by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
It started with Bacchanalia, the fine dining destination that drove gourmands to this undiscovered part of town. These days, Midtown West, which stretches from Marietta Street to 14th Street on the Georgia Tech side of the connector, is a restaurant hotbed. Whether you're looking for the neighborhood's best gourmet sandwich shops or five-star restaurants, we've got them all in our dining guide to Midtown West, Atlanta's hottest `hood.
Updated: June 21, 2010
Anchoring Midtown West, Star Provisions is a dream store of culinary basics: the in-house bakery, cheese, meat and seafood shops are as friendly as they are excellent, and the house-cured charcuterie is an instant hit at any dinner party. And as if shopping here couldn't get any better, the lunch counter produces some of the best sandwiches and gourmet to go in Atlanta.
Lodged in the back corner of the Westside Urban Market, JCT Kitchen & Bar dishes elegant Southern cuisine from chef Ford Fry in much the same vein as Watershed or Restaurant Eugene. Hit the bar upstairs on the weeknights for the pimento cheeseburger, or go on Sundays for fried chicken during the traditional Sunday supper.
What started as a destination restaurant has become the centerpiece for this dining district. Long considered Atlanta's best restaurant, Bacchanalia is unsurpassed in service, culinary direction and execution. With a pricy prix fixe menu matching the super-elegant interior, it's nearly impossible not to feel like royalty.
Filling the all-day breakfast void in Midtown West, the West Egg is a cute restaurant that feels like Star Provisions without the market. Besides serving a righteously popular brunch, its sandwiches and desserts (try the Coca-Cola cupcakes) are overshadowed but outstanding.
Located just a stone's throw from 14th Street and Northside Drive, Antico gave Atlanta pizza cred, seemingly overnight. Diners eat at communal tables, there's no booze and there's always a line. But the pure pizza experience is not just the best in Atlanta, it's one of the best in the country. Really.
Don't come looking for safe dishes at this Midtown West culinary jewel. The menu is Southern, but its influence is disguised in sophistication--this is a place where slow-braised rabbit heartily accents a bowl of grits. Serious foodies will love it, but your chain-loving suburban cousin won't have a clue.
The product of ?Top Chef? stud Richard Blais, Flip follows his usual cutting-edge theme. The menu produces clever sliders and shakes that will make you giggle with laughter; then impress you with their culinary chops. It's the joint that catapulted burger mania in Atlanta, and there's still a line out the door for lunch.
Combine an old-world Italian market with a modern-day Atlanta neighborhood grocery, mix in a dash of West Midtown flare and the result is Toscano & Sons. Carrying all sorts of imported Italian labels, this market also includes a great number of Italian meats, cheeses and pastas. The sandwich counter alone is worthy of a trip.
This is the type of coffee shop that coffee shops try to be. There is evidence of extra care everywhere, from bean origin to foam design. Art seems to be the focus beyond the hot beverages, craft beer and small bites: The clientele and design deliver the vibe that most places go for, but few get.
Anchored by an experienced catering company (Figs and Honey has long operated out of this space), the Tiny Bistro menu does sandwiches and gourmet to go with an emphasis on simplicity and quality. Meats are all house-roasted and select breads get shipped in from as far as New Orleans. Our call? Try the Cuban and thank us later.
Lodged in a beautifully modern space, Bocado has an intriguing list of sandwiches at lunch, thoughtful new American plates for dinner and a bar that focuses on craft beer. Don't miss the opportunity to sit on the massive back patio or the chance to order the double stack burger. It's one of the best in the city.
On the outside this looks like every other eatery in a mix-use development. But well-executed sushi and authentic bites like uni come as a surprise, and the presentation is much closer to MF than Ru San's. Run by the same owner as The King and I, expect their Thai dishes to be unassuming but awesome.
Sitting a stone's throw away from sibling-jewel Bacchanalia, Abattoir is Star Provisions? answer to Holeman & Finch. It's a meat-driven gastropub where affordable small plates get the whole animal treatment. Also like H&F, the action at the bar is a massive part of the appeal.
The brainchild of super-chef Shaun Doty, Yeah! Burger latches on to the burger trend and makes it tastier and more environmentally friendly. Yes, the meat is organically raised, but at the end of the day, the burgers are damn good no matter your viewpoint on grass-fed vs. corn-fed.