Remember that game when we were growing up with the hungry, hungry plastic hippos whose mouths would open again and again when you hit the lever? No?! Well that's cool, 'cause we totally would've crushed you if we played. SPEAKING of things that open a lot, though... here're the seven sweetest new bars and restaurants in the ATL.
Ford Fry's newest creation is sparing no expense to bring some badass Italian seafood to Buckhead -- they're importing the scallops from Maine, the yellowtail is Japanese, and the shrimp is all the way from... waitforit!... ugh, Savannah?! Yep.
Located beneath sister spot Truva, Cuts is doing the badass steakhouse thing, but Georgia-style, which means your perfectly grilled strip is coming with a side of grits and pimento mac ‘n’ cheese, and your lobster tail is Southern-fried, as opposed to Republic of Georgia-style, which means... wait, is that a real place?!
Don Antonio by Starita
The dudes behind wildly popular Kesté Pizza & Vino in New York City (and one of Naples’ oldest and most revered pizzerias) have already teamed up on the original Don Antonio in NYC, but now they're upping the ATL's pizza game with 60 insane varieties of pie, including a selection of pizze fritte, which is flash-fried pizza dough topped with signature Starita tomato sauce and imported smoked buffalo mozzarella, then finished in the wood-burning oven.
1845 may be the year that Texas became a state (boo!), but it's also the year this narrow, heavily & thoughtfully decorated boozer was purportedly... um, established (yay!), and the inspiration for its old-timey cocktails, which're all handmade with fresh ingredients.
West Side/Home Park
The food-and-each-other-lovers behind this supper club-turned-must-visit-eatery are slinging a constantly surprising eats selection that includes silk handkerchief pasta w/wild mushroom confit, tomato marmalade & porcini cream, and pork shoulder w/ sweet potato butter, chipotle molasses & candied pineapple.
That old gas station on West College Ave is now an oasis where you can get the kind of fuel you need, namely great pub fare (the pimento cheese and bacon “Southern Living Burger”) and an intense range of beers, all of which are tastier than gasoline and almost as cheap by the gallon.
Kirkyard Public House
A huge open space inside fits all of your friends, (and hopefully the female ones you are about to make); a shton of flatscreens; a bar stocked with hyperlocal craft beer (Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, Sweetwater 420 Pale, etc.); and a kitchen turning out badass bar food ranging from a half-pound 1899 burger w/ Pepper-jack cheese, bacon, avocado & a fried egg, to fish & chips w/ hand-cut fries.
1. Cuts Steakhouse60 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta
2. Don Antonio by Starita102 E Paces Ferry Rd NE , Atlanta
3. Establishment3167 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
4. Better Half349 14th St NW, Atlanta
5. The Imperial726 W College Ave, Decatur
6. Kirkyard Public House1963 Hosea L Williams Dr NE R105, Atlanta
Cuts is doing the steakhouse thing Georgia style, which means your perfectly grilled strip is coming with a side of grits and pimento mac ‘n’ cheese.
Antonio Starita is using Atlanta as the only expansion city for his wildly popular New York pizza masterpiece. 60 insane varieties of pie will make you swear off the greasy stuff in the cardboard box for good.
From the barrel-aged whiskeys, to the deconstructed cocktails, to the switchblade bottle openers, Establishment screams "mid 19th century eatery".
From the husband and wife due behind PushStark Kitchen comes this supper-club-turned-brick-and-mortar establishment serving up eats like their winter squash cake which's made with sweet curry panna cotta and pumpkin seed praline.
The Imperial's an oasis where you can get great pub fare with an intense beer selection. Their must-try is the pimento cheese and bacon “Southern Living Burger”.
This neighborhood spot in Kirkwood boasts a huge open space inside, plentiful flat screens, hyperlocal craft beer, and great bar food, (including a paleo burger that you'll actually want to eat).