East Pearl

1810 Liddell Lane, Duluth, GA, 30096


Pinning down optimum dim sum is a never-ending hunt: The chefs at Chinese restaurants constantly hop from one kitchen to the next without warning. Right now we’ll put our money on Duluth’s East Pearl, oddly lodged in a faux Alpine chalet.


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3630 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30326


Tomohiro Naito’s Buckhead show palace juggles two personalities. One indulges in flash and draws beautiful crowds. But the quieter side of Tomo lures the chowhounds.

Website: http://tomorestaurant.com/


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Sotto Sotto

313 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30307


Here’s the key to a memorable meal: Share a generous spread of pastas and risottos. Most of the dishes can be ordered in appetizer-sized half portions, all the better for sampling.

Website: http://urestaurants.com/


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Restaurant Eugene

2277 Peachtree Road, Aramore Building, Atlanta, GA, 30309


Dining these days is as much about the buzz as the food. For those times, though, when you seek an intimate tete-a-tete, plan an evening at Linton Hopkins’s south Buckhead fortress of quietude.

Website: http://restauranteugene.com/


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490 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305


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.

Website: http://aria-atl.com/


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Sushi House Hayakawa

5979 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA, 30340


What a relief to sit in a plain room and savor simple dishes like ikura don—salmon roe marinated in homemade soy sauce, gilded with sea urchin, and served over rice and seaweed—or a plate of sashimi arranged so meticulously you wonder if the staff moonlight as photo stylists.

Website: http://atlantasushibar.com/


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The Porter Beer Bar

1156 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30307


In their lovably scruffy Little Five Points digs, husband-and-wife owners Nick Rutherford and Molly Gunn preside over the city’s largest selection of beer.

Website: http://theporterbeerbar.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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1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, 30318


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

Website: http://starprovisions.com/


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Zen Tea

5356 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA, 30341


Owner Connie Miller imparts her extraordinary knowledge of tea without a hint of geekiness.

Website: http://www.ezentea.com/online-tea-for-sale

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Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

419 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030


The original sleek, welcoming spot in Decatur is an outreach of the much smaller Batdorf & Bronson, a Washington State high-quality roaster whose nearly twenty-year presence in Atlanta helped spur our healthy espresso culture.

Website: http://www.batdorfcoffee.com/

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Condesa Coffee

480 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312


Perched at the corner of Boulevard and Freedom Parkway in the base of the Tribute Lofts, Condesa attracts a diverse clientele all day long.

Website: http://condesacoffee.com/

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Aurora Coffee

468 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30316


Opened in 1992 by a Seattle transplant, this fiercely independent operation has weathered many changes—including a sale to the owner of Criminal Records—but it has never deviated from its basic mission as a serious espresso bar.

Website: http://auroracoffee.com/

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Maison Robert Fine Chocolates and Pastries

5256 Peachtree Road, Suite 110, Chamblee, GA, 30341


Atlanta’s classic chocolate shop moved from its cozy North Atlanta house to more industrial digs in Chamblee in 2009, but the Reeb family’s generous spirit still prevails.

Website: http://www.maisonrobertchocolates.com/

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Chocolate South

1050 West Marietta Street, Suite C, Atlanta, GA, 30318


Take one look at the offerings of Chocolate South and you’ll know what region you’re in.

Website: http://www.chocolatesouth.com/

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Sublime Doughnuts

535 Tenth Street, Atlanta, GA, 30318


Owner–pastry chef Kamal Grant rescued Atlanta from fried-dough ennui.

Website: http://sublimedoughnuts.com/

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Mae’s Bakery

2770 Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA, 30324


Owner Beth Castro named this Buckhead charmer (located in the same strip mall as Roasters Rotisserie) after her six-year-old daughter, and the bakery case features the kind of simple, colorfully decorated treats that will make kids want to press their faces against the glass.

Website: http://maesbakeryatl.com/

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Dutch Monkey Donuts

3075 Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Cumming, GA, 30041


Two imaginative chefs, Arpana Satyu and Martin Burge, traded in restaurant gigs to open an adorable cafe where doughnuts are made with a level of dignity usually reserved for fine chocolates.

Website: http://www.dutchmonkeydoughnuts.com/

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