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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 Microbrewery in East Side

New Realm Brewing Co

Ex-Stone Brewing Co brewmaster Mitch Steele wrote the book on IPAs. His latest venture, a 20,000-sq-ft restaurant and brewery along the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, is a coup for Southern hopheads. Eight taps (four di…
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 Bar in East Side

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

This cradle of Edgewood's bar revival fosters a church theme, but it's nothing like Westminster Abbey. Sacrilegious art peppers every patch of free wall space, the kind of offensive stuff that starts wars in some pa…
Top Choice Bar in East Side

Porter Beer Bar

A bar for the true suds connoisseur, the Porter has an encyclopedic variety of beers from around the world, including 55 taps and a head-spinning nine-page vintage list with beers dating to 1997 (stored in the drool…
Top Choice Music in East Side

Criminal Records

This throwback record store is stacked wall to wall with a library's worth of new pop, soul, jazz and metal, on CD or vinyl. It has a fun music-related book section, and a great collection of comic books and graphic…
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 Bar in Westside

Painted Duck

You enter this incredible basement adult playground under a wordless neon green-and-white duck sign and graffitied, black-lit hallway that will make you feel like drinking and gaming is an illicit activity. Once ins…
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…