Atlanta Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
JCT. Kitchen & Bar
1198 Howell Mill Rd., Blandtown
Ford Fry’s first restaurant in Atlanta (he opened it back in 2007) occupies a comfortable corner of the Westside Provisions shopping district, making it a great lunch spot if you’re doing any shopping at Ann Mashburn, Billy Reid, or Seed Factory. There’s a hearty, comfort-food-focused menu (think shrimp and grits, meat and three, and fried chicken) downstairs, a limited menu with a full bar on the rooftop patio, where Fry has live music a few nights a week.
Cafe Sunflower
2140 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead
If you’re looking for amazing vegan and vegetarian food in Atlanta, look no further than Cafe Sunflower’s bright, unpretentious Peachtree Road location: The menu offers vegetarian takes on everything from pan-fried dumplings to lasagna to enchiladas. Their brunch menu includes fried “chicken” seitan waffles topped with mustard maple syrup and vegan whipped cream, pretty much guaranteeing any non-vegans present won’t have any gripes. Plus, in addition to their wine selection, there’s a rotating craft-beer menu.
753 Edgewood Ave., Inman Park
BoccaLupo is an Inman Park Italian restaurant by Atlanta native chef Bruce Logue, who previously worked under goop-favorite Mario Batali at Babbo in NYC. The pasta—from the daily risotto to pan-fried shells, twenty-yolk tagliatelle with wild mushrooms, and black spaghetti with hot sausage and red shrimp—is expertly done. For good-weather days, there’s casual porch seating that extends the interior’s slightly industrial feel with roll-up, glass garage doors. (Note that the restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday.)