5 Restaurants You Don’t Want To Miss At Taste Of Atlanta 2017

Atlanta has become a major hub for the tastiest and trendiest foods and Taste of Atlanta brings it all together in one weekend! Atlanta Eats has filmed over 20 of the restaurants being featured at this year’s event and more places are still being added to the list! We picked out a few of our flavor favorites, but let’s be honest every tent is worth visiting. Use this post to make a must-try list and then purchase your ticket here.

Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall

One of our favorite BeltLine spots will be at this year’s event serving up elevated campfire cuisine.

Bar Taco

Some of Atlanta’s best tacos can be found at this event under the Bartaco tent, so add this spot to your list.


Their tent won’t have the beautiful Chattahoochee River scenery like their restaurant, but it still will be offering some of the most delicious fine dining foods of the ATL.


Korean meets Mexican for a flavorful fusion on a delicious menu of Takos and Bops.


Indian Tapas is the perfect ethnic finger food that you didn’t realize you were missing in your life that can be found at the Bhojanic tent!

Hungry for more?  Click here for a guide to our favorite restaurants! Be sure to catch Atlanta Eats on Peachtree TV now on EVERY DAY Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!

KR Steakbar

Kevin Rathbun’s fourth Atlanta restaurant is a fine addition to his eponymous Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steak, and Krog Bar. KROG isn’t the official acronym for “Kevin Rathbun: Original Gangsta.” Not yet, anyway.

Steakbar sits in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood, and the first thing Kevin Rathbun fans will notice is…it’s really light, compared to his restaurants in Inman Park, and that makes it feel a little less intimidating. While Mr. Rathbun’s signature steaks are still on the menu, along with classics like fried artichokes with lemon, Steakbar ventures into classic Italian cuisine with pasta, mozzarella salad, and pappardelle bolognese.

As with all great restaurants, you don’t go there for the quiet. If you want that, Atlanta has many fine libraries. So you can expect a noise level that will vary from night to night — if you’re going during a celebration season like father’s day, graduation, or at any time during December, you’re going to be sharing the room with large parties that aren’t always using their inside voices.

In something of a culinary coup, Chef Rathbun convinced Top Flr alum, Tres Bullard to sign on to manage the beverage program, so you know that the cocktails are going to be outstanding.

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, nestled in 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 perfect order.

Hal’s on Old Ivy

Hal’s on Old Ivy in Buckhead is the James Bond of steak houses. Sean Connery as Bond, not Roger Moore. It’s exclusive without being snobbish, classy without being aloof. It’s the kind of place that Don Draper would have taken late-night meetings before not going home to Betsy. Diners should know that the downstairs bar area at Hal’s allows smoking — there’s an upstairs bar that’s smoke-free, and the dining areas are smoke-free, too.

A wonderful mixture of Gatsby style and southern charm, Hals is one of the most welcoming restaurants you’ll find in Atlanta. If you come for the atmosphere, you’ll stick around for the food: from award-winning steak, to soups, salads, and classic pasta dishes. Kevin Rathbun has second mortgage dishes, Hal’s has dishes you’ll give up your children for.

What you’ll hear from just about everyone who’s been to Hal’s is that the service is exactly where you want it to be. Not too much, not too little. Your water glass won’t get empty, but you’ll never feel like your server is looming over you.

Swallow at the Hollow

If there’s one thing the South does with more enthusiasm than anything else it’s probably barbecue. With eight good months a year for cooking out, and plenty of local farms to source hog from, we can cook a pig like you wouldn’t believe.

Up in Roswell they’re making an art of it at Swallow at the Hollow, a little place on Green Street that cooks the ‘cue sauce over the hot coals, and sends out a macaroni and cheese that should be on your Atlanta food bucket list.

