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food & drinK guide 265 Pharr Road NE, 404.262.3165, buckheadrestaurants. com $$$ ROLL WITH IT Humble Bumble roll with avocado, cilantro, seared yellowtail, scallions, serrano chili and citrus vinaigrette with garlic and ginger Atlanta Grill Chef de Cuisine Michael treanor is at the helm of the award-winning Atlanta grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. The menu here focuses on grilled steaks, chops and seafood, along with southern-inspired sides like collard greens, cheese grits and creamed corn. And the veranda overlooking Peachtree street is a charming spot to indulge in one of the city’s largest wine selections (including wines by the glass). 181 Peachtree St., 404.221.6550, ritzcarlton. com $$$$ Bistro Niko Buckhead Life’s riff on Paris comes with sexy, sophisticated French digs and a hoppin’ scene. But they all play second fiddle to a menu of traditional French dishes—we love the “faux” gras terrine, coq au vin and golden gougères. 3344 Peachtree Road, 404.261.6456, buckheadrestaurants. com $$ Fare Share Buckhead is spicing up the sushi scene with the opening of Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi , a new hot spot located across from Lenox Square that derives its name from the Japanese word for sword. “The Buckhead restaurant scene is explosive right now, and we’re excited to be part of the well-established community,” says owner Mali Hu (of Brookhaven’s The One Sushi + and OTP’s Ichiban Steak & Sushi). The Zen-inspired decor, which was designed by Hu and her husband/co-owner, George, is a visual representation of the menu’s duality. On one side, 10 hibachi grills with 10 seats each encourage traditional community dining. On the other, diners can order up artistic takes on traditional Japanese fare and sushi. True to tradition-breaking form, Katana offers up out-of-the-box options. “It’s really about showing this cooking style to diners, like making whole steak or lobster paired with our signature sauces,” she explains. “We wanted to introduce a unique style of teppanyaki to our guests.” All we can say is, domo arigato , Mrs. Hu! 3345 Lenox Road NE, katanaatl.com $$ –Alison Abbey BLT Steak executive Chef Cyrille Holota is at the helm of this famed bistro-inspired steakhouse located in the ultrachic W Atlanta – downtown. BLt steak serves a mix of some of the best French and southern dishes around—gorgonzola grits and buttered collard greens paired with a 22-ounce rib-eye, popovers with gruyere and crêpe soufflé with passion fruit sauce, anyone? And don’t miss the tower of tuna tartare, if only for the artistic merit. 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., 404.577.7601, bltsteak. com $$$ Attention ATL foodies! This section is where we introduce newbies, catch up with a rotating cast of favorites and highlight the dishes and people defining Atlanta’s cuisine scene. You’ ll find that our dining guide is organized by where to go for a deal-making meal, a date, dinner with the family or to mix and mingle. Updated New Very Expensive ($60 and up) Expensive ($40-$60) Moderate ($30-$40) Inexpensive (under $30) Let’s MAke A deAL 4th & Swift Owner and executive Chef Jay swift serves up comfort food at his industrial-chic spot in the Old Fourth Ward, and Atlantans love it. The menu is simple and changes daily depending on what’s fresh from local and regional purveyors. Just don’t miss the signature Three Little Pigs (pork loin, belly and handmade sausage) or the sticky toffee pudding dessert. 621 North Ave., 678.904.0160, 4thandswift. com $$ Atlanta Fish Market The longest-running Buckhead Life Restaurant group spot scored a big catch when it opened the Atlanta Fish Market in 1981. it wasn’t afraid to announce its presence with a colossal fish statue, either. The upscale-casual eatery brings the culinary scene more than 100 varieties of fresh fish straight off the boat to the back door, and a stellar seafood menu that changes twice daily. From the huge Alaskan “red” king crab legs, to the tiny, but tasty littleneck clams—it has seafood for every size appetite. Bone’s This powerhouse steakhouse has been serving up Atlanta’s best beef for more than 30 years. The steaks are massive and are hand-cut on the premises, then cooked to order. You’ll surely spy a famous face or two in the clubby environs. Add to that a posh wine list and a knowledgeable staff, and you’ve got all the reasons why executives have cut as many deals here as they have steaks. 3130 Piedmont Road, 404.237.2663, bonesrestaurant. com $$$ $$ $$ $$$ $$ $ 114 | | Winter 2014 photo by AlexA lAmpAsonA

