Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Atlanta

The Optimist

In a short space, we could never do this Westside sustainable seafood Mecca justice. In a word: astonishing! Start with the Spanish charred octopus, braised for four hours in red wine; move on to a duck fat-poached …
Top Choice Modern American in Atlanta

Gunshow

Celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie's latest light-bulb moment is an unorthodox evening out. Guests do not order at the three nightly seatings, but rather choose between 12 or so smallish dishes, dreamed up by five chefs…
Top Choice Fusion in Atlanta

Octopus Bar

Do they keep odd hours? Is seating difficult to come by? Does it take so long to get your fusion grub because the chefs are too busy fielding industry complaints from a room full of sous chefs and servers? The answe…
Top Choice Basque in Atlanta

Cooks & Soldiers

A game-changing Westside newcomer, this Basque-inspired hotspot specializes in small plate pintxos (Basque-ified tapas) and wood-fired asadas (grills) designed to share. Both the food and cocktails are outstanding. …
Top Choice Fusion in Atlanta

Leon's Full Service

Leon's can come across as a bit pretentious, but the gorgeous concrete bar and open floor-plan spilling out of a former service station and onto a groovy heated deck with floating beams remains cooler than thou and …
Top Choice Barbecue in Atlanta

Fox Brothers

At this longtime Atlanta classic, set in Inman Park, ribs are scorched and smoked perfectly with a hint of charcoaled crust on the outside and tender on the inside. They're also known for their exceptional Texas-sty…
Barbecue in Atlanta

Sam's BBQ1

This culinary odyssey ends in Marietta, just north of Atlanta, at Sam's BBQ1, run by grill master Sam Huff, who makes pork so tender, sweet and satisfying he has been immortalized in song (and on the Food Network). …
Modern American in Atlanta

Bacchanalia

Widely considered the top restaurant in the city for years, the menu here rotates daily and you may choose from six dishes for each of the five courses. Start with a Berkshire pork lonzino with pickled roots and mus…
Modern American in Atlanta

Cakes & Ale

A Chez Panisse alum and pastry mastermind run this hip eatery. The bakery next door has life-affirming hot chocolate along with a case of delectable pastries, while the restaurant features spare but stunning selecti…
Burgers in Atlanta

Vortex

An NC-17 joint cluttered with Americana memorabilia, where alterna-hipsters mingle alongside Texas tourists and Morehouse College steppers at the Godfather of Atlanta burger joints, which veer from impressive to out…