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Preview – Episode 823

This week on Atlanta Eats, we check into Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker for some good ol’ southern fried chicken that has been a staple of this family restaurant for 57 years. Then we head to Cameli’s in Little Five Points to accept the challenge of the 42-ounce monster pizza pie covered with tasty sauces and fresh toppings. Last but not least Atlanta Eats hits the road to hang with Mario Batali in Las Vegas to talk about hi take on a Classic steak, authentic pizzas and pastas.

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Neighborhood Guide to Atlanta’s BBQ Joints

Do you have a hankering for a half-slab slathered in thick, sticky-sweet barbecue sauce? Atlanta is a melting pot of cultures and just about every style of ‘cue can be found here. Atlanta Eats presents our list of down and dirty neighborhood barbecue joints, from traditional to upgraded favorites, around the metro Atlanta area.

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Chopped judge, Chef Aaron Sanchez, knows food. In a sauce-centric episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate, he admits that he can’t get enough of the sauce at Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt. Located about a mile east of 75/85 on Memorial Drive, Daddy D’s has the motto “We ain’t pretty, but we’re good,” and it more than lives up to expectations. From the outside it definitely ain’t pretty, but once your plate arrives, you’ll forget everything else until you run out of napkins.

On Dekalb Avenue, where Little Five Points meets Candler Park, Fox Bros BBQ has become a prominent brand of barbecue with many successes over the past few years. From getting bottles of their delicious BBQ sauce onto the shelves of local Kroger stores, to a feature on last season’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. The founders of Fox Bros call their style of BBQ a mixture of “where we are from and where we are at” — Texas with a southern influence, and began selling their ‘cue as a catering business, and then out of Smith’s Olde Bar, before moving to their own home on Dekalb Avenue.

D.B.A Barbecue is a gem of a barbecue joint. Stuck behind the VaHi USPS Office on North Highland, it’s one of those places that you kind of have to know it’s there to know it’s there. But it’s absolutely worth taking the time to go — with great lunchtime deals, and a spacious dining room (for a BBQ place), D.B.A serves up great hospitality, insanely delicious smoked wings and moonshine or bourbon cocktails.

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Decatur

One of the best places in Decatur to get barbecue — actually in the whole of Atlanta — is Community Q on Clairmont north of N. Decatur Road. Here you’ll find all the plates you’d expect at a BBQ restaurant: St. Louis style ribs, brisket, half-chicken…the usual meaty suspects. But where Community Q blows away the competition is in the sides- Brunswick stew, baked beans, and arguably the best straight-up mac n cheese in the city.

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Roswell

A local favorite spot in Historic Roswell, Swallow at the Hollow has a well-earned reputation as one of the best BBQ restaurants outside the perimeter. In the summer, the rocking chair porch makes for a great spot to sit and listen to the live band inside most nights of the week. Don’t forget to get their banana chocolate chip pudding for dessert!

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While you’ll find several bottles of traditional and Southern BBQ sauces on the tables at most ‘cue joints, Heirloom Market BBQ in Cobb County (a bone’s throw from the 75/285 interchange) includes KB sauce — Korean Barbecue. BBQ vaults are shipped in from Houston, Texas, and they use locally sourced hardwoods for the smoker. Keeping the footprint small, as many of the ingredients as possible are also sourced locally from Georgia farmers.

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Midtown/Buckhead

Following the footsteps of Fox Bros, Bone Lick BBQ started life as a Monday night special at P’Cheen in the Old Fourth Ward. After winning accolades all for his BBQ, Mike LaSage moved his operation to a full-time Q-spot in West Midtown in the summer of 2012, and continues to knock it out of the park. Did I say that Bone Lick has a “barcade” with classic 80s coin-op video games? And that it has skee ball lanes? No? Well I should have. My bad.

Over the years, Fat Matt’s Rib Shack on Piedmont has become something of a local institution. On his show, The Layover, Anthony Bourdain admits that Fat Matt’s doesn’t serve “real” barbecue, but what it does is great utilitarian pork and beef smothered in sticky sauce. And he’s right. He is, after all, Anthony Bourdain, so of course he’s right.

