The Blind Pig Parlour Bar
Kurz Photography
The Freakin Incan
Courtesy of The Cockentrice
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Courtesy of Georgetown Cupcake
KR Steakbar
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Brian Grassel / Erica Dines
Erik Meadows
Courtesy of Hi-Five Diner
Garnish Photography
Ben Rose Photography
Courtesy of Joystick Gamebar
Kelsey Shulz
Chama Gaucha
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1. The Blind Pig 128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30030

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Krog Street’s elevated Tex-Mex restaurant, Superica, stands out among the many other Mexican spots nearby. Tacos can be puffy, but we recommend the plain ol’, super-crispy hard shell, which doesn’t fall apart when you bite into chicken tinga or picadillo. You know once you’ve tested the taco that the bigger time bites like the slow-braised short rib w/ chipotle molasses, wood-grilled shrimp fajitas, crispy whole fish, or mesquite-grilled quail will excel.

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

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

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 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

This bar arcade 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

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.