We already told you about the 16 ways dating in Atlanta is different than anywhere else, but we really should've added a 17th because the constant stream of sweet new places to eat and drink makes it almost impossible to pick the right place for date night, or any night for that matter. If only you had a primer on the 16 best new bars and restaurants in Atlanta. Oh, wait...

The Blind Pig Parlour Bar

The Blind Pig Parlour Bar

Buckhead
Buckhead’s best BBQ option has a dirty little secret right behind it. You need a password, so be very sweet to those girls up front serving you the sweet sauce. Small plates of pork sandwiches, beef carpaccio, and the shots of the sea (oysters), come from the front kitchen and pair well with a few cocktails you can’t get anywhere else in the city.

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Battle & Brew

Sandy Springs
The re-energized video game/food/drinking wonderland at the top of the Perimeter is not playing when it comes to fueling those marathon gaming sessions, and to prove it the craft & draft menu is brings you dozens of taps and bottles to sustain you while you're waging virtual battles between an Italian plumber and mute elf.

The Freakin Incan

The Freakin’ Incan

Roswell
Another Atlanta truck-turned-restaurant success story, but this time with Peruvian cuisine. In fact, this is really the only Peruvian place we have in the metro, so it’s your duty to seek it out, as opposed to chasing that truck all over the Northside.

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The Cockentrice

Old Fourth Ward
It is ambitious to claim the title of Atlanta’s best meat spot right off the bat, but Kevin Ouzts seems to be gunning for the title by making sure any and all cuts of meat, prepared in any and all styles are at your beckon. Oh, and eating said meat outside on the sweet patio is one more thing you've got to do this spring.

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American Food and Beverage

Buckhead
They've got an imposing, yet approachable, draft list partnered with the requisite house cocktail list; and a solid lunch/bar counter that, along with their meats, lets you know this isn’t too fancy of a spot, despite the neighborhood.

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Georgetown Cupcake

Buckhead
The authors of The Cupcake Diaries, yes that is a thing, have set up shop here in Atlanta with more than 100 cake/frosting combinations (and usually toppings on top of that). Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Fudge, Lemon Blossom, Cookies & Crème, and Cherry Blossom are your basics. Smash them together, or blend them with an espresso if you need others.

KR Steakbar

The Bureau

Buckhead
The newest entrant into our city’s secret bar scene, The Bureau at KR SteakBar is open to “the public” Friday and Saturday nights; look for the red lightbulb, or just barge in through the kitchen, though the first option is recommended, unless you’re good at dodging steaks flying at your face.
 

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Doraku

Buckhead
The progeny of sushi megastar, Rocky Aoki, Kevin is building on his father’s legacy in Buckhead Atlanta. Insane sushi options are buddies with shrimp, chicken, beef, and pork dishes, while the hand-selected sake menu is something you won't find anywhere else in our little land-locked city.

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Atlas

Buckhead
It's dinner-only at this mocha leather-heavy Buckhead base to the St. Regis, where the wine buckets, white tablecloths, and fine cutlery should tell what you should expect to pay... and what they expect you to wear. And if it doesn't, there's the 35-day aged ribeye, venison tenderloin, lamb loin, and a $25 burger.

Erik Meadows

Superica

Old Fourth Ward
Krog Street’s Mex-Tex station keeps the standards of the neighborhood as high as they deserve. Pork belly fajitas, jack-stuffed and bacon-wrapped shrimp, and grilled quail with pork tamales are just a few of the specials that will keep you coming back to the street that Rathbun built.

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Hi-Five Diner

Midtown
This breakfast-all-the-time place is also all an all-day lunch and dinner place for when you want something a little more crafted and substantial than the standard scattered, smothered, and covered. A full espresso and cocktail bars keep you stimulated, relaxed, or whatever combination of both you need.

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Community Smith

Midtown
You’ll have your own silverware, so don’t try to steal one from the cool fox statue made of forks, knives, and spoons in the middle of the dining area. The menu ranges from the fancy end of pate and squid, to the more familiar burgers and chicken wings (confit). A short, but expert cocktail list treats bourbon, gin, and tequila with the perfect blend of bitters, so don’t even dare order a Jack & Coke.

Ben Rose Photography

Corso Coffee

Buckhead
Buckhead Atlanta continues to bring it, this time with a superior coffee experience. Italian-style, wood-roasted Anèri Tricaffè espresso is the backbone of your lattes and macchiatos, and you can have the locally-roasted drip if you get an extremely patriotic feeling. All the go-to breakfast pastries are handy, as well as sandwiches, salads, and, yep, wines.

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Junk Food

Old Fourth Ward
Chef Joey Zelinka, whose impressive credits include Rathbuns, and 4th and Swift, is setting up his “junky” food in the incubator at Joystick. He’s making extremely adult versions of grilled cheese, chicken fingers, pork fried rice, and fried fish and hush puppies.  Extra napkins are mandatory, since these are rich, delicious foods, and those buttons and joysticks don’t need to be greasy.

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Colletta

Avalon
Premium Italian is pouring into Alpharetta like a fresh glass of Prosecco. Of course there is as good a Italian wine list as you’ll find, and all the clams, prosciutto, burrata, and duck (pizza) to make you keep ordering new pairings. If you have some room in your pantaloni, the spit-roasted bone-in pork chop is your new amico.

