Must Eat Places in Atlanta

Melanie and Randy Cooper, Atlanta-Food-Critic.com
Melanie and Randy Cooper, Atlanta-Food-Critic.com

Over the years we’ve visited a lot of Atlanta restaurants – some good, some not so good. This list is restaurants we’ve visited that we thought were exceptional. These are places to eat in Atlanta that if my Mom was in town, I’d want to take her there to eat. These are must visit Atlanta restaurants that I would recommend to friends visiting Atlanta from out of town.

You’ll also see some restaurants that aren’t anywhere neat Atlanta. We’ll, we wish they were, but if you live in Atlanta, chances are you might find yourself there one day and you need to check these out too! We’re sure that there is probably a ton more restaurants that should be added to this list, and we are working closer to that every week as we continue to dine and write about our experiences. Guten appetit!

Melanie and Randy Cooper

P.S. Check out these other lists:
2015 Readers Choice Awards for Best Atlanta Restaurants
20 Best Atlanta Restaurants to Visit in 2016
The Most Romantic Restaurants in Atlanta in 2016

Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

I’d been hearing rumors around the office about Rumi’s Kitchen for months now. When I mentioned this casually to my friend and Atlanta foodie Twitter celebrity @sashaeats at our dinner at The Mercury in February, he confirmed that I had to check it out. We decided to go together, but

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

The restaurant business is where the American dream thrives. Through a lot of hard work, dedication to the craft, and a consistent attitude of excellence; chefs like Mikiel Arnold of The Freakin Incan find success. Trust me when I tell you, this guy is going places. Literally. Because The Freakin Incan

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

A few weeks ago we reviewed a new restaurant opening, Morningside Kitchen. I told Melanie that this restaurant was from the same team that owned Murphy’s in Virginia-Highlands and we resolved it was time for us to return. We’ve been to Murphy’s several times in between, but our last review

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

A message to our ITP (inside the Perimeter) readers, sometimes in order to go south you have to head north. Flowery Branch, is the sleepy town that holds the gem we call Antebellum. Wherever you’re from in metro Atlanta, Antebellum is worth the trip. 360 view taken with a Ricoh

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

Along with the rest of Atlanta, we’d been waiting for Morningside Kitchen to open. The day after they served their first meal, we were there – yes, Day 2. This was supposed to be a “soft” opening. From the size of the crowd that night, it looked as if they

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

In the shadow of Atlanta‘s new Mercedes Benz Stadium and a short walk from Philips Arena is Smoke Ring, a barbecue destination that just might become your new favorite. Yes, Melanie and I consider ourselves BBQ aficionados, especially having just come off of the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival under

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar is certainly of the most anticipated new restaurants openings of the year, and for good reason. When Chefs Brandon Keenan and Doug Turbush, of Seed [Read our review of Seed, Jan 15 2016], announced their intention to open another restaurant in fashionable East Cobb,

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

Just last week we mentioned about the areas in town that contain a bunch of great restaurants packed into a very small area. Canton Street in Roswell is one of these pockets of foodieness where restaurants seem to grow like weeds in spring. We didn’t choose Little Alley Steak by happenstance. Our readers have been

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

I am about as far out of my element as I can possibly get talking about Vietnamese food, so understand that this review comes from a beginner’s perspective. However, I know what great food tastes like and I do have foodie friends that I trust their judgment. So when my

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

If you like the industrial chic dining experience, you’re going to love TWO Urban Licks. If it hadn’t been around for a while, I’d swear this place was underground. I followed a postal freight truck into the back of this urban industrial complex and then felt like I was driving

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last six months and haven’t been to Ponce City Market, we want to encourage you to make the trip. On our last visit, we dined with Atlanta foodie celebrity @sashaeats at The Mercury and didn’t have time to look

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

We were last at Lure in September [Read our review of Lure, Sep 4 2015] but couldn’t resist going back for Valentines Day with friends. The menu changes frequently based on season and availability, but the excellence of the food and service doesn’t change one iota. On Valentines Day, perhaps

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

One of Atlanta’s most anticipated new restaurants is The Mercury at Ponce City Market. From the same folks that brought you The Pinewood in Decatur, comes the “Mad Men” styled The Mercury. The Sixties retro style is clearly evident in both the décor right down to the server’s uniform, complete with

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

It’s been since Dec 2010 since we last reviewed Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q. [read our previous review] That’s just TOO DAGGONE LONG!!! We have been several times over those years, we just haven’t written about it. The thing about Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q is it always feels like we’re coming home and

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

Whether you’ve been married for years or have just met the love of your life, Valentines Day is a wonderful time to share an intimate meal together in a romantic setting. The longer you’ve been together, the more there is a need for something different to keep that spark alive

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

The foodie community is on fire about Beetlecat,  Atlanta’s celebrity chef Ford Fry’s  newest restaurant. Anchoring the trendy Inman Quarter mixed-use development, diners are packing the restaurant in droves to discover what the buzz is all about. Recently named Restaurateur of the Year for 2015 by Atlanta Magazine, @ChefFordFry continues the expansion of his

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

We’re working hard trying to visit restaurants on our list of 20 Best Atlanta Restaurants to Visit in 2016 and our regular readers know how much Melanie and I enjoy Sunday Brunch. Well, we’d been hearing that Seed Kitchen & Bar does an awesome brunch so we headed up Riverside Drive just north of I-285.

