The Best Date Spot in Every ATL 'Hood

Published On 08/26/2015 Published On 08/26/2015
The Shed at Glenwood
Cooks & Soldiers
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Cafe Intermezzo
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Elliot Street
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1. The Shed at Glenwood 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (Grant Park)

An American resto cooking up tasty eats -- like mascarpone ravioli, roasted Peking duck, smoked pork belly hash -- that also hosts wine classes and events like a speakeasy wine dinner.

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2. Victory Sandwich Bar 913 Bernina Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

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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3. Cooks & Soldiers 691 14th St NW Ste D, Atlanta, GA 30318

Westside’s Cooks & Soldiers is an upscale restaurant with a menu devoted to the culinary traditions of Spain's Basque Country. The menu serves tapas-like pinxtos and wood-fired asador dishes in convivial atmosphere reminiscent of Basque dining culture. Two per order and served on toast, the traditional pinxtos include skewered bites like pan con tomate (add jamon iberico, trust us) and tortilla de chorizo. From the asador, you’ll find larger format meats, like the Chuletón... that two-pound steak you’ll be having for dinner.

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4. The Bookhouse Pub 736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Poncey Highland)

This Poncey-Highland haunt looks as if it were carved right out of the earth, boasting plenty of customized wood and stone features, plus a long list of affordable beers and whiskey cocktails. Go ahead and enjoy them at a table in the dimly lit interior or on the outdoor patio with a tiki overhang. While you're at it, be sure to nosh on starters like pot stickers, braised beef poutine, and mains such as the Bookhouse burger and shrimp & grits.

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5. The Iberian Pig 121 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

This industrial-chic Spanish spot has a menu packed with tasty tapas, quesos, and cocas (flatbreads) -- all perfect for sharing. Grab a group of friends and considering splitting the B.W.D. (bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Manchego cheese and walnuts) or the albondigas (wild boar suasage meatballs). Their beverage program is on-point and pig-focused, too, featuring signature cocktails like the Iberian Old Fashioned with bacon-infused rye.

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6. Cafe Intermezzo Midtown 1065 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

At Cafe Intermezzo Midtown, expect extensive offerings of coffee, tea, cocktails, sweet/savory crepes, and all-day breakfast pumping out 'til 2a, in a column-filled space that looks appropriately great/Grecian.

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7. Holy Taco 1314 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

Holy Taco is an East Atlanta taqueria helmed by chef Robert Phelan, who is dedicated to using sustainable, local ingredients to shape his ever-changing and evolving menus. In a modern setting with outdoor seating, Phelan is serving up a ton of delicious food, including brisket tacos, fried squid tortas, and chorizo quesadillas.

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8. Joystick Gamebar 427 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Old 4th Ward)

This “barcade” is wild with its tonics. Joystick co-owner Brandon Ley has meticulously put together a top-notch program that takes fortified wines as seriously as it takes random cosplay parties and the hosting of weird local podcasts, plus sexy liquid inventions like the Donkey Punch.

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9. Elliott Street Deli & Pub 51 Elliott St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (Castleberry Hill)

Elliott Street Deli & Pub is as authentic as the centuries-old building in which it lives. The tiny -- so tiny, you may not even know it existed -- neighborhood pub is known for its deli sandwiches upstairs, and live music venue, The 51, downstairs. The sandwiches are exactly what you’d expect of your butcher paper-packaged meal: quality meat topped with the proper accoutrement and served fresh-baked bread at an affordable price. There are classics like the French Dip, Reuben, and all-beef hot dogs, and specialties like the Elliott Street Ultimate which features three types of meat, two cheeses, and a whole host of toppings and spreads. Stop in, grab a sandwich, and head downstairs for cheap beer, live jazz, and burlesque.

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10. Le Petit Marché 1963 Hosea L Williams Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

Brunch’s only flaw is that it’s usually relegated exclusively to weekends, and Kirkwood’s Le Petite Marché solves this quandary by making brunch an all-day, everyday affair. Sandwiches are the name of the game here: some, like The Sarah, modeled into paninis, others like the Egg Sandwich cradling delicate scrambles, and still others like the Caribbean Chicken slathering spicy jerk aioli onto unassuming chicken breast and other sliced meats. Sweets include a French Toast Sandwich, whose bready bits are battered in vanilla rum before serving as a cocoon for maple syrup-drizzled eggs and bacon.

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11. Czar Ice Bar 56 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

Turn up the heat and it'll become Czar water bar. This super-fresh vodka haven boasts an ice-topped bar, a loaded sushi menu and a chic ambience that punches subtlety in the mouth.