like you have discretionary income (hopefully that’s true), but you’ll also feel like you’re first-class feasting with plates like lobster pot pie, or carving station options like smoked prime rib and whole roasted Verlasso salmon, which has a cleaner flavor than average salmon due to farming techniques that allow more room to swim and therefore make the fish less fat. There’s also a good amount of shrimp, oysters, and crab claws at the ready, as well as standards from eggs-your-way and made-to-order omelets.

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Local Three

Buckhead

Trustworthy brunch buffet near Paces Ferry
The trifecta of Todd Mussman, Ryan Turner, and Chris Hall gives you perfection in adult weekend morning food by basically running a brunch buffet through their kitchen... which you’ll walk through as you interact with the cooks. You drop $25 and get to take as many passes through the meal line as you like, eating up cinnamon rolls, handmade biscuits with chorizo gravy, the quiche du jour, white pizza, and pork chilaquiles. The brunch drinks include a Zing Zang Bloody, a Kentucky Mule with house-made ginger beer, and a barrel-aged Manhattan, all of which go down smoothly as you enjoy the handmade wood furnishings and the hanging portrait of The Dude with his robe and morning coffee.

Argosy

East Atlanta Village

Creative and crafty foods in a comic book nerd paradise
This is one of those brunches where the crowd’s devil-may-care attitude is part of the appeal. The ideal thing is to arrive early enough to get one of the outside tables facing Flat Shoals, so you can watch all the other weirdos (you’re one too) moving about the EAV strip. But even if you’re inside, there’s a communal vibe that comes from the fact that you’re in a space named after a comic book, about to eat food suited for your inner child. That food, which includes spicy fried boneless chicken thighs with pancakes and bourbon syrup, is made with local and regional purveyors like The Spotted Trotter meats and H&F Bread Co.

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Hugo's Oyster Bar

Roswell

A banquet of Bloodies for northeastern suburbanites
The build-your-own Bloody Mary and mimosa bars are a major brunch draw at this admittedly way-OTP seafood spot. It’ll feed you with stuffings specifically sourced from the Southeast coast, from the Outer Banks to the Delta. The spot’s owned by the C&S Seafood team, so you can’t go wrong with a crab cake or crawfish étouffée Benedict, or the shrimp and Parmesan truffle grits. The French toast comes with vanilla gelato, praline bacon, and prayers for your blood sugar levels, which may or may not mean you should order the Holy Trinity fried potato hash as a side. Then of course end with bite-sized triangle beignets, which look smaller than they actually taste.

Ration & Dram

Kirkwood

A peaceful two-story oasis for scrambles, biscuits, and beignets
The biscuits, beignets, and brunch cocktails here are as exceptional as the fried chicken biscuit plate. That’s the thing about R+D -- they’ve researched and developed a brunch menu that’s consistent across the board, whether you’re into pork belly crisped with apple butter reduction and Old Rasputin Russian imperial stout (The Gringo), or the simpler grits dish that can be mixed with Cheddar and sawmill gravy, country ham, egg, or bacon. They make a Sierra Nevada Summerfest michelada with Charleston Bloody mix, as well as a classic Pimm’s Cup and a mezcal concoction called the Speedy Gonzales, which also has Fernet-Vallet, nitro coffee, and agave nectar. And you can order a punch for two... if you like French 75s or sweetened rye cocktails. It also boasts great upstairs and downstairs seating that looks out onto a soccer field, where you might catch a pickup game to watch while you feast.

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One Eared Stag

Inman Park

Reimagined standards for fringe-minded foodies
This taxidermy-decked restaurant is famous for much of its cuisine (ask for the “Meatstick” burger if you’re in that mood), but it truly shines during brunch. It serves a one-year house-cured ham with hot peppers, black pepper biscuits with sausage gravy, sofrito-stewed ice blue mussels, and buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with sorghum syrup. But wait... there’s more: Berkshire bacon strips, Anson Mills grits... Come on! And there’s even a kimchi Bloody Mary.

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Buttermilk Kitchen

Buckhead

Countrified down-home brunch for Uptown upper crusters
The name itself tells you that the folks working in this deep blue wood-paneled restaurant understand your needs, and theirs -- you can’t serve proper breakfast from a kitchen without lots of buttermilk. You also can’t serve food this good without a chef/owner like Suzanne Vizethann, an ATL native who’s been featured on Chopped, the TODAY show, and numerous other media. The chicken biscuit is the business, but there are also special weekend-only dishes like the bacon, egg, & cheese muffin... which is actually made with fried pork belly and pimento. Let’s not forget the French toast, which is fancied up with rhubarb jam, lemon poppy seeds, and whipped mascarpone.