Greater Good BBQ in Buckhead/Sandy Springs is one of those hole-in-the-wall spots that everyone seems to know about. There isn’t a bad item on their entire menu, but we definitely have our favorites. Their specialty potato skins topped with pimento cheese, coleslaw, brisket and BBQ sauce are certainly one of a kind. We can’t drive past GG without ordering a rack of ribs and a cup of mac n’ cheese, so take that into consideration.

Downtown

Twin Smokers BBQ may be new to the game of BBQ in Atlanta, but they show no signs of inexperience. In fact, there was so much research done before opening the restaurant, they decided to include key flavors of North Carolina, Kansas City and Memphis barbecue. There is something for everyone here, but make sure not to skip the double trouble bourbon milkshake, the brisket or the jalapeno mac n cheese.

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Alpharetta

A restaurant that has outlasted a decade in downtown Alpharetta, SmokeJack, is no easy feat. They attribute the success to using the freshest ingredients and making every item from scratch, but there is something about SmokeJack we can’t get out of our minds. It may be an off-the-menu item, but we had their brisket sandwich topped with a heap of pimento cheese and homemade pickles at the Alpharetta food trucks and we’ve been craving another ever since.
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Lawrenceville

Like many other slab-and-sauce spots, Hometown BBQ goes with the “converted house” look — and makes it work. The meat here is southern traditional with sauces on the side, and there’s nothing you won’t enjoy about the food — be warned, though: Hometown doesn’t accept cards but there’s an ATM in the restaurant.

Boasting that it has “the best butts in town,” the Tipsy Pig operates out of a gas station in Lilburn. If you can get over that, stop in for some great ‘cue.

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Chamblee

The kings of “low and slow”, Pig-N-Chik is known for incredible classic barbecue and a couple non-traditional menu items (i.e. smoked salmon, fried okra, hushpuppies…etc). The craziest concoction they offer? Redneck Nachos! Fries are loaded with Cheddar cheese, chunks of pork and barbecue sauce.

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Marietta

Dave Poe’s BBQ serves award winning pit cooked BBQ in Marietta. It says so right there on the Web site. All the meats and sides you want at a barbecue place, and three sauces to drown your smoked meat in, but this place has something…unexpected. Redneck Lasagna: mac n cheese covered with Brunswick stew – why didn’t anyone think of this before?

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Norcross

Off Peachtree Industrial at Jones Mill Road, JR’s Log House celebrated 30 years in 2013. If you’re hungry for ribs, JR’s has ALL YOU CAN EAT St. Louis ribs, served all day (well, until 30 minutes before closing). And the price for gorging yourself on ribs the whole day? Less than $14.

Hungry for more barbecue inspiration? Check out barbecue spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!

Steak Shapiro’s Guide To Downtown Dining for the UGA/UNC Game

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There are plenty of places to eat in Downtown Atlanta — from burgers to wings, to places to grab a beer or two, and yes, even some healthier options, Steak Shapiro shares his picks for places to eat within walking distance of the Georgia Dome just in time for the UGA / UNC game this Labor Day weekend!

Alma Cocina (191 Peachtree St. NW; 404-968-9662)

I love the unique tequila selections and the on-the-money margaritas, but it’s the memorable and unique interpretations of classic Mexican fare that has you wondering how long has downtown had food this tasty?

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Dantanna’s (One CNN Center #269; 404-522-8873)

This may be the closest restaurant to the Dome, but nothing even close to generic sports bar food. This upscale sports restaurant features, dark wood, lots of flat screens for great game viewing and large private booths. I love the “Freuben” sandwich, delicious steaks and she crab soup.

Der Biergarden (300 Marietta Street NW; 404-521-2728)

Yes, it’s Atlanta’s only downtown German Beer Garden and it really delivers. The brats are killer, the beer is crisp and the patio makes for tremendous people watching before the game.

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Legal Sea Foods (275 Baker St. NW; 678-500-3700)

This New England transplant has a downstairs bar with best in the world chowder, fresh oysters and lobster rolls that go great with the multiple flat screens that adorn the place.

Googie Burger (In Centennial Olympic Park at “Fountain of Rings”; 404-223-4664)

No time to sit down? Grab a classic, messy burger in all kinds of combinations at this funky walk up joint in Centennial Olympic Park. Are you really gonna do better than a spiked vanilla shake to get you ready for kickoff?

