1. Feast On The Burger Of Champions At Canoe’s
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As soon as you step foot in Canoe, you’ll understand why it has walked away with awards such as one of Atlanta
’s Most Romantic Restaurants and even one of the Top 100 Restaurants in America. In 2005, Canoe was even inducted into Nation’s Restaurant News’ Fine Dining Hall Of Fame.
Located along the Chattahoochee River in the Atlanta community of Vinings, Canoe never ceases to delight diners with both ambiance and food. After your waiter clears your plate and table with a crumb brush, you’ll probably feel more inclined to order the rabbit over the burger, but don’t let burger stereotypes hold you back. The Duck N’ Beef Burger topped with a sunny side up egg with a side of truffle fries will instantly become the burger that you will use to judge every other burger for the rest of your life.
Round off your meal with a Salted Caramel Grotto for the perfect balance of sweet to your savory and prepare to be amazed.
4199 Paces Ferry Rd NW
: 4.5 stars, 622 reviews
2. Try Some Non-Traditional Barbecue At Heirloom’s
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There are no shortage of places to go for good barbecue in Atlanta and everyone has their favorite spots. But Heirloom Barbecue Market offers a little something extra with a traditional barbecue menu spiced with Korean flare.
If you’re here just for your favorite barbecue with a twist, get the ribs which fall off the bone and melt in your mouth after hitting you with an added pop of flavor. But if you’re craving something new and unique, order the Fried Housemade Kimchi Bologna Sandwich if topped with kimchi slaw and a side of kimchi pickles or the Spicy Korean BBQ Sandwich. Whatever you decide on, make sure to get it with a side of beans and collards, which are soaked perfectly without a hint of bitterness, to keep your meal as Southern style as it gets.
Zoning issues keep this place from providing seating, so you can either eat at their standing counter or take it out and eat it at Chattahoochee Park right down the road.
Heirloom Market BBQ
2243 Akers Mill Rd
: 4.5 stars, 522 reviews
3. A TKO Brunch At Le Petit Marche
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What started off as a market selling things like fresh made breads, cheeses and pestos, and soups and sandwiches, Le Petit Marche changed with the times and shifted from retail items to mostly prepared foods. And that has made all the difference.
From the Signature BLT sandwich to the Spiny Tuna on a croissant, you can’t go wrong with a lunch selection here. But the brunch is the real star, with the best French toast to be found in the city and grits so good you’ll think they were invented here. Order yourself the French Toast Sandwich, which is a perfectly spongy yet crisp balance of sweet and savory.
They also stay open for brunch a little later than most places in the city, giving you a little extra time if you’re running behind so that you don’t miss out on the best part of your weekend.
Le Petit Marche
1986 Hosea L Williams Drive
: 4.5 stars, 215 reviews
4. Have A Mediterranean Meltdown At Aviva
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Aviva is a Mediterranean gem located in downtown Atlanta where you can go for a healthful meal packed with variety and flavor. The owner Kameel is more than a chef, he is a showman who will welcome you with open, friendly arms and will take your experience at Aviva from delicious to amazing.
The falafels and baba ganoush will be among the best you’ve ever tried, but make sure to review all of the specials Kameel created for the day because they’re always top-notch. Aviva also offers a completely separate vegan grill for anyone who requests a vegetarian or vegan meal to ensure that food is not cross-contaminated. They also have a fresh juice stand that will make you feel refreshed and leave you feeling good about your decision to come here.
All those healthful choices will leave you feeling guilt-free when you finish off your meal with their baklava, which is out of this world and will have you coming back for more.
Aviva by Kameel
225 Peachtree St
: 5 stars, 85 reviews
5. Eat, Drink And Be Merry At Porter’s Beer Bar
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Porter’s might have beer flowing like a river, but don’t come here expecting ordinary bar food. Think perfectly popped bowls of salt and vinegar popcorn, Belgian fries drizzled in herb and garlic oil, and homemade sauerkraut and bratwursts. And that’s just for starters.
