There’s nothing better than going to a great restaurant... except maybe going to a great new restaurant, which is why we’ve rounded up 10 recent Atlanta openings you’ve got to hit right now. Feast your eyes...
Soul Food was Goodie Mob’s first album, but it’s the cuisine of choice at ATL rapper T.I.’s first restaurant, a 7,000sqft complex with an indoor/outdoor rooftop. The King’s feast includes smoked chicken gumbo, fried chicken wings w/ sweet potato waffles, mesquite lamb chops, and GA-peach-glazed salmon. Desserts include red velvet whoopie pie (served w/ a pecan milkshake), and peach cobbler served in a cast-iron skillet.
Quickly and quietly taking over the former Corner Tavern Westside, The Whelan is dealin’ an American tavern menu with a slightly South-Africanized twist. For beer, it slings 28 drafts (Terrapin Liquid Bliss, Red Brick Hibiscuwit) and 60+ bottles ranging from Hell or High Watermelon wheat to La Fin Du Monde tripel. For food, there’s a hot Black Forest ham 'n’ cheese, red curry chicken w/ veggies over jasmine rice, and pan-seared crimson red snapper, which sounds like Blake Sims, except it’s worth paying for.
Although it only moved to Decatur, there’s nothing like seeing Vic return home (or at least around the corner from where it started), like the prodigal, Ping-Pong-playing, Jack-&-Coke-slushing, slider-sammy-slinging son of Inman, especially after everybody got the sads seeing the OG building get demolished for condos. Victory is ours!
Rosebud/The Family Dog/Timone’s owner Ron Eyester gives us his version, from memories of growing up in NYC, of the all-American... um, diner. There’s patio dining, a full bar (perfect for breakfast!) for classic cocktails, lunch, and dinner eats like crispy chicken thighs w/ Tabasco honey and “Shake ‘n Bake” Pork Chops w/ whipped sweet potatoes, and all-day breakfast. That includes cornmeal waffles, potato hash w/ house-made sausage, and the fried chicken/scrambled egg/bacon/cheddar/soft bun “Nasty McAlister,” a name that proves that when it comes to eating at wack franchise delis, Eyester’s off the chain.
Your OTP-phobic fear of driving past Lenox Rd on Buford Hwy has been remedied: Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya has opened this seriously authentic Vietnamese brasserie (Vietnamesserie?) in West Midtown. Lunch and dinner include pho, com (rice dishes), bun (vermicelli), rotisserie half-chickens, and dinner-only specials including flash-fried whole fish and spicy chili prawns. Chase that fire with tableside-brewed Vietnamese tea, a Hemingway Daiquiri, or a bottled Mother Earth Endless River kolsch.
Only the married couple who previously owned PMG know why they shut it down (maybe they, ahem, weren’t making enough paper?), but the good news is that it’s now cheffed by Eric Ottensmeyer (former exec chef at Leon’s Full Service), and has been totally remodeled, resulting in a more modern, less den-like atmosphere. Plates include sharable Panko Fried Brie, Molasses Slab Bacon, Smoked Pork Chop, Double Stack Burger, and Korean ginger chicken wings. Drinks? Bombay Negroni, Tito’s vodka Watermelon Fizz, and draft beers such as Creature Comforts Tropicália.
Argosy kept the lid on this back-of-house beer base for months, with private events like Nerd Trivia and cask beer tastings occurring under a big-ass wooden cephalopod (designed by Little Tybee vocalist Brock Scott) hanging from the ceiling. Now that the secret’s out, you should get back there for analog parlor games like skeeball, shuffleboard, and obscure joints like “skittles” (an old British game they describe as “tetherball-meets-bowling/chess”), and crokinole (like curling with marbles). It's open Thurs-Sat from 8pm-2:30am, with the bar slinging rare 750ml bottled beers and a few daily rotating drafts, and there’ll also be weekly DJ'd parties.
A fried-chicken-focused pop-up operating from 5:30-9pm every Wed-Sat inside West Egg, Oddbird gets crispy with Springer Mountain breasts dredged in a cornmeal/flour mix and hot-boiled in trans fat-free soybean oil. It's got four varieties of both chicken biscuits (topped with spicy honey and sharp cheddar...) and sandwiches on buns from TGM (The General Muir) Bakery, plus pies (sorghum pecan, bourbon chocolate pudding), and beer by the can (Orpheus Atalanta), bottle (Off Color Brewing Scurry) and draft, which are all local and include Wild Heaven, Eventide, Strawn, and Monday Night.
