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Fall 2013 Dining Guide: Atlanta’s Dining Trail

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Over the last few years we’ve witnessed a subtle, wonderful shift in the way people in this city go out to dinner. As much as they make plans to visit specific restaurants, they more and more head out for neighborhoods known for their good dining options and see where luck, fate and appetite take them.

From the newly built downtown center of Brookhaven, to the nightly party that Canton St. in Roswell has become; from the organic flowering of Edgewood Ave. in the Old Fourth Ward to the cannily retrofitted Luckie Marietta District downtown, Atlanta has become a city with street life, and this is largely due to the excellent dining options at all levels and in all sizes that have become available closer to where people live.

In our opinion the four best dining neighborhoods in the metro area are:

  • Decatur
  • Roswell
  • Westside
  • Duluth

Each of these locales has the mix of walkability (even if you’re walking around a large mall), varied options, surprise discoveries and charm that makes them truly great food destimations.

To look at a gallery of restaurants we visited in this neighborhood, please click here.

If you are a subscriber or wish to purchase a day pass, you can read about these neighborhoods and others and get the lowdown on some great dishes to order by clicking here.

To see a gallery of reader picks for the best dining neighborhoods, with reader opinions and mouthwatering pictures, please click here.

And make sure to come back online for a live chat at 12:30 p.m. when we’ll field questions, defend our choices and talk about the many great things we ate and drank while researching this guide.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

17 comments Add your comment

AzCat

November 1st, 2013
8:28 am

Is the guide part of today’s print version, John?

stephie

November 1st, 2013
8:57 am

While Roswell does have a lot of restaurants packed in a small area I honestly don’t think any of them are that great. I guess you have to give suburbanites something.

verne

November 1st, 2013
9:08 am

stephie – there are like 3 good restaurants in the whole Atlanta area. No matter what part of town, there aren’t many great restaurants, but I guess you have to give kids from the suburbs who moved into one of the most sprawling cities in the country something to help them pretend they are urbane.

Sweet Pot Pie

November 1st, 2013
9:13 am

You are right Stephie – places like Vin25 are pretty mediocre. Please stay ITP so the lowlife suburbanites can associate amongst themselves.

Glenn

November 1st, 2013
11:55 am

Better yet Stephie and Sweet Pot Pie, you and other ITP’ers with such negative thoughts should remain ITP so us OTP’ers can enjoy Roswell’s fine restaurant row in a less crowded atmosphere. More open minded ITP’ers are more than welcome. While I don’t live in Roswell, it is closer to me than ITP and I have enjoyed very fine meals at Little Alley Steaks, Salt, and Bistro VG, among others. In my opinion, they are all on-par with their in-town counterparts.

Chris

November 1st, 2013
12:49 pm

I love the food in Duluth but for the life of me cannot see how anyone would describe it as remotely walkable.

Sweet Pot Pie

November 1st, 2013
1:26 pm

Glenn – I am OTP :) I was goofing on Little Miss Intown, Stephie.
and love Canton St. restaurants – you forgot Zest!

EDGEWOOD

November 1st, 2013
4:19 pm

I eat in old Roswell about once a month. Its a cute little area. But that’s it. Its nice that there is now a better place for me to go than Olive Garden when there to see my parents but it’s nothing special. Its all just rip offs of gastropubs that have been ITP for 10 years now. Way to go guys, 2002 has come to Roswell!

EDGEWOOD

November 1st, 2013
4:23 pm

I really am proud of you guys. It only took 25 years to finally support something other than chains. Maybe next you will get some nightlife. Or even a few Democrats…….

Glenn

November 1st, 2013
4:47 pm

Sorry SPP, I didn’t see that tongue poking out the side of your cheek. Have not visited Vin25, Zest or Opulent, but they are all on my list.

Edward

November 3rd, 2013
10:13 am

People like verne must live such a miserable life.

stephie

November 4th, 2013
10:02 am

@sweetpotpie and glenn I didn’t say all OTP restaurants are terrible, in fact there are some pretty fantastic places that aren’t in the city, but the city of Roswell’s restaurants are not all that great.

verne

November 4th, 2013
2:24 pm

@Edgewood – Your crappy restaurants are just ripoffs of stuff that has been done 1000x better 20 years ago in LA, NYC, Chicago, and SF, but hey, at least you get to think you look cool even if you are truly a delusional loser.

Sweet Pot Pie

November 4th, 2013
5:30 pm

MBOL

November 5th, 2013
11:22 am

Wow verne, if only we all could have your outlook and insight…what a better world this would be!
PS, I think it time for you blood pressure meds.

Lamar

November 5th, 2013
12:55 pm

Shut-up everybody!!! Verne wants to talk about LA, NYC, Chicago, and SF. Go ahead Verne. I yield to your superior sophistication.

verne

November 5th, 2013
2:45 pm

@Lamar – You sound like you only yield for whatever yelp tells you is good.