Believe it or not, OTP does not equate to subpar food! Talented chefs have sprawled from the big city and opened some outstanding suburban restaurant gems. Beyond the centers of traffic and so many Peachtree Streets that you can never find where you’re going, there is a haven of calm and comfortable combined with creative cuisine. Let Atlanta Eats be your dining wingman and show you the way to great food without the long drive.
Bite Bistro & Bar (Alpharetta)
Bite is a chic take on the Alpharetta suburb. Every item on their changing menu is “can’t miss”, but we especially love their Lobster Roll and the Double Burger. It’s a gourmet take on In-N-Out Burger’s Double Double Animal Style!
Cru Wine Bar (Avalon in Johns Creek)
Once patio season is back in swing, all we can tell you is to get in line EARLY! Cru has a gorgeous rooftop and patio to match. We love their wine flights with a side of Fried Goat Cheese Balls!
Hugo’s Oyster Bar (Roswell)
Hugo’s is a full-fledged oyster bar with Cajun classics served every which way. You can’t go wrong ordering raw oysters or a Po’ boy, but Hugo’s Signature Oysters grilled with bacon, Cheddar and jalapeno can’t be beat.
Hammock’s Trading Company (Roswell)
You would think Roswell is a beach town with the amount of seafood they’re serving! Hammock’s is a staple in the community and we think it’s partially because of one menu item- Barbecued Oysters.
Aqua Blue (Roswell)
Need a suburban sushi bar? Look no further! Aqua Blue has served up some creatively- named rolls and sashimi for over a decade. It’s also one of the few restaurants around with a great Tuna Poke appetizer!
Muss & Turners (Smyrna)
Muss & Turners was one of the first restaurants we filmed for Atlanta Eats…trust us, there is a reason! Close your eyes and pick a random dish to order, you’ll love anything they make you. We especially love their Charcuterie boards with fresh Artisan cheeses of your choice and their Pommes Frites (aka French Fries) are flat out divine. (Psst: sneak to the back corner of the restaurant for a chic bar named Eleanor’s).
South City Kitchen (Vinings)
Make no mistake- southern food is oh-so-chic. Check out South City Kitchen for comfort food classics like Pimento Cheese, Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp & Grits.
As symbolic as it sounds, after Seed was planted in Marietta the culinary scene began to blossom. Seed serves lunch, dinner and a whole lot of cocktails, but we love their Sunday brunch the most. Order their Smoked Salmon and Potato Pancakes for a real treat.
Common Quarter (Marietta)
Just a hop and a skip from Seed’s central location sits Common Quarter. The same owners as Muss & Turners, Eleanor’s and Local Three- this restaurant group really knows how to create a unique and delicious dining experience. Try any and all of their side dishes from creamy Mac n Cheese to Roasted Beets.
Norman’s Landing (Cumming)
Norman’s Landing is a jack-of-all-trades. Three of these trades include: barbecue, seafood and Reuben sandwiches. Try them all for a night of over-the-top dining!
Novo Cucina (Dunwoody)
One step inside Novo Cucina and you will never guess you’re in the middle of a Dunwoody shopping center. This restaurant transports you to an Italian home overflowing with wine, gelato and pasta. Please order the Linguine Del Pescatore (seafood pasta) and a pizza of your choice- you will not be disappointed. It’s also mandatory that you indulge in some of their daily homemade gelato. They have 18 flavors so there is no excuse not to try!
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