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Steak Shapiro’s Guide to Downtown Dining

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There are plenty of places to eat in Downtown Atlanta serving a variety of food & drink. You can find a spot with burgers & wings, bars to grab a beer or two at & yes… even places offering some healthier options. I’m sharing my picks for awesome places to eat all in the downtown Atlanta area. Get ready to be hungry!

Alma Cocina (191 Peachtree St. NW; 404-968-9662)

I love the unique tequila selections & the on-the-money margaritas, but it’s the memorable & unique interpretations of classic Mexican fare that have you wondering, “how long has downtown had food this tasty?”

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Dantanna’s (One CNN Center #269; 404-522-8873)

This may be the closest restaurant to the Dome, but it’s nothing even close to generic sports bar food. The upscale sports restaurant features dark wood, lots of flat screens for great game viewing & large private booths. I love the “Freuben” sandwich, delicious steaks & She Crab soup.

Der Biergarten (300 Marietta Street NW; 404-521-2728)

Yes, it’s Atlanta’s only downtown German Beer Garden, & it really delivers. The brats are killer, the beer is crisp & the patio makes for tremendous people watching before the game.

Legal Sea Foods (275 Baker St. NW; 678-500-3700)

This New England transplant has a downstairs bar with best in the world chowder, fresh oysters & lobster rolls. All go great with the multiple flat screens that adorn the place.

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Max’s Coal Oven Pizza (300 Marietta St. NW; 404-974-2941)

Sit out on Marietta Street & eat some superb pie that comes out of a classic Italian brick oven. The meatball subs & fried green tomatoes are as good as you’ll find anywhere in the city.

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Meehan’s Public House Downtown (200 Peachtree St.; 404-214-9821)

Chef Brian O’Rourke makes delicious things happen with shepherd’s pie, fish and chips & killer burgers. This is a place that knows what a cold beer should taste like.

Photo credit: Meehan’s Public House Facebook

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (267 Marietta St./Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park; 404-223-6500)

Time to impress some big-wig clients with mouth watering steaks, New Orleans style sides & a classic martini. Grab a seat on my favorite patio to check out Centennial Olympic Park & watch the madness.

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Taco Mac (100 Techwood Dr., 404-835-1192)

This spot offers a beer selection kissed by the gods, which all pair well with as many classic Taco Mac wings as you can woof down. We can smell the testosterone already.

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Ted’s Montana Grill (133 Luckie Street NW; 404-521-9796)

Start with the pickles, throw down an awesome bison burger, & close things out with the heated chocolate chip cookie…you can’t go wrong. Bar seating beats the wait.

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 Twin Smokers (300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313; 404-698-4707)

You’re in for some trouble at Twin Smokers — double trouble that is. This BBQ masterpiece is known for out-of-control brisket, mac n’ cheese, pulled pork & even their Bourbon Vanilla Milkshake (aka the “double trouble”). Go here for great grub all around…it’s the perfect spot before the big game.

Want more restaurant inspiration? Check out more spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV this Saturday at 8:30 p.m after the Championship Game & Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.!

Kozmo Gastro Pub

In an area drowning in chain restaurants, John’s Creek was ready for something different. In comes Kozmo Gastro Pub. A fabulous bar program, high end food and a super casual, yet super chic atmosphere all come together to make this an incredible find. Kozmo’s owner calls it an ‘oasis’, and we could’t agree more.

Debbie’s Delights

Minutes away from the Atlanta Airport is the great village of East Point. Debbie’s Delights is one of the restaurant staples in this area serving up southern comfort in the form of a home cooked meal. Owner, Susan Harris, takes inspiration from her moms cooking to create the classics like salmon croquettes, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and baked goods that are so over-the-top you’ll be dreaming about them.

Old Vinings Inn

Historic, charming & cozy — if you’re looking for an incredible southern meal in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere, Old Vinings Inn is a great choice. Operating in a 140 year old house with both an upscale, polished dining room & an upstairs attic bar offering live music 4 nights a week, there’s a little something for everyone here. Delicious & sexy Southern classics are the focus, as well as a strong bar program & brunch favorites.

Seed

It won’t take long for this avant-garde East Cobb kitchen to grow on you.

Planted in the midst of Merchant’s Walk in East Cobb, Seed Kitchen & Bar serves chef-driven, modern American cuisine alongside an expansive collection of boutique wines and creatively crafted cocktail classics. Diners enjoy dishes made with the finest locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in a sleek, vibrant setting. The menu is packed with popular plates – crispy calamari, hanger steak frites, and seared scallops – each with a culinary twist that takes it to a whole new level.