Begin your meal with the popular goat cheese fritters which resemble oversized mozzarella sticks but taste like nothing else you’ve ever tried, especially after you dip them in honey. Order the fish and chips, spiced and battered to a perfect crisp.
And no meal here at Porter’s is complete without at least one of the dozens of brews that are calling your name, from imports to crafts. All together making the perfect recipe for your new favorite bar.
The Porter Beer Bar theporterbeerbar.com
1156 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
: 4.5 stars, 579 reviews
6. Follow In The Footsteps Of The Greats At Mary Mac’s
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After spending the past 70 years perfecting the art of Southern cuisine, Mary Mac’s prides itself on being Atlanta’s dining room. And from the locals to the tourists, everyone seems to agree.
It doesn’t matter if you order the fried chicken or the housemade meatloaf, a sweet tea or a whiskey lemonade, the second something from Mary Mac’s crosses your lips, you’ll understand why so many A-listers and legends are known for dining here like Jimmy Carter, Richard Gere, Hillary Clinton, and even The Dalai Lama.
A trip to Mary Mac’s isn’t complete without trying the fried green tomatoes and sweet potato soufflé. But don’t leave without diving into the enormous brownie sundaes which will have you never wanting to leave the south again.
Mary Mac’s Tea Room
224 Ponce de Leon Ave
: 4 stars, 423 reviews
7. The Steak You’ve Been Looking For All Your Life Is At Hals
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If you’re on the hunt for the best steak in Atlanta, head over to Hal’s in the popular Buckhead district of the city. Make a reservation here, though, because the secret is out and everyone in Atlanta has the same idea as you.
It’s always packed, but you’ll understand why as soon as you take a bite into your perfectly cooked Ribeye. Steak isn’t all that’s on the menu here, though, so if you’re in the mood for a hoity plate of escargot or are craving a cut of veal that will literally melt in your mouth, you’re still in luck here. The sides are just as delicious, too, so order the white truffle mac and cheese for the perfect complement to your meaty dish.
30 Old Ivy Rd NE
: 4 stars, 198 reviews
8. The Seafood At Optimist Will Keep You In A Good Mood For Weeks
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It’s not hard to find seafood in Atlanta, but it is hard to find seafood that is as good as it is at The Optimist. With scallops from Maine, trout from Georgia, and fresh oysters from the West Coast, The Optimist is committed to selecting and serving on the highest quality sustainable seafood from the country’s top suppliers.
Start off with a shareable plate of Chowder Fries smothered in bacon, clams and white cheddar. Then order the Lobster Roll or the Shrimp a la Plancha with a perfectly balanced mojito to compliment your meal. As soon as you dive in, you’ll know not only why you came here for seafood, but why you’re never going anywhere else.
914 Howell Mill Rd
: 4 stars, 402 reviews
9. Devour A Slice Of Italy At Antico’s
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BYOB to this pizza place which offers arguably the best pie in the city. Antico’s Margherita rivals pizza that you would find in Italy, that’s how good it is.
Perfectly cooked and blackened just right, you’ll never want to get a slice from anywhere else once you go Antico. The family tables are set up with a warm atmosphere and the best part is that it’s BYOB. So bring a bottle of red with you to sit down and enjoy this little taste of Italy because you will regret it if you don’t.
Come out with your family or friends for the night to enjoy quality pizza in an inviting dining room that won’t cost you a fortune.
1093 Hemphill Ave NW
: 4 stars, 1,423 reviews
10. A Meal For Royalty At Poor Calvin’s
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You can rest assured that there will be nothing poor about any part of your meal at Poor Calvin’s. This American-Asian fusion restaurant offers something for everybody on the menu including everything from lamb to lobster fried rice.
Start with the jumbo lump crab cakes or the lobster won tons before being graced with The Duck Dynasty which is an amazing plate full of seared maple duck breast with tiger shrimp and a kale mashed potatoes.
Poor Calvin’s is also a great place for signature cocktails among which include names like “Frankly, my dear,” “Midnight Overture” and the infamous “Last Word.” Make sure to order an extra side of the delectable Pineapple Fried Rice to help soak up all that fun.
