While most of the city spent an embarrassing amount of time recovering from that paralyzing, like, two inches of ice, we were out scouring the ATL to bring you the Winter's best new bar and restaurant openings, just in time for Spring. So don't worry, the only ice you'll find will be floating in cocktails, or in frozen custard from a food truck...
Ration and Dram
Opened by a Holeman & Finch vet (who is rumored to be bringing his badass cocktail menu with him), this spacious place on Arizona Ave is doing seasonally appropriate Southern fare that includes everything from duck salad to a “fried bologna cup”, an appropriate ration of which is wayyy more than 8oz.
This "European deli" is dominating lunch by slinging sammies like a banh mi piled high w/18hr-smoked pork (done in-house), and topped with a foie gras cream & purple cabbage slaw served on a baguette, or a club made with house-smoked salmon (again, done guess where?) and other appropriately ocean-based options.
Big Sky Buckhead
Helmed by a Pura Vida vet, this next-level sports hang boasts an impressive menu highlighted by fried coconut bread called “donas”, which is pronounced like “donuts”, and tastes like really, really good donuts. When steamed, said coconut bread also shows up as buns on the bar's selection of sliders (that go great with the $3 drafts before 7:30pm).
Owned by Atlanta native and NBA alum Shandon Anderson, DA is dishing out
surprisingly few assists for a perimeter player Thai food that's only slightly overshadowed by the always-changing drink menu, which uses fresh kiwi, pineapple, beet, (yes, beet), pear, and ginger juices to create 'tails that're... waitforit!... faaaaaantastic.
Vintage Frozen Custard
Usually found posted up in West Midtown, this mobile dessert-slinger doesn't sell sundaes (presumably because your inner fat kid isn’t going to wait for the weekend). Instead they've got “everydaes” with add-ons like s'mores, salted caramel, and hot fudge all served atop one of their two classic flavors (vanilla & chocolate) or their rotating flavor of the day.
850F Bar & Pizza
What do you get when you combine an owner from Brooklyn and a chef from Naples? A) a menu you might not be able to understand if don't speak Italian, and B) some serious pizza cred, as evidenced by their speciality pies (the Tartufo with pancetta, rosemary, truffle oil & mushrooms, etc.), all of which are cooked at guess how many degrees?
Old Fourth Ward
This Southern-inpsired bar foodery is open until 3am on the weekends, so you've got plenty of time to grab some deviled eggs topped with oysters, zucchini fries, or tilapia-stuffed wontons before you continue to rage through Edgewood, brah! Or you know, just go home and go to bed.
Vine and Tap
This swanked-out vino bar is one of the few using the “Coravin”, a device that
magically scientifically extracts wine from the bottle without uncorking it, keeping it fresh 'til it hits your mouth, plus they've got non-wine items like bruschetta, paninis, and a rabbit terrine, all of which are pretty frickin' awesome, so stop... sorry'boutthis... wine-ing about how small the menu is.
Slinging the same dry-rubbed, 12hr-smoked pork that made the food truck so popular, this brick-and-mortar bastion of barbecue is also serious about being a part of the local bar scene, so they've got late-night weekend offerings that include fried individual pork ribs and a craft cocktail menu that beats the hell out of the cheap pitchers of warm stuff you might get down the street.
1. Ocean Market489 Peachtree St, Atlanta
2. Ration and Dram130 Arizona Ave NE, Atlanta
3. Big Sky Buckhead3201 Cains Hill Pl NW, Atlanta
4. Drink Art199 Walker St SW, Atlanta
5. 850°F Bar & Pizza12635 Crabapple Rd Ste 310, Alpharetta
6. Delightful EATZ421 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta
7. Sweet Auburn656 N Highland Ave, Atlanta
8. Vine and Tap2770 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta
This European-inspired deli offers up in-house smoked and cured eats, dominating the lunch scene with dishes like their bahn mi: 18-hour smoked pork topped with a foie gras cream and purple cabbage slaw on a baguette.
Andy Minchow graduated from Holeman & Finch into his own spacious place on Arizona Ave. Seasonally-based Southern fare includes everything from duck salad to a “fried bologna cup”. They aim to balance their comfort good with fresh veggie juices and homemade sodas, so use that to counteract your fried pork chop with mayo.
BSB is well-beyond the traditional Buckhead sports bar fare, with an impressive menu that includes fried coconut bread known as “donas”, which sounds like “donuts”, and tastes like really, really good donuts. They also steam that coconut bread into buns which host a very tight slider menu that goes great with affordable drafts.
Owned by Atlanta native and NBA alum, Shandon Anderson, Drink Art dishes out Thai food that vies for attention next to the impressive and always changing cocktail menu. Fresh kiwi, pineapple, beet, (yes, beet), pear, and ginger juices offer up a wide array of quality 'tails sure to please everyone.
When it comes to pizza, it’s hard to beat an owner from Brooklyn and a chef from Naples. Bringing hot-as-Hades style pizza to the North side of town, this place dominates with speciality 'za like their tartufo, with pancetta, rosemary, truffle oil, and mushrooms.
This Old Fourth Ward eatery is a strong addition to the late-night Southern bar food scene. They’re open until 3am on weekends, so grab some deviled eggs topped with oysters, zucchini fries, and tilapia-stuffed wontons before you continue onward to the Edgewood bar scene.
Howard Hsu's brick-and-mortar of his famed food truck, Sweet Auburn features dry-rubbed, 12-hour smoked pork that leads the charge for this impressive Poncey-Highlands bastion of barbecue. They're serious about being a part of the local bar scene, too, with a late-night weekend presence that includes fried individual pork ribs and a craft cocktail menu.
Buckhead has earned awesomely weird wine science points in the form of this swanked-out vino bar: Owner Ian Mendelsohn is one of the few using the “Coravin," which scientifically extracts wine from the bottle without uncorking it, thus keeping its fresh winely goodness intact as it heads to your mouth. Vine & Tap's menu features small plates like delectable bruschetta, panini, rabbit terrine, and more.