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9 Mile Station

Ponce City Market

Sweet and savory belly-filling victuals with a skyline view
The newest kid on the brunch block is Ponce City Market’s rooftop beer garden restaurant. This means you’ll get that breathtaking ATL skyline view as you fill up on menu items launched just over a month ago. The house-smoked Bloody mix is matched with Tito’s vodka, and there are other drinks that will help level out the damage, whether you’re spritzing with the Trolley Car (gin, Aperol, soda, prosecco), or going all the way back in with the vodka/gin/tequila/rum (or bourbon) Sunday Smash, mixed with lemon and jalapeño maple. For food, there’s kielbasa, merguez, or bratwurst by the inch, popcorn shrimp and grits, French toast stuffed with bananas and topped with Grand Marnier syrup, and even a sticky bun topped with coffee butter that serves four mouths. This is literally how you start out on top.

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

West Midtown

Funked-up weekend soul food and sippings
Chef Deborah VanTrece is once again surging, after relocating her Decatur restaurant known for consistently creative (and more importantly, delicious) takes on traditional soul food. And just as it was in The Dec, her brunch is a big deal -- you can tell by the fact that the brunch menu is the first one you see on the TS website. Of course there’s a chicken and waffles dish, but the twist is in the vanilla bean waffles, the ginger cardamom butter, and the bourbon maple syrup. There’s also the omelet, which lets crawfish groove with sausage gravy, peppers, jalapeño Jack cheese and balsamic potato hash. If those don’t work, try the PBJ pork belly burger, or the catfish plate. And cocktails like the Soultera, with Tanqueray, Luxardo, a squeeze of white grapefruit and orange bitters, are sure to keep you soulfully twisted as long as you like.

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Watershed on Peachtree

Buckhead

A healing helping of home cooking
You know Watershed makes some of the city’s best fried chicken, but Zeb Stevenson also doesn’t slack on the most important meal of the week. Get your early weekend buzz going with a peppered-gin-fueled Bloody Sunday. Then blast off with beignets, smoked wings, or chicken liver mousse, before mainlining yourself back from zombieland via the crabcake sandwich with benne slaw, or the standard favorite, chicken and dumplings. Stay for the caramel-iced, sea-salted hot milk cake, or the bourbon pecan pie, because you never planned to be productive this weekend anyway.

Murphy's

Virginia-Highland

An unfancied old favorite for fans of big flavor
People who love eggs and “Old Atlanta” love Murphy’s. Here you get eggs-actly (sorry) what you want, in various format, whether that’s “Santa Fe” (scrambled in a flour tortilla with Cheddar, peppers, cilantro, and ranchero sauce), “San Francisco” (with spinach, tomatoes, hollandaise, and poached eggs on an English muffin), or “Virginia Highland,” which is similar to ‘Frisco, but on focaccia with sun-dried tomato hollandaise and a sense of overhyped entitlement. Oh, they’ve also got a killer house blend of coffee, specially made by Uncommon Grounds in Berkeley, California -- but also stay local with espresso from Batdorf & Bronson. Spend your weekend morning in Midtown and get back to being true-school ATL.

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South City Kitchen

Buckhead

Classic comfort food in contemporary surroundings
Too often, we start looking away from folks who’ve mastered the whole #brunchlife thing, But SCKB keeps defying those odds, just as all the other locations do, with their tried-and-true menu that’s as wonderfully fried and baked as you when wake up Sunday morning. You need the fried green tomatoes, so start there. The waffle is made with malted buttermilk and is accompanied by Springer Mountain, which needs no introduction in Georgia. Their benedicts -- country ham or smoked brisket -- are made to put you back in the game protein-wise, although their Geechee stew will cure just about anything you have, hangover or just intense hunger.