Food & Drink Guide

Attention ATL foodies! This section is where we introduce newbies, catch up with a rotating cast of favorites and highlight the dishes and people defining Atlanta's cuisine scene. You'llfind that our dining guide is organized by where to go for a deal-making meal, a date, dinner with the family or to mix and mingle.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL

4th & Swift

Owner and Executive Chef Jay Swift serves up comfort food at his industrial-chic spot in the Old Fourth Ward, and Atlantans love it. The menu is simple and changes daily depending on what's fresh from local and regional purveyors. Just don't miss the signature Three Little Pigs (pork loin, belly and handmade sausage) or the sticky toffee pudding dessert. 621 North Ave., 678.904.0160, 4thandswift.com $$

Atlanta Fish Market

The longest-running Buckhead Life Restaurant group spot scored a big catch when it opened the Atlanta Fish Market in 1981. It wasn't afraid to announce its presence with a colossal fish statue, either. The upscale-casual eatery brings the culinary scene more than 100 varieties of fresh fish straight off the boat to the back door, and a stellar seafood menu that changes twice daily. From the huge Alaskan "red" king crab legs, to the tiny, but tasty littleneck clams—it has seafood for every size appetite. 265 Pharr Road NE, 404.262.3165, buckheadrestaurants.com $$$

Atlanta Grill

Chef de Cuisine Michael Treanor is at the helm of the award-winning Atlanta Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. The menu here focuses on grilled steaks, chops and seafood, along with Southern-inspired sides like collard greens, cheese grits and creamed corn. And the veranda overlooking Peachtree Street is a charming spot to indulge in one of the city's largest wine selections (including wines by the glass). 181 Peachtree St., 404. 221.6550, ritzcarlton.com $$$$

Bistro Niko

Buckhead Life's riff on Paris comes with sexy, sophisticated French digs and a hoppin' scene. But they all play second fiddle to a menu of traditional French dishes—we love the "faux" gras terrine, coq au vin and golden gougeres. 3344 Peachtree Road, 404.261.6456, buckheadrestaurants.com $$

BLT Steak

Executive Chef Cyrille Holota is at the helm of this famed bistroinspired steakhouse located in the ultrachic W Atlanta — Downtown. BLT Steak serves a mix of some of the best French and Southern dishes around—Gorgonzola grits and buttered collard greens paired with a 22-ounce rib-eye, popovers with Gruyere and crepe souffle with passion fruit sauce, anyone? And don't miss the tower of tuna tartare, if only for the artistic merit. 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., 404. 577.7601, bltsteak.com $$$

Bone's

This powerhouse steakhouse has been serving up Atlanta's best beef for more than 30 years. The steaks are massive and are hand-cut on the premises, then cooked to order. You'll surely spy a famous face or two in the clubby environs. Add to that a posh wine list and a knowledgeable staff, and you've got all the reasons why executives have cut as many deals here as they have steaks. 3130 Piedmont Road, 404. 237.2663, bonesrestaurant.com $$$

Buckhead Diner

This iconic restaurant is best known for legendary dishes like homemade potato chips with warm Maytag blue cheese, and veal and wild mushroom meatloaf from executive Chef Charles schwab. Just save room for the James Beard Award-winning white chocolate banana cream pie. It's by far the best we've had.
3073 Piedmont Road, 404.262.3336, buckheadrestaurants.com $$

The Capital Grille

Lofty downtown views and a dry-aging room make The Capital grille one of Atlanta's most unique steakhouses. And that's saying a lot in a city with as many steakhouses as streets named Peachtree. Expect a meal with intelligent service, a rock star wine list and consistently delicious dishes like porcini-rubbed delmonico with aged balsamic. 255 E. Paces Ferry Road, 404.262.1162, thecapitalgrille. Com $$$

Chops Lobster Bar

As the name so aptly implies, you go to Chops Lobster Bar, well, to feast on surf and turf. But we're not talking just any steak and lobster—the beef here is wet-aged for 42 days, and the live Maine lobsters weigh up to 5 pounds regularly. 70 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404.262.2675, buckheadrestaurants.com $$$

