The incredible and super-motivated Alex Palmerton gave us a few of her favorite restaurant recommendations for Atlanta. Next time you’re in Hot-lanta, make sure you take this Muse’s advice and hit up some of these incredible spots.
Giving restaurant recommendations in Atlanta can be as controversial and polarizing as the upcoming election. Everyone’s got their favorites, many are media darlings, but these are (just a few of) my favorites, notoriety or not.
Brunch So Hard
If you can brave the treacherous wait-times on the weekends, these are worth diving into. Word to the wise: if you want to booze on Sunday, you’ll have to wait until after 12:30! And we all know brunch without booze is just a sad, late breakfast.
- West Egg: Put your name on the list and shop around the westside while you wait. I crave their fried egg sandwich with tomato jam on the daily. Also, don’t miss the banana bread french toast.
- Buttermilk Kitchen: A Buckhead staple. The chicken biscuit is a must!
Truthfully, I eat a lot of burgers for brunch. Which leads me to my next point.
Nice to MEAT you
Although the South has access to some amazing local vegetables, it’s a true meat-lover’s paradise.
- Holeman & Finch Burger: This has been written about enough to have a major cult following. Skip the main restaurant and enjoy one at a Braves game or their new outpost in Ponce City Market.
- Fox Brothers BBQ: The holy grail of Q. And baked beans. And slaw. And hand-cut fries. Just go.
- Chops Lobster Bar: There are too many great steakhouses in Atlanta to name, but this is my personal favorite. If you’re looking for a splurge that doesn’t make you want to purge, Chops is the way to go. Don’t forget a Moscow Mule and their spinach salad – it’s made table-side and to die for.
Table for Two
Date night can mean so many things, so here are three very different takes on a theme. They span the spectrum, and you’re sure to find something you and your hot date will dig.
- Canoe: If you’re looking for a traditional, glamorous date night, this is your place. The restaurant is on the Chattahoochee river with a beautiful garden and outdoor bar. Lots of engagements and gram-worthy moments happening here– and the food is no exception!
- SaltYard: Southern-inspired tapas and share plates. I love a restaurant where you can try as much possible without breaking the bank or your belly, and this one’s a winner every time. I even try to recreate their dishes at home.
- Porter Beer Bar: Quite the opposite of a Canoe-style date, Porter is a quirky, beer-lover’s haven in an edgier part of town. The beer menu’s thicker than a Harry Potter book, and the food is beyond your average bar-fare.
Table for You
When for function or for fun, we’re big fans of taking yourself out to a nice dinner. But the prospect can be daunting for some, which is why we wanted to share some places that make it fun to dine alone. For the sake of transparency, I’ll tell you that I did marketing for the first two on this list. But I’ve also eaten alone at both, and I’m no liar, especially when it comes to food.
- South City Kitchen Buckhead: Brand spankin’ new in the heart of Buckhead, it’s the third location for the 20+ year-old southern food concept. The bar is huge and great for people watching. The barrels hanging above it have some cool custom bourbon blends, too.
- La Tavola: Quite the opposite, a tiny Italian restaurant tucked away in Virginia-Highland. The bar only has 6 seats, and there’s a reason they’re so popular. The dining experience is guided by the very knowledgeable bartenders, serving some of the best Italian wine in the city. Just let them order everything for you.
- Antico: What is it about Italian food that makes me want to eat alone? Probably because I don’t want to share. Antico’s no exception. The tables are huge and community style, so you can sit down and blend in or make new friends. It’s BYOB, and remember – any pizza is a personal size pizza if you believe in yourself.
Truthfully, I’m a bread-basket-over-dessert kind of gal, but here are some that even I can’t pass up.
- Sublime Doughnuts: Their tagline is “Eat one that’s worth it.” Two words: Reese’s Doughnut. You can also call ahead and get your doughnuts to spell out whatever you want. (ie. the best birthday cake ever).
- Piece of Cake: Speaking of cake, this local Atlanta shop makes the best ones in the city. I’m a personal fan of the cookies and cream or the red velvet. They even have a location in the airport if you’re just here on a layover.
- King of Pops: Locally-made and perfect for the Atlanta heat. I can’t stroll the farmer’s market without one in my hand!
+ Bon appetit, darlings! Tell us what you think of these restaurants – and anywhere we might have missed.