Bartaco West Midtown
Sebastian Davis
Gypsy Kitchen
The Bishop
Makan Atlanta
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
Spice to Table
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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

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's Smokebelly BBQ is a celebration of the South through soulful, belly-warming barbecue with a contemporary twist. And you’ll find iterations of Texas, Tennessee, and Carolinas barbecue traditions alongside the hometown style. Barbecue comes in tapas (brisket disco fries and cherry cola ribs), plates, and on sandwiches. Dieters, rejoice! Quinoa bowls and salads are also on offer, but if it were me, I’d go for the Pit Masters Platter: smoked turkey, pulled pork, or brisket with four sides, because three is just never enough.

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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

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

Named after Lady Bird Johnson --a First Lady known for her fondness for the outdoors -- Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is a modern, outdoor-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 Adirondack chairs and ping pong tables to match the restaurant’s campfire motif. Ladybird’s menu has decidedly Southern bent, with dishes ranging from "trail snacks" like Navajo fry bread and pimento cheese fritters, to the shared camaraderie of large format "basecamp" dining with dishes like the Butcher’s Board (smoked ribs, grilled steak, beef cracklin, and sides). Pair your large-format feast with wine... by the jug. An outpost for sophisticated summer camp dining (upscale s’more included) in a cavernous, 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

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.