Little Black Book

A Quick Hit List of Atlanta Favorites

by Kelsey Burrow
Golden Golden Eagle Bar. Atlanta, Georgia.

Heading to Atlanta anytime soon? Arm yourself with a long list of the bars, breakfast sandwiches, tasting menus, and locally loved shops — and do your best to pack it all in.

Home Grown GA.
Photo courtesy of Home Grown GA.

Eat Well

The Crowd-Pleaser:
Modern Italian food and wine from James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur 2018, Steve Palmer.

Restaurant with Heart:
Streamlined, New American tasting menu with a feel-good back story (read more about it on Popupla).

Best Casual Joint:
A BYOB spot that gives NYC pies a run for their money.

Ideal Tasting Menu: Four creative, light and airy courses determined by the seasons and chef Anne Quatrano’s deft hand.

Hot Roving Pop-Up: Family-style Thai dinners quietly revolutionizing local perceptions of the cuisine.

Best Southern Breakfast & Everything Else:
Good service, good vibes, good bacon.

Cozy Meets Delicious:
Comfort food and specialty beer in a cave-like basement beneath an old mansion.

Steakhouse Institution: Landmarked, wood-paneled, and with lots of options for blowing $5k on wine.

Classic Meat-and-Three:
ATL mainstay serving BBQ, jerk chicken, and green beans on stacks of red plastic trays.

Get It To-Go

Best Healthy-ish:
Pick your grilled protein, add your veggies, get it in a bowl (you’ll need it after a meat-and-three).

Best Breakfast Sammies:
The ham & gruyere melt at will take you through the afternoon.
Don't sleep on the gougère at Bagel Sammy at (with whipped onion chevre on an Emerald City Bagel).

Not-Sad Sandwiches for the Road:
Prosciutto baguette at makes for a tasty souvenir.
Dive into a barbecue pork bahn mi at .

Best Sweet Indulgences:
Chocolate chip cookies at travel well.
Have one chocolate buckwheat shortbread at now, save another for later.
Just order one of everything at .

Golden Eagle Bar. Atlanta, GA.
Nightcap or another. Photo courtesy of Golden Eagle.

Drink More

Best-Looking Bar:
Fab wines and cocktails in a glamorous mid-century train depot.

Cafe of Choice:
People and sunlight tacos and coffee equals happiness.

Coolest Brewery: Beloved brewery with new outpost on the Westside Beltline with a garden and fire pits.

Coziest Watering Hole:
Classic cocktails (with a twist) and literary vibes.

Charlotte Smith Studios.
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Smith Studios.

Shop Everything

Best ATL Souvenirs:
candles are awesome.
goods feel great all over.
Fun artisanal ATL-branded items from in Ponce City Market are fun to share with others.

Best Beauty Stopover:
Find what you need, from products to makeup application to lash extensions.

Beloved Local Ceramicist: Minimalist cups, plates, and platters — so good, you might have to ship a few home.

Fun Nail Salon:
Serious nail art in a wellness-focused natural salon.

Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA.
Photo courtesy of Ponce City Market.

Do It All

Perfect Morning:
Beltline walk from — start with coffee and gougère from The Little Tart, and take an hour’s walk to , making all kinds of scenic stops on the way.

Ideal Cityscape Escape:
The of Piedmont Park along Clear Creek. It won’t feel like Atlanta, though you're in the heart of it.

Classic Institution:
— for a city totally saturated in Civil Rights history, a beautiful and vast museum worth an afternoon.

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