The harami miso at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ. / Photo from Gyu-Kaku's Facebook page
Photo: Yvonne Zusel/Atlanta Restaurant Scene
Photo: Yvonne Zusel/Atlanta Restaurant Scene

A guide to eating at Atlantic Station for BB&T Open and beyond

Atlantic Station, one of the first big mixed-use developments in Atlanta, has gone through several big changes in the past year.

The Midtown project’s retail core, which was acquired by real estate company Hines and another investment company in 2015, is in the middle of a major transformation that includes a curved canopy 45 feet above the street, a fountain and water feature, a new valet stand with dedicated ride-share spots and a large LED television screen that will broadcast live events, advertising and Atlantic Station’s social media feeds.

The overhaul also includes welcoming several new restaurants, which will take the place of several that have closed of late including Copeland Cheeecake Bistro, Rosa Mexicano, Tin Drum, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Bonehead’s.

Recent new additions to the development include Pho 24, NaanStop, Salata and Gyu-Kaku, with plans for a 6,000 square-foot HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and “upscale” bowling alley Bowlero, which will include a restaurant.

So where to eat if you’re checking out your favorite tennis players at the BB&T Open? Keep reading for a breakdown of the options in and around Atlantic Station. 

Allora. Located inside Twelve Hotel Midtown, Allora comes from Concentrics Restaurants, the group behind Atlanta restaurants including Two Urban Licks and Parish. Expect to see a dinner menu that explores classic Italian dishes, often augmented with contemporary techniques and seasonal ingredients, over a range of salads, small plates, pizzas, pastas and entrees. 

361 17th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-961-7370, alloraatl.com/

Atlantic Grill. This Atlantic Station original serves up a menu of solid American classics including burgers, sandwiches, salads and big plates, as well as a selection of beer and craft coctails. 

264 19th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-888-9838, atlanticgrillatlanticstation.com

Chick-a Biddy. Longtime Atlanta chef Shaun Doty’s Atlantic Station spot focuses on fried chicken but also offers salads, a vegetable plate and waffles for the vegetarians in your life. 

264 19th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-588-1888, chickabiddyatl.com/

Gyu-Kaku. This Japanese-based chain’s only Atlanta location offers customers the opportunity to cook cuts of beef, pork, poultry, seafood, vegetables and desserts on in-table smokeless roasters. The menu also includes a variety of appetizers, soups, vegetables and alcoholic beverages, including a selection of sake, shochu and beer, as well as non-alcoholic drinks.

265 18th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-253-2989, gyu-kaku.com/atlanta/

Meehan’s Public House. Look for a handful of classic Irish dishes including bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie sprinkled in among the American pub favorites such as wings and burgers at the Atlantic Station location of this local chain

232 19th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-249-7812, meehanspublichouse.com/location/atlantic-station

NaanStop. Founded by brothers Neal and Samir Idnani, who learned to cook with their mother, fast-causal Indian spot NaanStop allows customers to choose a protein on a salad, rice bowl or naanwich, with dishes including Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosas.

265 18th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-963-2454, naanstop.com

Pho 24. Warm up with a selection of pho and other Vietnamese specialties at the Atlantic Station location of this Atlanta chain. In addition to pho, expect sandwiches, spring rolls, vermicelli, coffee and smoothies

264 19th St. NW, Atlanta. pho24chamblee.com/store/atlantic-station/

The Pig and the Pearl. Protein is the name of the game at this longtime Atlantic Station restaurant, whose menu features beef brisket, pork shoulder, lamb, duck and sausage and raw and smoked seafood and shellfish. The space also features an outdoor covered patio.

1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-541-0930, thepigandthepearl.com/ 

Salata. Make your own salad at this health-conscious spot Texas-based eatery. Guests queue up to choose from an array of vegetables, fruits, cheeses, seeds and nuts, plus chicken, seafood and vegan proteins, and house-made dressings, which can be combined and customized in hand-tossed salads or several styles of salad wraps. 

265 19th St., Atlanta. 470-233-7164, salata.com/

Other places to try: 

For coffee: Land of a Thousand Hills, Starbucks

For sweets and snacks: Great American Cookies, Kilwin’s, Pretzelmaker 

For burgers and sandwiches: BGR the Burger Joint, Subway 

For bar food and beer: Yard House

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