Here's a quick list of local favorites to suggest to your out-of-towner friends when they turn to you for local restaurant intel.
BBQ at 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a smoky sure thing.
The “Insider” Atlanta
For the perfect Southern Supper, visit Revival in Decaur. Join Chef Kevin Gillespie for his local treasures from his Sunday Supper-inspired menu. Favorites include his Georgia grandmother’s classic Southern family-style fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and lemon icebox cake. 129 Church Street, 470.225.6770
For someone with a sweet tooth, go to Henri’s Bakery & Café, Atlanta’s favorite bakery with three locations in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Upper Westside. Since 1929, Henri’s has been satisfying sugar cravings with cakes, cookies, pies, you name it. multiple locations, 404.237.0202
For someone who loves a secret menu, check out The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill in Roswell and Buckhead. The secret off the menu boiled peanuts are the perfect snack and very hush-hush. 3279 Roswell Road NE, 404.474.9508
The “Big Spender” Atlanta
Aria in Buckhead has been named one of the country’s best restaurants by Esquire Magazine and delivers top-notch regional ingredients for dishes that are both sophisticated and eclectic in style. 490 East Paces Ferry, 404.233.7673
5Church Atlanta in Midtown is the sister restaurant to two other locations in Charlotte, N.C. as well as Charleston. Set in the middle of the city’s busiest Midtown intersection, The Colony Square restaurant offers causal yet refined dining with technique-driven menu and amazing hospitality. 1197 Peachtree Street NE, 404.400.3669
Gunshow, another of Kevin Gillespie’s passion projects, serves bold dishes in an interactive setting, mixing up the traditional dining experience. Rolling carts and trays are brought to tables where diners can chose what to order, putting food an the forefront of the affair. 924 Garret Street SE, 404.380.1886
The “Logical” Atlanta
If your friends are in town for a game downtown, check out 4 Rivers Smokehouse. The 30-day aged Texas-style briskey, homestyle sides and fresh bakery will keep you satisfied. 822 Marietta Street NW., 844.474.8377
Located in Atlanta’s Westside, Ormsby’s is a comfortable gathering spot with a extensive craft beer selection and elevated pub menu. Enjoy traditional games including backgammon, bocce, darts, pool and shuffleboard. 1170 Howell Mill Road, 404.968.2033