Yeah, we’ve heard great things about almost everything on the menu here. But the dish that diners really rave about is Seed’s signature Sweet Potato Ravioli, served in a brown butter sage sauce with winter mushrooms. The pasta is so fresh that it bursts in your mouth…a perfectly prepared pasta dish if you ask us.

But it’s not the only perfectly prepared plate on the menu. The Pimento Crostinis, served with Benton’s country ham, apples, and micro celery, are a popular starter for a good reason…they’re spicy, sweet, and simply delicious.

When you eat at Seed, don’t stop at dinner. The dessert lists leave nothing to be desired. The Peanut Butter Parfait is to die for…and with choices like Blueberry Crème Brulee and Banana Chocolate Crème Tart with toasted marshmallows and pecans, you’ll definitely want to save room for seconds.

Pricci

There is no shortage of remarkable, high-end places to dine in Buckhead. But if you want to impress, Pricci will do just that. Nosh on great Italian and Modern American fare; highlights include the Osso Bucco and Pork chop which are both great dishes to share with a date.

Athens Pizza

Think pizza diner, not pizza place. Started by Greek immigrants 40 years ago, the Papadopoulos family moved to the US in 1963 with 2 kids. John Papadopoulos started working at a pizzeria, eventually deciding he wanted to open his own, & has most definitely lived out that dream. Originally only selling pizza, grinders, salads & euros, the menu has expanded over the years, now offering lasagna, spaghetti & baked spaghetti, lamb shank, chicken & potatoes & other authentic Greek and Italian dishes. When you walk into this Decatur spot, you’ll feel like you’re eating at home. Customers are treated like family, & the colorful, warm & homey environment has proved to be well-liked, with some guests having been customers since the restaurant opened.

Smoke Ring

If you’re looking for the next up and coming neighborhood spot with a fabulous bar to boot, look no further. Smoke Ring is in the heart of Castleberry Hill serving up some modern twists on southern classics. Chef Jordan Wakefield, winner of Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, partnered with his wife, Erin, to create a southern atmosphere with an esteemed bar program. Check out this innovative barbecue restaurant before the lines get too long!

Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano

Glancing at the minimalist façade and industrial interior, you wouldn’t expect the dishes at Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano to be vibrant, complex and explosive; which is exactly what they are. The menu at Gio’s offers bold flavors showcasing their bone-in, moist, lemon infused chicken that is artfully used in a select array of dinner options.

Gio’s also serves fresh pastas, which they call Maccheroni Napoletani. Imagine an oversized macaroni paired with Italian cheeses, sweet and tangy marinara, and juicy heirloom tomatoes. This culinary experience comes full circle when ending dinner on a sweet note. While peach cobbler may be a favorite here in the south, you’ll not want to miss the Pastiera Napoletana, a ricotta based pie with a custard-like filling with a hint of cinnamon and sugar. Of course, like any “true to their roots“ Italian restaurant, Gio’s also serves the classic tiramisu.

If you want table service, you’ve come to the wrong place. Gio’s juxtaposes its fast food ordering system with five star plates such as the Sorrento Lemon Chicken. You’ll be served a half chicken paired delicately with sweet, roasted garlic, imported olive oil and wild oregano. Dining on the blue gingham covered tables will make you feel as if you’re at a chic Italian picnic; and what goes better with a picnic than beer, wine, Bellini’s or Prosecco?

The chefs at Gio’s masterfully incorporate Italian, French and Spanish influences to truly give the Atlantans an authentic Mediterranean experience. Order takeout “La Famiglia” style or enjoy the meal at Gio’s. Our only advice…get it while it’s hot, because once the pollo’s gone, it’s gone!

The Palm

Everyone has that one special restaurant, and in the heart of Buckhead you’ll find Steak Shapiro’s; The Palm. Located in The Westin, this iconic restaurant lliterally has history all over the walls. And the Chicken Parm? So good, we could write a novel on it!

The original Palm opened in 1926, right on the cusp of the Great Depression. Known for making classic Italian food that was as filling as it was delicious, it attracted many of the old school Ad Men. In exchange for heaps of Chicken Parm and pasta, these men would put their art work on the walls; and a tradition was born. A total renovation in 2015 has turned this classic into one of the sexiest new rooms in Atlanta.

But the food? The food is what has them coming back! The Palm is a classic American steakhouse, and they know how it’s done. The top tier of beef is seared and the seafood is flown in fresh daily. And no matter how many steak and lobsters you have on the table, you better have a Chicken Parm on there too!

