Last year, Atlantans saw a dramatic increase in new dining options with the openings of Krog Street Market and Buckhead Atlanta. In 2015, Ponce City Market and Inman Quarter made a splash, along with numerous new outposts from Atlanta’s most respected chefs. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order…
Guy Wong’s long-awaited Vietnamese concept offers a concise menu of classic dishes made with quality ingredients. Guests are served in a gorgeous space with vintage touches. Read full review here.
The return of the nightclub brought to us by the guys from Yacht Rock, pairing live music with cocktails and creative food by partner and chef Nick Melvin. Don’t miss the roasted butternut squash with grits! Read full review here.
Ford Fry’s popular Mex-Tex concept at Krog Street Market offers strong margaritas made with fresh juices and Lonestar-style eats served in the kitschy dining room or patio, perfect for people watching. Love the pozole verde! Read full review here.
The Kinjo brothers resurrect their famous sushi spot in Inman Quarter. Definitely downsized from its former Buckhead location, the intimate space offers the ultimate sushi experience.
Chef Kevin Gillespie brings Southern fare to Decatur, serving dishes like his grandma used to make. Wear your elastic waist pants.
The St. Regis in Buckhead welcomes the return to luxury dining with the opening of Atlas. With a menu designed by Gerry Klaskala of Aria, each dish is made with seasonal ingredients and artfully presented. Read full review here.
Winner of Creative Loafing’s 2015 Pizza Smackdown, owner Anthony Spina cranks out endless Grandma pies in a tiny space at the charming Irwin Street Market.
The brick-and-mortar restaurant brought to us by the gang behind The Giving Kitchen is truly a labor of love, offering a seasonal a la carte menu and a 5 course chef’s tasting menu. After-tax proceeds benefit the charity.
Before you freak out about any glaring omissions, keep in mind, I haven’t eaten at every new restaurant in town…yet.