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The Best Bites Around Atlanta for Summer '19

Drumroll, please! You voted, and the results are in: Here are the top picks in the A!

Tiny Lou’s

Best New Restaurant: Tiny Lou’s
Offering Parisian bites like duck consommé with pickled apricot and porcini tart with preserved lemon and quail egg, the resto tucked inside Hotel Clermont also delivers on Instagrammable environs (hello, millennial pink booths). @tinylousatl 

Tiny Lou’s

Best Sushi: O-Ku
Westside Ironworks is home to many hot spots, and this Japanese sushi resto is definitely one of them. As the temps warm up in ATL this season, snag a spot on the patio that offers #views of Midtown—it pairs perfectly with the Sugar + Spice cocktail. @okuatlanta 

Tiny Lou’s

Best Mexican: Superica
Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the puffy tacos—paired with one of the spot’s signature cocktails, of course, like the Tequila Y Tonic (El Jimador blanco, orange, lime, rosemary and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic). @supericaatl 

Tiny Lou’s

Best Brunch: Nine Mile Station
This rooftop favorite offers views and a menu that are certified Instaworthy. Order the big ol’ sticky bun with bourbon icing and coffee butter paired with the 9 Mile bloody mary for a boozy brunch duo. @9milestation 

Best Doughnut Shop: Scream’n Nuts
Willy Wonka is reimagined at this sweets shop serving daring doughnuts alongside cold concoctions. Be sure to snap a quick pic of its over-the-top loaded doughnut shake (we’re obsessed with the bright-blue Cookie Monster) to sweeten up your Insta feed. @screamnnuts

Best First Date: Eclipse di Luna
Share tantalizing tapas—the ostiones Fritos double as an aphrodisiac—Lady and the Tramp style, or show off your hottest moves to the tunes of live Latin music. This spot is sure to land you that coveted second date. @eclipsediluna

Best Pizza: Antico Pizza Napoletana
Oversize, authentic slices of pizza dripping with flavor that are well-worth the calories… need we say more? @gioantico

Best Rising-Star Chef: Parnass Savang, Talat Market
No passports needed here. Be it a pit stop at his pop-up or a sit-down supper, the 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist’s Georgia-grown ingredients prepared with authentic Thai techniques will have you transported to another world. @talat_marketatl

Best Group Dining Spot: 5Church Atlanta
Sexy—and sizeable—black banquettes await your squad for a night of noshing on savory seafood and mouthwatering steaks at this Midtown hot spot. Don’t forget to order a bottle of bubbly for the table. Dom Pérignon, anyone? @5churchatlanta

Best Burger: Ted’s Montana Grill
If you haven’t had a bison burger from Ted’s, you should fix that ASAP. Try the Georgia’s Cadillac Classic, overflowing with Cadillac BBQ sauce, cheddar and bacon. @tedsmontanagrill

Best Vegan/Vegetarian: Flower Child
Healthy eating doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor at this wellness bistro. The vibrant eatery serves as the perfect backdrop while you sip on kombucha and snap photos of colorful chia bowls. Don’t be surprised if you spot an ATL influencer. @eatflowerchild

Best Casual Date: Krog Street Market
Take your boo to this food mecca, where a bevy of stalls serving up seriously unique cuisine will nip the infamous “Where do you want to eat?” debate in the bud. @krogstmarket

Best Steakhouse: Chops Lobster Bar
A staple on the city’s dining scene, this resto is rife with juicy cuts cooked to mouthwatering perfection thanks to executive chef Ryan Delesandro. Go big or go home and opt for the genuine A-5 Miyazaki wagyu Kobe, the finest beef in the world. @chopslobsterbar

Best Seafood: Atlanta Fish Market
For when a weekend trip to the coast isn’t an option, try a reservation at this classic choice. Kick things off with the surf and turf spring rolls; then dive into the pecan-crusted salmon trout fillet topped with bourbon honey butter. @atlantafishmarket

Best Italian: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Come for the spot-on wine list and stay for the veal agnolotti with truffle jus and parmigiano. You’ll be dreaming about it the next day—trust us. @daviosrestaurant

Best Hidden Gem: Eat Me Speak Me
A pop-up (technically—but it’s not going anywhere anytime soon!) within The S.O.S Tiki Bar, the haunt owned by Jarrett Stieber serves up Jewish-Chinese dishes, and though it might sound wrong, it is, oh, so right. @eatmespeakme

