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4th and Swift

621 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30308

678-904-0160

On the brink of so much activity around the Old Fourth Ward–Inman Park neighborhoods—where Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market are both scheduled to open later this year—it’s gratifying to find Jay Swift’s New American looker still turning out such attuned cooking.

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Abattoir

1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-892-3335

The small plates-focused menu at Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison’s newest addition to their local empire (Bacchanalia, Floataway Cafe) is much tamer than the restaurant’s name implies.

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Aria

490 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-233-7673

This enduring fine dining destination showcases chef Gerry Klaskala’s taste for slow-cooked food and organic produce. A fitting choice for anniversaries and other intimate celebrations.

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Aria

490 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-233-7673

This enduring fine dining destination showcases chef Gerry Klaskala’s taste for slow-cooked food and organic produce. A fitting choice for anniversaries and other intimate celebrations.

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Bacchanalia

1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-365-0410

How does the Westside’s crown jewel remain at the top year after year? Extraordinary hospitality, for starters.

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Bacchanalia

1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-365-0410

How does the Westside’s crown jewel remain at the top year after year? Extraordinary hospitality, for starters. And no restaurant in town delivers fine-dining dazzle like Bacchanalia.

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Baton Supper Series

Gato Bizco, Atlanta, GA, 30307

Baton is the antidote to foodie ennui. This near-monthly supper club recruits chefs from outside-the-box restaurants in other cities to cook reasonably priced, multicourse meals for two nights at Gato Bizco Cafe in Candler Park.

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Better Half

349 Fourteenth Street, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-695-4547

For nearly three years, Christina and Zach Meloy (who met in Costa Rica, Christina’s home country) served weekly dinners at their PushStart Kitchen supper club, first out of a basement studio in the Goat Farm Arts Center and then out of their own loft.

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Bistro VG

70 West Crossville Road, Roswell, GA, 30075

770-993-1156

Offering a smart mix of New American favorites and imaginative, urbane dishes, Bistro VG is still one of the fine-dining bright spots in the northern suburbs.

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Bocado

887 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-815-1399

The Westside’s most neighborly restaurant, featuring stellar seasonal small plates, a smart cocktail program, and a cult-status double patty burger.

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Buttermilk Kitchen

4225 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, 30342

678-732-3274

Led by Suzanne Vizethann, a caterer and personal chef who won an episode of Food Network’s Chopped, this converted house filled with old-timey knickknacks is pure charm.

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Cakes & Ale

155 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-377-7994

Now in larger digs in Decatur Square, chef-owner Billy Allin is taking more risks, and the flavor combinations thrill. David Sweeney, formerly of Dynamic Dish, cooks brilliant lunches at the bakery next door.

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Campagnolo

980 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-343-2446

Designed to please a broad swath of tastes, the menu views Italian cuisine through a New American lens: housemade focaccia with goat cheese and tomato sauce, pork shank over garlic mashed potatoes with lemony gremolata.

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Davio’s

3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30326

404-844-4810

Offering a range of pleasing cuisine from New American to classic steakhouse to Italian, the steaks and Italian dishes are the real stand-outs at this Phipps Plaza dining spot.

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Eleanor’s

1675 Cumberland Parkway, Smyrna, GA, 30080

770-434-1114

Built into the back of Muss & Turner’s, this speakeasy features a rotating menu that has included chicharrónes with a splash of hot vinegar, bacon dipped in chocolate, and flatbread pizza with smoked duck.

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Empire State South

999 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-541-1105

Famed chef Hugh Acheson directs a talented crew who create a playground of ideas and an expansive vision of Southern food. Don’t miss the coffee counter, baked goods, and wine list.

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Five and Ten

1653 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA, 30606

706-546-7300

Five & Ten put Hugh Acheson—and Athens—on the culinary map. He mingled the Southern lexicon (catfish over grits, Lowcountry Frogmore stew) with influences from France, Mexico, and Italy.

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Floataway Cafe

1123 Zonolite Road, Atlanta, GA, 30306

404-892-1414

The ironic juxtaposition of Floataway—food that celebrates the farm, served in the belly of a clandestine industrial complex—helps it stay thrilling after thirteen years.

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