Atlanta Serves Up Some of the Finest Fare in the Country

Where are the good restaurants in Atlanta? This inquiry was put to the Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine, and what resulted were recommendations from your Atlanta colleagues for a dozen fine eating establishments within walking distance or a reasonable cab ride. Call ahead for hours of operation, and visit the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website for special discounts:

  • BLT Steak (W Atlanta Downtown), 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., (404) 577-7601. Expect excellent food and terrific atmosphere. Signature entreés include cuts of prime, certified black angus and American wagyu beef, and a selection of fresh fish. The October 2010 Haute Living magazine named BLT Steak among the “Top Five Steakhouses in Atlanta.”
  • Two Urban Licks, 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., (404) 522-4622. Known for its incredible food and dining atmosphere, Two Urban Licks serves wood-fired meats and fish from a high-energy, open kitchen featuring fiery American food.
  • Kevin Rathbun’s Steak, 154 Krog St., (404) 524-5600. The adventuresome menu features smoked salmon with chipotle cream cheese, lamb served with grape chile jam and goat cheese, pork shoulder with baked cheddar macaroni, and bronzed sea scallops over smoked gouda grits.
  • 5 Napkin Burger, 990 Piedmont Ave. N.E., (404) 685-0777. Named as a Zagat “Most Popular,” this casual dining establishment serves gourmet burgers. In addition to the house burger topped with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and a rosemary aioli, diners may also select either the cheddar bacon burger, Italian turkey burger, lamb kofta burger, veggie burger, the inside out burger, or burger salad.
  • ONE Midtown Kitchen, 559 Dutch Valley Road, (404) 892-4111. Earning rave reviews from Zagat to Atlanta Magazine, ONE serves high-energy American cuisine with gourmet flair.
  • SHOUT, 1197 Peachtree St. N.E., (404) 846-2000. SHOUT serves cuisine that showcases flavors from around the world. Entreés include everything from the Mediterranean fish bowl to Scottish Salmon.
  • South City Kitchen, 1144 Crescent Ave. N.E., (404) 873-7358. This dining establishment serves contemporary Southern cuisine with a trendy twist, featuring dishes such as shrimp and grits, buttermilk fried chicken, she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, and banana pudding.
  • Iberian Pig, 121 Sycamore St., Decatur, Ga., (404) 371-8800. A bit farther afield from downtown or midtown, GSAM also recommends this modern Spanish restaurant, known for serving the traditional cured meats and cheeses of Spain, unique tapas dishes, ensaladas, and flatbreads.
  • La Mojito – Cubian, 125 10th St. (Hotel Midtown), (404) 892-4440. Expect classic Cuban cuisine and innovative dishes, such as mariscos in chipotle and the Buena Vista chop.
  • Nan Thai, 1350 Spring St., (404) 870-9933. The finest in Thai cuisine is served up in an elegant setting. Menu choices include everything from braised lamb tenderloin to pan-fried Asian whitefish.
  • Oceanaire Seafood Room, 1100 Peachtree St. N.E., (404) 475-2277. Oceanaire serves top-of-the-catch fish from the world’s oceans. Menu classics include everything from stuffed cod Florentine to Chesapeake Bay-style crab cakes.
  • Einstein’s, 1077 Juniper St., (404) 876-7925. This full-service restaurant in the heart of midtown offers innovative re-creations of Southern comfort classics and a diverse menu of many choices.