The notable metro Atlanta restaurant openings of 2019

The braised lamb shank makes for a fine entree at Aziza. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
The braised lamb shank makes for a fine entree at Aziza. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

It’s been a busy year on the metro Atlanta dining scene, with more than 200 restaurants making their debuts. These are (almost all) of the local restaurants that opened their doors this year.

Taquería el Tesoro’s tamale offerings include pork and chicken. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL
Taquería el Tesoro’s tamale offerings include pork and chicken. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL

Notable January and February restaurant openings

City Tap. The Midtown spot's menu mixes City Tap "Bar Standards" such as Ten Spice Wings and Corn and Crab Hushpuppies with wood-fired pizza and nightly specials, and the beer list features more than 60 selections on draft, which includes craft flagships, such as Bell's Two Hearted Ale, and lots of local, seasonal and international offerings. Read more here.

848 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-720-0654, citytap.com/location/atlanta.

El Tesoro. El Tesoro's menu is eclectic Mexican, with flavors from multiple states, and offerings ranging from breakfast and lunch tacos to stuffed and griddled burritos, house-made chicken, pork and veggie tamales, soups and specials of the day. Fresh salsas include mild roasted tomato, spicy salsa guacamole, and fiery arbol verde. Read our review here.

1374 Arkwright Place SE, Atlanta. 470-440-5502, eltesoroatl.com.

FudoThe contemporary Asian restaurant from husband and wife John and Grace Lee of Ichiban Steak and Sushi in Alpharetta and Cumming offers a sizable menu of mostly shareable dishes — including small plates, tempura, donburi rice bowls, sushi, sashimi and a long list of creative rolls. Read our review here.

5070 Peachtree Blvd., Suite A-100, Chamblee. 678-691-7088, fudoatl.com.

Gocha's Breakfast Bar. The breakfast and brunch concept is the dream project of Gocha Hawkins, a Detroit native and the owner of Midtown's Gocha Salon. Hawkins may be best known for styling celebrity clients such as Kandi Burruss, Nicki Minaj, Serena Williams, Beyonce, Drake and many more. But at Gocha's, the talented home cook is showing off her culinary skills. Read our review here.

3695 Cascade Road, Suite 440, Atlanta. 678-927-9166, gochasbreakfastbar.com.

Lazy Betty. The restaurant from partners Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillip serves two distinct tasting menus in the dining room––a seven-course Lazy Betty Tasting Menu and a 10-course Chef's Tasting Menu, available at the restaurant's eight-seat chef counter. Read our review here.

1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-975-3692, lazybettyatl.com

Slutty Vegan. With its provocative name and plant-based burger-and-fries menu, the Slutty Vegan quickly became the hottest food truck in Atlanta — selling suggestive concoctions like the Ménage à Trois, a vegan patty loaded with vegan bacon and shrimp, and a messy mix of lettuce, tomato and special sauce. In January, the eatery opened a brick-and-mortar storefront on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard that often sees lines around the block. Read more here.

1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta. 470-869-0707, sluttyveganatl.com.

Tiki Tango. The trilevel Tiki-chic oasis located in the former Lava space in Midtown has become a destination for all sorts of entertainment, including live music, dancing and even burlesque. The beverage menu includes takes on traditional and modern Tiki drinks, served in both custom mugs and classic barware. Read more here.

57 13th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-873-6189, tikitangoatl.com.

The falafel burger and a small Mediterranean salad at Rozina Bakehouse & Coffee in downtown Atlanta. CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL BROCK
The falafel burger and a small Mediterranean salad at Rozina Bakehouse & Coffee in downtown Atlanta. CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL BROCK

More restaurants and bars that opened in January or February

Agency Socialtheque, Phipps Plaza<br/>Amir's Parlor, Edgewood <br/>Big Bang Pizza, Brookhaven <br/>Blackbird, downtown Atlanta<br/>Cafe Lucia, Midtown<br/>Cafe Vendome, City Springs in Sandy Springs<br/>The Corner Cup, Tucker<br/>Crazy Dough's, Sugar Hill<br/>Davinci's Donuts, Lenox Square<br/>DeKalb Athlectic Club, Inman Park <br/>The Fill-Up Station, Greenbriar<br/>Flavor Juicery, Alpharetta<br/>The Hive Buckhead, Brookwood Hills<br/>Just Add Honey, Eastside Beltline<br/>Kelly's Market, Decatur<br/>Likewise in Citizen Supply, Ponce City Market<br/>Little Tart Bakery, Summerhill<br/>Madras Mantra, Marietta<br/>NaanStop, Atlantic Station<br/>Nacho Daddy, Duluth<br/>Nam Kitchen, City Springs in Sandy Springs<br/>Pho24, Atlantic Station<br/>Playa Bowls, Eastside Beltline<br/>Porter Brew and Que, Dunwoody <br/>Rozina Bakehouse, Georgia State campus<br/>Rushing Trading Co., Sugar Hill<br/>Santorini Tavern, Sandy Springs<br/>Shawarma Non-Stop, Brookwood Hills<br/>Steady Hand Beer Co., West Midtown<br/>Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, Brookhaven (now closed)<br/>T Ray's Fire Grill, Lawrenceville (now closed)<br/>Tom, Dick and Hank, College Park<br/>Truva Turkish Kitchen, Virginia-Highland<br/>WIN Indonesian Grill, Buckhead

