Food & Drink

The Best Neighborhood Restaurant in Every Atlanta Neighborhood

Published On 03/19/2014 Published On 03/19/2014
Varsano's Pizzeria
Ria’s Bluebird Cafe
Pub 71
Top Fir
No Mas! Cantina
Sebastian Davis
Sushi House Hayakawa
Murphy's
Miso Izakaya
Sublime Doughnuts
The Porter Beer Bar
Bell Street Burritos
Kirkyard Public House
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1. Brickery Grill & Bar 6125 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30328 (Sandy Springs)

A husband and wife team have kept this place packed nightly for over 20 years, which isn't something you do by sucking, unless it's your fingers after you've crushed a plate of their perfectly Southern fried chicken.

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2. Varasano's 2171 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

Jeff Varasano's eponymous pizza restaurant gain national acclaim with its first outpost in Buckhead (it was purportedly one of Rachel Ray's favorite spots in America). This Perimeter offshoot is a clubby update of the original, complete with a outdoor patio, secret entry lounge and in-house DJ. Pies range from the traditional to fancier stuff like the "Nucci" (garlic, olives, Emmenthaler, arugula, Capocollo).

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3. Home Grown 968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Reynoldstown)

A friendly atmosphere and some good ole Southern comfort food make this spot feel like home. Fill up on goodies like soft shell crab po' boys, sloppy joes, redneck tacos (coleslaw & BBQ pork in a pancake!) and fried bologna sandwiches.

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4. Ria's Bluebird 421 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

A casual diner done up in cabin motifs and murals by local artists. This breakfast and lunch joint is doing Southern grub right with fish and grits, biscuits, and huevos. They've also got a lot of vegetarian options if you're looking for some country fried tempeh.

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5. Octopus Bar 560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

Featuring a menu that changes daily, Octopus Bar is a quality spot for late-night eats. But keeping in tune with their name, yes, you'll be able to order octopus on pretty much any day you're there.

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6. Pub 71 4058 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 (Brookhaven)

Helmed by a dude who was born in 1971 (get it?)... and who wanted to open a place where his friends and family could hang/ booze, this Irish-style drink spot's got more than just the usual taps (Sweetwater Red Hot Mama), and home-style eats like a Jack Daniel’s Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich, and Shepherd’s Pie.

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7. Top Flr 675 Myrtle St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

This eclectic bistro boasts extensive wine and cocktail lists, and entrees include choices like sea scallops with Asian pear, pork tenderloin with sweet potato puree, and grilled chipotle chicken.

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8. No Mas! Cantina 180 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Castleberry Hill)

Grab a margarita at the huge bar. It’s a great place to grab a tequila or five before a show, if you’re looking to avoid the regular Philips / Dome crowd, or a Bloody Maria and huevos on a blurry Sunday afternoon.

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9. Murphy's 997 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

This Virginia Highlands staple boasts a bakery and wine shop in addition to its popular restaurant.

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10. Miso Izakaya 619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

If you want to taste their signature ramen, go there often and get there early (i.e. it tends to sell out quickly). But if you're willing to forgo that staple, there are plenty other delicious Japanese meals to masticate.

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11. Sublime Doughnuts 535 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

Sublime is to donuts what Picasso was to painting. They're serious about the craft of creating sweet dough with a hole in the middle and their huge variety of gourmet donuts convey that with every delectable bite.

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12. The Porter Beer Bar 1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Grab a casual dinner & brew at The Porter Beer Bar in L5P, outfitted with comfy wooden booths and exposed bricks.

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13. Bell Street Burritos 209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303 (Downtown)

Bell Street's serving up killer burritos and has been named one of America’s 10 best burritos by USA Today, all because Matt Hinton, a Morehouse prof, was dismayed by the burritos Downtown, so he took things into his own hands, wrapped 'em in tortillas and put 'em into yours.

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14. Kirkyard Public House 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr NE R105, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

This neighborhood spot in Kirkwood boasts a huge open space inside, plentiful flat screens, hyper­local craft beer, and great bar food, (including a paleo burger that you'll actually want to eat).

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15. One Eared Stag 1029 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Inman Park)

Housed in an open, quirky space in Inman Park with stag taxidermy adorning the walls, One Eared Stag offers a refined, elegant dining experience in a neighborhood space. Helmed by Chef Robert Phalen, the kitchen serves his innovative American fare seven days a week. Expect dishes like milk curd toast with fried capers and smoked roe, chicken schnitzel, and shishito peppers with benne seed. Weekday happy hours boast $1 oysters and $1 beers, and every month the cocktail menu changes in accordance with a new theme. Though the menus change often, there’s something off-menu worth mentioning, and worth the visit alone: The Meatstick. The two-patty burger is smothered with American cheese and topped with pickled onions, but the most important thing to know about the heart-stopping sandwich is that its patties are comprised of both beef… and bacon.

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16. Sushi House Hayakawa 5979 Buford Hwy NE, Ste A10, Atlanta, GA 30340

Owner Atsushi "Art" Hayakawa will happily show you some of the best sushi knife skills in the city, assuming you can follow his blazing speed. Pro tip: avoid the weekend rush and go early during the week, sit at the bar, and eat whatever Chef Art tells you to.

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