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Top Choice Fusion in Atlanta

Octopus Bar

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

Gunshow

Celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie's latest light-bulb moment is an unorthodox evening out. Guests choose between over a dozen or so smallish dishes, dreamed up by chefs in the open kitchen, who then hawk their blood, s…
Top Choice American in Atlanta

Dish Dive

Located in an unmarked house near some railroad tracks, Dish Dive is probably cooler than you. The great thing is, it doesn't care. Anyone is welcome here, and the food – fresh, seasonal cuisine like local catfish w…
Top Choice Bar in Atlanta

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 Music in Atlanta

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. They have a fun music-related book section, and a great collection of comic books and grap…
Top Choice Pub in Atlanta

Argosy

This East Atlanta gastropub nails it with an extensive list of rare craft beers, awesome bar food and a vibe that invites you to stay for the rest of the evening. The multi-angled bar snakes its way through a rustic…
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 red curry mussels, then move on to a duck-fat-poached swordfish or razor clam chowder with baco…
Top Choice Historic Site in Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

The historic site commemorates the life, work and legacy of the civil rights leader and one of the great Americans. The center takes up several blocks. Stop by the excellent visitors center to get oriented with a ma…
Top Choice Museum in Atlanta

Center for Civil & Human Rights

This striking 2014 addition to Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park is a sobering $68 million memorial to the American Civil Rights and Global Human Rights Movements. Beautifully designed and thoughtfully executed, the…
Top Choice Gallery in Atlanta

High Museum of Art

Atlanta's modern High Museum was the first to exhibit art lent from Paris' Louvre and is a destination as much for its architecture as its world-class exhibits. The striking whitewashed multilevel building houses a …