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“Ten Best Foodie Restaurants in Atlanta”…???

decatur-211x300USA Today has published a listicle of the “10 Best Foodie Restaurants in Atlanta” that is, well, a little bizarre. It starts with #10 Greenwood’s on Green Street and ends with #1 Bacchanalia. Fair enough. But the hilarious part? That would #4 Decatur, which the writer has to admit isn’t exactly a, you know, restaurant…

That follows #6 Taqueria del Sol, which is by all measures a restaurant, but one that exists within the locus of comestibility known as Decatur.

By the way, I’ve just released a list of my favorite colored dots in USA Today, which includes purple, Thursday and blue.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

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March 11th, 2014
1:58 pm

#11 Loganville


March 11th, 2014
2:17 pm

I think the most amazing part is that anyone still reads USA Today.

Circle R

March 11th, 2014
3:14 pm

Taqueria Del Sol is SO overrated, Just don’t get it.

Sexy Dude

March 11th, 2014
3:29 pm

Taqueria Del Sol is great! Best Tacos ever! The Memphis and Fish Tacos are food for the Gods as is the Shrimp Corn Chowder.

Ned Ludd

March 11th, 2014
3:35 pm

comestibility?–oh yeah—latin rocks.
Taqueria Del Sol—Atlanta only?–Didn’t they franchise?
Thursday colored pins are hard to find. Had to back order my last shipment.


March 11th, 2014
3:54 pm

I so agree that Taqueria de Sol is overrated. And there’s always a long, long line to get in.


March 11th, 2014
3:59 pm

I think it’s just the way to bring attention to a few Decatur restaurants. No big deal…


March 11th, 2014
7:49 pm

Never heard of Greenwood’s…and yes, Taqueria del Sol is overrated. Been there once and it was nothing special.

George Chidi

March 11th, 2014
9:47 pm

Nothing about Buford Highway. No mention of Community Q or Fox Bros. or Williamson (or even Daddy D’s.) No DeKalb Farmer’s Market.

This list reads like Stefon from Saturday Night Live decided to write a food column.


March 12th, 2014
3:23 am

I guess what the Today was saying, that went over Kessler’s head, is that there just isn’t 10 great places in Atlanta. When you have people saying that Fox Bros BBQ, and a ubiquitous, subpar farmers market should have been in a list of top ten, you realize you don’t have a populace that is knowledgable enough about great dining to support great restaurants.

moist dawg

March 12th, 2014
6:46 am

carvers grocery would make all these other places look like vomit factorys.


March 12th, 2014
6:57 am

I don’t get the TdS thing, either. I was told i just HAD to get the Memphis, fish and fried chicken tacos. I give it a solid meh. Of course, I don’t get the Nuevo Laredo thing, either, so there’s that. It’s like 2 steps above any El Torero in the city and the crowds are ridiculous.

Marco M

March 12th, 2014
7:05 am

Taqueria del Sol is overated, if you want good quality with hand made tortilla, try El Rey del Taco om buford hwy. There are a lot or Restaurants that should be mentioned in this article.


March 12th, 2014
7:35 am

Those who think that Taqueria del Sol is overrated should stick to McDonalds. We have a pool and a pond, the pond would be good for you.

B. Thenet

March 12th, 2014
7:41 am

I have never understood what people see in Greenwoods. Meh southern cooking and cold pies? The patio is one of the nicer ones in Atlanta but there are plenty of better places to eat within walking distance.


March 12th, 2014
7:54 am

yes, Buford Hwy should have been #7.


March 12th, 2014
7:57 am

Thursday is overrated John! Friday is the jam.


March 12th, 2014
7:57 am

I’ve had better tacos from Willy’s than Taqueria del Sol, and I didn’t have to put up with neckbearded a**hats while waiting for them. Seriously, there are numerous little shops on Buford Hwy that produce tacos that are so far above anything out of TdS.


March 12th, 2014
8:01 am

Bacchanalia still being ranked number one I see, completely overrated. The idea that Wood Fire Grill didn’t even make the top ten is just ridiculous. Outside of that, the list looks good.


March 12th, 2014
8:08 am

Taqueria del Sol is awesome – that’s why there is always a long line. Foodies are having a girlie snit cuz there are multiple locations. Really? Grow up!


March 12th, 2014
8:25 am

The writer of the article does live in the Atlanta area so at least it’s not someone searching Yelp from USA Today’s offices in McLean, VA. There are several on the list that most would never contest; the others are always going to be contentious. Listing “Decatur” though, is a bit of a cop out; she should have to attend “Remedial Lists for Food Writers”.


March 12th, 2014
8:31 am

Greenwoods is the real deal. It’s a bit pricey, but understandable when you see the portions. The fried chicken is unreal. It is not your normal fried chicken. They fry it and add a honey glaze to it. If any of you want to try something in Roswell, go there.


March 12th, 2014
8:49 am

In Chamblee, Oga’s meat and three, is a crowd pleaser.

Ben Shaw

March 12th, 2014
9:03 am

Agree with LeRoi.


March 12th, 2014
9:06 am

This missed the mark pretty badly. Where is 4th & Swift, Miller Union, Holeman + Finch, Abattoir, Kimball House (Decatur as acknowledged is not a restaurant and not everything there is great), Golden House (Duluth dim sum) . . . Can easily replace more than half that list.


March 12th, 2014
9:28 am

Someone needs to reset the AJC blog clock; it’s still on Standard Time.

Atlanta Mike

March 12th, 2014
9:57 am

Butcher & The Baker, Willie Rae’s, The Red Eyed Mule, Fox Bros, Muss & Turners, Gabriels,
Dave Poe’s BBQ, Seed, Henry’s.
How are these not on the list? Ask Alton Brown where the best food is. He will tell you Marietta.

Typical Redneck

March 12th, 2014
11:50 am

“neckbearded a**hats” – hilarious.


March 12th, 2014
12:04 pm

Fat Matt’s Rib Shack !


March 12th, 2014
12:33 pm

Not really all that bizarre with the exception being greenwoods. Taqueria chefs and owners are up for another james beard award this year I believe, and I’d say it’s still one of my fav spots. It’s impossible to narrow this to 10 bc there are so many great options these days, Atl is an incredible foodie city and underrated nationally. But I’d say this is a pretty decent list for a national publication. I’d put Leon’s in here and probably Hal’s and sushi Huku for best sushi spot. But this is not a bad list by any means.


March 12th, 2014
12:36 pm

The Decatur ranking make sense to me, …Leon’s. Brickstore, 246, kimball house, cakes and ale, could go on…’s a foodie paradise. Like I said, impossible to rank only 10 without many differing opinions.


March 12th, 2014
1:24 pm

Greenwoods on Green St

A funky old house or houses together. Good “stick to your ribs’ food. Great lemon butter trout (if they still serve it.) Huge side portions.

There is a long prep time for the fried chicken.

Save room for the homemade pies.