30 Things You Need to Eat & Drink This Summer in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  May 18, 2015

Early summer is when Atlanta eats truly brighten up. We've still got the green tastes of spring available and the sweet, electric flavors of the summer heat start to show up on menus. When our restaurants source locally, the flavors are just what you're looking for. Imagine this: It's a hot, humid, sticky, sweaty Georgia day. Now imagine this: You take a big bite of . . . hot, thick beef stew and sweet potatoes. Nope, doesn't work. Try refreshing watermelon, crisp corn, sweet strawberries, fiery peppers. Peaches! (And remember, everything's seasonal, so keep in mind that dishes may change depending on what's freshest and available.) Take a look at a selection of these tantalizing dishes below.

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    1. English Pea Hummus at Miller Union: English pea purée, garlic, mint, chervil, lemon, vegetables and crackers

  • 2. Burrata at Saltyard: housemade Burrata cheese, lobster and pea salad, mint pistou, breadcrumbs

  • 3. Oysters & Pears at The Spence: fresh oysters, watermelon vinaigrette, frozen horseradish-mustard sauce "pearls"

  • 4. Salmon Chips at Serpas: house-smoked salmon, capers, red onion, chipotle cream cheese on housemade chips

  • 5. Caprese Salad at Corso Coffee: tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinegar

  • 6. Citrus Seafood Cobb Salad from The Big Ketch: grilled shrimp, bacon, eggs

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    7. Tuna Tartare at Le Bilboquet: fresh tuna, red onion, cucumber, sesame, house cracker

  • 8. Chilled Maine Lobster at STK: Maine lobster, cara cara orange, asparagus, lobster bisque foam

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    9. Crab Cocktail at Maya Steaks & Seafood: colossal crabmeat, white shrimp, salsa rosa, lettuce, sesame

  • 10. Virginia-Highland Roll at Genki: spicy tuna and mango, topped with escolar, avocado, jalapeño and masago

  • 11. Roasted Redfish at Murphy's: redfish, beet linguine, ramp pesto, field peas, pickled heirloom tomatoes

  • 12. Campechana de Mariscos at Superica and The El Felix: spicy Gulf shrimp, octopus, lump crabmeat, fresh avocado, tostadas

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    13. Brûléed Foie Gras at Paces & Vine: foie gras, berries macerated in Saba, wild watercress

  • 14. Crispy Gnocchi at Cook Hall: pan-fried, with spring peas, summer tomatoes and housemade ricotta

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    15. Whole Georgia Rainbow Trout from Lure: grilled and served whole with seasonal summer-vegetable salad

  • 16. Sugar Snap & Avocado Salad at The General Muir: sugar snap peas, avocado, radicchio, hazelnut duqqa, lime, olive oil, whipped goat cheese

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    17. Turkey Burger at Republic Social House: turkey burger, goat cheese, spinach, mushrooms

  • 18. Hummus Salatim at Yalla: hummus, tahini, sugar snap pea and fava bean sesame salad, za'atar, housemade laffa

  • 19. Field Pea Salad at Stem Wine Bar: local field peas, sorrel, pink grapefruit, summer radish

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    20. Watermelon Feta Salad at Kyma: feta cheese, Vidalia onions, garden herbs, watermelon sorbet

  • 21. Basil Lemon Margarita at SkyLounge: tequila, agave syrup, fresh basil leaves, lemon and salt

  • 22. Muss Margarita at Muss & Turner's, Local Three and Common Quartercustom-made Herradura tequila, lime, triple sec, salt

  • 23. Georgia Peach at The Artmore Hotel: fresh local peach purée, bitters, vodka

  • 24. Americana in Paris at JCT. Kitchen & Bar: raspberry ratafia, Cocchi Americano Rosa, lemon, muddled blackberries

  • 25. Limoncello Cheesecake at Portofino: cookie crust, traditional cheesecake, tart limoncello sauce

  • 26. Strawberry Shortcake Liquid Nitrogen Milkshake at Flip Burger Boutique: whipped cream, fresh strawberries and shortcake frozen with liquid nitrogen

  • 27. Strawberry Bingsu from Sobban: strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, rhubarb compote, candied rhubarb, strawberries, streusel, meringues 

  • 28. Banana Puddin' Popsicle from King of Pops: milk, cream, organic cane juice, vanilla, fresh bananas and vanilla wafers

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    29. Super Berry Tart at True Food Kitchen: sea buckthorn, coconut whipped cream and pomegranate

  • 30. Strawberry Panna Cotta at Better Half: strawberry-vanilla panna cotta, frozen basil lemonade sorbet, strawberry "textures"