Five great Atlanta restaurants
Feasting on fabulous food in Atlanta’s can’t-miss eateries. With Atlanta‘s emergence as an international city, the food scene has exploded with cuisine for every taste and budget. As a lifelong Atlanta resident and an avid foodie, it is my honor as a southern gentleman to guide you to five of Atlanta’s can’t-miss eateries.
If you’re new to Atlanta or in town for a convention or vacation, the first thing you need to know is that Atlanta comprises a cluster of diverse neighborhoods; each with its own distinct vibe and variety of dining alternatives. For the purpose of this guide I’ve selected one of my favorite establishments in each of my favorite spots. No matter where you are staying in the city, you’re bound to be near at least one of these purveyors of gastronomic goodness.
Leon’s Full Service
Any restaurant with “Bacon in a Glass” on its menu is destined to be one of my favorites. Leon’s Full Service is located in a former service station in the heart of Decatur, a city within the city. Though the menu has a great selection of vegetarian and gluten-free items, my inner carnivore usually opts for the beef brisket sandwich or the slow braised pork shank, and a bucket of pub frites with goat cheese fondue and garlic aioli dipping sauce. Leon’s offers the one of the best outdoor dining experiences in Atlanta, especially if you are into people-watching: An endless parade of pedestrians always passes by while exploring Decatur’s many restaurants, shops, and boutiques.
food for every taste and budget
Harry & Sons
Harry and Sons is located on the main strip of the trendy Virginia Highlands neighborhood, and is my go-to place for sushi and authentic Thai food. Dishes are prepared with fresh local meats and vegetables with imported Thai spices. Some of my favorite dishes are the spicy shrimp coconut soup (best in the city), super-sized basil rolls served with peanut sauce, spicy beef salad (I like mine “Thai hot”), and the chicken lamb spiced with fresh basil, green onions, lime juice, and chilies. After dinner, I usually like to take a stroll to walk off the calories from the ample portions. I also have to exercise great willpower to resist stopping in the nearby Yogli Mogli Frozen Yogurt shop for dessert.
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