New Restaurants in Atlanta that You Have to Try

Add these six new Atlanta restaurants to your to-do list.
  • Start your meal at Inman Park's Amara with Brussels sprouts and octopus.
    Start your meal at Inman Park's Amara with Brussels sprouts and octopus.
  • This duck confit starter from Cast Iron has lots of personality.
    This duck confit starter from Cast Iron has lots of personality.
  • Stop in for brunch, lunch or dinner at Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere's The Federal.
    Stop in for brunch, lunch or dinner at Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere's The Federal.

In Atlanta, you blink and a slew of new restaurants open. Just when you thought you were making it through your list of must-try eateries a bunch more spring to life. Well, I’m not here to solve that problem. Here are six more new restaurants to add to your list.

  1. Amara – A follow up to the popular Midtown spot, Tabla, sexy Amara can be found in Inman Park. Two levels of dining offer views to the kitchen, with a bar in the center. Expect a fusion of Indian and American with items like chicken wings in a chili garlic sauce or paneer gnocchi or a root vegetable pot pie. A tandoori octopus is done sous vide style and is a standout appetizer. Salmon, snapper and duck entrees are the most popular with the snapper served in a coconut and mustard seed curry.

  2. Cast Iron – If you like intimate spaces with small but complex menus then Cast Iron in Old Fourth Ward is for you. The menu packs a punch. The most interesting dish right now is the half-cooked snapper with olives and popcorn. Pork tagliatelle doesn't disappoint either. Hurry in before the secret gets out.

  3. The Federal – The cuisine is a mix of French and American steak house. Menu items include Sardinian flatbread, oxtail French onion soup and chicken livers to start. Steak options include KS strip, rib eye and Porterhouse. At lunch the Midtown restaurant offers sandwiches like roast pork or beef brisket for a quick bite. At brunch, try the ricotta toast with Asian pear or a fried chicken biscuit. Tip: A prix fixe menu is available Monday through Friday at the bar. For $30 enjoy a soup or salad, steak frites and dessert.

  4. Nexto – The ramen craze is showing no signs of slowing down. Nexto is the new restaurant from chef Mihoko Obunai, who has competed in many national cooking competitions and is known for her ramen prowess. The restaurant has just added lunch service to the menu. Nexto has inventive cocktails, and starters like buns and beef tartare shouldn’t be missed. It can be tricky to find since there is no name on the sign. Look for the red glowing signage as you approach TWO Urban Licks.

  5. Smoke and Duck Sauce – Who says fusion is out? Not Gary Lin, founder of Chow Bing, the fast casual Chinese spot serving organic food. Now he’s opened his barbecue/Asian fusion restaurant in the Marietta/Vinings area. Think beef brisket with fried rice and Asian slaw. 

  6. Southern Bistro – Wondering where chef Ron Eyester landed? Look no further than Southern Bistro in Sandy Springs. The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Southern Bistro has killer cocktails like the Irish Flower made with Whiskey, Saint Germaine and ginger. Shrimp and grits are sensational as are brunch specials. Tip: There is a two-course brunch for $20.

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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