A selection of nigiri (top) and the Roku roll at District M in Sandy Springs. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
A selection of nigiri (top) and the Roku roll at District M in Sandy Springs. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Notable March and April restaurant openings

AmmazzaIt took 22 months for the original Ammazza on Edgewood to recover from the structural calamity that began on June 10, 2017: a devastating car crash that ruptured a water main; followed by a second facade-ripping vehicular assault less than a month later. But bounce back it did. Read our review here.

591 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-835-2298, ammazza.com

Black Sheep Tavern and Oyster Bar. First-time restaurant owner Andy Kober describes Black Sheep as a "classic tavern," adding that the concept was influenced by his Wisconsin and Chicago-area roots. Read more here.

330 Edgewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 470-355-3964, blacksheeptavernatl.com.

Boxcar. Kraig Torres and the Hop City team (Hop City; Barleygarden Kitchen) opened their second restaurant, Boxcar, in the Lee + White development on White Street in the West End. Situated in view of the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail, Boxcar is billed as its "own unique dining experience." Read more here.

1000 White St. SW, Atlanta. 470-788-8171, boxcaratl.com.

Cardinal. Call it a speakeasy, or simply a cocktail bar, Cardinal is the recently soft-opened surprise component of the dream project from Third Street Goods co-owners Holli Medley and Kathryn DiMenichi. The semi-secret destination for drinks and snacks is hidden away behind their Grant Park neighborhood market at The Beacon. Read our review here.

1039 Grant St. SE, Suite B40-A, Atlanta. thirdstreetgoods.com/cardinal.

District M. Pitched as a modern Japanese restaurant rooted in traditional omakase service, District M is open for lunch and dinner in the new Modera Sandy Springs mixed-use development on Roswell Road. Chef-owner Jackie Chang, formerly of Umi in Buckhead and O-Ku on the Westside, leads the team of chefs working in the open kitchen and at a sprawling 20-seat sushi bar, touted as the largest in metro Atlanta. Read our review here.

6125 Roswell Road, Suite 900, Sandy Springs. 678-974-2820, districtmatl.com.

Halsa. Part of the new, walkable Mado commercial and residential wellness community at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Halsa is open on the bottom floor of the One Mado building. Halsa means "health" in Swedish. And the Swedish-influenced "polished casual" restaurant boasts a spalike menu from Nicolas Bour, who recently returned to Serenbe as executive chef and vice president of food and beverage. Read more here.

11090 Serenbe Lane, Palmetto. 678-345-0999, halsarestaurant.com.

The James Room. With the opening of The James Room on the Eastside Beltline, married co-owners Kristin Koefod and Missy Koefod of 18.21 Bitters and Drafts + Dogs  wanted a place that felt "a little bit of France, a little bit of Italy," with a splash of "London library." Read more here.

659 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. thejamesroom.com

Lapeer Seafood Market. Lapeer Seafood Market opened at Alpharetta City Center in early April, putting an exclamation point on the dining destination element of the burgeoning downtown Alpharetta development's mix of retail and office spaces, apartments and single-family homes. Read more here.

12 N. Broad St., Alpharetta. 678-691-9400, lapeerseafoodmarket.com.

Manny's Grant Park. Conceived by longtime Atlanta barman Manuel Maloof, the grandson of the founder of Manuel's Tavern. And besides sharing his grandfather's name, Manny's offers pub grub staples such as a double-patty flattop burger and fish and chips. Read more here.

580 Woodward Ave., Suite C, Atlanta. 470-270-8813, mannysgrantpark.com.

Marietta Square Market. In the months since it opened, Marietta Square Market, located new Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square District, has welcomed a steady stream of new restaurants and retail merchants, with a grand total of 20 doing business in the 18,500-square-foot former warehouse space. Options include Street Taco, Forno Vero, D'Cuban Cafe, Grand Champion BBQ and Bread and Butter Bakery. Read more here.

68 N. Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta. mariettasquaremarket.com

Pancake Social. Pancake Social opened at Ponce City Market in late March. Most notably, the all-day breakfast-focused restaurant features a menu from Anne Quatrano, the James Beard Award-winning chef-owner of Bacchanalia, Star Provisions and many other iconic Atlanta food and dining destinations. Read our review here.

