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100 BEST RESTAURANTS 2012 In Bloom. If you gravitate toward comfort food, loud music and good booze—Rosebud chef Ron Eyester likes your style. At his Morningside spot, brunch is served not once, not twice, but four times a week—Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as at 5:30 PM on Mondays and Fridays. Why? Because while other brunch eateries might get the church crew rolling in, this Rosebud one’s made for the still-partying crowd. Popular choices 1397 N. Highland Ave. include the Big Nasty, a combination of buttermilk fried Morningside | 404.347.9747 chicken, scrambled egg, smoked bacon and Tillamook rosebudatlanta.com cheddar cheese on a brioche hamburger bun. Many of the @theangrychef $10-$16 | B R P other menu off erings—such as cranberry mac ’n’ cheese—are just as indulgent. After brunch, we’ll see you at the gym… 85 Storm the Capital. Located in the heart of Buckhead, The Capital Grille has been bringing sumptuous eats to your table for years (plus any of the more than 350 wines from Master Sommelier George Miliotes)—all while you enjoy a city view wrapped in the elegance of the resto’s upscale décor. Whether your goal is to rock some red meat or serious seafood, you’re in The Capital Grille for a treat. The Wagyu beef carpaccio appetizer, porcini-255 E. Paces Ferry Road rubbed Delmonico with 12-year aged balsamic and the Buckhead | 404.262.1162 in-house, dry-aged signature traditional porterhouse thecapitalgrille.com are standouts. For something from the sea and equally @thewineexpert $28-$49 | R delectable, opt for the lobster mac ’n’ cheese or pan-fried calamari with hot cherry peppers. 88 89 90 91 92 Mexi Max. With Karen Hilliard at the helm for the past 17 years, the Georgia Grille continues to serve up hefty amounts of good ol’ Southern charm and hospitality. And those in Buckhead agree—fl ocking here so often, it has become something of an unoffi cial neighborhood hangout. The menu pays homage to painting-icon Georgia O’Keefe and her Georgia Grille Southwestern subjects, so cowboy themes and a Tex-2290 Peachtree Road NW Buckhead | 404.352.3517 Mex feel reign supreme. Hilliard’s lobster enchiladas georgiagrille.com are practically legend, the fl at-iron steak pan-seared $16-$31 | R over smoked red pepper jus is classic, and the Coca-Cola Cooler is simple, refreshing and as Atlantan as you can get. 162 Hot to Trot. It’s a bit of an odd sight—dark woods and traces of the Southern culinary glory of yesteryear, smack up against the shoppers of Phipps Plaza. But it works well—enough, in fact, to be one of those see-and-be-seen spots you always hear about. In addition to being one of the best places in town to meet the gang after a particularly hard 9 to 5, The Tavern at Phipps we can’t get over the scrumptious steak salad, creative 3500 Peachtree Road NE Tavern chips and New Orleans po’boys (it’s the bread Buckhead | 404.814.9640 that makes it, as any seafood junkie will tell you). Chase thetavernatphipps.com it all down with a cold cocktail from some of the most @tavernatphipps beautiful barkeeps in town. $15-$29 | B R P Pura and Simple. Celebri-chef Hector Santiago’s bustling tapas spot has long been a go-to for in-town foodies and Poncey-Highland scenesters. With its primo address, it’s an ideal date locale for a quick bite pre-or post-shopping, concert or Rocky Horror screening. The menu pops with fun-to-eat Spanish and Latin American dishes, like the savory, Pura Vida melt-in-your mouth pork belly coconut buns, the spice-656 N. Highland Ave. NE fi lled Sapelo clam arroz chaufa and the addictive spread Virginia-Highland of housemade charcuterie. Besides the warm, festive 404.870.9797 interiors, laid-back bar and easy-to-share plates, it’s a puravidatapas.com @ektortc6 sweet spot for people-watching, especially during Tango $3-$14 | R Thursdays, when the best dancers in the city converge here. 86 87 Total Eclipse of the Palate. It’s always a party at these lively cantinas. You’re greeted with a high-energy crowd (yes, there’s always a crowd), live salsa and merengue music that make you want to sip some mojitos (try the new strawberry version at the Buckhead outpost!) and practice your dance moves. The artsy setting dishes Eclipse di Luna out some stellar tapas—that means you have to share, Perimeter and Buckhead people. Favorites include the patatas con romesco eclipsediluna.com (spiced potatoes with romesco sauce), costillas @eclipse_di_luna Espanolas (Spanish-style ribs in balsamic vinaigrette) $4-$18 | R P and biscuit de ropa vieja (sweet and spicy beef brisket on a biscuit with crispy onions and homemade pickles). $16-$26 | B R P KEY: B -Brunch Available [Times Vary] R -Reservations Accepted [Restrictions May Apply] P -Patio Dining $ -Dinner Entrée Price PHOTO BY JEFF MOORE BBQ & You. Feelin’ saucy? Then hit up this laid-back, casual barbecue joint’s quirky homemade condiments, which give your meat a dose of sweet or heat. This ’hood fave also features a large bar with HDTVs, comfy red booths for lengthy stay sessions and a popular patio. Alongside signature dishes, like smoked baby back ribs and wings, comes a brand-D.B.A. Barbecue new menu that features an entire section dedicated 1190 N. Highland Ave. to… wait for it… bacon! If that’s not draw enough, the Virginia-Highland new decadent desserts include slushies spiked with 404.249.5000 dbabarbecue.com blueberry moonshine lemonade and the Elvis—banana @dbabarbecue pudding layered with candied bacon and vanilla wafers. $10-$30 | R P See, there’s even bacon for dessert. B There. A phoenix rises… Buckhead Bottle Bar spent so much time being a sweet place to hang out, that a lot of people forgot about the food-side of the equation. Not anymore! Now under the ownership of Simon Guobadia, Buckhead Bottle Bar & Bistro (an extra B!) is touting its kitchen, helmed by none other than Hell’s Kitchen alumni-chef Jason Ellis. Buckhead Bottle Since you already have the drink situation well in hand Bar & Bistro 268 E. Paces Ferry Road (BBB&B still hosts a great late-night party), we’ll paint a buckheadbottlebarandbistro.com picture of the food for you: lobster and white chocolate, 404.474.9892 together, on the same plate. We know—but it’s delish. @buckheadbbb

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