Max’s Coal Oven Pizza (300 Marietta St. NW; 404-974-2941)

Sit out on Marietta Street and eat some superb pie that comes out of a classic Italian brick oven. The meatball subs and fried green tomatoes are as good as you’ll find anywhere in the city.

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Meehan’s Public House Downtown (200 Peachtree St.; 404-214-9821)

Chef Brian O’Rourke makes delicious things happen with shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and killer burgers. This is a place that respects what a cold beer should taste like.

Taco Mac (100 Techwood Dr., 404-835-1192)

A beer selection kissed by the gods and as many classic Taco Mac wings as you can woof down alongside it. You can smell the testosterone.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House (267 Marietta St./Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park; 404-223-6500)

Time to impress some big-wig clients with mouth watering steaks, New Orleans style sides and a classic martini. Grab a seat on my favorite patio to check out Centennial Olympic Park and watch the madness.

Sidebar (79 Poplar Street NW; 404-588-1850)

There may not be a better dive bar in downtown. Flat screens everywhere, macaroni and cheese special platters, and the proverbial French Dip and Cuban Sandwich… Bring it on!

Ted’s Montana Grill (133 Luckie Street NW; 404-521-9796)

Start with the pickles, throw down an awesome bison burger, and close things out with the heated chocolate chip cookie. You can’t go wrong. Bar seating beats the wait.

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White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails (270 Peachtree Street; 404-524-7200)

A little more upscale for sure, but this is a beautiful new restaurant with super fresh, contemporary Southern cuisine with super creative fried chicken — and how about a ‘strami on Rye….They are gearing up for the game this weekend with a special menu on Friday and brunch on Saturday with a Bloody Mary AND mimosa bar. The perfect way to fuel up for the big game! 

Twin Smokers (300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313; 404-698-4707)

You’re in for some trouble at Twin Smokers, double trouble that is. This BBQ masterpiece is known for out-of-control brisket, mac n’ cheese, pulled pork…and even their Bourbon vanilla milkshake (aka the “double trouble”). Go here for great grub all around. Perfect spot before the big game.

Want more restaurant inspiration? Check out more spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!

4 Places to Elevate Your Tailgate

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Whether you cheer for some type of dog, alligator, cat, elephant or tiger everyone speaks the same language when it comes to tailgating. We’re not sure exactly when the transition occurred but there has been a visible shift from simply setting out a table and snack spread to an all-out extravaganza of incredible foods, treats, football gear and decorations. Sometimes you need a helping hand with the cooking and other times it’s much easier to watch the game surrounded by fellow fans at your favorite neighborhood spot. We have the answers to both of these recurring questions. We know just where to guide you whether it be for pick up or dine in, these 4 places have your tailgating needs covered.

Greater Good BBQ

Catering– Check!

Dine in– Check!

Fan favorites– The loaded potato skins with brisket, pimento cheese and coleslaw smothered in their homemade BBQ sauce.

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Twin Smokers BBQ

Catering– Check!

Dine in– Check!

Fan favorite– Their brisket and ribs are top notch but Twin Smoker’s boozy “Double Trouble” milkshake filled with Bourbon really takes the tailgating cake.

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Matthew’s Cafeteria

Catering– Check!

Dine in– Check!

Fan favorite– Banana pudding as good as your grandma’s homemade recipe!

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Smoke Ring

Catering– check!

Dine in– check!

Fan Favorite– Their 3-Cheese Mac And Cheese is some of the best in the city!

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Want more restaurant inspiration? Check out more spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!

Atlanta Eats Is Filming This Week!

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Atlanta Eats is out and about filming this week! We have some great stories in the works, here’s the scoop…

Tuesday, August 23rd

STATS (Downtown) & Cape Dutch (Morningside)

Try the Atlanta’s tried and true favorite sports bar, STATS and the new South African restaurant that has already made its mark in the Morningside community, Cape Dutch. Come out and join us for a chance to get on camera!

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Photo by STATS

Wednesday, August 24th

College Football Hall of Fame (Downtown)

We’ll be on set all day long preparing for our upcoming “Food, Football & Fun” Primetime special! We bring in tailgating pros and chefs cooking up the best foods to eat while watching football games. Go ahead and save the date for our hour-long special directly after the Alabama vs. Ole Miss game at 8 p.m. CBS. We’re also featuring restaurants: DBA Barbecue, Marlow’s Tavern, Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Smoke Ring, Matthew’s Cafeteria, Greater Good BBQ, Bone Lick BBQ, The Pig & The Pint and Norman’s Landing.

