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9 Noteworthy Georgia Restaurants | Listen

By: Lia Picard

Our top 9 Georgia restaurants from tried-and-true classics to new hotspots

From barbecue to sushi, Georgia has no shortage of cuisines and restaurants to satisfy your next craving. In the Local Palate’s 2024 Restaurants Issue, Georgia writer Lia Picard provides a guide to new and tried-and-true local spots with these 9 Georgia restaurants.

5 New Georgia Restaurants

Brush Sushi | Atlanta, Georgia

A more upscale version of its Decatur predecessor, Brush’s new luxe setting in Buckhead invites you to enjoy a leisurely meal of prix fixe and à la carte sushi—the cured and dry-aged fish particularly shines—along with grilled meats and vegetables and ramen. Desserts and pastries like yuzu cream-filled croissants, crafted by ChingYao Wang, add allure.

Seared miso duck served at Brush Sushi in Georgia
Image courtesy of Ching Yao Wang

Oaxaca | Chamblee, Georgia

Located on the ground floor of a Chamblee apartment building, Oaxaca transports guests to the eponymous Mexican region through dishes like squash blossom quesadilla and tamale de hongos, which blends mushrooms in a rich mole sauce. Also not to be missed are the cocktails, which place an emphasis on Mexican spirits like corn whiskey and mezcal.

Dish served at Oaxaca in Georgia

Little Sparrow | Atlanta, Georgia

Ford Fry’s restaurant brings elegance and French flavors to West Midtown. Expect plenty of cheese—the French onion soup and cacio e pepe ricotta gnudi make good use of it—and bistro fare. The frites, cut thick and fried to a golden crisp, are a must-order item alongside béarnaise or the splurge-worthy addition of raclette.

The Filet Americain dish served at Little Sparrow in Georgia
Image courtesy of Hannah Kik

Brochu’s Family Tradition | Savannah, Georgia

A convivial neighborhood spot, Brochu’s Family Tradition brings Andrew Brochu’s (formerly of Chicago’s Alinea Group) fried chicken to the Starland District as well as Lowcountry seafood dishes. If alfresco dining is your thing, Brochu’s has a takeout window for meals and cocktails and plenty of outdoor seating.

A dish served at Brochu’s Family Tradition
Image courtesy of Simon Davies

La Semilla | Atlanta, Georgia

A warm, tropical oasis in Reynoldstown, La Semilla lures guests in with bold flavors found in their plant-based Latin Dishes. From the Crunch Wrap filled with house-made seitan and nacho “cheese” to a lion’s mane mushroom grilled and topped with a tangy mojo sauce, even carnivores don’t miss the meat here.

4 Tried & True Georgia Restaurants

Dish served at Atlas
Image courtesy of Atlas

Atlas | Atlanta, Georgia

Located in the St. Regis Atlanta, Michelin-starred Atlas serves seasonal American dishes with European influences from culinary director Freddy Money.

Skippers’ Fish Camp | Darien, Georgia

This rustic riverside eatery and oyster bar in Darien offers seafood, ribs, and sunset views.

Rum Cake Lady Cuban Café | Blue Ridge, Georgia

Cuban comfort food is the name of the game at this family-owned fast-casual café that specializes in award-winning rum cakes.

Jonah’s Fish and Grits | Thomasville, Georgia

This Southern scratch kitchen with a focus on seafood is family-friendly with a mouthwatering comfort food menu.


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