If you're interested in trying new things to eat in Atlanta you could just drive down Buford Highway until you find something good, or you could try cooking for yourself. Hahaha... just kidding! Definitely don't do that. Instead, try hitting ATL's 11 best new restaurants of 2014:

SOUTHBOUND

Southbound

Chamblee
Southbund's continually evolving menu always surprises and pleases with its mastery of soul food classics like catfish, fried green tomatoes, and pimento grilled cheese, which will always have first billing. There's also a boatload of bourbon cocktails that're bound to make things go South quickly if you have too many.

Bartaco West Midtown

Bartaco

West Midtown
Their name says it all: awesome tacos, awesome bar. The former features everything from wild boar to fried oysters and falafel. The people behind the latter are prepping margaritas and mojitos that come by the carafe, so bring friends. Or make new ones.

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St. Cecilia

Buckhead
We're reluctant to heap any more praise on Ford Fry’s much-heralded Italian/seafood masterpiece because getting a reservation's already darn near impossible. The the smart move is just telling everyone that the place blows. Just kidding! The smart move is actually finding a spot at the bar and feasting on clams, oysters, roe, and hamachi. A couple of their custom gin creations are sweet moves, too.

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Elmyriachi

Kirkwood
Burritos the size of your forearm fill the menu with combinations of meat, cheese, beans, squash (?), and more. A massive patio and very respectable tequila selection make it your lunch/dinner/whenever eating and drinking spot on the Eastside.

LUSCA

Lusca

Buckhead
The late-night boys from Octopus Bar have entered the daylight hours with their Buckhead spin-off, where excellent seafood (complemented by a slew of liqueurs, cordials, and wines) is, of course, the star, but they've also got things like pork chops and rib eye on the menu, too. Just in case.

Smokebelly

Smokebelly BBQ

Buckhead
Buckhead’s BBQ party boys have given the neighborhood that smoky, meaty ambience it’s always needed thanks to overnight beef brisket meets a pimento BLT meets your mouth kind of menu that no 'cue aficionado can resist. At the bar, ask for the moonshine. Worry about whether they got it legally later.

Gypsy Kitchen

Gypsy Kitchen

Buckhead
This Spanish spot from the dudes behind Big Ketch and Tin Lizzy's shares a kitchen/staff with The Southern Gentleman, but unlike that soon-to-open gastropub, this wood-heavy spots is plating refined Iberian eats like a Majorcan-style whole branzino w/ potatoes & piquillo pepper or a 32oz strip steak, plus there're some solid 'tails from behind a bar that's surmounted by a massive bull statue.

The Bishop

The Bishop

Avondale Estates
Avondale Estates is built on neighborhood places, and now there's new king. Local beers set the scene for turnt up comfort foods, like Knife and Fork Deviled Eggs (which are loaded with bacon and will actually make you like deviled eggs) and Braised Brisket Sliders, with enough horseradish to clear you sinuses so you can properly smell that beef.

Makan Atlanta

Makan

Decatur
George Yu has given Decatur the Asian comfort food that your Hong Kong Grandmother would have made. Fresh, local, seasonal ingredients run through the food and beverage menus. You’ve also probably never had Ramyun (Korean ramen), so it’s time to check that off the list.

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Old Fourth Ward
The rustic trading post on the BeltLine is a lot more than granola and trail mix. Bacon-infused burgers join seafood and country-fried ham steaks to give you a campfire feeling, while moonshine cocktails add more interesting flavors to that white lightning that usually comes in a Mason jar.

Spice to Table

Spice to Table

Old Fourth Ward
Asha Gomez instantly became an ATL food celebrity when this Westside attraction opened. Lunch and brunch -- which boast fresh takes on samosas, flatbreads, and vindaloos -- are packed every day, and no matter when you go, don’t think you’ll be able to plan ahead...  ST boasts a new menu every day.

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1. Southbound 5394 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341

People might not be used to peanuts boiled in pork broth or using avocado as a base for their chicken salad, but they better start liking it soon because Southbound is all about soul food with a twist.

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2. Bartaco 969 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

This taco joint serves some of the best tacos in Westside, and we suggest trying the chef’s sampling of pork belly, duck, fried oyster, and whatever the hell else he can find meat-wise and slam between those luscious tortilla cheeks.

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3. elmyriachi 1950 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

From the geniuses that created Elmyr, this Kirkwood location knows it's burritos. We suggest the Jimmy Mucho -- s meat-laden giant that comes with your choice of meat (we recommend going with the brisket) and is topped in BBQ sauce and curtido.

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4. Lusca 1829 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

From the guys who brought you the Octopus Bar, get ready for some kick-ass seafood and fantastic cocktails. Plus, this spot is open before 10pm so you can enjoy breakfast/lunch.

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5. Smokebelly BBQ 128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This Buckhead BBQ joint is serving bountiful booze and meat. The decor is trailer-chic, and the menu features no-fuss eats like slow-smoked ribs and other meats, which're complemented by a solid liquor and beer menu.

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6. Gypsy Kitchen 3035 Peachtree Rd NE Suite A209, Atlanta, GA 30305

Their beef tenderloin tips with pepper/potato hash of varying types, blue fondue cheese for dipping, and a pile of steak are definitely worth a try, but then again so is the rest of the of this Buckhead joint's menu.

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7. The Bishop 124 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Local beers set the scene for turnt up comfort foods, like “Knife and fork” deviled eggs loaded with bacon that will make you actually like deviled eggs.

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8. 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.

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9. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

Ladybird Grove & Messhall is a modern, summer camp-themed bar and restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward. Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner in one of five aptly-named mess halls, including the outdoor "Grove" space sporting camper decor (like Adirondack chairs and ping pong tables) to match the outdoor motif of the menu. Ladybird is a tried and true food hall with a Southern bent, with dishes ranging from light and easy "trail snacks" like Navajo fry bread and pimento cheese fritters, to the shared camaraderie of large format "basecamp" dining. An outpost for sophisticated campfire dining with a laid back atmosphere, Ladybird is a frontrunner on the BeltLine.

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

Expect some South-Asian spices mixed with your Mom’s home-cooking at this Old Fourth Ward spot. The best thing to get here are the samosas that are stuffed with delicious meats and veggies that you won’t mistake this for any old bakery.

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