675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE. Atlanta. 678-609-8696, pancakesocial.com.

Pour Taproom. Pour Taproom neatly defines its concept with the phrase "Pay by the Ounce, Not by the Glass." Located next door to Nina & Rafi at SPX Alley, the space is designed to allow guests to sample from 80-plus self-serve taps featuring local and seasonal beers from a potpourri of craft breweries, plus other beverages from wineries and cideries. Read more here.

661 Auburn Ave. NE, Suite 230, Atlanta. 404-835-2228, atlanta.pourtaproom.com.

<br/>Tredrick's Seafood & Grill. A mile south of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Whitehall Street and open since March, owner Trederick Gray's namesake restaurant makes it possible to satisfy the urge for a Southern fish fry any day. Read our review here.

609 Whitehall St. SW, Atlanta. 470-343-2175, tredericksseafood.com. 

Avocado toast from Fellows Cafe
Avocado toast from Fellows Cafe

More restaurants that opened March or April

B51, Lindbergh Center<br/>Breakers Korean BBQ, Perimeter Mall<br/>Brklyn Kitchen and Lounge, downtown Atlanta<br/>Coffee & Ice Cream, Lenox Square<br/>Cultivate Food and Coffee, Buckhead<br/>Dairies Coffeehouse and Cold Brew Bar, Reynoldstown<br/>Em Kitchen, Marietta<br/>Farm Burger, Peachtree Corners<br/>Fellows Cafe, Roswell<br/>Five Daughters Doughnuts, West Midtown<br/>Hodgepodge Coffee, Reynoldstown<br/>Jose's Mexican Grill, Buford<br/>The Juicy Crab, Tucker<br/>King Barbecue, Buckhead<br/>Kremo Ice Cream, Sandy Springs<br/>Pao Pao Ramen, Toco Hills<br/>Pho King Express, downtown Atlanta<br/>Ponko Chicken, Midtown<br/>Shake Shack, Eastside Beltline <br/>Souper Jenny, Roswell <br/>Wildleaf, Buckhead<br/>Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea, Doraville

Little Rey serves its Pollo “Al Carbon” family style with tortillas, smoked onions and jalapenos, rancho beans, cilantro rice and a side of chips and salsa. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL
Little Rey serves its Pollo “Al Carbon” family style with tortillas, smoked onions and jalapenos, rancho beans, cilantro rice and a side of chips and salsa. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL

Notable May/June restaurant openings 

7 Acre BarNGrill. Since its debut, the casual, farm-to-table spot has attracted residents of this affluent rural-suburban north Fulton city, along with folks from neighboring Alpharetta and Roswell. Read our review here.

850 Hickory Flat Road, Milton. 770-777-2273, 7acrebarngrill.com

Fellaship. Audacious, dapper and at times controversial, Atlanta native and Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton put all that on the line at Fellaship, the upscale restaurant and cigar lounge he opened in Castleberry Hill with his brother and business partner C.J. Newton. Read more here.

110 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Suite 102-104, Atlanta. 404-254-4970, fellashipatl.com

Hai Authentic Chinese. Hai Authentic Chinese, in Decatur's redeveloped Suburban Plaza, is a place that will suit connoisseurs of traditional Chinese as well as the sesame chicken and orange chicken crowd. Read our review here.

2641 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 470-225-7172, haieat.com.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare. The concept boasts a "from-scratch-only kitchen" turning out seasonal small plates, salads, noodle soups and rice dishes with Pan Asian influences, and many of the recipes were passed down from the founders' families. Read more here.

661 Auburn Ave. NE, Suite 180, Atlanta. 470-809-1586, eathawkers.com/atlanta-oldfourthward.

Iberian Pig. Castellucci Hospitality Group (CHG) debuted its second location of the Iberian Pig in the new Hanover Buckhead Village luxury apartment development on Roswell Road, near Buckhead Theatre, showcasing charcuterie, cheese and creative takes on Spanish-style tapas. Read more here.

3150 Roswell Road NW, Suite A3, Atlanta. 404-994-4990, theiberianpigatl.com/buckhead.

Little Rey. Ford Fry's newest venture is a "super-casual" Tex-Mex restaurant in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood. The menu there, created with fellow Texas chef Kevin Maxey, is primarily focused on that aromatic, campfire-flavored Tex-Mex delicacy — whole chickens smoked and grilled with oak and mesquite, and served family-style with handmade tortillas, smoked onions and jalapeños, ranch beans and cilantro rice. Read our review here.

