Bacchanalia (Anne Quatrano / Clifford Harrison)
Taking a cue from the low-rent digs but high-end cuisine of the restaurants in NYC's Meatpacking District, Bacchanalia may slum it when it comes to décor but the food is definitively some of the best in Atlanta. Not a great first date place but certainly one where friends will congregate.
4th and Swift (Jay Swift)
For a décor with a more modern aesthetic, consider this industrial chic restaurant located in the Old Fourth Ward. The décor is exposed – filled with visible beams, stonework and fixtures – and so is the food. Every bite revels in its ingredients. Don't overlook some of the more unusual dishes as they are designed to expand your horizons.
Bones (Who Knows?)
Dining at this Buckhead steakhouse is a time-honored tradition for the rich and powerful in Atlanta. It is notorious for the secrets that it keeps including where it gets it sbeef and who does the actual cooking. Still, there is no finer place to get a perfectly cooked steak in the city.
Miller Union (Steven Satterfield)
Blending the traditions of Southern cooking with the latest in 21st century technique, Miller Union is a sublime reinvention of comfort food. Bourbon swilling entrepreneurs are more likely to be found at the bar than wine sipping oenophiles but the food never disappoints.
Tomo (Tomohiro Naito)
No best restaurant list for any city is complete without a sushi entrant and Tomo fits the bill perfectly. Tomo is not your average hole-in-the-wall sushi shop. Instead, it takes its cue from Las Vegas where the chef de cuisine cut his teeth and created his unique Japanese fusion style. Forget the beer and wine here and concentrate on the glorious profusion of sakes to be had.
Heirloom BBQ (Cody Taylor / Jiyeon Lee)
Fusing traditional southern style BBQ with traditional Korean accoutrements, the Heirloom BBQ offers a unique and highly stylized version of a traditional American favorite. Also, don't count on it for ambiance unless crowded and knee deep in strangers is to your taste.
Sotto Sotto (Riccardo Ullio)
Finding an authentic Italian restaurant in the United States that is outside of NYC or Chicago is a tall order. Still, Sotto Sotto not only meets expectations but sets a pretty high bar for any establishment in the Little Italys of those two cities. Nothing here is unique but every traditional dish is prepared with the freshest local ingredients and with exquisite care.
Holeman and Finch (Linton Hopkins)
Homer Simpson would love this place as its whole raison d'etre is to serve pork in all its varied tastes and incarnations. From bacon-flavored caramel popcorn through smoked ham hocks to a guinea hog ham, no one will be disappointed by the layers of taste, smell and texture in these pork creations.