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Come out and join us on set, we’d love to have you! For questions about timing, reach out via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

Davio’s Celebrates Its 6th Anniversary!

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(Via M-Squared Public Relations): Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is pleased to invite family, friends, celebrities and celebrity chefs to its six-year anniversary party on August 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Hosted by local publication Simply Buckhead, guests are invited to enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and music by DJWillieT (Tommy Owen of the Bert Show). Proceeds from a cash bar and silent auction, with gifts from Lilly Pulitzer, Michael Kors, Elie Tahari, Vince, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, W Hotel Buckhead and many more, will benefit Bert’s Big Adventure.

“We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate six years in the great city of Atlanta,” said Paul Dunn, general manager of Davio’s Atlanta.“We have enjoyed becoming a go-to restaurant in this community and appreciate all of our loyal customers.”

“Opening a restaurant in the southeast was new territory for me,” said Steve DiFillippo, owner of Davio’s. “I couldn’t be more pleased with all of the success we have had at the Atlanta location.”

The option for a sit-down dinner is also available the evening of August 30. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (404) 844-4810 or visit www.davios.com/atl.

Please RSVP to anny@davios.com by Aug. 22, to attend.

Watch Davio’s segment on Atlanta Eats and get hungry for this special occasion! For more info on Davio’s, click here!

Burgers To Top Off National Burger Day

Everyone at Atlanta Eats commemorates national food holidays, so National Burger Day is no exception. In fact, our whole staff is more enthusiastic about the day of the burger than just about any topic that has come across our recent email threads. We asked this group of Atlanta’s best tasters (i.e. our gang of serious eaters) to dish about their best tasting burger ITP or OTP. We are all professionals so take our word for it, you won’t be disappointed with a bite of our best burgers.

Steak Shapiro

Host of The Front Row on 680 The Fan, Food Network personality, founder of Atlanta Eats, digs filet at Hal’s, Matty Ice, Reuben Sandwiches and the Red Zone Channel.

#1 Hamburger: Holeman & Finch– Cheeseburger

A double patty topped with b&b pickle, red onion and American cheese. Simple, melt-in-your-mouth and I need another one as soon as I’m finished with the first. Need I say more?

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Cody Hicks

One of the founders of Atlanta Eats and self proclaimed “Chief Brisket Officer”.  Cody loves to eat, and when it comes to food, there isn’t much he doesn’t enjoy (except olives). For Cody, being “at the table” is where real community and conversation happens and he feels that food, more than anything else, brings people together in today’s world.  

#1 Hamburger: Red Eyed Mule– Jakes Sloppy Slaw Burger

With a name like “Jakes Sloppy Slaw Burger”, does it really come as any surprise that it’s one of Atlanta’s best?  Hidden away in a nondescript building in West Cobb, I promise you it’s not going to get the accolades and attention as some of the more high profile places in town (although Alton Brown did feature Red Eyed Mule on Best Ever on the Food Network).  It’s unhealthy…it’s messy…but it’s straight from the burger Gods!  Served on THICK Texas toast, with garlic spread, chili, slaw, and a quarter pound of Angus ground chuck, I promise you won’t find a better burger anywhere.  If you are a resident of Cobb County (like I am), or anywhere OTP in NW metro area, do yourself a favor and get to Red Eyed Mule ASAP.

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Photo by tvfoodmaps.com

Scott Chalk

Executive Producer Atlanta Eats. He prefers Jacque Pepin over Anthony Bourdain, croissants over biscuits and a whole lotta bourbon. When he’s not working he can be found teaching his son the finer points of baseball while simultaneously jammin’ to Bob Marley.

#1 Hamburger: Fred’s Meat and Bread– bacon cheeseburger

Chef Todd’s double patty blends of beef (brisket/chuck) make for that perfect amount of lean/fat ratio; just enough to be dripping down the sides of your arms. American Cheese, a perfect bun (crafted by Rob Alexander) and tightly wrapped in deli paper by far make it my desert island dish and the best burger in the ATL!

