From a vampy restaurant serving inventive cocktails and old-school classics, to a local favorite offering seasonal multi-course menus incorporating the finest Southern ingredients, the latest Atlanta restaurants are bound to keep your calendar full and curiosity piqued.
Better Half is a family-inspired restaurant — from husband-and-wife duo Zach and Cristina Meloy of supper club PushStart Kitchen — where connecting over food is the focus. The ever-changing, seasonal menu reflects the best products the South has to offer (think silk handkerchief pasta with wild mushrooms, tomato marmalade, and porcini cream, and roasted Trout with cornbread pudding). For guests so inclined, the Meloys offer tasting menus of 3-, 5-, and 9-courses. Book now at Better Half.
Library lamps, lush velvet drapes, and midcentury modern decor—Golden Eagle is the swanky Mad Men-era cocktail club and restaurant we’ve always dreamed of visiting. Among the menu offerings, classics resound: a wedge salad, steak tartare, sweetbreads, duck confit, and, after midnight, pigs-in-a-blanket. Choose between refined cocktail selections, like 007’s drink of choice, the Vesper, as well as a “Traveling Suitcase”– a private stock Old-Fashioned poured tableside for parties of four or more. Walk-ins only. Learn more.
Bar Americano is an Italian-American restaurant from Brooks Cloud, Julian Goglia, and Mike Blydenstein (of The Pinewood and The Mercury), with chef Adam Waller at the helm. The classic fare consists of staples like meatballs, mussels, house-made pastas (most notably, the squid ink tortellini), pizza, and quintessential cocktails. The décor can best be described as modern-swank: a little bit minimalist, and a lot of red (banquettes included). Book now at Bar Americano.
A welcoming and inviting hangout in Decatur, The Pinewood serves innovative cocktails and “home-spun” regional fare (read: a combination of Southern comfort food and seasonal staples), made with locally sourced ingredients. Dishes like chicken & waffles and grit tots are complemented with drinks comprised of house-made tinctures, infusions and sodas. Book now at The Pinewood.