Sean is a sometimes snootie comfort foodie. He dines out every chance he gets and tries all the new restaurants, from family-owned eateries to dazzling dining destinations.
Comfort food is high on his list and in a Southern city as cosmopolitan as Atlanta, comfort cooking means more than fried chicken, sweet tea, grits and fried green tomatoes. Sean can find new Southern cuisine fit for the 21st century as well as traditional Southern food.
Sean also checks the Atlanta Dining Guide with sections for Cheap Eats, Soul Food, and a page you absolutely must try for miles of authentic, affordable international restaurants all on one road.
When he has friends in town, he checks out the dining blogs and forums on ATL Insider to find suggestions, as well as the latest hot spots and reviews.
Sean knows that in Atlanta, al fresco-dining-nouvelle cuisine-appreciating-foodies enjoy both epicurean masterpieces and grits with glitz beneath City Lights, Southern Nights.
4th & Swift
Veteran Atlanta chef, Jay Swift -formerly of South City Kitchen brings his creative interpretation of seasonal comfort food to 4th & Swift. The menu is small and large plates in categories such as Wood, Grill and Smoke, Sauté and Braise, Pantry and Bake Shop. The offerings from the kitchen will change daily, weekly and seasonally based on the quality and availability of ingredients and seasonal tastes.
Featuring seasonally inspired cuisine with Italian, Spanish and French influences, Ecco embraces its classic European roots while delivering a modern and fresh dining experience and an adventurous, creative wine list.
Knight and Ron Winans Chicken & Waffles
Chicken and Waffles harkens back to 1930s Harlem days when celebrities frequented Wells restaurant in the early morning hours and couldn't decide if they wanted dinner or breakfast. The delicious combination of juicy fried chicken with sweet, syrupy waffles was born, and Gladys Knight has recreated it in Atlanta. Open until 4 a.m. on weekends, stop for lunch, dinner or a late night snack from the musically themed menu.
The contemporary Greek seafood tavern offers fresh, healthful food, attentive Greek hospitality and a festive atmosphere.
La Grotta Ristorante Italiano
La Grotta's fine Italian cuisine has been an Atlanta favorite for 24 years. Overlook a beautiful garden at both locations while enjoying specialties such as Veal Cutlet, breaded and sautéed, topped with prosciutto, roasted peppers and mozzarella.
Mary Mac's Tea Room
This meat-and-three-meets-tea-room establishment began in 1945. After World War II, enterprising women sought to make a living as entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry. Some of these women called their businesses tea rooms as a polite way to elevate the venture. The made-from-scratch breads and fresh vegetables comfort the cravings of generations of Atlantans with southern dishes. The signature pot likker soup and cornbread is complimentary for new visitors.
No Mas! Cantina
Enjoy the essence of Mexico at No Mas! Hacienda & Cantina. On the Cantina menu are a variety of favorites thoughtfully created from authentic recipes, with mouth-watering flavors, served in a lush environment.
Paschal's Restaurant at Castleberry Hill
Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders met at Paschal's Restaurant to plan key marches during the 60s. Famous for its fried chicken, Paschal's was founded by brothers James and Robert Paschal, who provided free fried chicken to students arrested for protesting. Originally in the West End district, Paschal's moved to Atlanta's historic Castleberry Hill in 2002. Today, Paschal's Restaurant at Castleberry Hill still hosts Atlanta's leaders for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
Sotto Sotto presents truly Italian cuisine with original dishes and an intimate, innovative atmosphere.
A delightful blend of authentic Thai cuisine and in-town atmosphere, voted Best New Restaurant by the Sunday Paper.
Sweet Auburn Bread Company
Check out the shop of Chef/Owner Sonya Jones's, who grew up in the Sweet Auburn district. Her famous sweet potato cheesecake recipe, which President Bill Clinton raved about on a visit to Atlanta in 1999, was featured in one of Rachael Ray's cookbooks. Stop in for salmon croquettes and smoked sausage breakfast sandwiches, plus Sweet Potato n' Molasses and Hummingbird muffins.
This hometown favorite relocated from Centennial Park to Sweet Auburn. A Coke cooler, a black-and-white portable, and large plate glass windows are the chief features of this humbly decorated restaurant. Be forewarned as you will have to make some tough decisions between dark meat special or pork chops, rice and gravy or macaroni and cheese, collard greens or lima beans, and most importantly, sweet potato pie or pineapple upside-down cake.
Tierra – Flavor of the Americas
An exciting Latin American and Caribbean bistro featuring the cuisines of South and Central America, Tierra presents traditional dishes and creates special dishes with the many flavors and ingredients of the continent.
Watershed on Peachtree
Watershed first opened with executive chef, Scott Peacock, a southern food expert whose vision of southern cuisine emphasizes fresh, seasonal, regionally grown ingredients of the highest integrity, prepared with the barest of embellishments. Chef Peacock is the former chef to two Georgia governors and was founding chef of Atlanta's Horseradish Grill. In May 2007, Chef Peacock received the award for "Best Chef in the Southeast" by the James Beard Foundation. In early 2010 when Peacock left Watershed to work on a documentary project Watershed announced Chef Joe Truex as its Executive Chef and new partner. In August of 2011 Watershed closed its Decatur location and opened in May 2012 under the new name ‘Watershed on Peachtree’ located on Peachtree Road in the historic Atlanta neighborhood of Brookwood Hills.”
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