Food & Drink

An editor's guide to eating around town

Published On 04/18/2013 Published On 04/18/2013
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1. STK Atlanta 1075 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Celebrating the simplicity of a great steak by removing all those showy "vowels," STK boasts a porterhouse and a cowboy ribeye that'll fill you up, and a black truffle aioli tartare that should every meal. The restaurant is advertised as a steakhouse "for the stiletto set," though, so you'll also get the choice of plenty of salads, small plates, and three sizes of steaks, all served in a chic, glossy space.

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2. Kevin Rathbun Steak 154 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Old 4th Ward)

Get into the Iron Chef contestant’s flagship spot for beef that is treated right and order up a steak cooked “blue,” which is the rarer-than-rare version that is right for every real carnivore. And for the steak-eater looking for a little more than a mac 'n cheese side, this modernized steak house cooks up a variety of cuisines ranging from American to Mediterranean, and Italian.

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3. Octopus Bar 560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

Featuring a menu that changes daily, Octopus Bar is a quality spot for late-night eats. But keeping in tune with their name, yes, you'll be able to order octopus on pretty much any day you're there.

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4. Victory Sandwich Bar 280 Elizabeth St NE, Ste A-III, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

Victory's your go-to spot for sub-$5 sammies, a full bar, a projector screening thinking-man's films (Robocop, Godzilla...) & ping pong.

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5. Rosebud 1397 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Morningside)

Enjoy American fare with a Southern twist at this neighborhood resto serving brunch (Saturday & Sunday, plus Monday nights!), breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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6. Bocado 887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

Bocado's burger -- two patties of blended short rib, brisket, and ground chuck, topped with American cheese and butter pickles -- is one of the best in Atlanta. You may very well come here for the burger but end up more than satisfied with the rest of the contemporary dishes, like deviled eggs that'll rival your grandmother's, a grilled cheese & bacon sandwich that's near impossible to recreate at home, and a lobster roll special that'll transport you to Cape Cod on first bite.

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7. Miso Izakaya 619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

If you want to taste their signature ramen, go there often and get there early (i.e. it tends to sell out quickly). But if you're willing to forgo that staple, there are plenty other delicious Japanese meals to masticate.

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8. The Original El Taco 1186 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

We're all very well aware that tacos are not native to Atlanta, or even to Georgia or to the United States at all. However, the culinary masterminds behind The Original El Taco have damn near perfected the beloved handheld, and they're not shy about their accomplishments, either (the restaurant's website boasts "Best Tex-Mex Mexican Restaurant in Atlanta"). Guess what goes best with the best tacos in the city? The best margaritas, of course. They've got those, too.

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9. Nana G's Chik-N-Waffles 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324

Unequivocally proving fried foods make you live forever, Nana G's is a red/white/blue meal rig run by the family of a breakfast-cookin' ATL centenarian (check the drawing of her on the truck), using natural ingredients from local farms to make every Southerner's favorite battercake/bird combo. Each waffle gets powdered sugar, maple syrup, and bacon plus two pieces of fried chicken in extra-sauced combos like "Papa G's" w/ hot sauce, or the Bananas Foster-topped "Auntie P's", also what your uncle told a young you when asked why they have separate beds.

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10. The General Muir 1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329 (Emory Point)

The General Muir is an homage to the timeless New York-style deli, though the white subway-tiled space looks more like a demure bakery than a generations-old Jewish deli. The hallmark of the morning-to-night menu is, of course, the bagels, which are hand-rolled and kettle-boiled. Sandwiches are named after the streets of Alphabet City and served open-face with smoked fish spreads ranging from nova and schmear to trout salad. The rest of the menu reads like a combination of Katz's and Russ & Daughters: house-cured pastrami with chopped liver, latkes with apple sauce, and matzoh ball soup are all there. The only giveaway that you're not in New York is the friendly smiles from the people dining next to you.

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11. Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria 2090 Baker Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144 (Kennesaw)

If you're "hungry for pizza" you should be "starving for Big Pie in the Sky." You and your buddy COULD get single slices that're a reasonable size, or you could take on an 11lb behemoth that looks like it should be attached to the axle of a Hummer.

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12. Ocean Prime 3102 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

This Buckhead spot serves up top-notch steakhouse eats alongside surfier seafood options. The wine list is specifically designed to pair well with their dishes, so you can't screw it up!

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13. Tantra 2285 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

Tantra Restaurant & Bar, located in the center of Buckhead, is an American restaurant whose dishes transport you to other exotic lands via savory experience. Sounds heady? This menu item speaks for itself: large plump scallops caramelized in a basil rub with a dried lime beurre blanc, and there's more where that came from.

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14. Article 14 1180 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

A restaurant and lounge, Article 14 is sleekly designed with an old-school finish. Named for its 14 items that rotate daily on its menu, pairing its indulgent dishes with a large glass of wine makes for a fine evening.

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15. Del Frisco's Grille 3376 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

Situated in the upwardly trending Buckhead neighborhood, Del Frisco's Grille is a bustling steakhouse serving premier steaks, fresh food, and an array of other gourmet fare. And with a glass of wine from its extensive stock, you can take it all in from one of its scenic patio.

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16. South City Kitchen Midtown 1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Open for lunch, dinner & brunch, this award-winning Midtown restaurant puts a contemporary twist on classic Southern cooking.

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17. Empire State South 999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Empire State South is Hugh Acheson’s ode to Southern food, and despite its office building locale (and Acheson's Canadian roots) serves plates authentic enough to be home-cooked. It's rare to find a restaurant that excels at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but Empire State South manages to do so. The morning line-up boasts standouts like peanut brittle porridge and smoked catfish on an everything bagel, while lunch forces a corporate crowd to think outside the box with jars of baba ganoush, pimento cheese with bacon marmalade, and catfish mousse. Acheson fuses Southern ingredients to a new level at dinner, where the small plates-heavy menu features out-there dishes like rabbit boudin and grilled octopus on kimchee rice. Okay, maybe you can't recreate these recipes at home.

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18. Jack's Pizza & Wings 676 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

The folks at Jack's fashion the place as a dive bar and they aren't wrong. But with some of the cheapest beer and tastiest pizza and wings around the Old Fourth Ward, labels don't matter much in this joint.

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19. Sublime Doughnuts 535 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

Sublime is to donuts what Picasso was to painting. They're serious about the craft of creating sweet dough with a hole in the middle and their huge variety of gourmet donuts convey that with every delectable bite.

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