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.

Housed inside a historic, 150-year-old farmhouse, Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails showcases the New Southern cuisine of chef Boyd Rose.

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.

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.

The staff at this Southern-accented restaurant in Athens not only source the ingredients they cook and serve from their own Full Moon Farms, they also till the soil. That means a menu based less on chef Matt Palmerlee’s creative fancy than on what he saw in the ground that morning.

The quieter, more intimate sister restaurant to Bacchanalia, which is located in the same Westside complex, Quinones was opened in 2005 by acclaimed restaurateur duo Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison.

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.

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.