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AJC Spring Dining Guide coming Friday


These are some of the dishes that define dining in metro Atlanta.

Come back Friday for  “The Atlanta 50: Where To Eat” to find out which metro Atlanta restaurants made our list.


Join the conversation here on the Food & More blog, or on social media using the hashtag #AJCWhereToEat


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April 23rd, 2013
1:24 pm

Orient Express in Vinings should be included. About time Vinings gets some love.


April 23rd, 2013
2:09 pm

Why are you asking the readers? Shouldn’t this be something the AJC is providing? I swear, AJC/Access Atlanta is becoming more a blog with more opinion pieces than news every day.


April 23rd, 2013
3:16 pm

Thank you, @Tiffani. I was going to ask the same question. Take a look at the Washington Post’s dining guides. All driven by their really great reviewer Tom Sietsema, who even does weekly reader chats that are highly informative. Compared to the Post, the AJC is incredibly bush league. And while I do enjoy Kessler’s writings, I questioned when he came back to the AJC as chief dining critic since his picture had been plastered all over this site and any restaurant would know him the moment he walked in. Tom Sietsema guards his privacy and even uses disguises when on the job!


April 23rd, 2013
10:39 pm

local republic in Lawrenceville


April 24th, 2013
8:14 am

@Tiffani and A: Why are you so bitter?

When newspapers publish a dining guide featuring the critics’ top picks, readers offer their opinions. John is simply asking for your thoughts on this blog to, you know, spark conversation.

If you read Ruth Reichl’s book on wearing disguises while covering the massive New York dining scene, you would know that the whole disguise thing is too cumbersome to maintain. Also, restaurants figure out who you are. That’s why I think it’s interesting to have more than one person out there trying out restaurants for this MUCH LARGER city.

Take a chill pill, ladies. Seriously.


April 24th, 2013
8:58 am

@Lindsey – Local Republic can’t be beat for food, beer & wine selections and friendliness of the staff. We live in midtown try to get up to Local as often as possible.


April 24th, 2013
9:10 am

@Marie, I agree. It’s good to see what other readers have experienced as well and not just from John. I’m sure John will add his experience too. Thanks John Kessler, we’re not the Washington Post, we’re Atlanta Journal Constitution because we live in Atlanta, not Washington, D.C. Anyway, can we do a post from the readers about the best patio places for Happy Hour. It’s Patio Season and it’s time to have fun and hangout. Thanks:)

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April 24th, 2013
11:36 am

@Tiffany, very good point. And furthermore, when you ask readers, you get such stellar recommendations as ‘Olive Garden’ for best Italian or “Red Lobster’ for best seafood.


April 24th, 2013
4:49 pm

Olive Garden is the best Italian and Red Lobster is the best seafood!

Billy Bob

April 24th, 2013
6:44 pm

I think Olive Garden and Red Lobster are the best Italian and seafood restaurants because they are the only ones I’ve been to.

Karen Harper

April 25th, 2013
10:20 am

Kozmo Gastro Pub


April 25th, 2013
11:17 am

I’m hoping to see some good vegan restaurants appear here. They are extremely difficult to find in the Atlanta area.


April 25th, 2013
12:08 pm

Red Pepper Taqueria! Gluten-free and vegetarian options available plus their nachos just made CL’s food bucket list – 100 Dishes to Try Before You Die


April 25th, 2013
2:33 pm

Great food comes in soo many forms. Favorites include authentic mexican at PURE taqueria, decadent and delish at BistroVG and ohmygosh yummy at Vinny’s on Windward #sedgwickrestaurantgrouprocks!