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.

With communal farmhouse tables, large mirrors tilted downward from the ceiling, and rustic design materials like wood, leather, and tile, this restaurant in the Westside Urban Market reflects its proprietor's belief that simplicity is a hallmark of the best food.

If you only have one meal out in Atlanta, make sure it’s in the yellow-painted, country-kitchen-style dining room of this 60-year-old Atlanta institution.

Funky chophouse

Flip Burger Boutique is all about edginess, from the bold and borderline-futuristic interior decor to the unconventional and gorgeously plated burgers that have made it an Atlanta staple.

Located in a nondescript building, Walls Bar-B-Q is tucked away down a side street in a residential area of downtown Savannah. Since 1963, the Walls family has served traditional Southern barbeque like pulled pork, ribs, and chicken with their homemade barbeque sauce on the side.

A local favorite in Brookhaven, this New American eatery offers reinvented comfort foods that incorporate French, Continental, and Southern influences.

Winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and famed food scientist Richard Blais redefines an all-American favorite at this trendy burger boutique, located just three miles west of Midtown.

Soul food chef and cookbook author Dexter Weaver operates this neon-green cinderblock café in downtown Athens, overlooking the Oconee River.