The biggest splash of 2014 came from Angus Brown and Nhan Le of East Atlanta’s Octopus Bar. The new spot enjoys a lofty space, a superior cocktail bar with a proper wine list, a raw bar, and gracious service. Standout dishes include shaved sunchokes and white anchovies, North Carolina trout with lentils and salsa verde, and tagliatelle with sea urchin and chile flakes. Boston native Jonathan Sellito crafts the best charcuterie board in town. 1829 Peachtree Road, luscaatl.com
This article originally appeared in our December 2014 issue.