Though Abattoir means "slaughterhouse" in French, the restaurant serves a variety of meats and pickled delicacies like crispy ceci peas, grilled brawtwurst, salted cod, pickled Georgia shrimp and kobe coulott.
But Abattoir is one of the few, if only, places in the city to find specialties like tripe stew, lamb liver fritters, and lamb kidney.
Appropriately named Antico for "ancient", Antico's artisan pizzas are handmade with ingredients from Napoli and Campania. Antico adheres to strict, traditional Italian laws for what can be called pizza and follows accordingly.
Come early for a seat at the communal tables. There is usually a line out the door by 6:30pm, especially on weekends. Try for a seat in the main room to watch the pizza artisans throw dough and pull pies out of piping hot brick ovens. Pizza is served hot on baking sheets right at your table. Bring your own beer or wine and grab a dessert to go.
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Under the same ownership as Canoe (also on this list), Aria is known for its upscale dining complete with white linens and and decadent desserts. Aria's menu is updated nightly, but pork shoulder, grouper, short ribs, lamb shank and lobster are local favorites.
Save room for Warm Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake.
A Westside meatpacking plant turned upscale restaurant, Bacchanalia is run by chef-owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. Choose from Maine lobster, Hirami flounder, foie gras terrine, oysters, rainbow trout, kobe shortribs and more.
Make reservations early, Bacchanalia is consistently voted in the top 10 restaurants in Atlanta.
An upscale Buckhead restaurant, save Bones for an indulgent treat on your next trip to Atlanta. Come for the crab stuffed with trout, porterhouse steak, dry aged bone-in rib eye and grit fritters.
The restaurant has become an Atlanta institution as much for its service as its food. Zagat called Bones "ridiculously decadent" while USA Today listed it as one of the Top 10 Steak Houses in the USA.
Located in nearby Decatur, the acclaimed Cakes and Ale restaurant offers small bites and innovative entres from fried risotto stuffed with sheep cheese, rabbit ragu, pork ribs and quail. Chef Billy Billy Allin cut his teeth in San Francisco as an intern at Chez Panisse before working at Watershed in Atlanta.
Head next door to the Cakes and Ale bakery for pastries, bagels, desserts or fresh coffee to go.
Sit along the Chatahoochee River waterfront at Canoe for candied walnuts, pan seared arctic char, slow roasted Carolina rabbit, lamb bolognese, or a duck n' beef burger with fried egg. The atmosphere leans to the romantic side, but is still ideal for a cozy family dinner or brunch.
Contemporary food with European flair, Floataway Cafe serves up chicken liver bruschetta, crab fritter, squash pizza, pork loin and other exotic comfort foods. Floataway leans towards farm to table influences and fresh cheese.
Stepping into Holeman and Finch is akin to stepping into a community gathering. Seating is intimate and items are easily shared. Try the pork buns, grouper cheeks, raw oysters, shrimp stew, burgers and selection of cheese like the sweet grass asher blue.
Wash it all down with a signature Breaking Bread cocktail mixed with gin.
Located in Virginia Highland, La Tavola serves traditional Italian food with a modern twist. House made meat ragu, braised short rib, chestnut gnocchi, duck breast, and seafood round out the menu. During warmer months, ask for a seat on the back patio and ask about the fresh herbs in the flower boxes next to your table. The chef picks them fresh for dishes and cocktails.