Food & Drink

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

Published On 07/02/2014 Published On 07/02/2014
Del Frisco’s Grille
Del Frisco’s Grille
Sebastian Davis
Todd Coleman
Chai Pani 
Varuni Napoli
Del Frisco’s Grille
Folk Art
Alma Cocina
Genki Noodles and Sushi
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1. 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. We think that Fox Bros Bar-B-Q serves up some of the best BBQ in town, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.

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2. 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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3. Ecco 40 7th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

This Midtown Mediterranean spot is a guaranteed go-to for date nights. Boasting an outdoor patio littered with white-marble tabletops, a dramatically-lit dark-wooded dining room, and an expansive, artfully-ordered bar, the well-designed resto is simple and sultry in scheme. The award wining seasonal food menu offers dishes like hand-pulled rigatoni with Brussels sprouts in pancetta-mushroom cream, and grilled pork chops with a smoked kale-sweet potato-date melange, in addition to an army of small plate and charcuterie options, and a full gluten-free dinner menu. Markedly original cocktails like the "I Know You Are But What Am I?" with dry gin, alpine liqueur, Luxardo and sage syrup, help maintain the bar's public notoriety when it comes to inventive craft cocktails.

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

People in Atlanta love Chai Pani, and for good reason. The casual Decatur spot, whose name translates to "tea and water" -- an Indian slang term that roughly means going out for a snack -- specializes in Indian street food. The menu is like a best hits collection of chaat, and it really is impossible to mess up your order. However, we highly suggest you get the matchstick okra fries and the Maharaja lamb burgers flavored with ginger, mint, garlic, and pistachio. There are plenty of refreshing beers to balance out the food's spice factor, including Indian ones like Kingfisher and Taj Mahal.

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5. 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. What makes this Morningside-Lenox Park eatery so popular are its amazing specials, which include cheap appetizers, cheese plates, pizza, and wine.

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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. Genki Noodles & Sushi 3186 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Genki Noodle & Sushi is an Atlanta-based mini-chain for modern Japanese food, serving sushi, sashimi, tempura, and everything else you’d expect from a Japanese restaurant. There's also a create-your-own bowl option, which, if done correctly, will last for multiple meals. It’s like the Yaki-style gift that keeps on giving. But the real draw to the one-time food truck turned brick-and-mortar is the DJ-fueled atmosphere, bustling crowds, and an open sushi bar (if you can secure a seat) to watch the itamaes as they precisely and artfully prepare your meal.

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

For all of those times you're craving a ginormous corn dog, head to this retro spot that also slings boozy milkshakes. Whatever you do, don't forget to order the $6 Sea Witch, an awesome twist on a Bloody Mary made with local Batdorf & Bronson coffee and Guinness and rimmed with Old Bay seasoning.