Restaurants

Top Choice Fusion in East Side

Octopus Bar

Leave your hang-ups at the hotel – this is punk-rock dining – and get to know what's good at this unsigned indoor-outdoor patio dive nuanced with graffitied-up walls and ethereal electronica. No reservations, so lin…
Top Choice American in East Side

Dish Dive

Located in a teeny house near some railroad tracks, Dish Dive is cooler than you and it doesn't care. Anyone is welcome here, and the food – fresh, seasonal cuisine like turmeric and black-pepper pappardelle, fried …
Top Choice Modern American in East Side

Gunshow

Celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie's innovative and unorthodox Gunshow is an explosively good night out. Guests choose between over a dozen or so smallish dishes, dreamed up by chefs in the open kitchen, who then hawk t…
Top Choice Diner in Atlanta

Waffle House

To say Waffle House is an Atlanta institution is an insult to Waffle House – this quintessential greasy spoon diner is…everything! And while there are a million locations in Atlanta proper (OK, more like 130-plus), …
Top Choice American in East Side

Staplehouse

The hottest table in Atlanta and the darling du jour of Southern foodies, Staplehouse does up innovative, seasonal New American cuisine. Small- to medium-plates like chicken-liver tart with burnt honey and blood ora…
Top Choice Seafood in Westside

Optimist

In a short space, we could never do this Westside sustainable seafood mecca justice. In a word, astonishing! Start with crispy calamari with salsa matcha and almonds then move on to a duck-fat-poached swordfish or a…
Top Choice Modern American in Westside

Bacchanalia

Considered one of the top restaurants in the city, Bacchanalia's menu changes daily, and you may choose from multiple dishes for each of the four courses. Start with Maine lobster with fennel, ginger and lemongrass …
Top Choice Ethiopian in Atlanta

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

It's worth a trip to the burbs for this authentic Ethiopian – there's a wait list before noon – where vibrant dishes like tibs (saucy sautéed meat or fish with onion, tomatoes, peppers and berbere chili powder), mis…
Top Choice Steak in Westside

Marcel

Ford Fry's French-style, boxing-themed steakhouse serves unquestionably expensive, unequivocally transcendent cuts of beef from hormone-free, purebred Black Angus cattle from Chicago's Linz Heritage Angus Ranch. Eac…
Top Choice Italian in East Side

BoccaLupo

There is so much to love about this dark, candlelit Italian-Southern comfort-food haunt led by Mario Batali–trained chef Bruce Logue, but perhaps none more than his Southern fried-chicken parm with creamy collards a…