Cucina Asellina

From the folks behind sTK, this italian kitchen (right next door to its swank sister steakhouse) delights lunch- and dinner-goers with simple, rustic Catalan fare. The menu is divided into six main sections: hot or cold appetizers, pizza and pastas, followed by cheese and meat selections and dessert. Beautifully crusted pizzas topped with prosciutto, arugula and truffle or seasonal vegetables, ricotta and fresh herbs steal the show. 1075 Peachtree St., 404.793.0141, togrp.com $$

Cuts Steakhouse

Slide into a curvaceous booth under ceramic antlers and proceed to sample chef donnie Wicker's wares. Both the braised beef short rib and smoked salmon appetizers are delicious. You'll especially admire the tender rib meat (with mushrooms, cabbage ragout and grated horseradish), and the hunk of salty salmon (with remoulade, pickled shallots and flatbread crackers). Wicker may be southern at heart, but his menu has global intentions. 60 Andrew Young International Blvd. NE, 404.525.3399, cutsatlanta.com $$

F&B

Tucked inside The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Atlanta, Buckhead, F&B Atlanta's rustic interiors are less effeminate than your typical Parisian bistro. Back in Atlanta, new executive chef Philippe Haddad has revamped the menu with a French foundation and a Belgium influence—look for inspired dishes like diver sea scallops on a spinach coulis with cucumber, carrots and a lemon confit. 3630 Peachtree Road, 404.254.1797, fandbatl.com $$$

Kyma

This temple to fresh fish and greek gastronomy serves up an impressive array of modern greek dishes—several derived from chef Pano i. Karatassos' traditional family recipes. Faves like grilled octopus and whole grilled fish are must-orders. And Kyma's wine list features more greek wines than any other restaurant in the city. 3085 Piedmont Road, 404.262.0702, buckheadrestaurants.com $$

Livingston Restaurant + Bar

This historic space inside the georgian Terrace Hotel blends modern sophistication with traditional opulence. The menu is equally sensational with butter-poached lobster, lamb chops and beef short ribs. The outdoor terrace and bar make a nice perch for people-watching on Peachtree, especially when there's a show at The Fox Theatre. 659 Peachtree St., 404. 897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com $$

New York Prime

This Buckhead steakhouse specializes in classic prime beef cuts—the New York strip, bone-in rib-eye, filet mignon and porterhouse for two are always hits. Pair them up with any of the classic sides: sauteed mushrooms, asparagus with hollandaise or lyonnaise potatoes. Succulent seafood options are also top-notch. 3424 Peachtree Road, 404. 846.0644, newyorkprime.com $$$

Ocean Prime

The Buckhead hot spot features a glass-enclosed dining room, cocktail lounge and piano bar, and steak and seafood—think filets, both New York and Kansas City strips, and rib-eyes, as well as Dutch Harbor king crab legs, lobster, ahi tuna tartare, jumbo lump crabcake and Chilean sea bass. The aged Wisconsin cheddar fondue, pork porterhouse with port wine reduction, and Ashley Farms chicken with lemon pan jus are delish options, as well. 3102 Piedmont Road, 404.846.0505, m $$$

The Optimist and The Oyster Bar

The Optimist is a shining beacon for chef Adam Evans' full-steamahead fusion cooking. In the more formal, ocean-liner-size main room, fried oysters sit on pork belly and Maine sea scallops come with oxtail marmalade. But if you have an appetite for something a little less lusty, dock your sperrys under the bar, and nosh on peel-and-eat shrimp and raw oysters—swig it all down with a Heavy seas small Craft Warning. 914 Howell Mill Road, 404.477.6260, theoptimistrestaurant.com $$

Rathbun's

Getting to Rathbun's—located in a restored part of the old stove Works, in the emerging Inman Park—is half the fun. Kevin Rathbun's modern American menu of small plates and raw plates, or for the particularly famished, his famous second Mortgage big plates. The menu changes nearly every day, but you can always count on delish staples like the daily openfaced ravioli, Maine lobster and roasted green chile soft tacos, as well as the legendary eggplant steak fries. 112 Krog St., Suite R, 404.524.8280, kevinrathbun.com $$$

