Southern food favorites and cuisine inspired by flavors from other parts of the world take center stage in the Metro Atlanta area. Many restaurants here take their game of preparing gastronomic delights a notch higher, earning accolades of peers and diners alike.
Here are some of Metro Atlanta’s award-winning restaurants for your next food crawl:
88 West Paces Ferry Road NW
This Atlanta restaurant is located on the second floor of the St. Regis Buckhead.
Ingredients for food here are taken from some of Atlanta’s local farms and turned into culinary creations so tasteful, you will want to come back for more.
The restaurant’s menu changes with the seasons. It also serves small plates with a wide selection of cocktails served at the Tavern. Interestingly, the restaurant is also home to the Lewis Collection—a series of modern pieces from one of the world’s biggest private collections of art.
587 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE
A mano is Italian for “by hand.” It is also the name of one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Atlanta. True to its name, its various dishes are purely made by hand. Its menu completes the entire Italian dining experience from antipasti and pasta, to meat and seafood options, down to desserts.
There is a second and more altruistic meaning to this restaurant’s “a mano.” Every month they “lend a hand” by serving in the community.
Bread & Butterfly
290 Elizabeth Street Suite F
Styled in the likeness of European restaurants, this interesting café and bistro inside Inman Park will give you great eats in Instagram-worthy surroundings. Chat with friends over delightful espressos and pastries in the mornings. Have a hearty lunch here. Come for Apero, or pre-dinner, from Monday to Saturday, 4-6 p.m. when snacks and drinks are served, and then stay for a delicious dinner.
753 Edgewood Avenue NE
Another restaurant found in Inman Park is BoccaLupo. Its specialty: serving handmade pasta dishes in a variety of ways. Highly recommended here is the black spaghetti served with shrimp and hot sausage or the 20-yolk tagliatelle with wild mushrooms. It also serves antipasti, as well as gelatos, cookies, and cakes for the complete dining set.
2233 College Avenue NE
Dish Dive is considered to be one of Atlanta’s best-hidden secrets. It’s the kind of dining spot that you might miss as you drive by, given its modest exterior. But once inside, you’ll realize that the food is anything but modest. Frequent diners here swear by the awesome food choices and the affordable rates.
The menu here is ever-changing, depending on availability of ingredients and the season. It is also a great BYOB spot where you can order a whole range of small plates to go with your chosen brews and spirits.
471 North Highland Avenue
Wisteria is known for its modern American food served with Southern flair. This Atlanta favorite has culinary delights with ingredients sourced from Georgia and North Carolina farms. Savor the grilled beef tenderloin or the iron skillet-fried half chicken, as well as other mouth-watering entries on its menu. There are even gluten-free options too. Their extensive beverage list from craft beers to sparkling wines and hand-shaken cocktails is worth a try.
Leon’s Full Service
131 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
Patrons of this restaurant in nearby Decatur are not simply customers but guests. Thus, you are given the “full service” from top-notch food offerings to amazing service and hospitality by the staff. It specializes in traditional American cuisine with a wide selection of food options even for vegans or gluten-intolerant people.
Also, check out its list of draft beers with unusual names like Allagash River Trip or Second Self Havana Night.
129 Church Street, Decatur
Revival is owned by Chef Kevin Gillespie, a genuine Southerner whose origins brought forth the awesome recipes cooked here. This Decatur restaurant’s menu is probably what you would expect to find in Gillespie’s grandmother’s home— classic dishes made from farm-fresh ingredients, but with a more refined twist.
Living near these great restaurants gives you the advantage of being able to treat yourself to world-class dining that’s just minutes away from you. So consider moving to Atlanta! My team and I will be happy to help you out with your real estate goals. Call me, Natalie Gregory, at 404.550.5113 or email or send me an email at Natalie(dotted)Gregory(at)Compass(dotted)com.