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

It was a rainy miserable night but, we decided headed to Athens to meet some friends and visit one of the restaurants on our list of 20 Best Atlanta Restaurants to Visit in 2016. We’d made the reservations days in advance because last time we tried to visit South Kitchen + Bar,

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

I was embarrassed. I mentioned to someone in our office, I’d never been to Taqueria del Sol and people’s heads snapped around – WHAT?!? Okay, okay, but it always seems so crowded. Well DUH! That should tell you something right there, huh? I have good reasons. Melanie has not been

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

Woodstock was like many other sleepy Georgia towns centered around railroad tracks until Atlanta’s suburban crawl enveloped it. Now, it’s considered to be a bedroom community for Atlanta professionals but it holds fast to it’s quaint, hometown feel. In the middle of downtown Woodstock is where we found Reel Seafood. Keeping it

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

Call it karma or a divine appointment, but sometimes things just come together so nicely. Take for instance an Atlanta girl and a Pittsburgh guy who end up together and the result is a restaurant called Peach & The Porkchop. When we arrived, I could tell from the number of

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

Frequent readers of our blog, understand our love of BBQ. Many of you have mentioned Fat Matt’s Rib Shack when we’ve reviewed other BBQ spots and BOY, now we know why! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is a foodie’s dream! An unpretentious location. A blues-centric theme. Food that rocks. When it

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

I cannot tell you the number of times I have driven past Seven Gables Restaurant over the years. Why, oh why, did we wait so long to go there? It’s location is not trendy, the building is not extravagant, but the food is exquisite! It’s no wonder, when we discovered

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

What a wonderful evening I had dining with Atlanta’s Twitter foodie celeb @sashaeats! Our meal had been over two months in the planning trying to get our busy schedules to sync but when we confirmed a date, the restaurant Wisteria rose to the top of our conversation. Wisteria proudly touts

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

On the same town square the TV series Heat of the Night was filmed, lies the Mystic Grill which was featured in the television show Vampire Diaries. While vampires no longer lurk in Covington, the food is bloody good and is one of the best restaurants we’ve ever visited OTP.

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

If you’re into breakfast, you cannot have missed the West Egg Café in West Midtown and Chef Todd Ginsberg replicates his success there with The General Muir, an authentic deli experience. In a tribute to the New York Jewish deli, meats are cured and smoked in-house and bagels are hand-rolled

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Panama City Beach Restaurant ReviewsRoad Trip Restaurant Reviews

Many times just the view of a restaurant’s parking lot is enough to convince someone that something good is going on inside. Combine that with recommendations from our readers and we were really hedging our bets that Saltwater Grill was going to be pretty spectacular. Speaking of pretty spectacular, when

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Panama City Beach Restaurant ReviewsRoad Trip Restaurant Reviews

We absolutely LOVE taking suggestions from our readers! Especially when they are as SPOT-ON as the one from Anthony Miller, a PCB native, who wrote to us on Facebook and suggested we check out Firefly! OMG – it was divine! We’d done our homework and read some reviews but nothing

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Panama City Beach Restaurant ReviewsRoad Trip Restaurant Reviews

Grayton Beach is way off the beaten path. We would never have found The Red Bar had it not been so highly recommended by our good Twitter friend @sashaeats, whom I respect so much for his foodie views. As we began to post reviews on our list of the best Panama

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

There’s a revival going on in Decatur that gives diners plenty of opportunity to repent and shout HALLELUJAH! At the center of the tent is none other than celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie, who also owns the award-winning Gunshow restaurant in the Glenwood Park neighborhood of Atlanta. No mistaking Kevin’s Atlanta

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

What could be cooler than driving out to the country to dine in a 100 year old farm house? The Farmhouse at Serenbe exemplifies the farm-to-table movement surging within the Atlanta restaurant scene. By bringing the diner to the farm where it all happens, how could this experience get any

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

Local Republic is a urban/trendy New American restaurant that is what we hope to see more of in the ‘burbs. At one time, people in Gwinnett had to travel ITP (inside the Perimeter) to experience such dining delights, but now its been delivered right to you doorstep with Local Republic.

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

We had visited Westside Provisions District just a few weeks ago on a scouting mission and decided that we would come back for dinner one evening. We’d been to the Tech game on a Saturday and decided to check out Ford Fry‘s  JCT Kitchen for a light meal after a

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

We stopped at Brick Store Pub on our way down to the Georgia Dome to see a Falcons game. We’d heard traffic was going to be horrendous because of Georgia Tech playing that night also and VP Biden in town, so we decided to take MARTA downtown instead of driving.

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Athens Restaurant Reviews

We have a confession to make. We have been dining at Marker 7 Coastal Grill for well over a year and have never written a review. Our reasons have been purely self-serving in that we really don’t want to share this with the world and have people lining up outside

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

To kickoff Midtown Restaurant Week, we begin with Lure one of the premier Atlanta restaurants of the Fifth Group Restaurants. Lure is all about seafood and they do it like none other. From it’s wooden nautical décor, Lure lets you know they’re serious about seafood just coming in the building.

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

An unpretentious location near the railroad tracks in Decatur helps disguise the true opulence of the dining inside the Wahoo Grill. Heavenly bliss awaits you, dear readers. It is indeed rare that we happen upon such greatness in such careless fashion but that is exactly what happened this fine evening.

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

It’s amazing to me the great restaurants that just seem to fall right into our lap. 1910 Public House was one of those places that we had not intended on going to, yet we find ourselves visiting. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and we found ourselves in old town

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

By now, y’all know that BBQ is an essential part of what we love. On a Friday, normally at work from home day, I found myself headed into the office to grab my iPad I forgot to bring home. Because traffic was light, I chose a different route than my

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

We had wrapped up an enjoyable tour of the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. We had eaten a very light lunch and we ready for a hearty early dinner. In keeping with our celebration of Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week, we chose Legal Sea Foods. We’d been there a few years ago

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Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

By the time we arrived, it was hot as blue blazes and we were still in a whirlwind from walking around the very crowded Krog Street Market. We were looking for somewhere we could eat and relax while getting a chance to cool off at the same time. The Shed

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