Food & Drink

Atlanta's 10 best summer bar & restaurant openings

Published On 09/24/2014 Published On 09/24/2014
The Real Fix Pizzeria
Sebastian Davis
South Main Kitchen
Dolphins Water Ice Factory
Flickr/stu_spivack
Renee Brock
Spice to Table
Sebastian Davis
Orpheus Brewing
Makan
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1. The Real Fix Pizzeria 14 Elizabeth Way, Roswell, GA 30075

Giacomo Lazzano has come all the way from Palermo, Italy to fill you with Neapolitan-style 'za, from the classic margherita, to the Brooklyn-inspired Fuhgeddaboudit w/ pepperoni, local bacon & ricotta.

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2. The Pig & The Pearl 1380 Atlantic Drive Suite 14180, Atlanta, GA 30363

This Atlantic Station joint has BBQ, oysters and a large beer menu. They also fancy it up on occasion with things like chicken liver paté w/ cranberry preserve & brioche, a lobster & shrimp salad, and more.

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3. South Main Kitchen 9 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Pork osso buco, pork rinds, and a pork belly and blackberry BBQ sandwich, are just some of the reasons why this eatery might just be your new OTP mainstay.

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4. Dolphin’s Water Ice Factory 1963 Hosea L Williams, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

They've got more than ridiculously good flavored ice, they've also got gelato, ice cream sandwiches, and slew of other desserts.

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5. Craft Izakaya 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

Krog Street Market's huge sushi, yakatori, and sake spot slings upgrades on your usual raw seafood, exotic eats like baby octopus, and a slew of sochu and sake cocktails that will keep you warm in the fall weather.

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6. The Luminary 99 Krog St NE Suite Y, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

At this polished, subway tile-bedecked brasserie near Inman Park, French technique and traditional Southern ingredients create a cuisine of its own that's both sleek and indulgent. The Luminary features dishes like duck breast with crispy fried okra, short ribs with grits, and saffron-laced corn risotto on its dinner menu, and spicy chicken sandwiches and kale omelets at brunch. The drink menu is geared towards wine aficionados with an extensive selection of bottles from France, Spain, and California.

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7. Spice to Table 659 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

This Old Fourth Ward spot is on a mission to introduce spice to the American palette in familiar forms and accessible flavors. The pastries at this casual Indian patisserie span the sweet-savory spectrum, and you should make it a point to nibble on bites both like the sweet mango upside-down cake and the earthy curry chicken samosa pocket to capitalize on Spice to Table’s full experience. Be sure to go on a Friday or Saturday when Chef Asha is cooking up her nationally acclaimed Kerala Fried Chicken, which is rubbed with a secret spice blend, drizzled with coconut oil and fresh mango sauce, and finished with roasted curry leaves.

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8. Bellwoods Social House 1000 Marietta St NW Ste 200, Atlanta, GA 30318

This Westside watering hole wants to fill you up with booze, beer, and what is instantly in the running for best bar food in the city: think PBR-brined wings, some pork shoulder tacos, and the best cocktails this side of Marietta St.

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9. Orpheus Brewing 1440 Dutch Valley Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Morningside)

Atlanta’s first BeltLine brewery is the perfect place for a beer tasting or relaxing evening, so grab a glass of Atalanta plum saison, sit back, and enjoy.

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10. Makan, Restaurant & Bar 130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Makan builds upon Chinese and Korean recipes with locally-sourced ingredients to create some seriously delicious Asian fusion comfort foods. Its ramen is rich and silky and its pork buns have an unmistakable touch of Southern charm in their pecan sugar topping. Aside from dinner, Makan also serves weekend brunch that's part dim sum, part ramen slurp-fest.