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 a focus on using seasonal ingredients, chef Micah Willix, who helped create one of the nation’s first health-conscious menus at Seasons 52, keeps his European fare fresh and enticing.

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.

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.

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.