Restaurant Eugene

James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Linton Hopkins embraces local farmers, growers and producers, and bases his restaurant's menu on the organic ingredients they harvest daily. Small plate faves include chicken livers with grits and pickled peaches; and lamb shoulder with glazed turnips and mint. Tasting menus, sunday supper and Cheese Eugene are also wildly popular. 32277Peachtree Road, 404.355.0321, restauranteugene.com $$$

Ruth's Chris Steak House

The Buckhead outpost of internationally renowned Ruth's Chris steak House has been a favorite local dining destinations for nearly two decades, featuring custom-aged, USDA prime steaks, served with the signature sizzle, an award-winning wine list, and legendary hospitality. Perfect for a business dinner or romantic date. Look for a soon to open Alpharetta location this October. 3285 Peachtree Road, 404.365.0660; ruthschris.net $$$ ©

Southern Art & Bourbon Bar

This is acclaimed chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Art Smith's (he was Oprah's chef for 10 years) first Atlanta restaurant. The urban eatery offers Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails at the interContinental Buckhead Atlanta. The restaurant has a host of new fall dishes such as chargrilled hanger steak with mustard glaze and sweet pommes frites. 3315 Peachtree Road, 404.946.9070, southernart.com $$

Tomo

Atlanta's beloved chef Tomohiro Naito reopened tomo in the Buckhead Ritz- Carlton Residences. The space, swanky without being fussy, keeps the lines clean and crisp. With muted cream and black and wood tones, it's all the better to keep our eyes on his exquisite sushi. Make plans to sip Champagne with buttery slivers of yellowtail sashimi with hot serrano pepper and yuzu soy sauce. 3630 Peachtree Road, 404.835.2708, tomorestaurant.com $$

Watershed on Peachtree

Those of us who shed a tear (or two) when this Decatur institution shut its doors, can finally rejoice because Watershed is back! Chef Joe Truex ha created a southerninspired menu—think jumbo sea scallop schnitzel; butter-poached trigger fish with pecan dust; and of course Fried Chicken Night, which has moved from Tuesdays to Wednesdays. The space has seating for 175, a patio, a large bar and plenty of parking. 1820 Peachtree Road, 404. 809.3561, watershedrestaurant.com $$

TABLE FOR TWO, PLEASE

Abattoir

Executive chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison created this meatcentric restaurant, which features ambitious cuisine utilizing every functional piece of the animal. But meats aren't the only things that shine here. Hector santiago has recently taken the helm and bringing in Hawaiian ahi tuna poke. Try the everchanging vegetable selections, Food in a Jar starters and libations—how 'bout a milk stout with that braised rabbit? 1170 Howell Mill Road, 404.892.3335, starprovisions.com $$

Aria

Owner and Executive Chef Gerry Klaskala's fine American cuisine is considered among Atlanta's best. Every dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients, boldest flavors and most artful plating. The menu focuses on slow food—think braised, roasted and stewed meats. And don't miss Pastry Chef Kathryn King's warm chocolate cheesecake. 490 E. Paces Ferry Road, 404. 233.7673, aria-atl.com $$$

Bacchanalia

Consistently rated as one of the city's best restaurants, Bacchanalia features contemporary American cuisine by chefs and owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. Executive Chef David A. Carson works side by side with his team to prepare each evening's four-course, prix-fixe menus—which change daily—and include all local fare. Harrison hand-selects the wine to complement each dish. 1198 Howell Mill Road, 404.365.0410, starprovisions.com $$$$

Bistro VG

This Roswell favorite is just one of the fab restaurants from Christopher and Michele sedgwick. The couple revamped the space several years ago and have since received rave reviews. The French and Mediterranean bistro cuisine takes center stage here. The escargot, wood-fired pizzas, braised short ribs and country pate are standouts. Save room for patisseries, too. 70 W. Crossville Road, Roswell, 770.993.1156, sedgwickrestaruantgroup.com $$

