Atlanta is a food lover’s town — as one restaurant closes its doors, three more open theirs. In the last few months, we’ve been lucky (as have our stomachs) to welcome many delicious places to stuff our faces and enjoy the ambience of some truly wonderful restaurants. Here are just a few new restaurants in Atlanta already getting major buzz …
99 Krog St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (inside Krog Street Market)
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Richards’ Southern Fried comes from famed Atlanta chef Todd Richards — and his chicken recipe lives up to all the hype! Located within Krog Street Market, the food stop’s menu is pretty self-explanatory: Choose your cut and amount of chicken (leg and thigh, breast and wing, 1/2 chicken or whole wings) in whatever level of heat you desire (classic, hot, Richards’ hot) and select some delicious sides like potato wedges, tomato and cucumber salad — and many more.
Order at the counter, dine in at Krog Street or take it home and enter fried chicken heaven with every delectable bite you take, thanks to Chef Richards himself!
1230 Caroline St. NE, Ste. #B 110, Atlanta, GA 30307 • (404) 343-0805
Hours: Sunday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
As we mentioned in our Cinnaholic feature earlier this month, we love cinnamon rolls. And VEGAN cinnamon rolls are just icing on the already delicious … roll? This vegan bakeshop that sells other pastries besides cinnamon rolls, is a made-to-order, gourmet bakery, where diners can customize their own cinnamon rolls. Try peanut butter frosting with blackberry topping, or perhaps marshmallow frosting paired with graham cracker topping. The list is endless when it comes to creating your delicious concoction.
4600 Roswell Road NE, Ste. #110, Sandy Springs, GA 30342 • (404) 649-6334
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This Asheville-based restaurant opened the doors to its newest location in Sandy Springs earlier this summer. The Atlanta location stays true to its Southern roots by serving unique takes on regional staples like Pimento Cheese Nachos, County Fair Avocado, Shoo Mercy Shrimp & Grits, Appalachian Egg Rolls — and don’t even get us started on the Glamping S’mores Cake (molten chocolate cake with toasted marshmallows, raspberries, graham crackers and a whole lot of yumminess).
And here’s a really cool fact about Tupelo Honey Café: If you want to try and recreate one of the delicious items you eat at the restaurant, check out their website. There are loads of recipes straight from the Tupelo chefs that you can make in your kitchen … although you will have to do the dishes, unlike dining at the restaurant.
316 Church St., Decatur, GA 30030 • (678) 949-9412
Hours: Dinner — Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Brunch — Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Monday
Decatur is a foodie paradise with tons of independent restaurants, bars and chefs serving some of the best dishes in the city. One of our new faves is Brush Sushi Izakaya, a self-described “Japanese gastro pub” with finely crafted sushi, authentic skewers (Yakitori) for the charcoal grill and tasty specialties like Kushikatsu (breaded, deep-fried skewered meats and vegetables). Besides all the great flavors, it’s nice to know that the restaurant serves high-quality, locally sourced ingredients (or those that come directly from Japan).
4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346 • (770) 225-0009
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Choosing a restaurant is one of my least favorite things in this entire world. I love eating out, don’t get me wrong, but I hate figuring out where to go. And it becomes even more difficult when you have people who have certain eating restrictions: This one can’t eat raw fish, that one doesn’t eat red meat, blah, blah, blah. So thank goodness the good people from The Cowfish decided to open a restaurant in Dunwoody. This unique establishment serves the very best sushi AND burgers. If you like good ol’ American hamburgers, order The C.B.C.L.T. (burger, cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and Cowfish sauce) or Granny’s Southern Pimento Cheeseburger (burger with house-made pimento cheese, fried green tomato, etc.). Prefer a Japanese-inspired meal? Get traditional rolls like yellowtail, eel or sweet shrimp. Or better yet, go for the fusion “Burgushi” menu with items like The Deliverance Roll (pulled pork, BBQ sauce wrapped in soy paper with fixins) or the Turfin’ Surfer Roll (tuna, tempura flakes —topped with scallops, seared rare filet mignon, eel sauce and more). Cowfish is fusion at its best and your taste buds will question — then love — the experience!
345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30309 (inside Atlanta Botanical Garden)
Hours: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Chef Linton Hopkins is one of Atlanta’s culinary kings and his new restaurant is a treat for all the senses. Located inside Atlanta Botanical Gardens (ABG), Linton’s in the Garden is a bright, airy space that really reminds you of where you are — as massive windows and a rooftop terrace take full of advantage of ABG’s lush landscaping and wonderful views. But let’s get on to the food … the garden-to-table dining can be appreciated with the fresh ingredients, colorful plating and inspired offerings. The heirloom tomato salad is light, wholesome and puts a smile on your face; and we’re not sure if the delicious blackened cabbage dish came straight from ABG but it sure tastes just that fresh when manipulated by the talented chefs at Linton’s in the Garden.
650 North Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (at Ponce City Market) • (404) 946-3791 (WINERY1)
Hours: Daily, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
City Winery, which just opened at Ponce City Market, is a cool hybrid winery/restaurant/music venue that also offers space for private events. Having originally opened its first location in New York City, City Winery has something for everyone — but we’re focusing on the food angle since this is a new restaurant article. The cuisine follows a Mediterranean style and, obviously, the wine list is huge. You can eat in City Winery’s dining room without tickets to a show and by simply making a reservation. If you do have tickets for a show, the seats are yours for the whole night, so you don’t need to make a dining reservation.
It’s all about dinner and a show at City Winery and upcoming music acts include The Bacon Brothers, Del McCoury Band and Wasabassco Burlesque, to name a few (check the calendar for scheduled concerts and ticketing information).
299 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 • (404) 948-2123
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Inman Quarter gets a new foodie attraction in the form of Hampton + Hudson, a “community bar and restaurant.” The massive bar and laid-back vibe makes it the perfect place to meet up with friends, enjoy the neighborhood and, of course, down a few adult beverages (one of the many pints or perhaps a cocktail like the Petraske 42, made with cachaça, ancho reyes, lime, curaçao, lavender, and topped with salt and pepper). Everything on the menu is good but we especially like the Hangover Fries (obviously), as well as the cauliflower steak (hold the meat for this vegan dish).
Keep an eye out because we’ll be checking in on the latest and greatest restaurants throughout Atlanta — and sharing the news with you!
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