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.
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.
Located in a nondescript building, Walls Bar-B-Q is tucked away down a side street in a residential area of downtown Savannah. Since 1963, the Walls family has served traditional Southern barbeque like pulled pork, ribs, and chicken with their homemade barbeque sauce on the side.
A local favorite in Brookhaven, this New American eatery offers reinvented comfort foods that incorporate French, Continental, and Southern influences.
Using fresh, local ingredients, Chef Adrian Villarreal brings seasonal comfort food to this Midtown gastropub. On the menu, you'll find favorites like fried pickles, a Cowgirl Creamery grilled cheese, and the pub burger, featuring 50% brisket and 50% chuck.
Positioned inside TWELVE Hotels & Residences, the restaurant is designed to look and feel like a lobby bistro, but beyond the typical sleek dining rooms is a bar dining area that offers a peek into the beautifully orchestrated chaos of the kitchen.
Located in the ground floor of the Terminus building in trendy Buckhead, MF Buckhead is a Japanese eatery, bar and lounge that offers a sensational visual and culinary experience.
Housed inside a historic, 150-year-old farmhouse, Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails showcases the New Southern cuisine of chef Boyd Rose.
Barbecue joints in Atlanta ain't fancy—they tend to be off the beaten path, littered with woodpiles, and somewhere between slightly and pretty scruffy. But the best of them—among them Fox Bros.—also offer some of the tastiest, messiest, diet-breakingest food in the city.
Housed within a Greek Revival mansion in the small town of Social Circle, the Blue Willow Inn is a traditional Southern, buffet-style restaurant.