Atlanta Dining
varsityAtlanta boasts everything from upscale gourmet cuisine to progressive variations of Southern staples and local, chef-driven restaurants. What makes Atlanta’s dining scene special is its variety. Atlanta restaurants are relaxed and welcome diners with open arms. Eateries in Atlanta cater to each unique neighborhood and invoke the feeling of dining at a friend’s house, rather than a restaurant. Even the city’s most high-end restaurants dish out a down-home feel.

Atlanta’s chefs incorporate fresh, local ingredients to serve up the best in New South cuisine with creative twists on Grandma’s traditional Southern meals. One of Atlanta’s finest examples of the farm-to-table experience is One Eared Stag where chef Robert Phalen dishes out freshly picked and prepared food. James Beard Award-winner Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South boasts traditional Southern cuisine with a twist, including its signature chow chow, while Steven Satterfield’s Miller Union features a farmstead-inspired menu with pickled vegetables and fresh seafood options. JCT. Kitchen & Bar, created by chef Ford Fry, offers its own take on Southern favorites with chicken and dumplings, shrimp and grits and short ribs. Chef Bruce Logue created a menu at BoccaLupo that features home-style Italian dishes that twist the traditional pasta and meat dishes into new, fresh plates.

Fast Facts:

Steven Satterfield of Miller Union took home the 2017 James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast.

In the past five years, Atlanta chefs garnered 60 semifinalist nominations for James Beard Awards.

James Beard Award semifinalists for 2017 include Sarah O’Brien for Outstanding Baker; Ford Fry, Eddie Hernandez and Mike Klank for Outstanding Restaurateur; Ryan Smith for Best Chef Southeast.

USA TODAY named Atlanta to its 2017 list of cities with the Best Beer Scenes.

Staplehouse, in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, was a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant and also named the No. 1 Best New Restaurant on Bon Appetit’s Hot 10 List for 2016.

Bacchanalia, Miller Union and Holeman & Finch made The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America 2017 list, while OpenTable’s Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2017 included O-Ku - Atlanta and TWO urban licks.

Atlanta hosts more than 20 food festivals annually including Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp, Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival and Atlanta Street Food Festival.

WalletHub included Atlanta on its 2017 Best Foodie Cities list, scoring high for the diversity, accessibility and quality of the city’s dining scene.