Slathered is the word of choice when it comes to ribs and sauce, and that’s exactly the deal here. Baby back ribs, with a good sticky sauce glazed onto it over the coals. Or pulled pork with your choice of sweet, vinegar, or mustard based sauces. Or all three. The combinations are endless.*


Editor’s Note: The “endless” combinations of meats and sauces mentioned here could actually be calculated by someone smarter than anyone who works for Atlanta Eats, and is more interested in doing the math than putting food in their pie-hole.

Mondo Italian Kitchen

When you come dine at this family-run restaurant, you’ll really feel part of the family. A spot with communal style seating serving scrumptious northern Italian fare and New York style pizza, Mondo is focused on its patrons making memories and connecting with fellow diners over wonderful food. Offering a stellar bar program focused on crafting traditional cocktails with a twist and serving wines from various regions throughout Italy, you’re in for a treat when you into dine at this Milton gem.

Longhorn Steakhouse

35 years ago, the first and only Longhorn Steakhouse opened in Atlanta, GA.  Since then, the restaurant has boomed and grown into something nobody could have imagined. Even with its rise in popularity, Longhorn Steakhouse never forgot it’s Atlanta roots and customer focused culture. Based in the South, the fan base is passionate and loyal and, in return, hospitality is always emphasized.  Every Longhorn has its own personality and pride, and every meal is crafted with love and attention. Take our word for it, the food served here is the real deal!

Fox Bros. BBQ

There’s no shortage of good barbecue in the South. But if you’re looking for the best, you better believe that Fox Bros. is tops on the list. Fox Bros. BBQ is famous for its Texan-slash-Southern style slow and low cooked Hickory-smoked meats. And they’re famous for a good reason: their barbecue is beyond amazing, and their beyond-barbecue is even better.

Smoked Wings and Fried Pickle Chips are popular pre-meal plates…but no appetizer has quite as much clout as (duh, duh, duuuuh…) the Tominator. Tater tots smothered in Brunswick stew and melted cheese. Yeah, Steak wasn’t too thrilled about sharing that order…

But speaking of the Brunswick stew, this is a side you’re sure to savor. If you go with a meat-and-three meal, this perfectly meaty stew should be side numero uno. Other sides include mac n’ cheese (which you can order with a Brunswick stew floater…), green beans, baked beans, brisket chili…the usual sides – but with unusually amazing flavor.

As for the meat, no matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed. That being said, the pulled pork and brisket get rave reviews time and time again. Oh, and both are available in sandwich form…

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Maggiano’s has been bringing Italy to the Atlanta area for 20 years and they are top on our list. Each dish encompasses true Italian tradition and recipes on their varied menu. On top of the family-friendly atmosphere and ambiance, Maggiano’s has dishes and drinks with flavor and fresh ingredients that speak for themselves. You can even order from the “On the House Classic” pasta menu and get a dish to take home. If that’s not enough, they are serving up scrumptious brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 11-3 PM.

C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar

The food at Clark & Schwenks Seafood & Oyster Bar aims to fill a gap in the Atlanta restaurant scene. C&S, for short, is a collaboration between two Atlanta food scene veterans with experience in fine French & American restaurants in Atlanta and a dual passion for excellent food. The focus is on fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar, and classic prime steaks. Combine that with a menu that is formidable and spans the fare of the classic Manhattan steakhouse to that of a Parisian brasserie.

Goin’ Coastal

If there’s one minus point to be made about Atlanta’s dining, it’s that we’re far enough away from the coast that fresh-off-the-boat seafood is something we just don’t have access to. We do have the next best thing, though, and Goin’ Coastal is one – actually, it’s two – of the premier seafood restaurants in the metro area.
With locations in Virginia-Highland, and in a historic neighborhood in downtown Canton, Goin’ Coastal hauls in influences from all over the world for its menu. Whether it’s a Low-Country Shrimp Boil or Jumbo Lump Crab Salad or Tuna Poke, Goin’ Coastal treats regional cuisines with reverence and celebrates the flavors and styles that can be found in the Carolinas, the Gulf coast, or Hawaii.

