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CityGuide - 10 restaurants fit for food lovers

Where to eat well and impress foodie friends in Atlanta

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Having too many great restaurants to choose from is one of those good kinds of problems to have. But if an exciting, palate-pleasing experience is the only directive that guides your dining choices, this list of 10 best bets is as far as you need to look.

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Last Word's menu of mainly small plates features innovative Middle Eastern riffs. Dishes range from lamb belly shwarma to rabbit liver mousse to roasted dates and figs with lavender honey. The menu rotates often. The bar program at this restaurant is one of the best in the city. | more...

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UPDATE: This business has been reported to be Permanently Closed. Lusca is the sister restaurant to Angus Brown and Nhan Le’s divey, late-night oasis, Octopus Bar. Opened in spring 2014, Lusca takes the essence of Octopus Bar and distills it through Buckhead's fancy filter. Though the posh Brookwood... | more...

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In general, Malaysian cuisine cherry-picks its features from Chinese, Indian, and Malay cooking styles. Mamak's sprawling menu includes stewed curries, noodle dishes, and soups. Favorites include Nasi Lemak, a platter filled with hunks of sparerib, potatoes, coconut rice, anchovies, and a hard-boil... | more...

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At One Eared Stag, boldness of flavor wins out above all else. The entire menu is an exercise in boldness, in defying cliché. Chef Robert Phalen comes across as more of a creative force than a perfectionist. But any inconsistency is made up for by the sheer pleasure and originality the food inspires... | more...

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The Grant Park outpost of the Westside coffee compound provides caffeine for the bleary-eyed and Wi-Fi connections for keyboard commandos. Be sure to check out the cinnamon sugar morning bun on weekends or, later at night, a cocktail. If you leave here without tasting Little Tart's croissants, you h... | more...

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This business has been reported to be Permanently Closed. | more...

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Through her newest venture, the Indian-inspired bakery/cafe Spice to Table, chef/owner Asha Gomez invites guests to expand their knowledge of Indian food (an ancient, geographically vast, and incredibly diverse cuisine) beyond buffet tikka masala. The cafe serves lunchtime offerings that change dail... | more...

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The takeout menu varies slightly each day, but count on seductively constructed sandwiches such as the shrimp po'boy or the prosciutto and Parmesan, among other options. You'll also find a butcher and a specialty cheese counter in the back of the space. | more...

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UPDATE: This business has been reported to be permanently closed. Located in Krog Street Market, the Cockentrice is the first full-service restaurant from the Spotted Trotter owner chef Kevin Ouzts. Expect plenty of local ingredients and an array of interesting, meat-centric dishes. Highlights inclu... | more...

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A comfortable restaurant in an uncooperative space with heavy stone walls in the basement of a Victorian-style home. There's a lot of wood everywhere, including a bar that is virtually hidden from much of the dining room. Farm-to-table food. Great original brews. | more...

 



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