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Kyle Korelishn

An incessantly hungry 28 year old who dines out roughly 6 nights a week, occasionally runs in Piedmont Park, and appreciates a well thought out meme. 

#1 Hamburger: Grindhouse– Double Grindhouse Style Turkey Burger

My favorite burger comes with all the classic toppings over two turkey patties and a Grindhouse sauce that ties it all together…it’s killer.

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Jon Teplow

A marketing veteran that has eaten his way from New Orleans to Boston and back to Atlanta. Jon’s diverse pallet & increasing waistline are particularly fond of Asian cuisine & is a sucker for fried chicken.

#1 Hamburger: Illegal Food– The Hank

When I’m in Atlanta, I make sure to detour to Virginia-Highland and DEVOUR one of their nationally-acclaimed burgers. The Hank is the ultimate cheeseburger- American cheese, crisp iceberg lettuce, sweet Vidalia onion, house-made fridge pickle and special sauce. Make it a double for the best burger to ever hit your plate.

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Skye Estroff

A UGA graduate who turned “French Fry Aficionado” from a hobby into a career. She bleeds red & black and never turns down a food challenge. Count on Skye for “food porn” on Atlanta Eats’ Instagram and a fresh take on a millennial’s perspective.

#1 Hamburger: Bocado Burger– Southwestern Style Veggie Burger

I’m no vegetarian, but Bocado Burger’s veggie burger gives me the false sense that I could be one. Their handmade vegan patty (aka an outrageously delicious combination of veggies, beans and quinoa) is topped with a poblano pepper, avocado, red onion, American cheese and spicy mayo on a whole wheat Holeman & Finch bun. Every detail is executed to near perfection – no wonder it even beats out the meat on this round of best burger!

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Amy Koonin 

When she’s not in her own kitchen, Amy is always cookin’ up content in ours. Amy loves the Atlanta Hawks and has never met a Bolognese she didn’t like. She is a 25 year old Justin Bieber superfan and she’s proud of it.

#1 Hamburger: Bones

A juicy hunk of medium rare meat sitting atop a buttered bun topped with Bibb lettuce and salty pickles for crunch. I tend to measure the success of a meal based on how much of it ends up on my shirt, and after I leave Bones I always have to go home and change my clothes. Ordering a burger at Bones historic steakhouse may cause an eye roll from my co-workers, but I don’t care because this thing is fantastic.

Want more hamburger inspiration? Check out more spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV every Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am!

Steak Shapiro’s 10 Things You Need to Know This Week

Here are a couple of thoughts roaming around the mind of legendary radio personality and host of Atlanta Eats, Steak Shapiro.

1.  That any restaurant who has a patio and serves a good margarita is going to have an amazing Fall…Some of my favorites are Superica, the amazing Yebo Beach Haus and don’t ever go to sleep on Bartaco.

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2.  That investing time in the HBO series “The Night Of” has been well worth it, can’t say the same about season two of “Mr. Robot” so far.

3.  Mohammed Sanu is going to take a lot of heat on sports talk radio this fall.

4.  That the new revamped bar at The Palm in Buckhead will have a lot of hooting and hollering as folks watch games there throughout football season.

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5.   That Jacob Eason will be frustrated that he cannot wrestle the reins away from Greyson Lambert and be a starter.  

6.   Hal’s on Old Ivy will be the toughest reservation in the city when the College Football Playoffs semi-finals roll through town end of the year.  

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7.   A former Brave has a good chance to manage the Braves next year. See David Ross or Mark DeRosa…

8.  The new South City Kitchen on Peachtree will blow you away with their charcuterie and their unreal third floor patio overlooking Buckhead.

9.   That the Hulu show “Difficult People” will make you feel bad for literally laughing out loud during numerous episodes.

10.   That cornbread fresh out of the oven with a pad of fresh butter on it will make you remember why you hate the “no carb” craze…especially when it’s from Buttermilk Kitchen.

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Hungry for more Steak Shapiro? Be sure to watch Atlanta Eats every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV!

KR Steakbar

Kevin Rathbun’s fourth Atlanta restaurant is a fine addition to his eponymous Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steak, and Krog Bar. KROG isn’t the official acronym for “Kevin Rathbun: Original Gangsta.” Not yet, anyway.