The Shed at Glenwood

Glenwood Park

The classy brunch experience for Eastsiders
If you’ve never had the pastry basket from The Shed, order one immediately and eat it all by yourself. Also notable on The Shed’s slate of Saturday/Sunday afternoon eats are the Virginia oysters (or wherever they happen to catch ‘em), and the selection of hangover cures, which includes a meal called “...And If You Like Shrimp + Grits,” that consists of adobo shrimp, chorizo, pico, pimento cheese, and of course, grits. Or you can get the dry-aged beef burger, topped with bacon jam and poblano cheese. And you deserve brioche bread pudding, since you dragged yourself to Glenwood Park for an indulgent meal. Even if you just get pancakes, you came to the right place. Especially if you’re still game for a $22 pitcher of mimosa. Never give up!

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Atlanta's Best New Restaurants of 2017

Published On 11/13/2017
W e saw a lot of new restaurants get launched this year in ATL -- almost too damn many, to be honest. If you simply add up the dining options at SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you’d have more spots than a lot of cities could handle in a year. With all that edible optimism, you have to be meticulous in making sure you get to the goods before you’ve stuffed yourself silly on second-tier suppers. Which is why you’re reading this list.
Some restaurants that were actually good were left off this year’s roundup. Others are missing simply because they’ve got a good buzz, but they opened so recently that it’s hard to give them a yay or nah so early on (shout out to Rose + Rye). Until then, here are the best of ATL’s new restaurants that arrived in 2017.
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Holler & Dash

West Midtown

Perhaps the best new fried chicken biscuit in town
Look, Cracker Barrel is good, no matter how bad you millennials might feel saying its name and eating its glorious breakfast. But they’re thinking about your tender feelings, so they started this new biscuit chain and brought its sixth location to ATL, so you can continue to live on a fluffy cloud of flour. The fried chicken biscuit is the place to start, but don’t let that keep you from the Hamabama biscuit, topped with country ham and red-eye gravy. They’ve also got beignets, grits bowls, and cold-brew coffee. But seriously, get the biscuits.

Chicken + Beer

College Park (Airport)

Luda came, saw, and opened the best restaurant in our airport
The closure of Straits brought closure to the days when Ludacris was new to the restaurant biz. With C+B, he partnered with Jackmont Hospitality, Todd Richards, and others to create an easy-to-love representation of Atlanta dining, simply by giving us what he knew we really wanted at the airport.

Bon Ton

Midtown

Amazing NOLA-inspired fusion restaurant doling out catfish banh mi
This funky, ‘70s-inspired Cajun/Vietnamese seafood boil spot has had a roller-coaster year. The general consensus is that Bon Ton, located in the former space of Top Flr, does a good, consistent job on its mash-up food (catfish banh mi, smoked snow crab, Nashville hot oyster rolls, etc.), and in keeping up a great bar vibe. On the less happy side, Bon Ton lost its head bartender a few months ago due to an automobile accident. Still, the good times roll in his honor, as well as the founder of the original New Orleans Bon Ton location, via on-tap Sazeracs and other cocktails like the smoked bourbon mai tai, and an absinthe-rinsed Jamaican rum hurricane.

DAS BBQ

Westside

Inventive BBQ (pork quesadillas) in a sprawling space out west
Over on the smoked meats side of things, BBQ newcomer DAS has brought much-needed comfort food to the westside’s Defoors Ferry and Collier Road crossing. The patio’s string-lit ceiling and bourbon barrel-legged dining tables create a just upscale enough vibe that also encourages your tipsiness. The hickory and pecan wood puts the flavor into the meats that go into combo plates and sandwiches, from brisket to sliced turkey, sausage links, wings and pulled pork (try the pork quesadillas if you care about yourself). It’s always nice to have new barbecue; it’s even nicer when it’s good.

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Scout

Oakhurst

Pro ATL chef Michael Semancik is mastering traditional southern food in historic digs
It’s located inside a former Old Scottish Rite Hospital, and charges itself with a sense of duty akin to the meaning of its name... but in terms of food and not all that tying knots, reading compasses, and opening things with Swiss Army knives. Executive chef Michael Semancik, who worked with chefs Kevin Rathbun and Jay Swift before either had their own restaurants, leads the mission from the airy, naturally lit historic space. The kitchen puts out shareable snacks like split smoked chicken wings, Western-style beef jerky (basically teriyaki), and PBR-battered cauliflower, as well as regional entrees such as bowls of Georgia red shrimp Creole, and cast-iron tasso ham-crusted red fish. The drinks, courtesy of ATL barman Nate Shuman from the P’cheen days, are also expertly made. 

