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.

Occupying a soaring glass, Renzo Piano-designed space inside the Woodruff Arts Center, this hip, minimalist brasserie has what may be Atlanta’s most dramatic dining room.

Educated at the Art Institute of Atlanta, chef Jeremy Miller has cooked his way around the world, working at renowned restaurants in New York City, Napa Valley, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

The restaurant's tables are made of teak from shipwrecked boats.

An institution on Roswell’s Green Street since it opened in 1986, Greenwood's gets its personality courtesy of the 1960's kitschy décor, including Haight Ashbury signs, rusty cars, and sculpted busts overlooking its entrance.

Although unassuming from the outside, this former warehouse has a revamped interior designed with bright red chandeliers, a dramatic Todd Murphy painting, and a temperature-controlled wine tower holding 42 stainless-steel barrels of wine.

Atlanta's long-established Greek community takes pride in this chic, modern paean to its ancestral cuisine.

Down-home goodness is served from 11 a.m. sharp each day: platters of fried chicken, vegetables swathed in bacon grease, and tufts of mashed sweet potatoes.

Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, located between downtown Savannah and Tybee Island, looks like an upscale fish shack amidst the lush greenery of the marsh.

A contemporary interpretation of old-world Italian dining, Dolce Enoteca e Ristorante is designed with crystal chandeliers, large tapestries with modern prints, plush cream-colored banquettes, and black faux-snakeskin tables.