Polaris
Bar Amalfi
Southbound
The Painted Pin
Varuni Napoli
MAR
Smokebelly
Ratio Bakeshop
Taproom Coffee
LUSCA
Kabob Land
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1. Polaris 265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Polaris is a rotating restaurant on top of a Downtown hotel. Expect apps like brandy rabbit boudin with fried pork belly cracklings and caramelized Benton’s bacon popcorn, or entrees like cold-smoked Kurobuta pork tenderloin, or slow-stewed red chile chicken? It's THE place for proposals and graduations -- especially after the one-million-dollar renovation -- and rotates every 45 minutes.

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2. Bar Amalfi 1077 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

If the limoncello selection isn't enough to get you to Bar Amalfi, try the small plates like a caprese salad or wood-grilled prawns. It's an open-air restaurant and the patio makes it a totally casual drinking spot.

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3. 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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4. The Painted Pin 737 Miami Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

This isn't your average bowling alley with limp, greasy pizza and lukewarm hot dogs. No, The Painted Pin is serving up wood-fired pizzas and malted mini Waffle Dogs w/ sweet soy aioli. Plus they've got signature cocktails like a Moscow Mule Slushie that probably won't help your score but are totally worth it.

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5. Varuni Napoli 1540 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Morningside)

Varuni Napoli serves up classic Neapolitan pizza and street food. It's open kitchen design lets you get right into the action and see how real, Southern Italian food is made. What makes this Morningside-Lenox Park eatery so popular are its amazing specials, which include cheap appetizers, cheese plates, pizza, and wine.

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

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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7. MARBAR 314 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

This Decatur patio is busting out a deep drink list featuring all sorts of tequilas and rums, plus Mexican-inspired eats heavy on the seafood, like their Mahi Mahi dorado taco.

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8. Ratio Bakeshop 755 Commerce Dr Ste T-100, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

It's all about the ratio of ingredients when it comes to baking, and Ratio Bakeshop has it down to a science. They've been serving Decatur some of the best sweets for years.

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9. Taproom Coffee 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr SE #R106, Atlanta, GA 30317

Taproom Coffee serves up specialty coffee and craft beer from breweries in Atlanta and elsewhere. The menu's full of pastries and snacks made fresh by Mae's Bakery.

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10. 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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11. Kabob Land 3137 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305

There's a new Turkish spot in Buckhead. They've got the pita, the yogurt and the Babagannoush that's prepped daily.

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