Cakes & Ale

After a move in 2012, the space includes a full retail bakery, an outdoor patio space, large communal dining table and banquette seating. Chef and owner Billy Allin will continue to serve an ever-changing menu of homemade Southern staples based on what's fresh, organic and in season. 155 Sycamore St., 404.377.7994, cakesandalerestaurant.com $$

Davio's

The Atlanta outpost of this Bostonbased northern Italian steakhouse specializes in hearty favorites—think pastas (hand-rolled gnocchi and Maine lobster ravioli, among others), several steak and fish options, and a classic selection of antipasti. Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, 404.844.4810, davios.com $$

Ecco

This hip neighborhood restaurant consistently executes a top-notch Italian-inspired menu of flavorful wood-fired pizzas, meat and cheese boards, pastas and shared plates. Belly up to a dish of porchetta a la plancha with fennel agrodolce, pair it with a towering glass of Martino Biscardo, Ripasso. 40 Seventh St., 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com $$

KR SteakBar

You won't find any 18-ounce bonein rib-eye or soft lobster tacos here. Instead, Kevin Rathbun offers a range of smaller to midsize plates featuring some edgy cuts in this latest resto. Consider the sturgeon with sous vide fennel and grapefruit. Savory and elegant, this is one knockout dish, like a ballerina with a serious left hook. Working with fifth-cut proteins and his own spin on New York Italian cuisine, the offerings include beef tongue and tripe. 349 Peachtree Hills Ave., 404. 841.8820, krsteakbar.com $$$

Local Three

Three's the charm for the dynamic trio (Todd Mussman, Ryan Turner and Chris Hall) that's behind this temple to local and seasonal cuisine. Local Three delivers artisanal libations, intelligent wine offerings and damn tasty food. Who could go wrong with a duck meatloaf sub sandwich lacquered in blue cheese, barbecue lamb sliders or a ridiculously rich lobster spaghettini drizzled in uni butter and spring peas? 3290 Northside Parkway, 404. 968.2700, localthree.com $$

Osteria Mattone

This modern neighborhood restaurant, from the team behind Roswell fave Table & Main, serves exquisite Roman Italian food. Small bites, such as unfathomably tender octopus with chickpea are just as pleasing as indulgent larger plates such as tagliolini di mare with lobster and crab. Don't skip the salted-caramel bread pudding—a revelation. 91095 Canton St, Roswell, 678.878.3378, osteriamattone.com $$

Park 75

Inside the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta remains one of the city's poshest places to dine. And Executive Chef Robert Gerstenecker remains one of our faves always focusing his menu on seasonal dishes. Gerstenecker also grows his own herbs and maintains a beehive on the hotel's rooftop. But it's the chef's table in the kitchen where diners get to watch the chefs prepare a special meal that's unlike anything else in the city. 75 14th St., 404.253.3840, fourseasons.com. $$$

Pricci

The kitchen at Pricci is stacked with Italian chefs all managed by Milan native and Executive Chef Piero Premoli. He uses only the finest ingredients to prepare the hearty Tuscan, Ligurian and Milanese dishes like beef short rib ravioli in buttery braising jus; risotto fungi with Geezer Farm's mushrooms; and osso buco with carnaroli risotto Milanese and preserved lemon gremolata.
500 Pharr Road, 404.237.2941, buckheadrestaurants.com $$$

Seed Kitchen & Bar

Executive Chef Doug Turbush has opened his fairly new neighborhood restaurant in East Cobb. Seed features a menu of modern American cuisine prepared simply with local ingredients—think hanger steak and frites; spicy Asian fish sandwich; and gnocchi and shrimp. The space was designed by ai3 and features a large bar and outdoor patio area, open kitchen, butcher-block dining tables and two oversized custom mosaic art pieces. 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 678. 214.6888, eatatseed.com $$

Seven Lamps

This chic spot has killer food and a homey atmosphere. Executive Chef drew Van Leuvan's lunch, dinner and late-night menus feature regionally inspired recipes and seasonal ingredients with dishes that range from handmade pastas, such as tortellini stuffed with butternut squash and paprika to sammies, such as the crispy cheese sandwich with Gruyere and egg ser ved at lunch. Shops Around Lenox, 3400Around Lenox Road, 404. 467.89.50, sevenla mpsatl.Com $$

Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar

Tom Catherall's newest restaurant is a family affair—literally. His children Tara, Ryan, Kathleen and Nick all work either in the kitchen or on the service floor. And as the name implies, this restaurant is about oysters and wine. The raw bar features a selection of oysters from across the country. They're also serving a selection of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade soups and salads, so if you're not a fan of the oyster, there's still something on the menu you can enjoy. 705 Town Blvd. 404.846.1777, h2sr.com/shucks $$

The Spence

Executive Chef Richard Blais' fine dining restaurant is what he calls a "classic eatery that serves accessible, ingredient-driven food." Expect creative fare like oysters and pearls; raw mackerel, fried clams and smoked aioli; or General Tso's sweetbreads. 75 Fifth St., 404.892.9111, thespenceatl.com $$

St. Cecilia

The influence of the Italian coast is an omnipresent force through the meal. A small plate of shrimp-stuffed cappelletti with pickled herbs and sea urchin froth is an excellent second step before moving on to the main plates like Block Island swordfish that has been entrusted to its own perfect simplicity, or the tart, savory whole wood-grilled loup de mer. Desserts are crafted in-house: You'll want to keep the flaky Nutella torta with burnt milk gelato all to yourself. 3455 Peachtree Road NE, 404.554.9995, stceciliaatl.com $$

Tuk Tuk

The small-plate-style dining at Tuk Tuk lets you experience a multitude of different Thai street foods and authentic flavors. The restaurant is run by the Niyomkuls (they also own Nan Thai Fine Dining) and features a dramatic, open space and quirky design. The mussel omelet, grilled pork skewers and mieng kum, (spinach leaves, topped with roasted peanuts, coconut, onion, bits of lime and slivered ginger) are all must-haves. 1745 Peachtree Road, 678. 539.6181, tuktukatl.com $$

Umi

Chef Fuyuhiko Ito is back in the saddle and helming the exquisite kitchen at Umi. Ito, along with co-owners Farshid Arshid and Charlie Hendon, are dishing up a bevy of original, innovative dishes like the Wagyu toban yaki and Chilean sea bass yuan-yaki, the latter of which is marinated in a yuan sauce, and then the paper wrapper it comes in is set on fire for a smoky flavor. The delicate monkfish liver pate over daikon sprouts with ponzu sauce, Japanese red snapper carpaccio and grilled shishito peppers are standouts. 3050 Peachtree Road NW, 404. 841.0040, umiatlanta.com $$$

Woodfire Grill

Executive Chef Matthew Weinstein recently took over the kitchen here. The menu still focuses on seasonal and sumptuous specialties like wood-grilled local quail, pork belly and Painted Hills hanger steak. And with Pastry Chef Chrysta Poulus on board, diners can expect freshly made milk rolls, as well as scrumptious desserts. 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404.347.9055, woodfiregrill.com $$ ©

FAMILY MAN

Antico Pizza Napoletana

Open from 11:30AM until they run out of dough Monday through Saturday, this beloved pizza emporium has had the upper "crust" drooling for years. Fans like Owen Wilson, Mayor Kasim Reed and more are addicts for the San Gennaro pie (salsiccia, sweet red pepper, bufala and cipolline), as well as the Capricciosa pie (mushroom, artichoke, prosciutto cotto and bufala)—all done in true Naples style. 1093 Hemphill Ave. NW, 404.724.2333, anticoatl.com $

Aspens Signature Steaks

Escape the sweltering Atlanta summer with Aspens' two Marietta locations, transporting guests to a cozy lodge complete with the luxurious comforts of your favorite ski resort. Comfy leather seats and warm fireplaces complement the choicest cuts in town. Imaginative seafood dishes sprinkle the menu too, accompanied by rich sides like smoked Gouda grits and three-cheese bacon macaroni. 2942 Shallow ford Road, Marietta, 678.236.1400, sedgwickrestaurantgroup.com $$

Bocado

Chef and owner Todd Ginsberg delivers at this stylish West Midtown bistro. The menu features American cuisine with a playful Southern flair—we love the poblano and pimento cheese and bacon, fried green tomato sandwich. And, of course, there's the Bocado burger stack with pickle and cheese that has a veritable cult following now. 887 Howell Mill Road, 404.815.1399, bocadoatlanta.com $

