Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore
Laid out with long picnic tables, royal-blue benches, and Adirondack chairs, Kevin Gillespie’s new biergarten behind Revival in Decatur is where you want to be on a sunny Saturday. Visitors pay with tokens valued at $5 each and can play cornhole or horseshoes while sipping on Munich-brewed lagers and Hefeweitzen (we’re told there’s a three-token boot). Find wursts, krauts, beef fat fries, sliders with fried bologna, and housemade pretzels with Bavarian cheese at the food truck parked out back (skip the flabby currywurst).
129 Church Street, Decatur, 470-225-6770.
Those who’ve never made it to Jay Swift’s sleek 4th & Swift in Old Fourth Ward can expect the same style and substance as the chef-owner heads OTP to Peachtree Corners. The menu is seafood-heavy—nautical-blue walls and matching seat cushions reflect the theme—and includes both on-trend dishes (like Southern oysters and Spanish-style charred octopus) and classics (like Puget Sound mussels with bouillabaisse and house-smoked salmon). Entrees such as halibut with cucumber-fennel relish (pictured) and Blue Ridge trout with Parmesan gnudi are as well prepared as they are sourced. 5260 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners, 770-599-7979.
Buckhead’s premiere destination for artisan pasta has evolved into a full-fledged restaurant and market. Sauces, ready-made meatballs, and upwards of 20 Italian cheeses fill every corner of Michael Patrick’s new space. Shoppers can feast on fried squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta, bertu pasta filled with pork sausage and ricotta, and Taleggio pi fassac glossed in brown butter. 3167 Peachtree Road, 404-500-2181.
Hampton + Hudson
If you need a spot to watch the big game, owners Billy and Jenn Streck have you covered. Like their two popular Midtown bars, Cypress Street and Grain, this new gastropub in Inman Quarter has broad appeal. The menu, under chef Jason Hall, swings from oyster gratin and a 36-hour porchetta sandwich to cauliflower steak, hot chicken biscuits, and avocado toast. 299 North Highland Avenue, 404-948-2123.