Georgia

Restaurants in Georgia

Most people equate Georgia with soul food and down home cooking, but the state is also home to a growing number of cutting-edge Georgia restaurants and brilliant chefs completely changing the way we see Southern food. At the epicenter of this movement is Decatur, a small city just outside Atlanta featuring a handful of wonderful eateries. Of special note are Cakes & Ale, a farm-to-table restaurant focusing on seasonal ingredients, and The Iberian Pig, which specializes in tapas and charcuterie. In Atlanta proper, there’s Bacchanalia, which is responsible for introducing Georgians to the art of fine dining, and Tomo, one of the city’s finest sushi restaurants. What’s more, restaurants in Georgia also have their share of celebrity chefs at the helm. Hugh Acheson is working overtime in Athens with Five & Ten and The National, Asha Gomez introduced Atlantans to haute Indian cuisine at Cardamom Hill, and James Beard Award winner Linton Hopkins and his Restaurant Eugene have become legendary among Atlanta’s culinary elite. And if after all that, you still need a soul food fix, don’t hesitate to grab an authentic Southern breakfast at Georgia restaurant Silver Skillet or dig into a BBQ platter at Heirloom Market.

Located in the Serenbe community, a 1,000-acre development about 30 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the Blue Eyed Daisy is a small, neighborhood bakery and café.

Certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana (the organization that governs whether or not a pizza is authentically Neapolitan), Fritti’s dough is handmade with 00 Caputo flour, natural yeast, and sea salt before being smothered in traditional tomato sauce and baked inside a 1000-degree wood-burning

Succulent brisket that is melt-in-your-mouth good, moist chicken that nearly falls off the bone and pulled pork that is both juicy and flavorful is what makes Rolling Bones Barbecue a staple in the Edgewood Corridor. Dreaming about good, old-fashioned Texas-style barbecue, chefs Reginald D.

The tablecloths are made from newspapers and the steamed oysters and Low Country basket—shrimp, potatoes, corn—are ideal for two.

A local landmark for more than three decades, this 1950's-style diner is just up the block from the main entrance to the University of Georgia campus.

After modernizing a warehouse space using warm woods, pastel blues and greens, and plenty of natural lighting, Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison (also the owners of Atlanta's Bacchanalia) opened this Mediterranean-Italian fusion restaurant in 1998.

Reviving the regional menu at this North Atlanta landmark is chef de cuisine Todd Richards, previously of the AAA Five-Diamond Oakroom in Kentucky as well as the famed One Flew South at the ATL Airport.

This unassuming joint, tucked away by a gas station near I-95, serves meltingly rich BBQ along with Brunswick Stew, the smoky tomato-lima bean-meat combo popular in the region.