12 Ways to Warm Up in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  December 6, 2016
Credit: Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup

After what seemed like an endless summer and just a flirtation with fall, Atlanta arrived fast to chilly temps. But that's OK, because the city's coterie of cooks, chefs and mixologists are fully prepared with a bevy of soups, stews, hot drinks and more to warm both body and soul.

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    French onion soup at McKendrick's Steak House
    Though the inside of this hot bowl of soup is as classic as they come — caramelized onions, savory broth and sopping baguette slices — the long-running Perimeter-area steakhouse tops its soup with a combo of smoked mozzarella and provolone rather than the traditional Gruyère. The added smoky notes come out especially strong after the soup's baked.

    4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd.; 770-512-8888

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    Pho at Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup
    Downtown Atlanta has always had limited options when it comes to global cuisines, but this modest stop is serving up top-notch pho, the classic Vietnamese soup. (Be aware, though, if you're in a hurry — Dua II, the restaurant's to-go window, has been replaced by a poke bowl shop.)

    53 Broad St. NW; 404-589-8889

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    Spicy maple at Jittery Joe's Downtown
    Warmth comes not just from steamed milk but also from spices in this coffee drink from the Athens-based cafe's Downtown outpost. Available only here in Atlanta, the spicy maple is a latte (made with your preferred milk or a substitute) that complements the espresso with a shot of real maple syrup and a dash or three of cayenne pepper for a drink that's comforting, sweet and rousing all at once.

    181 Peachtree St. NE; 404-659-0400

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    Kurobuta tonkotsu ramen at Nexto
    Chef Mihoko Obunai's has had her own place coming for a long, long time, and with Nexto finally open, Atlanta gets full access to the ramen that was previously found at infrequent pop-ups. Obunai's classic-leaning version is made with crisp kurobuta pork belly, a soft-boiled egg, scallions and menma (dried, fermented bamboo shoot). Noodles, too, naturally. It's rich, fatty, hearty and belly warming.

    828 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE; 404-809-3763

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    White bean soup at F&B
    This smooth soup at Buckhead's romantic French bistro is simple and straightforward, but totally satisfying. A purée of white beans and stock is studded with smoky bacon and browned croutons and drizzled with white truffle oil. It's uncomplicated, and that's what's great about it, as every spoonful inspires another.

    3630 Peachtree Rd. NE; 404-254-1797

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    Ravioli at Saltyard
    Head into chef Nick Leahy's South Buckhead eatery with a friend (or a few), as most of the small plates at Saltyard are meant to be shared. If you're a lover of fall flavors, though, you may have a tough time doing that with this pasta, filled with ricotta cheese (courtesy of Douglasville's Woodsman & Wife) that's mixed with lemon and a roasted butternut squash purée. Topped with cubed squash sautéed in browned butter and with two types of sage, it's a contender for the most autumnal dish in town.

    1820 Peachtree Rd. NW; 404-382-8088

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    Fish camp at Saltwood
    Tucked into the Loews hotel in Midtown, this New American spot flies under the radar of many. That's too bad, because it's got a great charcuterie list and a deft way with seasonal ingredients. Chef Michael Brookshire's new fall menu offers cornmeal-crusted fish (whatever's fresh) that's pan-fried and served over a meaty bacon-braised red cabbage and hearty cheese-and-potato croquette.

    1065 Peachtree St. NE; 404-745-5704

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    Octopus at Amara
    Chef Bhavesh Patel's new modern Indian eatery in Inman Park takes steps away from more familiar menus, often to rewarding effect. One example is this nicely charred octopus off the grill. A spiced romesco sauce provides a little heat, while a kachumber salad spiked with capers is salty and bright.

    870 Inman Village Pkwy. NE; 470-305-7405

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    Pepper-crusted salmon at Dantanna's Sandy Springs
    Pan-seared salmon's something you can find all year long, but the peppery crust on this fish dish — off the new menu at this renovated spot — adds a welcome level of heat for a chilly evening. It's served with a cream sauce made with shiitake mushrooms, ginger and brandy, and comes with a selection of sides.

    6649 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs; 404-705-8873

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    24-hour short rib at Ba Bellies
    This hearty dish recently made its way to the fall menu at this OTP gastropub. The restaurant's Southeast Asian angle shows up in a chimichurri spiced with ginger, while the short rib's served over potato purée and roasted root vegetables.

    6025 Peachtree Pkwy., Peachtree Corners; 770-710-0565

  • The Legend cocktail at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
    Head into the Lobby Lounge at this grand Buckhead hotel for a warm cocktail that's new for the season. A house-infused limoncello made with bourbon is heated and served with fresh lemon and a syrup with local roots — as the bees in the hotel’s rooftop apiary produce the honey for it.

    3434 Peachtree Rd.; 404-237-2700

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    Sweet potato bread pudding at Marlow's Tavern
    This homegrown gastropub chain got its start up in Alpharetta, and its most recent opening in Brookhaven makes it easy to drop by for a bite. Among its seasonal offerings is this sweet treat, which comprises baked sweet potatoes and chunks of ciabatta bread baked in custard and served with a crème anglaise infused with maple syrup.

    Multiple locations