Mac & Cheese With Bell Pepper Bowls, Because Dishes Are the Worst
1. JCT Bar1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
2. The General Muir1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta
3. Leon's Full Service131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur
4. Bocado887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta
5. Fred's Meat & Bread99 Krog St NE, Atlanta
6. Illegal Food1044 Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta
7. Noni's Bar & Deli357 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta
8. The Porter Beer Bar1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta
The lofty, rustic, upstairs portion of JCT Kitchen wants you to enjoy the eastward view while putting away glasses of their by-request-only patio drink containing muddled Meyer lemons, fresh mint, crushed ice, and 12yr Elijah Craig, which they call the "W
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.
Housed in an old gas station, Leon’s Full Service in Decatur practices the principle of southern hospitality, performing the restaurant equivalent of “full service,” while fueling you up with New American fare, not gasoline. Try sharing plates, charcuterie boards, larger plates, and hand-cut pommes frites, served golden-fried and ready to be outfitted with the most decadent of dipping sauces, including mango-peppadew ketchup, peppercorn gravy, and goat cheese fondue. The outdoor patio has tiny overhead lights and pebbled pavement, making for a delightful place to snack with friends and family.
Bocado's burger -- two patties of blended short rib, brisket, and ground chuck, topped with American cheese and butter pickles -- is one of the best in Atlanta. You may very well come here for the burger but end up more than satisfied with the rest of the contemporary dishes, like deviled eggs that'll rival your grandmother's, a grilled cheese & bacon sandwich that's near impossible to recreate at home, and a lobster roll special that'll transport you to Cape Cod on first bite.
With freshly baked bread from nearby The General Muir, Fred's serves up some of the best deli sandwiches and burgers in Atlanta from Inman's Park's Krog Market. Whether you stick to something classic like a hand-pressed bacon cheeseburger or opt for something a little more adventurous (and a little more greasy) like the 'Shroom Shire Cheesesteak made with molten house-blended cheese, tender grilled onions, mushroom Worcestershire, and garlic aioli. Anything on the limited menu goes perfectly with a cup brimming with hot, crispy fries seasoned with ranch or bbq seasoning.
Crime doesn't pay, but it does eat. Specifically: late-night jelly-filled doughnut burgers at O4W's Illegal Food housed inside Joystick Gamebar.
Noni’s, the family-owned-and-operated neighborhood trattoria in the Old Fourth Ward, was named for the founders’ Italian-born grandmother, and thus classic Italian fare rules the menu. And by the looks of the brick-front building and rustic, soulful food and drink, it may come as a surprise that Noni’s, open every day until 2:30am (and midnight on Sundays), is home to one of the neighborhood’s greatest late-night scenes. Stop in for lunch every day from 11:30am on, and join for dinner, craft cocktails, and wine, and stick around for a wild, after-hours dance party.