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Hottest Restaurants in Atlanta

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.

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Virginia Highland
The crisp design at this Virginia Highland kitchen reflects its modern approach to New American cafe fare, with smart but more casual breakfast and lunch service easing into a succinct dinner menu heavy on seasonal ingredients, especially local veggies.

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.

9 Mile Station

NewOld Fourth Ward
Perched nine stories above Ponce City Market, this rooftop beer garden offers a broad selection of brews, plus wine and craft cocktails, paired with sandwiches, sausages and shareable New American plates. The expansive indoor/outdoor setting includes fire pits, communal seating and Adirondack chairs for taking in views of the skyline, and admission is by advance reservation only (unless you enter through the Skyline Park amusement area).

Must-order: Go classic with the beer pairing and opt for one of 9 Mile Station's housemade sausages, available in either six, nine 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 Skyline Park.

Cast Iron

NewAmericanOld Fourth Ward
Plenty of wood, subway tiles and large windows lend an inviting vibe at this Old Fourth Ward New American eatery, emphasizing seasonal, local ingredients on a concise food menu with European accents paired with well-crafted cocktails.

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.

Char Korean Bar & Grill

KoreanInman Park
This svelte Inman Quarter Korean barbecue spot lets diners grill their own meats right at the table, where traditional dishes crowd up next to more modern takes on East Asian fare. Meanwhile a bustling bar scene is fueled by hip cocktails.

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.

Hungry Ghost

NewAsianSweet Auburn
This casual, compact Sweet Auburn eatery with late-night hours is a spin-off of Asian-fusion favorite Poor Calvin's, and it turns out playful sandwiches and snacks influenced by the street food of Vietnam and Thailand.

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.

Kitchen Six

NewDecatur
Chef Jason Jimenez of Atlanta supper club/catering business Homespun crafts the concise seasonal menu at this North Decatur New American, featuring dressed-up comfort-food snacks and refined entrees that highlight local produce in a handsome, intimate setting styled with dark plaids and reclaimed wood.

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.

Mediterranea Restaurant & Bakery

NewGrant Park
This elegantly rustic eatery in a renovated historic Grant Park building aims for healthy fare inspired by a Mediterranean diet, with seasonal and local ingredients taking center stage. The popular brunch and all-gluten-free kitchen (including baked goods!) are a particular draw.

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, except for one beer on the drink menu.

Nexto

NewJapanesePoncey-Highland
Atlanta ramen darling Mihoko Obunai dishes up diverse bowls of rich, brothy noodle soup at this industrial-chic Poncey-Highland kitchen, also dispensing robata-grilled skewers and other Japanese pub fare. Set in a corrugated metal shed, the lofty space has huge windows overlooking a bamboo hedge, plus a bar mixing smart craft cocktails.

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.

Scout

NewDecatur
This airy New American gastropub in Oakhurst's historic Scottish Rite complex turns out smart versions of classic dishes, relying heavily on seasonal, local ingredients and putting serious emphasis on craft cocktails.

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.

The Tavern at Atlas

NewGastropubBuckhead
An offshoot of the upscale Atlas, this more casual space in the St. Regis still retains that restaurant's elegance but livens things up with regular live music, smart cocktails and elevated pub fare with an emphasis on shareable plates (Wagyu beef sliders, lobster pot pie, etc.).

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.

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