Best OTP Restaurant: Chiringa
Downtown Alpharetta meets the Atlantic Ocean with this buzzy spot serving elevated beach bites, from baja tacos and savory sandwiches to cocktails with cheeky names (like the Sand Wedge) for washing it all down. @chiringaatl

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant: Park Tavern
... Unless you’re a cat owner. But for the pup parents in ATL, this Midtown hangout adjacent to Piedmont Park is the perfect place for your fur babe to rest while you nosh on truffled Tater tots paired with warm Gruyere fondue. Don’t miss this summer’s Sunset Sessions concert series kicking off April 28. @parktavern

Best for the Fam: Buckhead Diner
An essential for every Atlantan (it’s been in business for over 30 years), Buckhead Diner perfectly marries that retro-diner feel with ATL’s sophisticated Southern vibe. Plus, the sizable leather banquettes and menu of classic dishes make it an easy choice when the whole fam is involved. @buckheaddiner

Best Special Occasion: Little Alley Steak Buckhead
ITP’s take on the Roswell-based resto, this 9,000-square-foot spot off Lenox Road offers prime environs for popping a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to toast any occasion. We suggest grabbing a spot on the spacious patio—the natural lighting will be perfect for posting on your Insta. @littlealleysteakatl

Best Sweets Shop: My Fair Sweets
Let’s get to the point: You’re here for a picture in the photoworthy pink booth—just make sure you’re showing off one of the shop’s signature over-the-top milkshakes, like the Cheat Day topped with three (yes, three) glazed doughnuts. @myfairsweets

Best Asian: Fish Bowl Poké
Do the hokey poké and turn yourself right toward one of these top-notch outposts offering colorful poké bowls packed with all sorts of yummy stuff, from fresh salmon and spicy tuna to trimmings like avocado, cucumbers, tempura flakes and then some. @fishbowlatl

Best Hotel Restaurant: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Leave the body con dress at home for this one—you’ll want to dive full force into the melt-in-your-mouth dishes. And don’t forget dessert: The creme brulee is a must-order. @ruthschris

Best Barbecue: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
The undisputed kings of ‘cue, Fox Bros.’ menu has more hidden delights to please your stomach: fried ribs, Frito pie and the Texacutioner. Just trust it’s worth every calorie. @foxbrosbarbq

Best for Dining on a Diet: Upbeet
Upbeet somehow makes healthy eating sexier, and you can argue the merits of your favorite bowls and salads all day long—every self-respecting Atlantan has one. Pro tip: Don’t forget about brekkie. Golden milk and matcha lattes for all. @upbeet

Best Southern Cuisine: South City Kitchen
Pimento cheese, shrimp and grits, fried chicken—oh, my: SCK has been serving up Southern food right for over a quarter of a century. @fifthgroup

Best Brewery: New Realm Brewing
Yes, the lines are long. Yes, the crowd is energetic. Yes, it’s worth it for this now iconic Eastside BeltLine stop. @newrealmbrewing

Best Patio: Le Bilboquet
Le Bilboquet is the only patio in town where you can sip your authentic rosé among actual French people. Take a page from its books and exude your joie de vivre en plein air. @lebilboquetatlanta

Best Late-Night Nosh: R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill
Where else can you get hot wings and a vegan sloppy joe at 3am? R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill is about the only place the entire squad can all agree on for a late-night nosh session. @rthomasdeluxegrill

Best Neighborhood Pub: Hobnob
Come because it’s the official pub partner of Atlanta United FC and you want to cheer on ATL’s only championship-winning team; stay because the food is actually good. @hobnobatl

Best Celeb Spotting: Umi
Pretending to ignore the celebrities in the room is only one of the draws of going to Umi (if you can even get in). Don’t forget about chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s gorgeous menu (and Lisa Ito’s swoonworthy desserts) when you’re rubbing elbows with A-listers like Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and more. @umisushiatl

Best Coffee Shop: Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
Four local outposts of Dancing Goats Coffee Bar (dibs on the swings at Ponce City Market) serve up Batdorf & Bronson coffee, Emerald City Bagels and more. Keep your eyes peeled for creative specials like Mexican iced coffee. @batdorfcoffee