Food & Drink

10 New Atlanta Restaurants You’ve Got to Try Right Now

Published On 06/29/2015 Published On 06/29/2015
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Victory Sandwich Bar
Le Fat
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Mike Jordan/Thrillist
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1. Scales 925 30 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

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.

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2. The Whelan 1133 Huff Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

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.

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3. Victory Sandwich Bar 913 Bernina Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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.

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4. Diner 264 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363

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.

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5. Le Fat 935 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

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.

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6. Paper Mill Grill 255 Village Parkway NE, Marietta, GA 30067

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.

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7. Brigantine Beer Parlor and Recreation Hall 470 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

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).

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8. Oddbird 1100 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

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.

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9. Little Bacch 1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

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.

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10. Proof Bakeshop 100 Hurt St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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.