Knight Park Restaurants
1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atlanta
Star Provisions is one of our favorite places to shop in Atlanta: There's really good home and kitchen goods, takeout counters (the peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich is a hit), plus all sorts of prepared and packaged foods. Bacchanalia, accessible through the back of the store, is one of Atlanta's best restaurants. It's the perfect solution if you're looking for a sit-down meal: The bar is gigantic and deep, where you can feast on items like crab fritters and celery root ravioli a la carte. Otherwise, it’s a five-course prix-fixe situation.
969 Marietta St. NW, Knight Park
Bartaco also has a few locations in Connecticut, and you can definitely feel the beachy vibe when you walk inside: The patio is white-washed with blue cushions and accents, and the hanging pendants inside are made from woven baskets. The garage door separating the patio from the restaurant opens wide on warm evenings, when you can sit under the twinkle lights and order from their well-tended cocktail list (favorites are the margarita, the mojito, and a bold blend of chorizo spice, reposado, and mezcal called the CLT). If you're staying to eat, trays of guacamole, salsa, and an assortment of tacos take the stress out of ordering for a crowd.
Cooks & Soldiers
691 14th St. NW., Knight Park
This recent addition to the Atlanta food scene has a beautiful bar area—complete with a killer cocktail menu and wine list—in addition to a more formal dining room. Go here for sharable pintxos (small tapas served on pieces of toast) and meat and fish mains prepared in the traditional Basque coast style over an open-fire grill. As far as desserts go, there’s a marshmallow-topped cake made out of Fruity Pebbles—sugary to say the least, but weirdly compelling.
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