Festivals Jerk Chicken Grill

Glenwood Park

The Jamaican food Glenwood Park's been missing is finally here
ATL could always use more Jamaican food -- especially jerk chicken. Festivals Jerk, which is amazingly located in Glenwood Park (across from Gunshow and down the street from The Shed), brings the jerk to the people in whole, half, or quarter bird portions, with deliciously tender, evenly spiced, char-grilled flavor that doesn’t overheat you and isn’t overdone. And if you’ve never had actual “festivals,” the hush puppy-esque Jamaican bread snack you get with entrees or can order as an extra side, you’ve not fully celebrated life.

Jai Ho Indian Kitchen

Ansley Park

The family behind Savi Market opens an Indian spot that stands out amongst the crowd
There will never be enough Indian food in Atlanta. Maybe Decatur, but that’s another city. As for ATL city limits, Jai Ho had a running start, since it’s from the family behind Savi Market which began selling grab-and-go Indian meals before branching out into a standalone restaurant brand. Now you can get a plethora of Pondicherry (think French-Indian) food, including the super-tender sous vide tandoor rack of lamb, as well as bowls of tandoori chicken, tikka masala, and all the usual suspects.

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Double Dragon

Oakhurst

The best "authentic and inauthentic Chinese food" you'll find around Oakhurst
Why did it take so long for an Atlanta Chinese restaurant to be named after one of the greatest low-bit arcade games ever? Did you forget that the two main characters in the beat-’em-up game were named Billy and Jimmy Lee, as if that doesn’t sound country as hell? Never mind the failings of the past; get to DD and enjoy local, seasonal, and sustainable meats and produce in the form of some of your standard favorites, as well as a few things you might find unfamiliar. Start with Chinese boiled peanuts (which being in Georgia, you should dig), and don’t leave out the pan-fried pork or chicken dumplings before you get into General Tso’s, shredded moo shu pork, honey-walnut Georgia shrimp and broccoli, or specials like spicy Sichuan white fish.

Greens & Gravy

Westview

Your new soul food staple from chef Darius Williams
Chef Darius Williams is a force on social media and in the celebrity chef world. He also had the foresight to place a restaurant with a can’t-fail name in a historically African-American neighborhood currently being revitalized by the Southwest BeltLine and other new construction. It’s certainly up-kicked, creatively imagined soul food, which you’ll know when you bite into the lemon pepper honey fried chicken, or the banana pudding (or peach cobbler) waffle, or the sweet potato grits, or the watermelon chow chow. Oh, there’s no alcohol, so keep that in mind. You’ll probably be so full after dinner or brunch that you won’t mind. OK, that’s a lie, but it’s still amazingly good.

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C. Ellet's

SunTrust Park

In a sea of restaurants, C. Ellet's and their steaks stand out as the best in SunTrust Park
Not to be outdone by Arthur Blank (with the tiny exception of personal net worth), Linton Hopkins opened a steakhouse in the new home of the Braves, and named it after his great-grandfather, a US Army Corps engineer who died from a gunshot wound after fighting alongside the Union Army in the Battle of Memphis. Hopkins went all out on beef, sourcing his from farms in Nebraska, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Alabama, and wherever else he can source the very best bovine meats. The fresh seafood and daily rotating oyster selection are also major league draws, and the burger will be more of a steakhouse format than the all-American diner version you get at Holeman and Finch. It’s easily the best restaurant in the ballpark, but it also gives every other steakhouse in town a run for the plate.

Petit Chou

Cabbagetown

French food and Southern food combine to give you sandwiches so good you'll want two
French food and Southern foods have a lot in common. They’re both really good when done right, and you want to eat them constantly. Combining both in Cabbagetown, this little bistro that decided to fill you up with sandwiches -- there’s even a note on the menu that says “I take sandwiches very seriously.” The declaration is proven through the Sarah-Witch, which is shaved ham, Brie, arugula, and house preserves on a Southern baguette, along with the house biscuit with Boursin and chicken sausage, and the croque monsieur (“the French version of ham and cheese”).

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Co

Poncey-Highland

Many hopped on the pho craze... but Co mastered it
Pho is good any time of day, but it’s not always good depending on how close you live to some of the city’s best pho houses. Co brought fantastic bowls of the brothy noodle soup from its original Charleston location to Ponce, along with lots more Southeast Asian fare that ranges from sushi to banh mi, Thai noodles, ramen, Malaysian coconut curry soup, tuna tacos, and kimchi beef dumplings. It’s all part of a cooking philosophy that emphasizes four words -- "open-mindedness, desire, eagerness, and art,” -- none of which you can eat, but still things you can appreciate when you’re slurping down delicious bowls of steaming noodle soup without having to drive up to Doraville.