Antico Pizza

Pizza is no joke at this joint. And that’s why they’ve won, like, every award. Ever.

This could be the most decorated pizza on the planet! But when you take pizza as seriously as owner Giovanni Di Palma does, you’re bound to win a few awards. Di Palma didn’t sacrifice one detail of his family’s age-old Pizza Napoletana recipe when he brought it here to Atlanta: Fior di Latta and Mozzarella di Bufala cheeses are flown in fresh from Naples each week; San Marzano and Pomodorini tomatoes are hand-picked in Campania; three 10,000 lb. ovens were custom built from ancient Santa Maria brick and volcanic rock from Mt. Vesuvius…and get so hot that a pizza cooks to perfection in only about 60 seconds.

Yeah. A whole pizza cooks in 60 seconds. Which is great, because – trust us – the faster you can get your hands on one of Antico’s nine famous pies, the better.

We’d sell our soul for the Diavola pizza, which is made with fresh Mozzarella di Bufala, spicy sopressata, and pepperonata. Another pizza masterpiece – the San Gennaro – features fresh mozzarella, broccoli rabe, and salsiccia. The menu also includes calzones and Italian desserts.

Di Palma’s fierce loyalty to his family’s pizza-making heritage has made Antico’s pies world-famous, and a favorite among Atlantans and celebrities alike.

Universal Joint

This neighborhood gas station, converted to neighborhood tavern, offers Decatur residents delicious BBQ, beer, and atmosphere. Food lovers and dog lovers unite at this “fur friendly” hot spot. Whether you want something light, BBQ classics, or even the all-American patty melt, UJoint has got it on the menu. With a spacious outdoor patio, extensive craft beer list, and industrial feel, UJoint has become a local watering hole in the trendy Decatur area.

Did Someone Say Cheese?

Don’t miss The Cheese Fest, taking over the Historic Fourth Ward Park on September 23

Here at Atlanta Eats, we don’t discriminate against cheese. We love all kinds of cheese. We embrace cheese diversity – aged cheese, soft cheese, artisanal cheese. Heck, we’ll even get down with some E-Z-Cheeze.

That being said, you can only imagine our excitement when we heard that The Cheese Fest was coming to Atlanta. The Cheese Fest. A food festival with a focus on our favorite dairy product. Praise cheeses!

The Cheese Fest will be taking over the Historic Fourth Ward Park on September 23, 2017 from 1-8pm. With samples of over 500 cheeses from more than 100 artisans, this event promises to be the ooey-est, gooey-est, cheesiest day of the year. Enjoy live music while tasting as much fromage as your little heart desires, mixing and mingling with the producers, and even voting on the best mac n’ cheese at the Macdown + Meltdown event. A cash bar is available because, well, you know how well craft beer or wine pairs with cheese! Speaking of which, grab a VIP ticket and get special access to wine-and-cheese pairing events, taking place at various times throughout the day.

We definitely won’t be missing out on this delicious food festival. Catch us by the queso at The Cheese Fest 2017.

Event details:
Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 1-8 pm
Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park, 665 North Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Cost: $35-55 (kids 12 and under are free)


Best Things We Ate Last Week – 9/13/17


You could say it’s always a feeding frenzy at Atlanta Eats’ HQ, but to us it’s just another hard day’s work. We’re sharing 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 pictures if this doesn’t quite cure your food porn fix…

Dinosaur Beef Rib from Twin Smokers BBQ (Centennial Park District)

Talk about a mighty piece of meat big enough to feed the biggest carnivores! This Dinosaur Beef Rib is huge in both size and flavor! It’s smoked over Texas Mesquite and Post Oak wood chips for hours giving it a smell AND taste that is absolutely incredible. We sunk our teeth into this massive piece of BBQ and we can’t rave enough about it. Served traditional barbeque plate style on a tin pan with two pieces of fluffy white bread, homemade mac and cheese, and collards, it’s barbeque done right. Limited quantities of this beef rib are available each night so get there before they go extinct!

