Atlanta is opening new restaurants nonstop, with notable joints spreading to neighborhoods across the city. Whether they specialize in steaks, Korean barbecue or Tokyo-inspired noodles, these 10 arrivals are all exceptional in their own way.
Must-order: Dishes like the crab appetizer ($12), a tangle of jumbo lump crabmeat, seaweed, tomatoes and a soy-ginger dressing, reflect the kitchen's ability to pull global flavors into its New American menu.
Insider tip: With the restaurant's rooftop patio and brunch mimosas for $3, you can put two and two together for planning your next weekend, weather permitting.
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: The steakhouse's signature dish is the pastrami-style bone-in rib-eye ($52), a 20-oz. cut of meat crusted with black pepper, garlic and coriander.
Insider tip: A rooftop bar run by the same team, the Regent Cocktail Club is accessible by elevator from the American Cut lobby.
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: Cha Cha ramen ($12), a rich bowl of noodles, tonkotsu pork broth, cabbage and a boiled egg with a perfectly creamy yolk.
Insider tip: Jinya's reputation has grown quickly since opening, so plan ahead and expect a wait, or snag a solo seat at the ramen bar.
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: 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.