Food Terminal

Chamblee

Amazing Malaysian food in what's easily the best new restaurant in ATL
Malaysian street food is probably unbelievably good in Malaysia, and sure, ATL has flights, but the drive to Chamblee is much more convenient and highly convincing that you’re eating an authentic facsimile thereof, so skip the air travel and hit Buford Highway instead. The look of the interior is almost rewarding enough, with its glowing street-light-inspired design against dark wood. But you’re here to eat, not stare, so have a curry noodle soup or the Cheese N’ Cheese tomato-braised fried rice, which is cooked in cast-iron and mixed with Cheddar, mozzarella, smoked bacon, and yes, grilled Spam. If that doesn’t sound good, clean your ears, then opt for wonton BBQ pork noodles, or poached Hainanese chicken, which is one of the most popular dishes in Singapore. Read why Thrillist chose Food Terminal as one of our Prime 13 best new restaurants of 2017.

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Taverna

Buckhead

Have you ever had an Italian brunch? Come by Buckhead and treat yourself. 
Any new restaurant in Buckhead will automatically be expected to show and prove, and that’s especially true when it comes to Italian food. Doing the northern Italy thing, Taverna goes big on risottos (the burrata/heirloom cherry tomatoes/prosciutto version is killer), and their pastas are also amazing, particularly the rustic spinach and ham lasagna. Definitely come back on weekends before 3pm for Italian brunch, which includes a serious brisket hash and vanilla French toast with mascarpone -- maybe not the most Italian menu items, but Italians know how to cook everything, so just be there and eat whatever you can.

Donetto

West Midtown

Italy comes to ATL via small plates, amaro, and Italian sodas
The Indigo Road is a well-respected restaurant group in Charleston, but we know by now that a Charleston success does not necessarily make an ATL hit (just ask your favorite Charleston-based rap artist). Donetto earns props for meaty Tuscan dishes from small plates to big pastas; the duck sausage fusilli is a standout, as well as the ripiena, or stuffed pasta with quail and smoked mushrooms. They’ve also got an outstanding beverage program, with tapped Negronis, an extensive amaro program, and a host of Italian sodas.

Bar Mercado

Krog Street Market

The Spanish tapas spot needed to make Krog Market complete
If you were thinking, “Damn, why aren’t there any Spanish tapas at Krog?” you are surely ecstatic to know that the group that brought us Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, and other noted restaurants around ATL were reading your brainwaves and fixed your life. The Madrid-inspired market bar has certainly fancied up KSM a bit, with little plates of full garlic/sherry shrimp, braised octopus, seared trout and other seafood, but there’s enough plant-based items to invite your vegan friends for a round or two. Think Catalan spinach, padrón peppers, oyster mushrooms, or thrice-fried saffron potatoes. You can also nab wagyu beef tartare, pork cheek empanadas, béchamel, chicken and mushroom croquetas, and cured meats and quesos. They also serve booze. And speaking of, you should totally try the rum, Creme de Framboise, orgeat, pineapple and mint Cadiz Punch 2.0, or one of 18 wines by the glass. Spoiler alert: they’re Spanish.

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Barleygarden Kitchen + Craft Bar

Alpharetta

A rooftop beer garden that'll make you actually go to Alpharetta
Not many people would have guessed Hop City’s Kraig Torres would eventually open a restaurant in Alpharetta when his craft beer shop first arrived on the Westside of Atlanta. Yet here we are, braving terrible traffic (lest you actually live in Alpharetta) and pretending to be able to afford upscale shopping, at Barleygarden. The partnership between Torres and Kevin Outz of The Spotted Trotter is a meaty and sudsy match made in heaven, or literally Avalon, because the rooftop beer garden atmosphere stays extremely casual -- which is important when you’re wolfing down a perfect pastrami grilled cheese sandwich. They also serve Spotted’s amazing pepper umami beef jerky (worth any drive), pork brat burgers and hot dogs, including a chicken Cheddarwurst that might be the Cheddar-best in the ATL metro area.

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The Best Restaurants in Atlanta Right Now

Updated On 03/16/2018 at 04:31PM EST