Poor Calvin’s Absolute Fusion
510 Piedmont Ave NE
: 4 stars, 246 reviews
11. R Thomas Deluxe Grill Is Health Food That Tastes Deliciously Bad
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The secret to being able to maintain a vegetarian diet is variety and R Thomas Deluxe Grill has plenty of it. There’s plenty for meat lovers, too, and everything is made with fresh, local ingredients and beef-fed animals and wild-caught fish.
This is a popular destination for late night club hoppers because they offer breakfast any time of the day (or night.) Order the fish tacos stuffed with fresh king salmon and ahi tuna, or keep it completely meat free with the Portabella Sautee which is a bed of quinoa under a saute of veggies in a shiitake mushroom gravy and served with medallions of portabella and Dijon hiziki.
R Thomas Deluxe Grill
1812 Peachtree St NW
: 4 stars, 445 reviews
12. Go Traditional Italiana At Sotto Sotto
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When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, that’s Sotto Sotto. Authentic Italian food among a cozy but cool atmosphere with great service is what you’ll get when you come here.
The Antipasto Misto will delight you with a plate full of Italian meats, cheeses, olives, mushrooms before you move onto your entrée. Choose between the Risotto ai Frutti di Mare loaded with fresh seafood or the Pappardelle al Sugo d’ Anatra in a braised duck ragu.
Or you can ask your server to recommend any of the specials which are always sublime. Your hardest decision will come from pairing your meal with the perfect wine from the wine list which seems to never end.
309 N Highland Ave NE
: 4 stars, 244 reviews
13. Southern Cooking The Way You Dreamt Of At South City Kitchen
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You’re in Atlanta. You obviously need to have some chicken and waffles. That means you have to go to South City Kitchen. With fresh biscuits and cornbread on the table, you’ll be tempted to make a meal just out of the bread. But make sure to leave plenty of room because you’re going to need it.
Order the she-crab soup or the fried green tomatoes, which are said to be some of the best that can be found in the city. Then try to keep yourself from drooling when the massive plate of fried chicken and waffles graces your presence.
And then end your meal with the mother of all Southern deserts, the buttermilk devil’s food cake. I told you that you were going to need to leave room.
South City Kitchen Midtown
1144 Crescent Ave NE
: 4 stars, 673 reviews
14. Arepas Staright From Heaven At Arepas Mia
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When you have to eat a gluten-free diet, you quickly discover that your options for dining out are limited. (How many salads can one person eat?) But whether you’re eating gluten-free due to dietary restrictions or just looking to get on a health craze, Arepa Mia will your new oasis in a monotonous world.
Arepa Mia’s offers gluten free Venezuelan cuisine at a stand inside Sweet Auburn Curb Market and offers food court style seating. But you don’t come here for the atmosphere, you come here for the food. Order the arepas, which are deliciously messy and packed full of flavor.
Get some Domino Empanadas on the side which are stuffed with organic black beans, fried sweet plantains, and queso blanco. And if you’re new to Venezuelan food, the staff will be more than happy to go through the menu with you to let you know just how much goodness you’re in store for.
209 Edgewood Ave SE
: 4.5 stars, 110 reviews
15. Find The Sweet Tooth Of Atlanta At Alon’s
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A quick lunch shouldn’t taste like it was made faster than it was served. But you don’t have to worry about that at Alon’s Bakery & Market. The sandwiches like the Roasted Veggie or the Bresaola Panini are all made with immaculate care and will have you thinking about coming here on every lunch break. But the real reason to come here is hands-down the desserts.
Alon’s boasts homemade sweets that can’t be matched anywhere else like a variety of fresh brioche including lemon zest, custard and fresh blueberries, or pistachio cream and sour cherries and an assortment of unique macaroons, cakes, pies, and so much more.
As soon as you walk in and see your selections, you’ll be wishing that every lunch break could be desert. Stock up at the market and take a little bit of everything home with you to enjoy throughout the week if you dare.
Alon’s Bakery & Market
1394 N Highland Ave NE
: 4 stars, 206 reviews
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