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.
In 1993, Delia Champion partnered with Cynthia Moor and Missy Speert to open the original Flying Biscuit Café, set amongst the 1920’s Craftsman bungalows of Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood.
Chef Matthew Roher dishes up Georgia white-shrimp risotto with fresh asparagus and tarragon at this 30-table spot.
Dine on fresh local seafood.
The Hil is located on a working organic farm on the grounds of the Serenbe community, about 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta. The restaurant, named after its chef Hilary White, is a family affair.
Part of the Mansion on Forsyth Park hotel, this fine-dining establishment is eclectically designed with alligator-skin chairs, bright orange accent tables, and a large gold chandelier.
Authentic Mexican fare awaits diners at this next-door extension of the No Mas! Hacienda Furnishings Gallery, which sells furniture and accessories crafted by more than 300 Mexican artisans.
A fully rigged sailing vessel surrounded by a moat with live crocodiles serves as the centerpiece of this Buckhead landmark. Despite the potential for an over-the-top theme, Dante’s manages to create a marine-inspired setting that is both upscale and romantic.
Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins is a believer in the secret menu. When the clock strikes 10 each night at his classic public house, Holeman & Finch, 24 double-patty burgers hit the grill—and sell out in minutes.