Food & Drink

The 9 Things You Have to Eat in Atlanta This Summer

Published On 07/06/2015 Published On 07/06/2015
Brook Bolen/Thrillist
Andrew Thomas Lee/Kimball House
Queen of Cream 
Brook Bolen/Thrillist
Victory Sandwich Bar
The Spotted Trotter 
Oddbird/Matt Wong
Brook Bolen/Thrillist 
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1. 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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2. We Suki Suki 479 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

We Suki Suki is a simple Vietnamese sandwich shop in East Atlanta Village slinging creative banh mi that rival those found along Buford Highway. Expect traditional lemongrass chicken and pork-and-paté sandwiches, plus the house favorite made with tofu and eggplant. While the so-called Saigon-style subs are the main lure of We Suki Suki, a small selection of pho (available with beef, chicken, or mushroom & tofu) is available, but only for dine-in service (and for good reason -- noodles and broth taste best right when they're served).

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3. Kimball House 303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Located on the former site of an old train depot on the south side of Decatur, Kimball House is a nationally lauded French restaurant and cocktail bar. Libations at this decidedly plush spot include modern, made to order reinventions of the classics, and a full service absinthe bar. High end fare like caviar, filet mignon and a raw bar are menu standouts -- but if you want the luxe experience without getting too spendy, stop in Monday through Friday from 5-7pm for $1 to $1.50 oysters.

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4. Victory Sandwich Bar 913 Bernina Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

This sandwich-slinging joint's got a hell of a lot more going for it than its smoky and spicy Italian-inspired creations (like the sassy Cowabunga Dude that packs pepperoni, salami, pepperoncini, mozzarella, and tomato all into one sandwich). Victory also boasts a ping-pong table -- complete with an electronic scoreboard akin to those found in high school gyms -- and its self-proclaimed "world-famous" Jack Coke slushie that makes the Tennessee whiskey taste more refreshing than you'd ever imagine.

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5. The Spotted Trotter 1610 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

The Spotted Trotter is your neighborhood boutique charcuterie (because every neighborhood needs one). Everything is made in-house and from the freshest local ingredients.

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6. Oddbird 1100 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Midtown)

Oddbird is a fried chicken focused pop-up open from 5:30-9pm every Wed-Sat inside West Egg Cafe. Offering up four varieties of both chicken biscuits (topped with spicy honey, laid with sharp cheddar) and sandwiches, plus pies (sorghum pecan, bourbon chocolate pudding), and, to top it all off, beer.

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7. Lottafrutta 590 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Built in the image of fruteria-style street carts stationed across Cuba, Ecuador and Latin America, this colorful, upbeat eatery is all about fresh, seasonal goods. The place serves eclectic fruit cups, crammed with juicy chunks of honeydew and watermelon, ripened banana-bits, sliced sugar-dusted strawberries and seasonal treats like pineapple, mango and guava -- all topped with a generous dollop of pillowy homemade coconut crema. Made with the same cast of gloriously fresh fruits and creams, the quirky joint offers a series of South-American-style smoothies, and for the hungrier crowds, there is a full roster of grilled Cuban sandwiches stuffed things like smoked ham, creamy havarti, and fresh avocado, pressed between slices of sweet Latin bread.



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