Everywhere You Need to Eat in Atlanta Right Now

Get on those reservations.

Tre Vele
Photo by Cameron Greene

Here in the city of World Series champions, there’s no shortage of new and exciting restaurants to try. With the holidays approaching, it’s a great time to gather your friends and grab a bite at one of these recently opened restaurants (or an established restaurant that’s doing something fun). Get reservations ASAP.

Georgia Boy
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Georgia Boy

Poncey-Highland

The gist: Georgia Boy was only opened a short amount of time before the pandemic knocked it off of its feet for over a year. But it’s coming back December 2, and if you’re feeling fancy it’s worth a visit. The intimate, chef's counter-style restaurant is hidden behind a bookcase in the back of sister restaurant Southern Belle. There are four seatings per evening beginning at 5:30 pm (each seating hosts eight people).
The food: Chef Joey Ward and his team get super creative with their tasting menu. Think treats that look like kumquats but actually contain sweet potato and Pop Rocks (sounds crazy, but it’s one of the best single bite dishes in all of Atlanta). Drink pairings by sommelier Cate Hatch are worth the add-on. Georgia Boy also has the “Bless Their Hearts” guest chef series if you want to check out a collab between Joey Ward and other heavy hitters like Kevin Gillespie.
The cost: Dinners are $155 per person (drinks are additional).

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Kinship Butcher Sundry
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Kinship Butcher Sundry

Virginia-Highland

The gist: Okay, it’s not a restaurant per se. It’s actually a shop with wines, locally grown produce, and a butcher. It also houses Academy Coffee which has gained a reputation for making cocktail-like coffee drinks.
The food: The star here is the breakfast sandwich. The sausage is house-made (though you can get bacon) and the other components (fluffy eggs, cheese, red onion, and Duke’s mayo) all happily come together. There are also two lunch sandwiches available after noon: the porchetta served on a brioche bun with Doux South’s dueling peppers, mustard, arugula, and cheese and the grilled cheese sandwich with two types of cheeses, Doux South’s drunken tomatoes, served on brioche Texas toast.
The cost: Sandwiches start at $9.

Tre Vele
Photo by Cameron Greene

Tre Vele

Sandy Springs

The gist: House-made pasta in an upscale setting.
The food: Giancarlo Ruiz, formerly of Storico Fresco, makes twirl-able pasta dishes that are best shared with a friend, as well as a variety of antipasti and salads. When it comes to standouts, try the fettuccine with roasted corn and the orange cured swordfish. There’s also a market area if you want to grab some pasta to cook for dinner that night.
The cost: Apps and salad will run you around $8 - $24, pizza/pasta around $15 - $24, and entrees around $21 - $42.

Gorditas

Decatur

The gist: Yvette Becerra long dreamed of selling burritos and tacos similar to the ones they grew up with, and the opportunity presented itself at the start of the pandemic when they lost their industry jobs. Today, they and their partner, Jessica Hamilton, run the pop-up Gorditas and now have a residency at BBQ Cafe in Decatur on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The food: The offerings change, but you might find breakfast burritos, tacos with potatoes and chorizo, and hotdogs topped with mayonnaise, ketchup, jalapeños, and onions.
The cost: Expect to spend around $7 - $10 per person plus tax and tip.
 

The gist: It’s owned by IPIC Theaters, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this is some casual spot to grab a bite pre or post going to the movies. This place is elegant and meant to be savored.
The food: Pasta is the star here as it’s made in-house. The linguine alla vongole with little neck clams and a lemony white wine sauce is perfectly twirl-able. Also, is it wrong to love a Caesar salad? Because the Caesar salad here is excellent and possibly worth coming for on its own. There are cocktails, wine, and dessert, too, naturally.
The cost: Expect to spend around $12 - $27 for an appetizer, $15 - $28 for pasta, $24 - $42 for an entree.

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Nur Kitchen

Buford Highway

The gist: A modern take on Israeli and Turkish cuisines.
The food: Shay Lavi has taken over the kitchen of Nur, and it’s more than good. He’s creating bright and flavorful dishes like the roasted eggplant with tahini, chopped salad, and mango dressing. There are some classics, too, like falafel, hummus with various toppings, and kabobs. This isn’t the place to visit on a low-carb day as the pita is served fresh out of the brick oven and is undeniable.
The cost: Apps are around $8 - $15, sandwiches are around $10 - $15, sides are about $6.

The gist: You can read a detailed background story on Lucian here, but just know that it is an expertly designed fusion of bistro, wine bar, and bookstore. It’s ideal for a date night, friend outing, or solo adventure—choose your vibe (and wine, of which there is plenty).
The food: We’re talking highly-executed bistro fare with standouts like the omelette with caviar and creme fraiche (it is melt-in-your-mouth good), fries with sorrel mayonnaise, and ricotta gnudi with beurre monté.
The cost: A dinner for two with a few drinks, about five plates to share, and a couple of coffees will run you around $200.

No. 246

Decatur

The gist: Ford Fry’s Decatur staple got a 10-year anniversary revamp. There’s some new decor and a new menu to boot. The restaurant remains a stylishly casual spot to enjoy a meal.
The food: Once specializing in seasonally-driven Italian fare made with a light touch, the menu now hearkens back to old-school Italian joints. Chef Drew Belline is still in charge, though, so trust that it’s still delicious. Expect hearty options like meatballs, garlic bread (with lots of cheese), and chicken parmigiana. There’s still pizza and pasta, and it’s worth ordering at least one to share in addition to the other dishes you’ll enjoy. Save room for tiramisu!
The cost: About $14 for an appetizer, $20-ish for pizza or pasta, $16 - $27 for a main course (unless you get the big steak, then it’s $78).