Canoe

Always a favorite fall spot to chill outdoors, Canoe's setting by the Chattahoochee is just part of why Atlantans love it. The seasonal menu is also spectacular—dishes like seared George's Bank scallops or slowroasted Carolina rabbit are consistently delicious. The return of Pastry Chef Sarah Koob, who was there from 1988 to 2004, is good news for discerning dessert fans. 4199 Paces Ferry Road, 770. 432.2663, canoeatl.com $$$

The General Muir

Chef Todd Ginsberg along with Jennifer and Ben Johnson (owners of The West Egg) have collaborated on one of Atlanta's best casual restaurants. The concept is classic New York Jewish deli with traditional favorites like house-cured and smoked pastrami, kettle-boiled and hand-rolled bagels, impeccable brisket, and corned beef hash. Emory Point, 1540 Avenue Place, 678. 927.9131, thegeneralmuir.com $$

Horseradish Grill

Atlanta legend says the Horseradish Grill building has been home to a continuously operating restaurant since the 1800s. Today it's still charming diners near Chastain Park and serving up Southern cuisine based on seasonal freshness and ethnic diversity. Former sous chef, Dave Berry has returned to his old stomping grounds to elevate the menu. Try his new pan-roasted duck with red potato salad and barbecue savoy cabbage or grilled sweet tea-brined quail. 4320Powers Ferry Road, 404.255.7277, horseradishgrill.com $$ ©

JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Chef Ford Fry's casual-chic neighborhood restaurant is a perennial fave among locals and offers a menu of sophisticated Southern favorites like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and North Georgia trout. Happy hour's always a hit, too. Local musicians play live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 1198 Howell Mill Road, 404. 355.2252, jctkitchen.com $$

Lure

Expect strong, charismatic flavor profiles created by Executive Chef David Bradley and Fifth Group beverage guru Vajra Stratigos. Scallop crudo bumps up against sugar snaps and horseradish. Unctuous steak tartare oozes with eggplant puree. Sauteed grouper is a continent-hopping collision of Silver Queen corn and palate-tingling spicy lime pickle. Also, it's in the heart of the city's party district, so why not drink up? Booze is so big here they put it in punch bowls. And the restaurant has weekend brunch so stop by for lobster Benedicts. 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, 404. 817.3650, lure-atlanta.com $$

No. 246

The dynamic duo of Ford Fry (of JCT. Kitchen & Bar) and chef Drew Belline have come together to wow with this fantastic Italian-inspired neighborhood restaurant. The menu features plates of local, farmfresh ingredients with dishes that utilize simple wood-fired cooking techniques. Try their new Family supper menu Monday through Thursday nights that comes with appetizers, greens, pasta dishes and zeppole with anise sugar. 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., 678.399.8246, no246.com $$

South City Kitchen - Midtown

It's been 17 years since perennial favorite south City Kitchen first opened its doors, and this Midtown hot spot is still serving up some of the city's best southern cuisine. Executive Chef Chip ulbrich adds just the right contemporary twist to traditional southern faves— buttermilk fried chicken, she-crab soup, grit croutons and fried green tomatoes are all signatures. 1144 Crescent Ave. NW, 404.873.7358, southcitykitchen.com $$

Table & Main

This southern bistro opened doors in a renovated 1910 house and has been serving up a menu of southern, neighborhood fare from executive Chef t ed Lahey ever since. Traditional favorites like fried chicken, collard greens and Charleston she-crab soup share the menu with unexpected dishes like venison osso bucco. 1028 Canton St., Roswell, 678.869.5178, tableandmain.com $$

ON THE PROWL

Coast

Coast's nautical vibe will have you feeling as close to the seashore as you can get in Buckhead. Pair your favorite grilled fish with some of the fried corn hush puppies and finish out the night on the lively patio with an island-inspired cocktail. Open nightly and on sunday for Coast's signature seafood boil. 111 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404.869.0777, h2sr.com $$

