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100 Hottest RESTAURANTS 2015 The Tavern at Phipps 3500 Peachtree Road NE Buckhead 404.814.9640 | $10-$29 @tavernatphipps R P 28 29 Whether you’re experiencing post-shopping fatigue, 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 see-and-be-seen set fl ocks here for the high-energy bar, live music (country nights are a new Saturday and Sunday staple) and, naturally, the eats. Think a classic Reuben stuff ed with Carnegie Deli pastrami, fi let mignon salad and its signature Tavern chips in Cajun and Thai chicken varieties among others. Breeze through the revolving doors, into the shower of napkins, and prepare to be served by their sexy staff . Step into this modern saloon and slide into a green tufted-leather booth for some of the city’s most delicious pulled pork sliders, brisket chili and ribs. A group of guys behind Gypsy Kitchen, The Big Ketch and The Southern Gentleman came together to launch the chef-crafted ’cue joint and recently hired Nagib Sued to helm the pit. The Astroturf’d front porch draws an attractive Buckhead crowd in the warmer months for a selection of 30-plus craft beers. Those watching the cals, will love their Skinny Fixin’s, while barbecue devotees can belly up to the sauce bar for housemade fl avors like Cherry Cola and Alabama White. With its stylishly old-school decor and modern menu, Buckhead Diner has become an Atlanta icon, visited by both locals and celebs alike. Nick Jonas and Ryan Gosling both stopped by for dinner in the last few months! (Hopefully they did so on Wednesdays or Sundays, the only nights the famed fried chicken is served.) Other faves include Maytag blue cheese chips, the housemade pastrami sandwich and the James Beard Award-winning white chocolate banana cream pie. Finish it all off with The Rol & Rye (Aperol, Old Overholt rye whiskey and a splash of soda) and toast to the good life! Smokebelly BBQ 128 E. Andrews Drive NW Buckhead 404.848.9100 | $9-$25 @smokebellybbq R P 112 The One Sushi + Buckhead Diner 3073 Piedmont Road NE Buckhead 404.262.3336 | $16-$30 @buckheaddiner B R 30 31 Antico Pizza Napoletana 1093 Hemphill Ave. NW Westside 404.724.2333 | $18-$21 26 27 It doesn’t get much more auténtico than this, y’all—from foodies to A-list celebs, guests of all kinds fl ock to Antico. As the fi rst of several ventures owner Giovanni Di Palma has opened in his West Midtown “Little Italia” district (Gio’s Chicken Amalfi tano, Caff e Gio, Bottega Luisa Italian market, Bar Amalfi and the brand-new super exclusive 27), the Naples-style resto boasts pies (with fresh, Italian-sourced ingredients) baked in a 900-degree oven, brought out on large trays in the snag-a-seat-when-you-can dining area that’s shared with the open-air kitchen. Prep yourself for a true taste of Italy, and BYOB, baby! From sea scallop Benedict to crispy duck breast, dishes at Rathbun’s are anything but ordinary, thanks to Chef de Cuisine Nick Anderson and owners Kevin Rathbun, Kirk Parks and Cliff Bramble. Plus, the cocktail menu is just as inventive: Try a Bell Tolls for Thee, featuring hibiscus-infused Shellback silver rum. Both the dining room and the patio off er up industrial-inspired decor with a glam twist, so whether you indulge inside surrounded by exposed brick walls and the hum of a bustling bistro, or on the patio under the cover of the Stove Works portico, you’re in for a treat. R -Reservations accepted [restrictions may apply] P -Patio dining The One Sushi + 2523 Caldwell Road NE Brookhaven 404.869.6988 | $11-$26 @onesushiplus R P At the end of the hip Dresden Drive strip sits this upscale sushi joint. Owners Mali Hu and George Muh, along with chef Jason Liang, are keeping fans like rapper Ludacris and TV chef G. Garvin coming back for superfresh sushi and creative faves, which include misoyaki Japanese black cod, pineapple shrimp and playful yellowtail jalapeno shots. Inside you’ll fi nd a modern, blue-lit bar and sultry dining room with tabletops constructed from Taiwanese wood, tilted glasses and metal chopsticks. Outside, sip a lychee saketini on the patio and watch all of Brookhaven’s attractive revelers roll by. With a sand-in-your-toes philosophy, decor inspired by some of our favorite resort towns (think Rosemary Beach, the Hamptons and Nantucket) and a menu full of fresh seafood, The Big Ketch feels like destination-dining in the heart of Buckhead. Start with the hush puppies or basil Blue Moon mussels. Then, move on to one of the fresh fi sh entrees, the hot buttered lobster roll, the blackened grouper sandwich, or the guilt-free Asian quinoa couscous bowl with ahi tuna. And remember to do as the locals do: Hit the deck for half-priced oysters 4 to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday, and for live music on the reg. This spot is a shore thing. KEY: $ -Dinner entree price range B -Brunch available [times vary] F -Furry friends welcome THE ONE SUSHI + PHOTO BY DAEMON BAIZAN Rathbun’s 112 Krog St. Inman Park 404.524.8280 | $15-$42 @rathbuns R P The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill 3279 Roswell Road Buckhead 404.474.9508 | $7-$24 @thebigketch R P 32

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