Gio’s Little Italia has grown since Spring, and the newest coastal-inspired spot is the white-washed patio at Bar Amalfi. Grab a pizza from Antico and lounge in one of the outdoor cushioned chairs on the patio while sipping a Limoncello cocktail.
Dragon Bowl | 1556 North Decatur Road, Decatur
Brain food comes in the form of colorful Asian-inspired bowls here. You simply choose your style of sauce and seasoning and let your eyes (and stomach) guide you through proteins, vegetables and whole grains. The portions are big and the offerings will make your parents proud that you’re eating your vegetables.
Timone's | 1409 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta
Ron Eyester’s new local pizza joint spins out pizzas reminiscent of his days in New York. Pizzas are inventive and bubble with cheese, like the “Friend of the Devil” with pickled jalepenos. Swing by the “late night slice window” on the way back from Highland bars for a cheese ($3) or pepperoni ($4) slice, open form 10 p.m. until they run out.
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Aviva by Kameel | 225 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta
A go-to for Mediterranean downtown, this is a no-frills, hefty portioned deal. The place is in a mall food court, but don’t let that discourage you. Your options are laid out behind the counter, and Kameel is often seen scooping out plates. Go for a platter with two sides, like the lamb shawarma or falafel.
Fox Bros. Bar-B- Q | 1238 Dekalb Avenue NE, Atlanta
Finger-licking good barbecue is just a short drive down Dekalb Avenue. Not for the faint of heart, their plates are loaded with saucy, meaty barbecue. Wash everything down with one of their seven rotating drafts. Don’t forget to try the famous Frito Pie ($4), a bag of Fritos stuffed with pork, cheese and onions.