JEZE April 2016 : Page 54

2016 BEST OF ATLANTA GOOD EATS Best Breakfast: Buttermilk Kitchen When Hollywood heavyweights Jon Hamm and Tom Hanks come calling, you know the line outside the door is worth the wait for this staple’s famous fried chicken biscuit and buttermilk pancakes. Buckhead, @buttermilkkitch Best First Date: The Southern Gentleman Get to know your potential mate by sidling up to the bar to sip on a Scarlet Belle or getting cozy in a booth while snacking on Vidalia onion crab dip at this eatery bursting with Southern charm. Buckhead, @atlsoutherngent Best Pizza: Varasano’s Pizzeria Whoever said you can only get good pizza in Italy clearly hasn’t been to Varasano’s. Thin and crunchy crust topped with a variety of authentic flavors awaits in this place’s fragrant kitchen. Multiple locations, @varasanospizza Best Mexican: Superica With a prime spot in Krog Street Market (and a new Buckhead location coming soon!), Superica is our go-to for Tex-Mex done right. Indulge in queso fundido, tacos or enchiladas, but get there early— reservations don’t exist. Inman Park, @supericaatl Best Sushi: Umi A-List celebs and locals flock to this nationally recognized sushi spot for its exceptional, artistic fare, which includes fresh fish from Japan’s iconic Tsukiji market. Buckhead, @umisushiatl Best Casual Date: The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill With a new Roswell location boasting Marty Mason-designed interiors, weekly specials (don’t miss Oyster Hour) and live music, The Big Ketch is the perfect spot for letting sparks fly. Multiple locations, @thebigketch Best Buford Highway Spot: Lips Atlanta From the spectacular drag-queen performances to the tasty bites, Lips is our ultimate guilty pleasure for a night of sinfully sweet fun. Buford Highway, @lipsatl Best Group Dining Spot: Gypsy Kitchen With a sizeable bar and an unparalleled patio, Gypsy Kitchen is an ideal spot for mingling with pals over shareable charcuterie, tapas and cocktails, especially during happy hour. Buckhead, @gypsykitchenatl Best Burger: Bocado One burger, two patties and three cheers for deliciousness! The stack is an award-winning masterpiece of fresh beef coated in melted American cheese and topped off with housemade pickles—simplicity at its finest. Westside, @bocadoatlanta Best Hotel Restaurant: Bar Margot See and be seen at this swanky spot at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, where craft cocktails and handmade pasta will have you settling in for hours. Midtown, @barmargotatl Best New Restaurant: Cape Dutch If Cape Dutch’s decadent menu doesn’t win you over (don’t miss the elk chop), the stunning design certainly will. It’s no surprise it took the No. 1 spot on our 100 Hottest Restaurants list for 2016. Buckhead, @capedutchatl 54 Best Spot for Dining on a Diet: True Food Kitchen Sustainably sourced all-natural ingredients make this spot our go-to for guilt-free dining. Inside scoop: A major menu revamp is on the horizon this summer. Buckhead, @truefoodkitchen Best Comeback: TomTom Tom Catherall’s original TomTom may have shuttered in 2002 at Lenox Square, but the new TomTom is back and better than ever with a menu that includes numerous Noche faves, like that beloved Trailer Park taco. Virginia-Highland Best Vegan: YEAH! Burger Meat-and dairy-free locals rave about this spot’s vegan menu, including its burgers, which feature a housemade patty of organic black beans, brown rice and chia seeds; a vegan bun; and a plethora of gluten-free sauces for extra flavor. Multiple locations, @yeahburger Best Steakhouse: New York Prime & Chops Lobster Bar With star-studded client lists, exceptional service and tasty cuisine, New York Prime and Chops are coming in neck and neck for the city’s best steak. Too good to be true? You decide! Buckhead, @newyorkprime, @chopslobsterbar THE BIG KETCH PHOTO BY PATRICK HEAGNEY; TRUE FOOD KITCHEN PHOTO BY FOX RESTAURANT CONCEPTS; YEAH! BURGER PHOTO BY OLIVIA RAE JAMES

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