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Leon’s Full Service

131 East Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-687-0500

At this popular Decatur speakeasy, cocktails are fashioned with intelligence and wit. Absorb the alcohol with fantastic frites served with dipping sauces such as aioli, peppercorn gravy, and curry ketchup.

Website: http://leonsfullservice.com

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Livingston Restaurant and Bar

659 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30308

404-897-5000

No surprise that this has become the de facto destination before a show at the Fox, but the seasonal American cooking is worth a trip even if you aren’t holding tickets.

Website: http://livingstonatlanta.com

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Lobby Bar and Bistro

361 17th Street, Atlanta, GA, 30363

404-961-7370

Atlantic Station’s best dining destination is a fun rendezvous in the lobby of a stylish hotel. Chef Nick Oltarsh directs the kitchen that offers modern comfort dishes.

Website: http://www.lobbyattwelve.com

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Manuel’s Tavern

602 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30307

404-525-3447

Nothing says “Atlanta” better than this venerable institution. Politicians, writers, law enforcement officers, celebrities, and regular joes commune over perfectly decent grub.

Website: http://manuelstavern.com

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Murphy’s

997 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30306

404-872-0904

At this community bistro in the heart of Virginia Highland, you are as likely to eat a crispy goat cheese salad as you are to chow down on a serious burger.

Website: http://murphysvh.com

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Muss & Turner’s

1675 Cumberland Parkway, Smyrna, GA, 30080

770-434-1114

Specialty markets and delis rarely have the power to astonish, but this one does, particularly with its creative sandwiches. Weekend brunch is fantastic.

Website: http://mussandturners.com

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Napoleon’s Grill

2836 Lavista Road, Vista Grove Shopping Center, Decatur, GA, 30033

404-321-5000

At this food-focused pub, you might try a “Southern Man” hot dog topped with Brunswick stew, fries with peanut-coconut curry, vindaloo chicken fingers, or pulled pork tacos with salsa verde.

Website: http://napoleonsgrill.com/

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OK Cafe

1284 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30327

404-233-2888

This throw-back diner is home to the uptown brunch scene. Expect long lines on weekends.

Website: http://okcafe.com

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One Midtown Kitchen

559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta, GA, 30324

404-892-4111

One is a big scene every night, with beautiful people basking in the decor of a dramatic dining room overlooking Piedmont Park.

Website: http://onemidtownkitchen.com

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Pallookaville Fine Foods

17 North Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates, GA, 30002

404-500-1785

Jim Stacy is one of our most fascinating characters: champion of carnival food and soda fountain culture, musician and clown, former operator of Starlight Drive-In’s concessions stand, and host of PBA’s Get Delicious!

Website: http://pallookaville.com

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Park 75

75 14th Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-253-3840

Gorgeous pink-marble stairs lead from the Four Seasons’ lobby to its airy showcase restaurant. Expect competent, upscale hotel food that tries to please as many palates as possible.

Website: http://fourseasons.com/atlanta/vacations/dining_15.html

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Paul’s

10 Kings Circle, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-231-4113

In this atypical casual space, Paul Albrecht offers pommes frites, fried lobster tail, Dover sole, and a small sushi bar to an old-Buckhead clientele that knows and loves him.

Website: http://greatfoodinc.com/Pauls/Pauls_Restaurant.html

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Quinones Room at Bacchanalia

1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-365-0410

One of the few extravagant dining experiences left in Atlanta (and at the moment open only on Saturdays), the hushed Southern Gothic dining room holds eleven tables and serves a nine-course set menu.

Website: http://starprovisions.com

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R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

1812 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-881-0246

One of Atlanta’s best-known patios. This truly eccentric spot offers mostly vegetarian cuisine and a kitschy atmosphere.

Website: http://rthomasdeluxegrill.net

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Rathbun’s

112 Krog Street, Suite R, Atlanta, GA, 30307

404-524-8280

Kevin Rathbun’s bold restaurant can be credited for jumpstarting the latest wave of midscale/upscale dining in unexpected locations. Small plates make for fun yet serious dining.

Website: http://rathbunsrestaurant.com

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Ria’s Bluebird

421 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-521-3737

This funky-cool diner across from Oakland Cemetery sports a creative patio and sometimes-daunting crowds for breakfast and brunch on the weekends.

Website: http://riasbluebird.com

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Robert Phalen at One Eared Stag

1029 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30307

404-525-4479

Fried chicken necks and Bolognese sauce made with pig’s foot meat?

Website: http://oneearedstag.com/

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Sauced

753 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30307

404-688-6554

With its rumpus-room decor and retro menu (Guinness-braised beef ribs Wellington, brownie sundae with liquor-soaked cherries), Sauced positions itself squarely in the 1950s.

Website: http://saucedatlanta.com/

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