Trio Salad from Cafe at Pharr (Buckhead and various locations)

One is the loneliest number so that’s why we ordered three different salads on our Trio Salad from Café at Pharr. We chose from the Walnut, Celery, and Curry Chicken Salads, Tuna Salad, and the Egg & Potato Salad. The three different scoops are served on a bed of romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, and sliced tomatoes with two slices of soft baguette bread and homemade ginger dressing (oil free!!). This healthy yet scrumptious meal filled us up without regret! As always it came with red seedless grapes and two of owner’s Mike Liu famous yogurts rolls. Become friends with your taste buds and stop here for your next lunch date!

Waffle A La Mode from Atlanta Breakfast Club (Midtown)

We thought a local breakfast spot would only serve waffles as an entrée, but we were wrong! Atlanta Breakfast Club is servin’ up Waffle A La Mode for dessert and we are ordering all of them! This beauty is the fluffiest of fluffy Belgian waffles topped with vanilla bean ice cream, salted caramel, and bourbon candied pecans. Strawberries make this dessert even more delectable. This plate of perfection is a must order!

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Foggy Bottom BBQ

Nestled in Loganville just east of Atlanta lies a spot with award winning meats & cajun cuisine your mouth is gonna water for. Focused on treating guests well & fostering a community feel, Foggy Bottom BBQ concentrates on the 3 T’s when cooking up their insane BBQ: time, temperature & texture. All about cooking low & slow to serve the highest quality meats, you’ll be feasting on food with lots of tender, love & care put into it. It’s not just about great food…it’s about a great experience when you come to dine at Foggy Bottom.

Marco’s Pizza

Incredible tomato sauce, handmade dough, and fresh ingredients everyday are just a few things that make Marco’s one of the best pizzerias in the business. This fastest growing pizza chain in the US serves up authentic Italian pizza at a price range that works for everyone. Marco’s was founded by an Italian immigrant, Pasquale Giammarco, in 1978 out of Toledo, OH and made its way to the great city of Atlanta and our taste buds couldn’t be more thankful.

Taco Mac

It all started back in 1979 when a couple of guys from Buffalo, NY, made a pit stop in Atlanta on their way to Florida. After touring the city and enjoying the weather, they decided to stay and bring their favorite food, buffalo wings and craft beer options to the sunny south.

Thirty-five years later, Taco Mac has expanded all over Georgia and as far away as North Carolina and Tennessee. They have gone way beyond wings to make sure their kitchen serves everyone’s favorite foods – big, juicy burgers, hand-breaded chicken tenders, sandwiches, fresh entrée salads and fresh-baked flatbreads. But they still serve the southeast’s original and award-winning Buffalo Wings, offer the best selection of craft beers on draft and bring the friendliest Southern hospitality they fell in love with so many years ago.

Cape Dutch

Nestled off Cheshire Bridge road in the Morningside neighborhood, famed restauranteur Justin Anthony’s latest venture, Cape Dutch, takes a modern approach to South African cuisine. With Executive Chef Philippe Haddad at the helm, diners can expect dishes such as braised rabbit, lobster, seared sea bass, and the signature elk chop. Enjoy a fully immersive experience from start to finish. Ambiance and decor are on par with both the dinner menu and cocktail list which create a contemporary setting and approachable atmosphere. Perfect for happy hour, date night, or family gatherings; Cape Dutch has quickly made a lasting impression on the ever-growing Atlanta dining scene. Experience a taste of South Africa without the jet lag!


K BBQ Factory

Nestled in Duluth, K BBQ Factory is both delicious & entertaining. A highly knowledgeable waitstaff cooks your meal at your table, allowing you to be a part of the fun! Don’t be discouraged if you don’t know much about Korean BBQ because the waiters are beyond friendly and helpful. The selection of yummy sides is vast, and deciding which favorite flavor combinations are your favorite make for an interactive and adventurous meal.