Del Frisco's Grille

Start things off with the edamame (uniquely dressed with Korean barbecue sauce and lime salt), ahi tacos or the crab toast, which is gooey with cheese and scented with Old Bay and lemon. If you're in for the meatier side of things—the copiously seasoned 8-ounce filet is like buttah, and the shaved primerib sandwich is a delicious play on the classic French-dip roll. 3376 Peachtree Road, 404.537.2828, delfriscosgrille.com $$$

Empire State South

Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson has tapped chef Joshua Hopkins to keep bringing his love of regional fare and fuss-free food to Midtown. Full-day service includes a serious coffee bar, daily breads, lunch, brunch and dinner. Come hungry—you'll want every bite of his steelhead trout with local radish and green garlic rice grits, as well as Riverview pork loin. 999 Peachtree St., 404.541.1105, empirestatesouth.Com $$

Holeman & Finch Public House

Put your palate in adventure mode and dig into chef Linton Hopkins' whole animal bonanza at this ever busy, highly praised gastropub. Think pan-fried rabbit livers, gratin of marrow, schnitzel lamb fries and of course a platter of the housemade charcuterie. Don't miss the 10PM fresh-ground hamburger bell... They serve 'em up until they're gone. 2277Peachtree Road, 404.948.1175, holeman-finch.com $$

Kimball House

Joel line cooks Jeffrey Wall and Philip Meeker are chefs at this new Decatur outpost from the team behind Brick store Pub and Leon's Full service. It's located in the old Decatur train depot and its name pays tribute to two early 20thcentury historical hotels in Atlanta. The menu features a raw bar and full dinner options, plus Leon's former mixologist Miles Macquarrie's killer cocktails, wine and craft beer. 303 E. Howard Ave., Decatur, 404.378.3502, cargocollective.com/kimballhouse $$

King + Duke

Executive Chef Joe schafer's wood fire cooking keeps it packed nearly every night. Start with warm Maine crab toast. It's a nice foil to the crazy-rich bone marrow with smoked mushrooms, short-rib marmalade and pieces of toasts for scooping. A charred octopus salad is a return to healthful sanity and a nice display of the fiery technique of a kitchen that proffers coal-roasted onion soup, wood-roasted chicken-liver toast and so on. 3060 Peachtree Road NW, 404. 477.3500, kinganddukeatl.com $$

STK Atlanta

The chic space is like nothing else in the city—well, this one anyway. And chef Mark Alba's new menu features items that aren't in the New York or Vegas restaurants—sapelo Island clams with chorizo, oysters with potlikker gelee cubes and a beet salad that astounds. The usual fare is still there—think beef and tuna tartare, foie gras French toast, and lil' BRG sliders, plus small, medium and large cuts of steak. 1075 Peachtree St., 404. 793.0144, stkhouse.com $$$$ 0

Tavern at Phipps

Whether you're in desperate need of an after-hours cocktail on a spacious patio, or just like dining among some of the city's hottest singles, The Tavern at Phipps has you covered. The seeand- be-seen set flocks here for the high-energy bar, live music, attractive servers and the eats. Think a classic Reuben stuffed wtih Carnegie Deli pastrami, a pan-sauteed lump crabcake sandwich and their signature Tavern chips offered in flavors like Cajun, Thai chicken and more. Breeze through the revolving doors, into the shower of napkins, and prepare to be served. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.814.9640, thetavernatphipps.com $$ 0

Fare Share

Buckhead is spicing up the sushi scene with the opening of Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi, a new hot spot located across from Lenox Square that derives its name from the Japanese word for sword. "The Buckhead restaurant scene is explosive right now, and we're excited to be part of the well-established community," says owner Mali Hu (of Brookhaven's The One Sushi + and OTP's Ichiban Steak & Sushi). The Zen-inspired decor, which was designed by Hu and her husband/co-owner, George, is a visual representation of the menu's duality. On one side, 10 hibachi grills with 10 seats each encourage traditional community dining. On the other, diners can order up artistic takes on traditional Japanese fare and sushi. True to tradition-breaking form, Katana offers up out-of-the-box options. "It's really about showing this cooking style to diners, like making whole steak or lobster paired with our signature sauces," she explains. "We wanted to introduce a unique style of teppanyaki to our guests." All we can say is, domo arigato, Mrs. Hu! 3345 Lenox Road NE, katanaatl.com $$ -Alison Abbey

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