 

Preview – Episode 916

This week on Atlanta Eats, we’re featuring 6 delicious Atlanta restaurants! We begin at Athens Pizza, take Atlanta Eats on the road to the Florida Space Coast then finish the night with Smoke Ring, Pricci, The Palm & Old Vinings Inn.

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Places to Eat & Drink Before & After the Falcons/Seahawks Game

Sure, you may have already bought your ticket for the big Falcons playoff game on Saturday vs. the Seahawks. But a big question still lingers…where are you going to chow down before and after the game? We’ve got 8 spots you have to check out. The game will be one to remember, and trust us…so will your food!

Cuts Steakhouse

(60 Andrew Young International Blvd NE Suite A; 404-525-3399)

Just as the name indicates, this is an insane downtown spot for steaks. With five different cuts to choose from, five different sauces and 6 different add-ons available, you can literally design your steak just how you want it. If you’re feeling something different for game day, fear not…with a menu chock full of Southern inspired cuisine, there’s plenty of deliciousness to choose from. Other popular items include the french dip sammie, southern fried lobster tail & shrimp + grits. Oh yeah…they also have pimento mac & cheese…TOUCHDOWN!

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Dantanna’s 

(1 CNN Center #269; 404-522-8873)

This may be the closest restaurant to the Dome, but it’s nothing even close to generic sports bar food. The upscale sports restaurant features dark wood, lots of flat screens for great game viewing and large private booths. We’re huge fans of the “Freuben” sandwich, delicious steaks & She Crab soup. The big special on Saturday to honor the home team is the The Dirty Bird Sandwich. All natural airline chicken breast is fried & tossed in buffalo sauce, then topped with honey & peppercorn bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, a pickle & blue cheese dressing. Don’t forget the fries!

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Flats

(152 Walton Street; 678-515-8924)

For a quick, healthy option before or after watching the Dirty Birds, Flats is your go to. Serving tasty flatbreads, a variety of healthy salads & fresh squeezed juices to Centennial Park area visitors, there are many healthy and delicious options to choose from here. Breakfast flats are also available ALL DAY LONG in case you’ve got a hankering for some bacon! Music to our ears.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House

(267 Marietta St./Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park; 404-223-6500)

You can’t go wrong with mouth watering steaks, New Orleans style sides and a classic martini. Grab a seat on their insane patio to check out Centennial Olympic Park & kick back before or after the game.

Photo credit: Ruth’s Chris Twitter

STATS 

(300 Marietta St. NW; 404-885-1472)

3 floors of action, a patio that overlooks downtown Atlanta & insane food — what else could you ask for? STATS is a great spot to hit before or after the game. Their Dirty Bird Sandwich is fitting to order on Saturday, and you can’t beat the messy burger, pictured below. Fun fact: this is the first restaurant in the US to have its own pouring tap tables…meaning you can pour your own beer whenever you feel like getting more. In honor of Saturday’s playoff game, beer can be purchased in Falcons commemorative cups.

Ted’s Montana Grill 

(133 Luckie Street NW; 404-521-9796)

Start with the pickles, throw down an awesome bison burger, and close things out with the heated chocolate chip cookie — you can’t go wrong. Bar seating beats the wait. If you’re looking for plates to share with a group, try the bison nachos pictured below…the pepper jack cheese, bison chili and fresh toppings are a fun, different take on the popular app!

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Twin Smokers

(300 Marietta St. NW; 404-698-4707)

This BBQ masterpiece is known for out-of-control brisket, mac n’ cheese, pulled pork & the Bourbon Vanilla Milkshake, aka the “double trouble.” With great grub all around, it’s an awesome spot to swing by before or after the big game. Catering is also available so fans can bring food to their tailgates. And don’t forget…Dos Equis tall boys go for $4!

Want more restaurant inspiration? Check out more spots around Atlanta here. Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV this Saturday at 7:00 pm and Sunday morning at 10:30 am!

Best Things We Ate Last Week

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One could say it’s always a feeding frenzy at Atlanta Eats’ HQ, but to us, it’s just another hard day at work. We’re showcasing the best things we ate last week to give you some food inspiration for the week ahead. Check out AtlantaEatsTV on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter for a constant stream of food porn if this post doesn’t quite cure your fix.

Grilled Asparagus Salad from Common Quarter (Marietta)

Marietta has made its way into the Atlanta food scene with its growing list of high-end restaurants. Common Quarter is one of those superb places that you would feel totally confident meeting the parents of your significant other. The airy, contemporary atmosphere is always inviting and has great food to compliment the ambiance. The Grilled Asparagus Salad is a great staple for guests. Topped with a fried green tomato, freshly-grated parmesan & crunchy bacon bits, you can feel like you’re being healthy and bingeing all at once!

