Southern-inspired menu in farmhouse-chic setting, from fried pimento cheese sandwich to bone-in ribeye with black truffle gravy. p }} watershedrestaurant.com. WOODFIRE GRILL 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. 404/347-9055. Menu follows a farm-to-table philosophy, with specialties like pan-roasted wild striped bass and wood-grilled quail. p }} woodfiregrill.com. YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E. 404/496-4393. 1017 North Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland. 404/437-7845. Organic, eco-friendly burger restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fast-casual, familyfriendly format. } yeahburger.com.
AJA 3500 Lenox Road, Atlanta. 404/2310001. Modern Asian kitchen with sushi, dim sum and entrees served family-style. Red and black walls, dimmed lighting and a 10-foot Buddha statue add to the exotic atmosphere. p }} h2sr.com. ★★★
FIRE OF BRAZIL 118 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, 770/551-4367. 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404/525-5255. Marinated slow roasted choice cuts of meat prepared in the centuries-old Brazilian tradition. p }}} fireofbrazil.com. FOGO DE CHAO 3101 Piedmont Road, Buckhead. 404/266-9988. Delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats, gourmet salads and fresh vegetables, and a variety of side dishes. p }}} fogodechao.com. ★★★
CANTON HOUSE 4825 Buford Hwy., Chamblee. 770/936-9030. Authentic Chinese cuisine in a spacious, open dining room with efficient, friendly service. } icantonhouse. com. ★★★★ CHOPSTIX 4279 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404/255-4868. Upscale dining with lively piano bar. p } chopstixatlanta.net. ★★★ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 7925 North Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/992-3070; 500 Ashwood Pkwy., Atlanta, 770/352-0500; 3333 Buford Dr., Buford, 678/546-9005. Enjoy diced chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves, orange-peel beef with chili peppers, and wokfried scallops with lemon sauce in a stylish space. p }} pfchangs.com.
Ecco THE REAL MANDARIN HOUSE 6263 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/255-5707. Upscale Asian dining with dishes ranging from chicken and beef to seafood and pork. } ★★
MCKINNON’S LOUISIANE RESTAURANT 3209 Maple Dr., Atlanta. 404/237-1313. Louisiana seafood dishes reflect the delicately refined cooking of New Orleans and the pungent, highly seasoned dishes of the Cajun Bayou. p }} mckinnons.com.
FIG JAM KITCHEN & BAR 1745 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404/724-9100. Classic fare with a modern twist, from fried calamari and ravioli florentine to Mediterranean seafood stew and duck confit, plus flat breads, cheese and cured meats, an expansive wine list and handcrafted drinks. p }} figjamatlanta.com. SHOUT 14th and Peachtree Road at Colony Square, Atlanta. 404/846-2000. Dine on tapas or sip a martini on the rooftop lounge at this ultra-hip hotspot. p } h2sr.com. TWIST 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404/869-1191. Creative cuisine, from sushi and seafood to satays and wraps, served in a 300-seat dining room with a centerstage bar. Patio dining available. p } h2sr.com.
BISTRO NIKO 3344 Peachtree Road NW,
Atlanta. 404/261-6456. Regional comfort French cuisine in a casual bistro setting. Specialties include white Gulf shrimp, sautéed short smoked mountain trout and Maine cod. p }} buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★★ FRENCH AMERICAN BRASSERIE 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta. 404/266-1440. Feast on French cuisine and American chops in the dining room or enjoy a cocktail on the canopied rooftop terrace overlooking the city skyline. p }} fabatlanta.com. ★★★★ LA PETITE MAISON 6510 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/303-6600. French bistro, serving everything from filet mignon to grilled salmon, in a charming setting. } lapetitemaisonbistro.com. ★★ NIKOLAI’S ROOF 255 Courtland St., Atlanta. 404/221-6362. Dine on fantastic fare in elegant surroundings with attentive service and spectacular skyline views. p }}} nikolaisroof.com. ★★★
AQUA BLUE 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/643-8886. Choose from sushi, seafood, steaks and chops in a soothing setting. p }} aquablueatl.com. ★★ QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+
SOUTHERN SEASONS STARS ★ great ★★ excellent ★★★ superb ★★★★ the best
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