A 52-seat dining room inside Bacchanalia, LB’s the cafe-like afterlife of the formerly super-ritzy, prix fixe-only, almost-$200-per-person Quinones Room. Now you can a la carte it with whole-roasted Green Circle chickens for two (the birds are fed veggie peelings and day-old bread from elite restaurants’ kitchens -- think table-to-farm-to-table), a 28-day, dry-aged NY strip, and a fancy 30g Petrossian caviar service, in case you know what that actually is, or just want to drop $140 for admittedly luxurious fish eggs. Snark aside, they’re probably beyond worth it.
Originating from bread and dessert production at Cakes & Ale’s kitchen, and now operating in partnership with its owners, Proof serves breakfast, lunch, baked goodies, and a variety of Counter Culture Coffee and other hot bevs. Oven-tastic tastiness comes via croissants (chocolate, almond, savory), scones, donuts, bagels, and all kinds of cookies (vegan Mexican, mudslide). Featured b’fasts include rosemary ham and Gruyere melts on English muffins, and lunch sandwiches like smoked sheep’s milk grilled cheeses.
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1. Scales 92530 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta
2. The Whelan1133 Huff Rd NW, Atlanta
3. Victory Sandwich Bar913 Bernina Ave NE, Atlanta
4. Diner264 19th St NW, Atlanta
5. Le Fat935 Marietta St NW, Atlanta
6. Paper Mill Grill255 Village Parkway NE, Marietta
7. Brigantine Beer Parlor and Recreation Hall470 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta
8. Oddbird1100 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
9. Little Bacch1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta
10. Proof Bakeshop100 Hurt St NE, Atlanta
Owned by rapper T.I., Scales 925 is soul food at its finest. With 7,000 sqft of space, the complex has an indoor/outdoor rooftop and plenty of space for kicking back with a cocktail. If you're feeling ambitious, The King’s feast includes smoked chicken gumbo, fried chicken wings w/ sweet potato waffles, mesquite lamb chops, and GA-peach-glazed salmon.
The Whelan serves up an American tavern menu, but with a South-Africanized twist. For beer there's 28 drafts and 60+ bottles ranging from Hell or High Watermelon wheat to La Fin Du Monde tripel. For food there's the likes of red curry chicken w/ veggies over jasmine rice and pan-seared crimson red snapper. It is all definitely worth stopping by for.
This sandwich-slinging joint's got a hell of a lot more going for it than its smoky and spicy Italian-inspired creations (like the sassy Cowabunga Dude that packs pepperoni, salami, pepperoncini, mozzarella, and tomato all into one sandwich). Victory also boasts a ping-pong table -- complete with an electronic scoreboard akin to those found in high school gyms -- and its self-proclaimed "world-famous" Jack Coke slushie that makes the Tennessee whiskey taste more refreshing than you'd ever imagine.
Be sure to try the Nasty McAlister here. It's covered with bacon, eggs, cheddar, and a house secret sauce, then served on a freshly grilled bun.
This seriously authentic Vietnamese brasserie comes to you from Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya. For lunch and dinner there's pho, com (rice dishes), bun (vermicelli) and rotisserie half-chicken, and dinner-only specials include flash-fried whole fish and spicy chili prawns. Wash it all down with a tableside-brewed Vietnamese tea or a Hemingway daiquiri.
This remolded version of PMG cheffed by Eric Ottensmeyer is much more-modern with less of a den-like atmosphere. Menu items include sharable panko-fried brie, molasses slab bacon, smoked pork chops, double-stack burgers and Korean ginger chicken wings. And for drinks, Bombay negroni, Tito’s vodka watermelon fizz, and draft beers such as Creature Comforts Tropicália.
Come to The Brigantine for their rare 750ml bottled beers, stay for the parlor games in the back that include skeeball, shuffleboard and obscure joints like “skittles” (a old British game they describe as “tetherball-meets-bowling/chess”), and crokinole (like curling with marbles).
Oddbird is a fried chicken focused pop-up open from 5:30-9pm every Wed-Sat inside West Egg Cafe. Offering up four varieties of both chicken biscuits (topped with spicy honey, laid with sharp cheddar) and sandwiches, plus pies (sorghum pecan, bourbon chocolate pudding), and, to top it all off, beer.
It's a 52-seat dining room inside Bacchanalia. The menu is a la carte with whole-roasted Green Circle chickens for two (the birds are fed veggie peelings and day-old bread from elite restaurants’ kitchens -- think “table-to-farm-to-table”), a 28-day-dry-aged NY strip, and a fancy 30-gram Petrossian caviar service... In case you know what that actually is.
Proof serves breakfast, lunch, baked goodies and a variety of Counter Culture Coffee. They've got all the oven good stuff, croissants (chocolate, almond, savory), scones, donuts, bagels and all kinds of cookies (vegan Mexican, mudslide). Plus they've got some solid breakfast and lunch options, like rosemary ham and gruyere melts on English muffins and smoked sheep’s milk grilled cheeses.