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44 dishes from metro Atlanta restaurants that rocked our world in 2016

We ate a lot of stuff this year, ranging from good to bad to somewhere in between. But some dishes really set themselves apart and had us dreaming about the next time we'd be able to indulge. Here, a look at 44 of the most mouthwatering dishes we tried in and around Atlanta in 2016.

Pork loin schnitzel with “quickled” peaches and strawberries, jalapeno, charred sweet onion, peanuts, herbs and Gouda fonduta pictured with a Gate City Copperhead amber ale. (BECKY STEIN PHOTOGRAPHY)

Cobb County

Pork loin schnitzel from Two Birds Taphouse

House-smoked salmon at Canoe


Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake is a crowd favorite at Southern Sweets Bakery. Photo by Ligaya Figueras

DeKalb County

Crispy Brussels and cauliflower, nuoc cham, torn herbs, Jasmine rice at Steinbeck’s Ale House

Smoked beet & bean spread at Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards

Reuben egg rolls at Olde Blind Dog

Dolsot bibimbap at Han Il Kwan

Sambal okra from Mamak

Oyster happy hour at Kimball House

Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake at Southern Sweets Bakery

Stuffed French toast from Sun in My Belly

Jalapeno corn fritters at The Brass Tap

CBJB sandwich at My Parents' Basement


The Korean spicy pork bowl at Ssam Burger gets a flavor bomb from the Korean fermented chile paste gochujang. Photo by Wyatt Williams.

North Fulton

Duck crepe from Cafe Intermezzo (Also locations in DeKalb and Intown Atlanta)

Venerated Veggie Bowl at Tupelo Honey Cafe

Fried chicken sandwich at Georgia Chapter Room

Korean Spicy Pork Bowl at Ssam Burger

Ghormeh sabzi at Rumi's Kitchen


Torta de Chorizo

Intown Atlanta

Cornbread hoecakes from B's Cracklin' Barbecue

Stuffed peppadew peppers at Rize Artisan Pizza

Vegan country fried steak at Argosy

The Tomminator and The Lopez at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Salt and pepper tofu from So Ba

Vegetable plate at Miller Union

Purple cabbage gazpacho at Empire State South

Torta de Chorizo at Carniceria Ramirez

Flitters at Ticonderoga Club

Frozen drinking chocolate from Xocolatl

Georgia peach salad at Vine & Tap

Squash blossoms at Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante in Buckhead

Beef heart tartare at the Wrecking Bar

Salatim Bowl at Yalla

Spinach-mushroom Sicilian pizza at Fellini’s Pizza (also location in DeKalb)

Prime rib sandwich at The Mercury 

Nashville hot chicken at One Eared Stag

Omelette du jour at Bread & Butterfly

Cabbage + carrots at Eat Me Speak Me

'Piranha ribs' at The Lawrence

Puffs at Staplehouse

Camarones a la Diabla from El Mexicano

Pollinated vegetable plate at Gunshow

Spent Grain Bread at 5 Seasons Westside in West Midtown

Chicken empanadas at Lobby Bar & Bistro

Filet of fish at Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Inman Park


The pork rinds at Bub-Ba-Q in Woodstock, Ga., are addictively seasoned, not-too-oily, crunchy and fresh. Photo by Ligaya Figueras

Cherokee County

Pork rinds at Bub-Ba-Q



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