Food & Drink

11 New ATL Happy Hours You Can’t Miss

Published On 06/17/2015 Published On 06/17/2015
Courtesy of Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi
LUSCA
The Optimist
Courtesy of Colletta
Brittany Wallace
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1. Katana 3345 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

If you have friends who won’t eat real sushi, Katana is the perfect group spot; it has an extensive teppanyaki menu, which is basically a fancy word for hibachi. Think filet mignon, sea bass, and organic chicken cooked tableside.

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2. 521 Kitchen & Que 4365 Roswell Rd #4367, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Buckhead)

This Sandy Springs meatery is deep with seating and flavor. The brisket and pork are on-point, but the fried beef bologna sandwich is a hidden gem. No matter where you sit in their long dining room, your clothes will absorb the wafting aromas of tons of beef, and the opposite sex will love you for it.

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3. Lusca 1829 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

From the guys who brought you the Octopus Bar, get ready for some kick-ass seafood and fantastic cocktails. Plus, this spot is open before 10pm so you can enjoy breakfast/lunch.

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4. STK Atlanta 1075 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Celebrating the simplicity of a great steak by removing all those showy "vowels," STK boasts a porterhouse and a cowboy ribeye that'll fill you up, and a black truffle aioli tartare that should every meal. The restaurant is advertised as a steakhouse "for the stiletto set," though, so you'll also get the choice of plenty of salads, small plates, and three sizes of steaks, all served in a chic, glossy space.

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5. The Optimist 914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

The Optimist proudly brings premier sustainable seafood to Midtown Atlanta. The airy, modern, minimalist spot specializes in oysters, with over ten varieties from the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada available on the half shell. Coastal, regional dishes (gumbo, clam chowder, fish& chips) make up the rest of the menu. For an after dinner treat, knock out a round of putt-putt on the restaurant's on-site course.

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6. Makan, Restaurant & Bar 130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Makan builds upon Chinese and Korean recipes with locally-sourced ingredients to create some seriously delicious Asian fusion comfort foods. Its ramen is rich and silky and its pork buns have an unmistakable touch of Southern charm in their pecan sugar topping. Aside from dinner, Makan also serves weekend brunch that's part dim sum, part ramen slurp-fest.

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7. Colletta 900 3rd St, Atlanta, GA 30318

Premium Italian is pouring into Alpharetta like a fresh glass of Prosecco. Of course there is as good a Italian wine list as you’ll find, and all the clams, prosciutto, burrata, and duck (pizza) to make you keep ordering new pairings. If you have some room in your pantaloni, the spit-roasted bone-in pork chop is your new amico.

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8. The Luminary 99 Krog St NE Suite Y, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

At this polished, subway tile-bedecked brasserie near Inman Park, French technique and traditional Southern ingredients create a cuisine of its own that's both sleek and indulgent. The Luminary features dishes like duck breast with crispy fried okra, short ribs with grits, and saffron-laced corn risotto on its dinner menu, and spicy chicken sandwiches and kale omelets at brunch. The drink menu is geared towards wine aficionados with an extensive selection of bottles from France, Spain, and California.

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9. The Big Ketch 3279 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Ketch is a half-brick-/half-wood-walled, seafood-serving cabin adorned with buoys and shoreline paintings, and boasting an 84-seat patio. Start with East Coast oysters w/ Ceviche mignonette from the shell bar, then get sammies like blackened/grilled/fried chicken.

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10. MAYA 6152 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (Sandy Springs)

This 1800-square-foot space Sandy Springs spot has a Spanish-American hybrid menu that can easily please you with lamb, sea bass, foie gras, etc., but all the leather inside this wood-heavy space should remind you what you're here for: the Braveheart Black Angus Beef. And to wash it down, pair with one of 40 wines which gravitate toward spanish selections and are offered by the glass -- so you have no reason to stick with just one blend.

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11. Cibo E Beve 4969 Roswell Rd , Atlanta, GA 30342 (Sandy Springs)

This trendy spot seeks to stay true to Italian cuisine while also respecting and pulling from only seasonal, local ingredients. And remember, "Halfy Hour" runs from 3 to 6 p.m. every weekday, and features $4.50-$10 selected dishes such as San-Marzano-tomato-sauced meatballs, margherita pies, and wood-roasted, casino-style oysters.

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