Chama Gaucha

Chama Gaucha

Buckhead
There can never be enough meat, especially when it is shaved in unlimited quantities at your whim. Take you meat either in the warm indoor ambiance, or outside by the fire pit and bar.  Don’t worry, the meat is already perfectly cooked, so the fire is just for warmth and atmosphere.

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1. The Blind Pig 128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30030 (Buckhead)

You need a password, so be very sweet to those girls up front serving you the sweet sauce. Small plates of pork sandwiches, beef carpaccio, and the shots of the sea (oysters), come from the front kitchen and pair well with a few cocktails you can’t get anywhere else in the city.

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2. Battle & Brew 5920 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (Sandy Springs)

The re-energized video game/food/drinking wonderland at the top of the Perimeter is not playing when it comes to fueling those marathon gaming sessions, and to prove it the craft & draft menu is brings you dozens of taps and bottles to sustain you while you're waging virtual battles between an Italian plumber and mute elf.

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3. The Freakin’ Incan 4905 Alabama Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Another Atlanta truck-turned-restaurant success story, but this time with Peruvian cuisine. In fact, this is really the only Peruvian place we have in the metro, so it’s your duty to seek it out, as opposed to chasing that truck all over the Northside.

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4. The Cockentrice 99 Krog St, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Old 4th Ward)

The pork options are almost endless in the lofty, exposed-brick Krog St space. The house-made meats include several expertly crafted salamis and prosciuttos, plus things you aren’t going to recognize as pork, including the “lonzino”, (fermented, dried, and delicious pork loin), and “grattons” (aka “pork cracklins” here in the South).

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5. American Food + Beverage 250 Buckhead Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This Buckhead joint serves some great sammies, be sure you try the House-made Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato with a craft beer ASAP.

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6. Georgetown Cupcake 267 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

The authors of The Cupcake Diaries, yes that is a thing, have set up shop here in Atlanta with more than 100 cake/frosting combinations (and usually toppings on top of that). Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Fudge, Lemon Blossom, Cookies & Crème, and Cherry Blossom are your basics. Smash them together, or blend them with an espresso if you need others.

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7. The Bureau 349 Peachtree Hills Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

The Bureau at KR SteakBar is open to “the public” Friday and Saturday nights; look for the red lightbulb, or just barge in through the kitchen, though the first option is recommended, unless you’re good at dodging steaks flying at your face.

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8. Doraku 267 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This Japanese-fusion spot in Buckhead has must-try Balsamic Teriyaki Spare Ribs that're sweet and savory ribs that are slow braised in a pork broth, and then given a hot sauce that burns just enough to let you know it’s in charge.

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9. Atlas Buckhead 88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

It's dinner-only at this mocha leather-heavy Buckhead base to the St. Regis, where the wine buckets, white tablecloths, and fine cutlery should tell what you should expect to pay... and what they expect you to wear. And if it doesn't, there's the 35-day aged ribeye, venison tenderloin, lamb loin, and a $25 burger.

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10. Superica 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Old 4th Ward)

Krog Street’s elevated Tex-Mex station, Superica, is the true star of this neighborhood -- despite the many other Mexican options you'll pass on the way here. Pork belly fajitas, jack-stuffed and bacon-wrapped shrimp, and citrus-habanero shrimp ceviche are just a few of the specials that will keep you coming back for more, as will its beautiful and updated approach to an Old-West look and feel.

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11. Hi-Five Diner 903 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

This breakfast-all-the-time place is also all an all-day lunch and dinner place for when you want something a little more crafted and substantial than the standard scattered, smothered, and covered. A full espresso and cocktail bars keep you stimulated, relaxed, or whatever combination of both you need.

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12. Community Smith 866 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

You’ll have your own silverware, so don’t try to steal one from the cool fox statue made of forks, knives, and spoons in the middle of the dining area. The menu ranges from the fancy end of pate and squid, to the more familiar burgers and chicken wings (confit). A short, but expert cocktail list treats bourbon, gin, and tequila with the perfect blend of bitters, so don’t even dare order a Jack & Coke.

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13. Corso Coffee 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Buckhead Atlanta continues to bring it, this time with a superior coffee experience. Italian-style, wood-roasted Anèri Tricaffè espresso is the backbone of your lattes and macchiatos, and you can have the locally-roasted drip if you get an extremely patriotic feeling. All the go-to breakfast pastries are handy, as well as sandwiches, salads, and, yep, wines.

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14. Joystick Gamebar 427 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

This “barcade” is wild with its tonics. Joystick co-owner Brandon Ley has meticulously put together a top-notch program that takes fortified wines as seriously as it takes random cosplay parties and the hosting of weird local podcasts, plus sexy liquid inventions like the Donkey Punch.

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15. Colletta 900 3rd St, Atlanta, GA 30318

Premium Italian is pouring into Alpharetta like a fresh glass of Prosecco. Of course there is as good a Italian wine list as you’ll find, and all the clams, prosciutto, burrata, and duck (pizza) to make you keep ordering new pairings. If you have some room in your pantaloni, the spit-roasted bone-in pork chop is your new amico.

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16. Chama Gaucha 3365 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

There can never be enough meat, especially when it is shaved in unlimited quantities at your whim. Take you meat either in the warm indoor ambiance, or outside by the fire pit and bar. Don’t worry, the meat is already perfectly cooked, so the fire is just for warmth and atmosphere.

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