Chicken 65 from Bhojanic (Buckhead)

It’s easier said than done to bring authentic Indian cuisine to the table. Chef Archna Becker has a collection of awards for her out of this world Indian dishes & we have just the one for you. The Chicken 65 is a great plate, especially if you enjoy a spicy kick on your palate. A bright red curry sauce covers a plentiful portion of marinated chicken. A dash and a sprinkle of house-made Indian spices are also added to complete the plate.

Cereal Milk Croquetas from Cooks and Soldiers (West Midtown)

Looking for luxury? Cruise down Howell Mill Road and swing into Cooks and Soldiers. Defined by luxe, this top-shelf restaurant makes for the perfect meal for any fancy occasion. We always suggest making reservations, especially during the holidays. If your sweet tooth is feeling rebellious, make sure you order the Cereal Milk Croquetas. These babies are quietly calling your name and surrounded by similarly delicious cereal bites. Golden and flash-fried to perfection, the Cereal Milk Croquetas can be one more item to cross off your foodie bucket list!

Did we make you hungry? You’re in luck — Atlanta Eats provides the perfect workday distraction! Peruse our site for videos of Atlanta’s top restaurants, and of course tune in to our show on Peachtree TV every Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!

Great Neighborhood Spots to Watch the Falcons Playoff Game

We’re so pumped our Dirty Birds made it to the playoffs this year! Fans spanning from Mableton to Monroe & Roswell to Riverdale are amped up for the big game on Saturday. No worries if you’re not going to the stadium…our fans gave us great recos on local spots to watch at that are having kick ass specials, and we’ve thrown in a few of our own picks, too. Take a look below and see where you should be!

C&S Chowder House (Roswell): To get the party started, this Roswell gem will be offering $5 Scofflaw Basement IPAs & glasses of red and white wine. $8 C&S Mules will also be featured, and don’t forget the $1 oysters for the duration of the game at the bar! 

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Shuckers Oyster House (Carrollton): This spot is going all out with 50 cent wings, $1 16 ounce draft beers, $2 PBR Tall Boys & $1 oysters any way you want ‘em from kickoff until the last whistle!

Photo credit: Shuckers Facebook Page

Establishment (Midtown): Sweetwater’s Second Helping Beer is the star on Saturday. This limited edition IPA in honor of the Giving Kitchen charity will be used in the Dirty Bird Wings Special. Think 8 wings battered and soaked in the brew accompanied with one dirty hot wing & another marinated in General Tsos. Watch the game on the wide screen in the back and enjoy 8 wings and a beer for $12!

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Lucky’s Burger and Brew (Roswell & Brookhaven locations): Now this is a deal…if you wear your Falcons gear, you get a FREE PBR draft (one per person) at both the Roswell and Brookhaven locations. And to top that, every time the Falcons score a touchdown, everyone at the Roswell location can take a free jello shot (one per person) to celebrate!

Photo credit: Lucky’s Burger and Brew Facebook Page

Lovie’s BBQ (Buckhead): Those dining in while the game is in action have a few options to really enjoy the big day. Guests wearing Falcons gear get 20% off their entire order, beer buckets are $11 & All You Can Eat wings are in the house for 50 cents each!

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We hope you check out one of these spots for Saturday’s game if you aren’t heading to the stadium! And don’t forget, #RISEUP!

Fumi Hibachi & Sushi Bar

Fumi is a restaurant that truly has it all: a gorgeous ambiance, the best quality foods you can find, great pricing, outdoor seating, an extensive bar with an impressive sake selection, private dining, an all-out sushi bar and hibachi for groups of any size. It’s all OTP in one of the hottest dining pockets of Atlanta- Duluth, GA near Gwinnett Place Mall. Stop by for a date, a night out with friends, bring the kids or plan a private event- they cater the experience to meet the needs of each type of customer. There are no “wrong” orders on their menu, so dabble in the dishes we deem “highlights” then experiment with a mix of sushi and hibachi to find your best order.

Noble Fin

Freshly sourced, premium quality seafood is the star of the show at this Peachtree Corners hot spot. Run by the father-son pair behind 4th and Swift, Noble Fin serves daily oysters and is constantly evolving its menu to explore new combinations of flavors. Steaks, chops and poultry are also offered, as well as almost a dozen premium side plates. The restaurant features a full bar, creating signature cocktails and stocking bottled and draft beer, as well as wine.