Steakbar sits in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood, and the first thing Kevin Rathbun fans will notice is…it’s really light, compared to his restaurants in Inman Park, and that makes it feel a little less intimidating. While Mr. Rathbun’s signature steaks are still on the menu, along with classics like fried artichokes with lemon, Steakbar ventures into classic Italian cuisine with pasta, mozzarella salad, and pappardelle bolognese.

As with all great restaurants, you don’t go there for the quiet. If you want that, Atlanta has many fine libraries. So you can expect a noise level that will vary from night to night — if you’re going during a celebration season like father’s day, graduation, or at any time during December, you’re going to be sharing the room with large parties that aren’t always using their inside voices.

In something of a culinary coup, Chef Rathbun convinced Top Flr alum, Tres Bullard to sign on to manage the beverage program, so you know that the cocktails are going to be outstanding.

Fumi Hibachi & Sushi Bar

Fumi is a restaurant that truly has it all: a gorgeous ambiance, the best quality foods you can find, great pricing, outdoor seating, an extensive bar with an impressive sake selection, private dining, an all-out sushi bar and hibachi for groups of any size. It’s all OTP in one of the hottest dining pockets of Atlanta- Duluth, GA near Gwinnett Place Mall. Stop by for a date, a night out with friends, bring the kids or plan a private event- they cater the experience to meet the needs of each type of customer. There are no “wrong” orders on their menu, so dabble in the dishes we deem “highlights” then experiment with a mix of sushi and hibachi to find your best order.

Cooks & Soldiers

From the owners who brought you The Iberian Pig, Sugo, and Double Zero: a new chic Spanish Basque spot has arisen. Cooks & Soldiers has quickly attracted an audience of upscale tapas eaters from around the city. The bar is a beautiful focal point as well as the eye-catching and creative dishes that come out of the kitchen.  

 

Hankook Taqueria

This dive located off of Collier Road in Atlanta doesn’t serve your average tacos. Hankook specializes in Korean bbq tacos made fresh to order, and judging by the long lines you commonly see during lunch time chef/owner Thomas Lee is definitely doing something right!

If you ever watch Restaurant:Impossible or Kitchen Nightmares, you’ll know that Gordon Ramsay and Robert Irvine both favor small menus (though that might be because they’re both British, we’re not entirely sure). Hankook follows that advice, and keeps its menu fairly simple, offering tacos, burritos, and street snacks like delicious tempora fried sweet potatoes and sesame fries. Be sure to also check out the Yumbii food truck that is out on the streets serving Hankook Taquerias tacos daily!

Parma Tavern

Every city has one. That spot you flock to when “night” turns into “late night.” Where you can order just a feeeew more, um, sodas, and satisfy that sudden urge for something super greasy. Yes, every city has one, and in Buford, that spot is Parma Tavern. With a bar full of microbrews and a kitchen that keeps churning out Italian classics until the wee hours of the morning, this place is delicious by day and dangerously delicious by night. And we say “dangerously” for a reason…

Okay. The way we see it, there are two types of food that we can’t resist after a few wobbly pops: a perfectly greasy burger or a breakfast smorgasbord. But at Parma Tavern, you’ll never have to choose between the two…because this place is home to the famous Krispy Kreme Burger. ½ lb. Black Angus beef, smothered with American cheese, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and barbeque sauce, and served in between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Dangerously delicious? Yes. Perfect for your 1 am-on-a-Friday-night-feeding? Oh yes!

Of course, the Krispy Kreme Burger is a real commitment. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, look no further than their Italian Taco appetizer. Stuff your taco shells with marinated chicken, mozzarella, provolone, checca and chili aioli for a snack that’s sure to surprise. Looking for a snack you can share? The Donna Rosa pizza is perfectly baked with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, romano, provolone, fresh basil, oregano, olive oil and garlic. Pair it with a glass (okay, a bottle…) of red wine and turn a perfect pizza into a perfect date.

Nikolai’s Roof

Anybody who watches Atlanta Eats knows that the city is filled with countless outstanding neighborhood restaurants, but sometimes you want to take it up a level…to one of those beautiful classy spots that you feel transported the minute you walk in. Nikolai’s Roof serves up classy caviar and sure-fire martinis, but how about an outstanding rack of lamb, a delicious duck breast and the perfect steak. Located in Downtown Atlanta on the top of the Hilton hotel, Nikolai’s Roof provides a view like nothing else in the city.

