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100 H OTTE ST RESTAURANTS 2016 26 NEW YORK PRIME 3424 Peachtree Road NE Buckhead 404.846.0644 @newyorkprime $6-$98 R P Owner Greg Greenbaum, Managing Partner Bobby Donlan and Operating Partner Michael Smith continue to wow year after year (since 2003 to be exact) with a top spot on our “100 Hottest Restaurants” list. Whether it’s the swank atmosphere (that draws some of ATL’s most elite) or the high standards its steaks must meet (USDA prime, then aged, cut and charred on a special 1700-degree Southbend broiler), New York Prime is not to be missed. Start with prime beef tenderloin carpaccio; order a New York Strip (with cheese mashed potatoes, of course); then sweeten the deal with white-chocolate banana cream pie. Food coma, commence! This Buckhead newbie makes its debut on JEZ ’s “100 Hottest” list for good reason. A sprawling 50-person patio and prime spot on Piedmont beckon, while dry-ice cocktails and charcoal-grilled meats cut tableside mean you’ll be staying awhile. Founded in San Antonio, Texas, the impressive space’s centerpiece, designed by Restaurant Consulting Group, is an over-the-top salad bar brimming with smoked salmon, cilantro-sprinkled shrimp cocktail, tabbouleh and more than 30 fresh items hand-picked daily. And about that meat, it’s seasoned and cooked to perfection (think picanha, filet mignon, prime sirloin and rack of lamb). Steak your claim! This old-school steakhouse and lounge boasts a New-Orleans-inspired menu that continues to draw loyal patrons and new diners year after year. While signature dishes like the swordfish steak, roasted chicken, prime bone-in rib-eye and the blackened filet are divine, it’s the atmosphere that really makes this steakhouse a star in its own right. Snack on mussels bathed in white wine sauce or fried calamari while sipping on classic cocktails and rubbing elbows with Buckhead’s elite. Falcons star Matt Ryan has been known to grace the tables of “The Steakhouse” (as it’s been dubbed) a time or two. 29 TRUE FOOD KITCHEN 3393 Peachtree Road NE Buckhead 404.481.2980 @truefoodkitchen $13-$24 B P You want to hit the brunch scene post-Barre class, but where can you go that won’t undo all the hard work you’ve just put in? Head to True Food Kitchen. Founded by Dr. Andrew Weil in partnership with Phoenix restaurateur Sam Fox, this spot’s menu highlights anti-inflammatory foods that happen to be delicious. During warm months, grab a spot on the patio and sip on the Kale-Aid, made with kale, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon and ginger. The roasted seasonal vegetable board with avocado green goddess dip is perfect for sharing, and the “Inside Out” quinoa burger topped with hummus, tzatziki and feta is one of our all-time faves. Ford Fry’s wood-fired fete, King + Duke, continues to showcase itself as in instant classic in the Atlanta dining scene. From its nods to classic literature to its contemporary-cool motif, K+D is a modern throwback to a way of cooking that lets the ingredients tell the story. The meat-laden menu of duck, lamb, pork and, of course, steak are all cooked to unadulterated perfection over the warm embers of the resto’s 24-foot open-fire hearth. JCT. Kitchen & Bar alum and Executive Chef EJ Hodgkinson’s sustainable sensibility and creativity into locally sourced dishes propel the palate into unknown territory that’s truly delicious. Dying for a melt-in-your-mouth steak served up in a chic Midtown lounge? Then, STK (which has locations sprinkled in top cities around the globe) is the answer to your meat-loving prayers. Sip a Tickle Me Ginger cocktail while grooving to the tunes of the resto’s live DJ. Tempt your taste buds with the clever creations of Executive Chef Mark Alba, which range from bite-sized lil’ burgers made with wagyu beef to lobster mac and cheese. And head to the weekly Lip Service party on Thursdays to enjoy bubbly Magnum specials and an all-night happy hour menu. After all, at STK, Thursday is the new Friday. Atlanta’s best kept secret for sexy, seasonal and locally sourced American comfort food is 1KEPT. Soak in the utterly cool vibes of this South Buckhead nosh spot that’s brimming with elusiveness and creativity from owner Thaddeus Keefe (of Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft fame), who’s more than willing to take chances in the kitchen. Expand your palate with inventive fare like fennel pork meatballs, confit duck leg and sweetgrass mussels before indulging in the decadent chocolate and marshmallow creme brulee. Oh, and don’t miss the black truffle popcorn dusted with Parmesan that we’d happily eat by the bucket. CHAMA GAÚCHA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE PHOTO BY HEIDI GELDHAUSER CHAMA GAÚCHA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE 3365 Piedmont Road NE Buckhead 404.842.0011 @chamagaucha $27-$45 R P 27 30 KING + DUKE 3060 Peachtree Road NW Buckhead 404.477.3500 @kingandduke $18-$87 B R P 28 HAL’S 96 30 Old Ivy Road NE Buckhead 404.261.0025 $40-$60 R P 31 STK 1075 Peachtree St. Midtown 404.793.0144 @eatstk $25-$48 R 32 1KEPT 2293 Peachtree Road NE Buckhead 404.254.1973 @1kept $18-$30 R P F 33 TIN LIZZY’S CANTINA Multiple locations @tinlizzys $4-$10 P Colorful cocktails from Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse KEY: $ -Dinner entree price range B -Brunch available [times vary] R -Reservations accepted [restrictions may apply] P -Patio dining F -Furry friends welcome Eats that are low on cost and high on flavor? Head to one of Tin Lizzy’s Cantina’s numerous ATL locations. Start with an order of the Three Amigos (guacamole, queso and salsa—aka the Holy Grail) before ordering a Low Country Boil taco (grilled shrimp, spicy chorizo and Tater Tots?!) or Korean barbecue pork nachos (what calories?). Warm skillets are also a top pick (Southern Comfort-, Mediterranean-, cantina-, churrasco-or fajita shrimp-style), and a pitcher of refreshing housemade margaritas is always a good choice. Throw in some live music, sports-blaring TVs and Tin Lizzy’s is a party in itself.

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