Meet the Chefs Dishing Up Queer Hospitality st MeMe's Diner
1. Atmosphere1620 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta
2. Two Urban Licks820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta
3. Local Three Kitchen & Bar3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta
4. La Tavola Trattoria992 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta
5. Oak Steakhouse950 3rd St, Atlanta
6. King + Duke3060 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta
7. The General Muir1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta
8. Argosy470 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta
9. ONE. Midtown Kitchen599 Dutch Valley Rd NE, Atlanta
10. Home Grown968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta
Atmosphere focuses on traditional French food with a modern twist served in a restored home built in the mid-50s. It is casual yet elegant and is a favorite for weekend brunch.
The kitchen at Two Urban Licks is cooking up wood-fired meats and fish with a fiery kick. If you come here with a group, consider sharing some of their delectable small plates like salmon chips, lamb lollipops, and bronzed sea scallops. The warehouse space offers breathtaking views of the city, but the best part? Their epic 26-foot wine wall that holds 72 stainless steel barrels of wine from which the waiters pour directly.
Local Three Kitchen is deeply dedicated to the holy trinity of restaurants: food, drink, and hospitality. With a huge, fresh, and seasonally variable menu, diners always leave happy and satisfied, drawing out consistent rave reviews. ATLiens love its atypical all-you-can-brunch (served inside the actual kitchen) and the most popular side dish on the menu: duck fat fried Brussels sprouts.
Their motto is "Pasta Perfected" so that should give you a pretty good idea of the type of place this is (a good place to order pasta). The restaurant is warm and welcoming, and the menu includes dishes like Squid Ink Linguini with pesto and Mushroom Ragu Tagliolini with truffle oil.
Oak Atlanta features contemporary small plates that pay homage to local ingredients from neighboring farmers and purveyors. Views of the open kitchen make the experience both delicious and visually engaging.
Named after characters from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, King + Duke is a storybook tavern in Buckhead with colonial-style cooking. The space is anchored by an open, 24ft hearth, where traditional American dishes like whole-roasted chicken and bone-in ribeye (it's called "The King," and you'll be having it for dinner) are cooked over wood-fueled flames. In keeping with the literary motif, the Southern-inspired craft cocktails reference literary classics, like plantation rum-based “On Stranger Tides” and “Drums of Autumn” with peach-infused bourbon. Dine inside, among aromas of a campfire, or on the expansive back patio, can of local brew in hand.
The General Muir is an homage to the timeless New York-style deli, though the white subway-tiled space looks more like a demure bakery than a generations-old Jewish deli. The hallmark of the morning-to-night menu is, of course, the bagels, which are hand-rolled and kettle-boiled. Sandwiches are named after the streets of Alphabet City and served open-face with smoked fish spreads ranging from nova and schmear to trout salad. The rest of the menu reads like a combination of Katz's and Russ & Daughters: house-cured pastrami with chopped liver, latkes with apple sauce, and matzoh ball soup are all there. The only giveaway that you're not in New York is the friendly smiles from the people dining next to you.
This massive bar in East Atlanta Village is a local late-night watering hole. Until 2am every night, this restaurant dishes out funky craft brews and everything from mini hot dogs, to gourmet pizzas, to seasonal entrees. Always bustling, this a great place to bring a group for drinks in the spacious beer garden.
Located in a renovated warehouse, ONE Kitchen's cooking up gourmet American eats (wood grilled seafood, handmade pasta, and pecan smoked bacon burgers) that no doubt pair perfectly with their extensive wine collection. ONE offers a vast selection of affordably priced red and white varietals from Europe and the Americas, but if cocktails are more your thing, don't worry: ONE's also known for their refreshing, fruity spiked punches.
Home Grown is the kind of diner that will feed any and all cravings. The breakfast and lunch menu features diet-killing comfort plates like the Billy Boy, a whipped cream-topped stack of chocolate chip pancakes with a side of home fries and a Coke, ten kinds of biscuit sandwiches, and fried bologna on grilled Texas toast. While everything here is worth sampling, the open-faced Comfy Chicken Biscuit (crisp and juicy fried chicken atop a buttery biscuit and drowned in creamy sausage gravy) has been called one of the best things to eat in all of Georgia.