Boccalupo

Tucked away in the Inman Park neighborhood is this Italian gem. Perfect for a romantic night on the town or a mid-week meal  with friends, you’ll find homemade pasta and oh so much more!

Bruce Logue opened Boccalupo last year with the goal to bring local, American ingredients to the forefront of traditional Italian cooking. Logue and his team seek out the best and you can taste it in every bite. And they are not afraid of creativity in the kitchen. Take the famous Bahn Mi  for example. Traditionally a Vietnamese specialty, Logue transformed the flavors into a bruschetta with grilled bread, chicken liver pate, braised pork and pickled veggies.

This true neighborhood gem is breath of fresh air in Atlanta. You’ll find yourself lingering over the pasta and wine night after night.

Bhojanic

When the locals, as well as students and professors from Emory University, claim a restaurant to be the best Indian food in Atlanta; I think it’s safe to say the food at this ethnic paradise is worth the trip.

This casual-yet-hip Decatur favorite has mastered the art of “Indian Tapas.” Bhojanic has found its niche in the art of small plates and Thalis, and is the perfect place to start if you’re new to Indian Cuisine. Located near Emory in Decatur this gem lets you try a variety of dishes without making a big dent in your wallet. Mix in some exceptional service and you have all the right elements for a great lunch or dinner experience.

While dining at Bhojanic be sure to stop in next door at Bhojanic’s fabulous market which is stocked with great homemade dishes and international groceries.

Twin Smokers

There’s so much happening in downtown Atlanta! Just a block away from the Georgia Aquarium and Philips Arena, you’ve got bourbon and bbq that has the whole city buzzing. The beautiful thing is, they’ve got 9 menu items that are as close to perfection as you can get. True, they run out of meat most nights, but hey, tomorrow you gotta get her earlier. Let’s hang, at Twin Smoker’s BBQ!

Sprig

Sprig is, as the Web site proclaims, “a community centered restaurant” in the Oak Grove neighborhood on LaVista Road, a little way north of Clairmont Road. It serves Southern comfort food, made with locally sourced ingredients, and it’s giving the locals something to talk about in an area that is already home to an eclectic mix of cuisines.

Acknowledging the predominance of family homes in the area, Sprig goes to great lengths to provide an inclusive environment for families with children. From an extensive kids’ menu that goes beyond chicken nuggets and fish sticks, to a locker filled with games to keep the little ones occupied.

Seed

It won’t take long for this avant-garde East Cobb kitchen to grow on you.

Planted in the midst of Merchant’s Walk in East Cobb, Seed Kitchen & Bar serves chef-driven, modern American cuisine alongside an expansive collection of boutique wines and creatively crafted cocktail classics. Diners enjoy dishes made with the finest locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in a sleek, vibrant setting. The menu is packed with popular plates – crispy calamari, hanger steak frites, and seared scallops – each with a culinary twist that takes it to a whole new level.

Yeah, we’ve heard great things about almost everything on the menu here. But the dish that diners really rave about is Seed’s signature Sweet Potato Ravioli, served in a brown butter sage sauce with winter mushrooms. The pasta is so fresh that it bursts in your mouth…a perfectly prepared pasta dish if you ask us.

But it’s not the only perfectly prepared plate on the menu. The Pimento Crostinis, served with Benton’s country ham, apples, and micro celery, are a popular starter for a good reason…they’re spicy, sweet, and simply delicious.

When you eat at Seed, don’t stop at dinner. The dessert lists leave nothing to be desired. The Peanut Butter Parfait is to die for…and with choices like Blueberry Crème Brulee and Banana Chocolate Crème Tart with toasted marshmallows and pecans, you’ll definitely want to save room for seconds.

Fritti

Tucked into the oldest neighborhood in Atlanta, Inman Park’s Fritti is bringing old school pizza to Atlanta. This Inman Park staple is the culinary triple-threat; Neapolitan pizza meets the perfect patio meets an incredible wine list. From the classic Margherita to new twists (hello, calamari on pizza!),  the ingredients are always the highest quality.