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.

Having grown up in Kansas City, Kevin Rathbun should know a thing or two about preparing a good steak. In 2007, he hired Atlanta's Bill Johnson Studios to convert an old cotton warehouse in Inman Park into a venue that offered a modern interpretation of the rustic, "old school" steakhouse.

This three-floor, 330-seat southern kitchen grew out of Paula Deen's lunch delivery service, back in the day before Deen became a Food Network star.

Set in a renovated Piedmont Park warehouse, this American eatery is owned by the Concentrics Restaurants group, also responsible for Trois and Two Urban Licks.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten spent many of his early years as a chef in Asia perfecting the art of Eastern cuisine and has brought it here to the Atlanta location of Spice Market.

A Buckhead staple since 1996, Prime is one of few Atlanta eateries specializing in both steak and sushi.

Once you get past the fact that Relish was once Roswell's funeral parlor, you'll see that the place is nicely light-filled and spacious. Chef and proprietor Andy Badgett is known for his new southern cuisine, including fried black-eyed peas and Krispy Kreme bread pudding.

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.