Fab'rik owner and CEO Dana Spinola
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Photo: Bita Honarvar/Bita Honarvar

Dining With the Stars: Dana Spinola’s favorite Atlanta restaurants

The fab’rik Boutiques founder and CEO picks her favorite places to eat and drink in metro Atlanta

Forbes called her “one of the five great American entrepreneurs you haven’t heard of yet but should know,” but if you haven’t heard of Dana Spinola, you’ve almost certainly seen her stores around town.

Spinola is the founder and CEO of fab’rik, a women’s boutique that now counts 42 stores and also has free fab’rik, the business’ non-profit arm that provides free shopping sprees for girls in need. 

The Roswell native also owns clothing line Asher, which also includes Asher Babies, a line of baby clothes that donates proceeds to orphaned children in Africa. Read more about Spinola’s journey here.

When she has some rare downtime, the mother of four enjoys eating out and trying new restaurants. Here are some of her to pics:

Favorite place for breakfast or brunch:

Easy -- Superica. I love Ford Fry and love Mexican so what a combo. Huevos Rancheros, hands down, best brunch dish in Atlanta. 

Superica. 99 Krog St., Atlanta, 678-791-1310 and 3850 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 678-705-1235. superica.com

Favorite place for a cup of coffee

Brash....small and quaint and right next to fab’rik HQ with such fresh coffee. The soy latte, while simple, is not too sugary and you can actually taste the coffee. 

Brash Coffee Roasters. 1168 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. brashcoffee.com/

Favorite place for lunch

It’s either Flower Child or Jinya Ramen Bar -- don’t make me pick between these two!  Jinya is my go to with the family and the spicy creamy vegan ramen is served in this endless bowl of heaven, and my kids claim it’s the best cauliflower appetizer in the city so we pop in as much as we can. 

Flower Child is where I meet my girlfriends for Friday lunch dates for a glass of wine and an endless selection of salads that are all healthy but don’t taste like it! I pick something new every time because literally everything is delicious, but the Mother Earth bowl is probably at the top of my list. It has about every veggie imaginable and miso vinaigrette. 

Jinya Ramen Bar. 3714 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 404-254-4770 and 5975 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404-600-6974. jinya-ramenbar.com

Flower Child. 3400 Around Lenox Drive, Atlanta, 678-668-2271 and 6400 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs, 470-481-7850. iamaflowerchild.com

Favorite place for happy hour

Le Bilboquet.  Sitting outside on the patio amidst all the fashion feels like you are in a bistro in Paris. A glass of Sancerre rosé while snacking on the crispy octopus and chickpea salad and the tabouleh is the best end to a long day or start to a night out. 

Le Bilboquet. 3027 Bolling Way NE, Atlanta. 404-869-9944, lebilboquetatlanta.com/

Favorite place for dinner

Umi. there is just something about snuggling up to the sushi bar on date night and having the chef surprise us. Sushi is my favorite food by far and you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. The salmon with truffle oil nigiri, spicy tuna with crispy rice and lobster in soy butter are must haves. 
Umi. 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. 404-841-0040, umiatlanta.com/

Favorite place for late night food and drinks 

Taco Bell is the real answer for food. But when my husband refuses I love Yebo Beach Haus. They change their entire decor for a Tulum-inspired beach house for summer and Aspen-inspired chalet for winter. The food is South African and even my meat eating T-Rex husband loves the cauliflower tacos! We aren’t really late nighters but pop in for an after dinner drink as much as we can. 

Yebo Beach Haus. 111 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-869-1992, yebobeachhaus.com/

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