Everybody loves being in on a well-kept secret (like an exclusive supper club hidden in the woods or a sexed up restaurant only accessible via a seedy back alley)... and then immediately sharing said well-kept secret with everybody they know. Case in point, we scoured the city and found eight off-menu food gems you can only get if you're in the know, and we're sharing them with you, below:
The ATL's 8 best secret foods
50/50 Burger, Seven Lamps
You won't find this stunning wood-grilled burger listed anywhere on the bar's menu, but you will find this half-brisket/half-top round behemoth topped w/ Thousand Island, caramelized onions, B & B pickles & grilled cheese gratin particularly awesome if you're in-the-know enough to order it.
Sublime Chick, Cypress Street Pint & Plate
So you thought the Midtown watering hole's Sublime Burger sandwiched between two custom-made glazed doughnuts was sweet? Wait 'til you try the Sublime Chick, a glorious beauty that wraps the same proprietary "buns" around a crispy fried chicken breast, American cheese, dill pickles & Sriracha ranch.
Sublime Breakfast, Cypress Street Pint & Plate
Oh, and if the above awesomeness isn't enough, they've also got this only-available-during-weekend-brunch breakfast sandwich w/ two fried eggs, applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese & garlic aioli.
Johnny "Sack" Sacramoni, Villains Wicked Heroes
You won't see the hit this Italian mobster-inspired sub is trying to put on you, 'cause all the fried chicken, marinara, Provolone & ricotta the dastardly crew at this Midtown sandwich shop put on it will take some time to kill you via heart disease, or whatever, but it's still totally worth it.
Low Rider Taco, Cantina
Your ride doesn't need hydraulics and you don't need a menu to get this street-legal taco that pairs stone-ground grits w/ ground beef, salsa verde & pepper Jack cheese.
Panko Fried Lobster Bites, Strip
There's more to this Atlantic Station spot than slabs of perfectly grilled meat and the pretty people that go there to eat it. They've also got a sweet sushi bar serving things like this little-known appetizer w/ succulent panko-battered lobster that's been deep-fried & drizzled w/ honey mustard.
Panko Shrimp Taco, Tin Drum
More panko-breaded glory comes in the form of Tin Drum's crispy panko-fried shrimp taco w/ spicy teriyaki sauce that now only you and... uh, about a bajillion other Atlantans know about.
Irwin M. Fletcher sandwich, Park Bar
Last, but definitely not least, Park yourself (Ha! Get it?!) at this Downtown spot and dig into an off-menu meat monstrosity made w/ a grilled NY strip from Buckhead Beef, crispy onion rings & Swiss, all served on a toasted brioche roll.
1. Seven Lamps3400 Around Lenox Rd, Atlanta
2. Cypress Street Pint & Plate817 W Peachtree St NW, Ste E125, Atlanta
3. Villains Wicked Heroes903 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
4. Park Bar150 Walton St, Atlanta
5. Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar3280 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta
6. Strip245 18th St NW, Atlanta
This rustic resto is serving craft food and drinks, which means artisan cheeses, handmade pastas, and, naturally, things like their Smoked Bramlett Trout Mousse. Drinks run the gamut from jerk sodas to beer-tails to speciality 'tails.
Midtown's beloved beer emporium, Cypress's got awesome daily features like trivia Wednesdays and 1/2 off apps Friday.
This place is more like an underground command center than traditional sandwich shop. Go here and eat sandos conceived of by the killer trio of Alex Brounstein (Grindhouse), Jared Lee Pyles (HD1), and Jason McClure (Flip).
Park Bar's a pre- and post-concert/Hawks game spot from the Sidebar/Engine 11 guys, which's welcoming you with 12 drafts, 40 bourbons, 'tails on tap, and bar eats like a 14oz Buckhead Beef NY strip.
Cantina serves shloads of tequila and cheap Mexican eats like lump crab fritters, tacos, veggie Mexican 'zas, and a humongous $25 burrito aptly, or perhaps grossly, named "The Whole 5lb Chihuahua".