Atlanta's been undergoing a restaurant boom for years, with new and notable places opening nonstop in neighborhoods across the city. Whether they specialize in specific global cuisines, explore interpretations of American classics or go for something truly unexpected, these 10 arrivals are all exceptional in their own way.
Must-order: Stop by in the morning for one of pastry chef Sarah Dodge's excellent baked goods, from something simple like a cookie or scone to a more elaborate biscuit sandwich.
Insider tip: Look for the restaurant's patio to open later this year.
Must-order: Go classic with the beer pairing and opt for one of 9 Mile Station's housemade sausages, available in either 6-, 9- or 12-inch versions and priced at $1.50 an inch.
Insider tip: Reservations for the beer garden can only be made via the prepaid-deposit-required website Tock, though all of the deposit goes towards the final bill — and a reservation exempts you from having to pay the $10 to access PCM's rooftop amusement park Skyline Park.
Must-order: An appetizer of shrimp ($12) over cold noodles, herbs, cucumber, cabbage and other vegetables.
Insider tip: No need to pregame due to fears of overpriced restaurant drinks here; Cast Iron's cocktails are well made and only $8 each.
Must-order: Want to try a wide array? Bring a group and order one of the massive sampler platters ($80–$160) that are cheekily named after Korean leaders, and arrive laden with pork belly, marinated beef, short ribs and lots more.
Insider tip: If you're accustomed to the complimentary banchan side dishes that arrive at most Korean restaurants, steel yourself for the fact that Char's banchan (gasp) cost money.
Must-order: The Cha Cha Noodles ($9), combining chicken, veggies and a salty, garlicky Chinese sauce
Insider tip: Hungry Ghost is directly behind the Atlanta streetcar's Edgewood at Hilliard stop.
Must-order: The grilled bone-in pork chop ($21) is paired with seasonal ingredients including braised butter cabbage, kale, baby carrots and an apple-mustard compote.
Insider tip: Chef Jason Jimenez also runs the catering company and private chef service Homespun Atlanta, which has hosted numerous supper clubs in the past.
Must-order: Baked feta ($8) in a tangy, tomato-based red sauce
Insider tip: Everything from the baked goods to the main dishes is gluten free, all except for one beer on the drink menu.
Must-order: Tokyo-inspired tori shoyu ramen ($14) features a soy-based broth and chewy noodles topped with roast pork belly, menma (fermented bamboo shoots), mushrooms, spinach and a soft-boiled egg.
Insider tip: Come in after 10 PM for the restaurant's take on the made-for-social-media ramen burger ($12), a beef patty topped with kimchi and a fried egg, and sandwiched between two noodle discs.
Must-order: The ricotta-and-collard-greens dumplings ($18) over a marinara sauce made from yellow tomatoes.
Insider tip: Scout's set in the restaurant space of the renovated Old Scottish Rite Hospital in Decatur's Oakhurst Village.
Must-order: Wagyu beef sliders ($18) come as a cute trio on toasted brioche buns.
Insider tip: The bar has live music every week, usually on Wednesdays or Thursdays, which makes for a great time to check out the upscale pub eats.