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Poco Loco

Kirkwood

The gist: Weekend-only breakfast burritos with creative fillings.
The food: After launching a pandemic-fueled pop-up out of their home, Nick and Kristen Melvin have opened up a brick-and-mortar restaurant for Poco Loco. Only open Thursday through Saturday, Nick and his team serve up breakfast burritos like “The Jeff Beck” with cauliflower “chorizo,” chickpeas, eggs, and feta cheese in a house-made flour tortilla. Other provisions like meat by the pound and cookie dough are typically available, too. Check out the case filled with provisions, too.
The cost: Burritos are $8 each.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

The Betty

Buckhead

The gist: A mid-century modern supper club-style restaurant in the Kimpton Sylvan.
The food: If you’re looking to get dressed up and delight in elegant dishes in cocktails The Betty is the place to go. There’s a wide range of offerings though the standouts include the spaghetti with Georgia clams, crispy magret duck, and the wedge salad. Don’t overlook the martini list which includes James Bond’s fave, the Vesper.
The cost: Apps and pasta dishes are around $14 - $17 while mains go for $38 - $59.

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The Chastain

Chastain Park

The gist: With floor-to ceiling windows, on-site garden, and ample outdoor seating, it’s like having a piece of Carmel, CA in Atlanta.
The food: Christopher Grossman and Christian Castillo left their posts at Atlas to open The Chastain so you know everything is seasonally driven and presented beautifully. Visit their cafe set-up in the morning for biscuits and yogurt bowls or go in the evening for dinner in the airy, well-appointed dining room. There’s also an excellent wine list and cocktail menu to match.
The cost: Not cheap, but worth it.

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The gist: Chef Scotley Innis’s love letter to Afro-Caribbean cuisine.
The food: The swanky spot on Buford Highway serves bold flavors found in dishes like the spiced lamb chops, oysters with duck bacon and smoked paprika breadcrumbs, and whole fried snapper with red coconut curry sauce. Mike Haze oversees the drink program as the creator of playful cocktails like the hibiscus Moet martini with vodka, hibiscus syrup, and Moet. Garnished with a hibiscus flower, naturally.
The cost: Starters start at $14, mains start at $22 and go up to $120 (but that’s for a tomahawk steak in jerk rub), sides are $6 - $8.

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Girl Diver

Reynoldstown

The gist: Chefs Richard Tang and Karl Gorline opened Girl Diver in December. The high-end seafood house features a sleek interior with 3D bead flooring to evoke thoughts of the ocean and a heated patio.
The food: The restaurant specializes in Southeast Asian-meets-Cajun cuisine inspired by the dishes he grew up with as the son of a Chinese father and Vietnamese mother. Standouts on the menu include the lobster macaroni and cheese with chives, bacon, and furikake seasoning, barbecue octopus smoked over hickory chips and served with popcorn grits, and the Key lime baked Atlanta, a play on the classic steakhouse dessert baked Alaska. Try a “Ferris Bueller” made with bourbon, amaro, and two kinds of bitters.
The cost: Small plates range from $7 - $16, large plates $17 - $27, and seafood-by-the-pound $15 - $55. Seafood platters start at $100, but don’t mind the Phd platter which costs $1,000—it’s just a joke.

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Glide Pizza

Old Fourth Ward

The gist: The hottest pizza joint in Atlanta right now is barely a joint at at all. It’s a stall inside Irwin Street Market with a takeout window conveniently adjacent to the BeltLine’s Eastside trail. Glide is the brainchild of Rob Birdsong, an Atlanta native who returned home after living in NYC. He missed the pizza, so he opened a place here.
The food: You’ll find New York-style pizza (some claim that it’s the best in town) available by the slice or whole pie. There are three options: Cheese (with two kinds of mozzarella), pepperoni, and the garlic (it’s like the cheese, but with a lot of garlic, too). Whichever one you order, it’s imperative that you get a side of house-made pizza ranch and pickled pizza peppers.
The cost: Slices start at $3.50, whole pies $24.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Little Bear

Summerhill

The gist: Jarrett Stieber has long wanted to open his own neighborhood restaurant inspired by the food haunts in cities like San Francisco and Montreal. After being in takeout mode for a year he’s finally reopened the dining room.
The food: Produce meets Stieber’s playful style, which results in dishes like the “Little Bear PSL,” a combination of lettuce, sweet potato, radish, pecans, with coffee vinegar and PSL oil. Served in a major brand’s coffee cup, to boot. That dish hasn’t been on the menu since October, but it’s an example of what you’ll find coming out of the kitchen. Stieber is currently offering a take on Jewish-Chinese food with dishes like satsuma chicken (boneless chicken thighs dry fried and covered in a satsuma orange sauce), hot n’sour matzo ball soup, and sweet potato and apple latke pancakes.
The cost: Dishes range from $6 - $12. Treat yourself and get the Just F*ck Me Up Fam (prix fixe) for $35 which includes four courses.

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Talat Market

Summerhill

The gist: Thai food made with locally grown ingredients? In a vibrant atmosphere? Yes, please. The pandemic restaurant that could is now open for dine-in and patio service and we are here for it.
The food: Chefs and co-owners Parnass Savang and Rod Lassiter keep things interesting by changing up the menu often. From the bright and fresh yum phonlamai (a fruit salad with ever-changing ingredients like peaches, Korean melon, and berries with fish sauce, lemongrass, and mint) to the hor mok plaa (steamed fish curry), whatever you order will be memorable. There’s also a well thought out cocktail menu with drinks designed to complement the Thai-meets-Georgian menu.
The cost: Dishes range from $5 - 28.

Lia Picard is an Atlanta-based journalist writing about food, travel, and a variety of other topics. Her work appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, and CNN Travel.