For those us us living in the capital of the south, comfort food is a part of the year-round diet, but there is truly something magical about scarfing ultra-rich food when the temps begin to plummet. Thankfully for us, there is no shortage of hearty fare in Atlanta. We've got five foods that warm the soul, from a grown-up grilled cheese to an ultra-soothing Vietnamese soup (at So Ba, pictured).
Atlanta's dining scene took a turn for the awesome in 2010, as the new restaurants that opened were all amazingly strong. We're talking full-range here, from street-cart inspired vendor food to an eatery from one of the South's most decorated chefs (E.S.S., pictured). It was a year that found great ethnic food inside the perimeter, smashing new fine dining establishments, and an obsession with a popsicle cart.
There was no singular drinking trend this year, but Atlanta saw a wide range of bars open in 2010. Hotel bars, rooftop bars, craft beer bars, comfort pubs, secret speakeasies, prohibition-style cocktail bars (Sound Table, pictured) ? even a glammed-out ode to Atlanta's party-heavy culture of the '90s. It was certainly a good year to drink, no matter what your poison. Check out our top 10 Atlanta Bars that opened in 2010.
These days, more chefs are making special menus for the poor souls who have wheat allergies, meaning they can't typically have awesome things like bread, beer or pasta. Thankfully for those with celiac disease, gluten-free dining has been popping up on Atlanta's culinary radar. Our guide to eating gluten-free--and eating well--in Atlanta includes full scale gluten-free menus at fine dining champs like Wisteria and Ecco (pictured) and gluten-free burgers, desserts and even pasta at more casual Atlanta restaurants.
Atlanta is lucky to have so many restaurant weeks throughout the year, and Midtown Restaurant Week (September 4th through the 12th) is our most robust, utilizing restaurants in several in-town `hoods. With a plethora of fine dining choices, all dishing three-course meals for only $25, the only downside is trying to figure out what places to choose. So to make everyone's life a little easier, we combed through every available menu to figure out the top 10 options during Midtown Restaurant Week. Photo credit: Livingston
It's easy to long for the time when classes started at noon, Thursday night drink specials were nearly free and Saturday morning meant tailgating (read: drinking). Who wouldn't miss those glory days of unlimited freedom and little responsibility? This fall let's bring back the unabashed college throw down, let's take it deep on weeknights, play games while we drink and remember why dancing is so much fun. School's in session--it's time to give it that old college try.
Atlanta's Virginia Highland neighborhood (or ?Highlands? as the young partiers incorrectly call it) is Atlanta's best bar-crawling destination. With a half mile full of music venues, restaurants and charismatic watering holes, it's no wonder this strip is the city's most crowded `hood on the weekend. In order to help you navigate, we give the true scoop on Virginia Highland bars, and when you should go.
Sept. 20 to 26, nearly all Inman Park restaurants will be participating in Inman Park Restaurant Week, boasting three-course menus priced from $15 to $35. Sandwiched between Virginia Highland and the historic Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park is Atlanta's new-school, fine dining destination. From the restaurant that put the neighborhood on the map when its chef/owner slayed an Iron Chef on Food Network to Atlanta's best Italian (Sotto Sotto, pictured), check out our guide to getting the most out of Inman Park Restaurant Week.
Summer 2010 has been about one culinary vision in Atlanta: street food. And while only a few Atlanta food trucks have been given the official legal means to go mobile, we give you all the current mobile and street dining options in the city. From burrito tents to Popsicle stands, hot dog carts to urban picnics, our guide to finally dining street-food style in Atlanta.
What's not to love about Restaurant Week? You pay either $25 or $35 and get three courses at restaurants that usually require that much for the entree alone. Lucky for us, downtown doubles the pleasure with two full weeks of restaurant deals, July 26 through Aug. 8th, 2010. While there are nearly 30 restaurants participating, a few of them shine. From gussied up steakhouses to one of the Atlanta's best-kept secrets (Social, pictured), our favorites for Downtown Restaurant Week 2010.