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Atlanta Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

181 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30303


This high-end grill overlooking Peachtree Street offers Southern specialties in a lush setting.

Website: http://ritzcarlton.com

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Blue Ridge Grill

1261 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30327


A perennial Buckhead power spot, whose timber and stone interior evokes a mountain lodge, from the owners of Bone’s.

Website: http://blueridgegrill.com

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Busy Bee Cafe

810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30314


Fried chicken, oxtails, seasonal ham hocks, turnip greens, peach cobbler: This survivor, open since 1947, serves the city’s finest soul food.

Website: http://thebusybeecafe.com

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Buttermilk Kitchen

4225 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, 30342


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.

Website: http://buttermilkkitchen.com/

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Cakes & Ale

155 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA, 30030


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.

Website: http://cakesandalerestaurant.com

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Carver’s Country Kitchen

1118 West Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA, 30318


Once predominantly a grocery, Robert and Sharon Carver’s meat-and-two has cleared away the canned goods so their many fans can sit and gorge on meatloaf, collards, cornbread, and other Southern-style favorites.

Website: http://carverscountrykitchen.com

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646 Evans Street, Atlanta, GA, 30310


This charming chef-run cafe offers a mix of soul food specialties and ambitious home-cooked meals.

Website: http://thechanterelles.com

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Chicken and the Egg

800 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA, 30064


Chef-owner Marc Taft, previously general manager of Midtown’s defunct Pacci, brings Atlanta’s Southern culinary revival to the northwestern suburbs.

Website: http://chickandtheegg.com/

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Curly’s Fried Chicken

1021 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318


Chicken, lightly coated in a mixture of flour and hot spices and fried in canola oil, is of course the marquee dish, but the fried fish (whiting fillets) is even better.

Website: http://www.curlysfriedchicken.com/

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600 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30308


This students’ heaven in a dive location serves fresh vegetables, pasta, and jerk chicken at unbeatable prices.

Website: http://eatsonponce.net

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Empire State South

999 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309


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.

Website: http://empirestatesouth.com/

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Farm 255

255 West Washington Street, Athens, GA, 30601


The only way to be more literally farm-to-table would be if this restaurant set up tables in a pasture. You don’t just eat virtuously; you eat well. Chef Whitney Otawka trained under Hugh Acheson (and had a stint on Top Chef Texas).

Website: http://www.farm255.com/

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Five and Ten

1653 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA, 30606


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.

Website: http://fiveandten.com/


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Greenwood’s on Green Street

1087 Green Street, Roswell, GA, 30075


Bill Greenwood’s eccentric take on American down-home cooking rests on serious culinary roots, and his funky Roswell restaurant has charm to burn.

Website: http://greenwoodsongreenstreet.com/

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H. Harper Station

904 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30316


Classic and newfangled concoctions are made with equal care at Jerry Slater’s handsome bar and restaurant, housed in a former train depot in Reynoldstown.

Website: http://www.hharperstation.com/

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Harold’s Chicken and Ice Bar

349 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312


The menu couldn’t be simpler: Chicken comes with fries and cole slaw, or choose wings, catfish, perch, gizzards, and liver. The sit-down environment may come as a surprise to those familiar with the Chicago fast-food institution.

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Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

815 North Chase Street, Athens, GA, 30601


Heirloom houses a takeaway market and does a brisk breakfast and lunch trade. Evenings and weekends the pace is slower, with a small but inventive dinner menu and standout brunch focused on local foods.

Website: http://www.heirloomathens.com/

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Holeman and Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Road, Suite B, Atlanta, GA, 30319


There is, of course, that famous burger, served at 10 p.m. and at Sunday brunch. But at its essence, Holeman and Finch exists to serve you pork.

Website: http://holeman-finch.com/


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