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.

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.

Next door to the Planters Inn on Reynolds Square, the Olde Pink House restaurant derives its name from the pink-stained stucco covering the 18th-century Georgian brick mansion.

A native of Puerto Rico and former contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef, Hector Santiago delights adventurous diners with authentic Latin American and Spanish cuisine at this tapas restaurant in Poncey-Highland.

Throughout super-competitive Season 6, eventual winner Michael Voltaggio talked trash about finalist Kevin Gillespie and his “simple” food. But for Gillespie, simplicity is a conscious choice; he’s a believer in the Slow Food movement.

Located in Alpharetta, the Atlantic Seafood Company is easily recognizable by the pattern of cresting waves carved into the top of the building.

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