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Why I never want to shake a bartender’s hand

There are many reasons to go to Athens—one of the main ones is its amazing food and bar scene. Plus: in the course of navigating the notoriously touchy-feely people of the restaurant industry, there is only one move that makes me uncomfortable: the bartender handshake.
50 Best Bars in Atlanta

41. Empire State South

With ladders lining the back-bar and a handsome, library-like aesthetic, this stunning restaurant and bar feels a world apart from the corporate Midtown office building where it’s housed.

Re-review: Empire State South’s surprising next chapter

It’s been eight years since celebrity chef Hugh Acheson opened Empire State South and challenged Atlanta’s notion that Southern food is something preciously preserved in the past. But a lot can change in eight years. Empire State South’s next chapter, under newly installed executive chef Adam Waller, marks a deliberate return to the basics.
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Products with Purpose: Make a difference when you purchase these local goods

Meet needs across the city—and around the globe—with these handmade and hot items.
Atlanta restaurants support families separated at U.S. border

How Atlanta restaurants are showing support for border families

Ticonderoga Club's Paul Calvert and Little Tart Bakeshop's Sarah O'Brien are working to rally Atlanta restaurateurs to support the efforts of those trying to help children who have been detained and separated from their families at the U.S. border.

The verdict on 6 newcomers to Atlanta’s dining scene

Mini-reviews of the Local Pizzaiolo, the White Bull, Noona, Achie's, Genuine Pizza, and Dixie Q
Punch Bowl Social The Battery Atlanta Tacos

Punch Bowl Social opens March 24 at the Battery with bowling, karaoke, and a Hugh Acheson menu

The 25,000-square-foot entertainment venue will feature private karaoke rooms, eight bowling lanes, a bocce court, two outdoor ping-pong tables, foosball, skee-ball, shuffleboard, 1980s arcade games, and virtual reality games.
Empire State South

48. Empire State South

This rustic Midtown centerpiece still draws enormous energy from its handsome bar, which opens at 7 a.m. with coffee, pastries, and bagels.
Edible Bugs

Will Atlanta restaurants soon serve insects? This scientist hopes so.

Eighty percent of the world’s countries already consume insects. They have nutritional benefit—toasted grasshoppers are rich in protein, fatty acids, and iron—and environmental benefits—it takes 2,000 times the amount of water to produce a pound of beef than it does for a pound of crickets.

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