Remember all those great new bars and restaurants we told you about back in 2014? Yeah? Well, it's 2015 already! So why don't you STOP LIVING IN THE PAST and start the new year by checking out these 13 sweet new bars and restaurants that... um, well this is embarrassing... opened at the end of last year. Oops. But they're still totally worth checking out...

Illegal Food

Illegal Food

The Highlands
They’re back, and they have insanely good burgers. Taking over a recently shuttered space, their lineup of eight magnificent burgers (like The Nasty Nate w/ heirloom chili, raw milk bleu cheese, bourbon bacon jam, rocket & red onions on an H&F Pain de Mie bun) will take on all comers, but it'd be a... waitforit!... crime not to pair 'em with some of their hand-cut double fried potatoes.

Twin Smokers Barbecue

Twin Smokers BBQ

Downtown
The best thing to happen "while you were sleeping" since you're fake fiancé fell in love with Bill Pullman, this slow-cooked Texas and Southern-inspired 'que is served in a 4,000sqft space that's equipped with (surprise!) twin smokers. There're a slew of sweet sides (mac 'n cheese, Burnt Ends Chili, etc.) and milkshakes like the Double Trouble, which is their signature ice cream drink with a shot of bourbon.

Last Word

Last Word

Inman Park
Matt Booth and Bernard Moussa are hitting Inman Park with a lot of tasty ‘tails, wines, and even fortified wines. The dining complements the bar. Beef, shrimp, and tagliatelle are just a few of the uber-nice bar offerings.

Gravy

Gravy

Grant Park
Southern comfort food is keeping Grant Park nice and comfortable during this slightly colder time of the year. Meatloaf, pot pie, and pork shank keep your belly full, but be warned, the 13-layer lasagna might put you down for the count.

Buckhead Tavern

Buckhead Tavern

Buckhead
Johnny Esposito Jr. is opening a gourmet neighborhood spot amidst the revitalization of Buckhead. Johnny Jr.’s got a pedigree, too, his dad is the Johnny behind the legend of Johnny’s Hideaway. The Tavern isn’t about cougar-ing out, though, just awesome food and the deepest drink list in the ‘hood.

MADE Kitchen & Cocktails

Made Kitchen & Cocktails

Alpharetta
Chris Sedgwick is hooking Alpharetta up with modern Spanish tapas, including meats, cheeses, and duck, like you won’t believe. Spanish wines, beers, and deliciously mixed drinks take care of your thirst.

Asante

Asante

Downtown
The Luckie Marietta district welcomes the coastal soul food of Marvin Woods with open arms. Prawns, conch, snapper, and scallops are all given a combination of Southern and Caribbean treatments, and Chef Marvin loves you so much that he’ll even give you the recipes, if you ask nicely.
 

Dos Madre Cantina

Decatur
These two Decatur mommas are dealing Mexican pork, steak, chicken & fish night and day. Chef Jorge Yzaguirre makes sure you get the best of his madre’s special carnitas recipe. The tequilas and taps, though, are the kind you wish your family had at home.

The Southern Gentleman

The Southern Gentleman

Buckhead
This upscale gastropub on the top of the new Buckhead Atlanta development supplies great views, chews, and booze. The bar menu is rich with barrel-aged cocktails and promises the “perfect” mint julep. Their chicken & waffles and shrimp & grits are a notch and a half above the competition.

GRAIN

GRAIN

Midtown
Cypress Street’s burger and booze maestros are using their powers to open a cocktail-centric spot with good bar food to back it, including a $1 oysters happy hour from 5-7pm that'll make it your new place for quittin’ time.

Cooks & Soldiers

Cooks & Soldiers

Westside
The Spanish pintxos menu is deep with scallops, octopus, ham, and veal. They can feed your larger appetite with a 34oz ribeye and large hunks of tenderloin, too. Spanish wines and some the of the most intricate cocktails in the city are also powerful palliatives.  

Twisted Soul

Twisted Soul

Decatur
Chef Deborah VanTrece’s marinated fried chicken, jerk duck, and mac & cheese with a whole lobster in it are just some of the serious new soul food items hitting Decatur, and that's to say nothing of the moonshine martini and other white lightning-based drinks that complement their local draft choices and novice-friendly wine list.
 

Wahoo! Wine & Provisions

Oakhurst
Atlanta can never have enough meats, cheeses, and wines. That’s exactly the sentiment Ski Peterson had when opening this market/wine growler shop/tasting room next to Wahoo! Grill. This is the new place to stock up for your next Bacchanalia.

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1. Illegal Food 1044 Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Old 4th Ward)

Crime doesn't pay, but it does eat. Specifically: late-night jelly-filled doughnut burgers at O4W's Illegal Food housed inside Joystick Gamebar.

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2. Twin Smokers BBQ 300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Downtown)

Meat scientists installed two massive smokers at this Atlanta BBQ spot and used a proprietary blend of Texas mesquite and post oak for the perfect pink flavor ring. They’ve taken the best of all the US’s ‘cue, given it a dirty South twist, and piled it on a plate for you. Their slogan is something we should all live by, “BBQ Bourbon Atlanta”.

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3. Last Word 701 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

The dining complements the bar at this Inman Park joint with offerings such as beef, shrimp, and tagliatelle.

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4. Gravy 465 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Gravy is bring Souther comfort food to Grant Park with dishes like meatloaf, pot pie, and pork shank. Their 13-layer lasagna is a must try too.

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5. Buckhead Tavern 264 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This gourmet neighborhood spot right next to the revitalization of Buckhead is bringing you awesome food and the deepest drink list in the ‘hood.

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6. Made Kitchen & Cocktails 45 Roswell St, Alpharetta, GA 30009 (Alpharetta)

Chris Sedgwick is hooking up Alpharetta with modern Spanish tapas. The menu also boasts lengthier offerings of meats, cheeses, and duck like you won’t believe. Spanish wines, beers, and deliciously mixed drinks take care of your thirst.

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7. Asante 250 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Downtown)

Prawns, conch, snapper, and scallops are all given a combination of Southern and Caribbean treatments. The chef will even give you the recipes if you ask nicely.

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8. Dos Madres Cantina 340 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

These two Decatur mommas are dealing Mexican pork, steak, chicken, and fish night and day.

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9. The Southern Gentleman 3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This upscale gastropub on the top of the Buckhead Atlanta development supplies great views, chews, and booze. The bar menu is rich with barrel-aged cocktails, promising the “perfect” mint julep.

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10. GRAIN 845 Spring St, Atlanta, GA 30354

Cypress Street’s burger and booze maestros are using the powers to open a cocktail-centric spot with good bar food to back it.

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11. Cooks & Soldiers 691 14th St NW Ste D, Atlanta, GA 30318

Westside’s Cooks & Soldiers is an upscale restaurant with a menu devoted to the culinary traditions of Spain's Basque Country. The menu serves tapas-like pinxtos and wood-fired asador dishes in convivial atmosphere reminiscent of Basque dining culture. Two per order and served on toast, the traditional pinxtos include skewered bites like pan con tomate (add jamon iberico, trust us) and tortilla de chorizo. From the asador, you’ll find larger format meats, like the Chuletón... that two-pound steak you’ll be having for dinner.

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12. Twisted Soul Kitchen 314 East Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Fried chicken, jerk duck, and mac & cheese with a whole lobster in it are just some of the serious soul food dishes at this Decatur spot. Be sure to stop by and try them out.

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13. Wahoo! Wine & Provisions 1036 West College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Atlanta can never have enough meats, cheeses, and wines, which is exactly why this spot opened next to Wahoo! Grill.

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