1878 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 770-796-0207, littlerey.com

Lost Druid Brewery.  Husband and wife Robert Hopek and Stacia Familo-Hopek opened an "own premise" brewery was the kind of family business they wanted to build — adopting a model that relies primarily on revenue from sales in the taproom. And to that end, they bought a piece of property and constructed a 6,800-square-foot building from the ground up. Read more here.

2866 Washington St., Avondale Estates. 404-998-5679, thelostdruid.com/

Ole Reliable. Ole Reliable, the cafe in the lobby of the Georgia Pacific Center downtown is accessible not just to daytime employees in the building, but to anyone who walks through the revolving doors at 133 Peachtree St. It's a counter-service concept from chef Kevin Gillespie and his Red Beard Restaurants group. Read more here.

133 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Facebook: Ole Reliable ATL.

Sceptre Brewing Arts. The new venture from the team behind Argosy in East Atlanta Village replaced the short-lived Oak Brewpub in the heart of Oakhurst. At Sceptre Brewing Arts, beers are made with grains and other ingredients either grown in Georgia or neighboring states, with a focus on modern styles, often fermented with house yeast and sometimes the addition of a sour culture. Read more here.

630 East Lake Drive, Suite E, Decatur. 470-428-4359, sceptrebrewingarts.com.

The Select. Located in City Springs, the Sandy Springs multiuse project that includes the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, the 1920s-inspired concept from Vinings' Paces & Vine partners Dave Green and David Lester pays homage to Le Select in Paris, one of the places where Jazz Age artists and writers such as Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald gathered to drink and dine. Read more here.

6405 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. 770-637-2240, theselectatl.com.

Slim and Husky's. Founded by three childhood friends and Tennessee State University grads, Clint Gray, Derrick Moore and E.J. Reed, Slim & Husky's is a "artisan pizza shop with a love for hip-hop culture, locally sourced ingredients and building community." Read more here.

1016 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-458-3327, slimandhuskys.com.

Virgil's Gullah Kitchen. In keeping with tradition, the College Park restaurant's menu prominently features rice and seafood dishes, and the descriptions are playfully written with a nod to Gullah patois. Read our review here.

3721 Main St., College Park. 404-228-4897, virgilsgullahkitchen.com.

Wood's Chapel BBQ. Located in the burgeoning Carter redevelopment on Georgia Avenue in Atlanta's historic Summerhill neighborhood, Wood's Chapel was named for one of the first churches established in the community after the Civil War and comes from partners Todd Ginsberg, Jennifer and Ben Johnson, and Shelley Sweet. Read our review here.

85 Georgia Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-522-3000, woodschapelbbq.com.

Dessert from Doughnut Dollies/Provided by Mia Yakel
Dessert from Doughnut Dollies/Provided by Mia Yakel

Credit: Mia Yakel

Credit: Mia Yakel

More restaurants that opened May or June

Andy's Frozen Custard, Alpharetta<br/>Area 4, Greenbriar Mall <br/>Bawachi Biryanis, Decatur<br/>Beard Papa's, Peachtree Corners<br/>Beto's Tacos, Buford<br/>Big Softie, Summerhill<br/>Botiwalla, Alpharetta City Center<br/>Brack's Kitchen, Chastain Park<br/>Burn by Rocky Patel, The Battery<br/>Central City Tavern, Sugar Hill<br/>Copper Cove, Buckhead<br/>Doughnut Dollies, Buckhead<br/>Firewall Food Stop, Westview<br/>Fugu Express, Sandy Springs<br/>Galeto Steakhouse, Alpharetta<br/>Grecian Gyros, Northside Drive<br/>Hammerhead's Seafood and Sports Grill, Suwanee<br/>Jon Smith Subs, Johns Creek<br/>Kafenio, Avondale Estates<br/>Local Motives, W Atlanta Downtown<br/>Matcha Cafe Maiko, Buford Highway<br/>Mela Ethiopian Kitchen, Decatur<br/>Never Enough Thyme, Alpharetta City Center<br/>Pho King, Decatur<br/>Planet Bombay, Old Fourth Ward<br/>Primo Hoagies, Sandy Springs<br/>Reformation Brewery, Canton<br/>Rowdy Tiger, Midtown<br/>Savory Gourmet Market, Alpharetta<br/>Shanghai Street Food and Bar, Roswell<br/>Silvano Pizza, Buckhead<br/>The Wild Crab, Decatur<br/>Yom, Marietta

Roasted oysters with Calabrian chiles and saltines at Cold Beer. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
Roasted oysters with Calabrian chiles and saltines at Cold Beer. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Notable July/August restaurant openings

Aziza. The latest from Bellina Alimentari owner Tal Baum features Israeli-influenced dishes in West Midtown. Read our review here.

1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-968-9437, aziza-restaurant.com

Chirori. A delightful Japanese restaurant on 14th Street in West Midtown, Chirori specializes in robatayaki and sake, and it's unlike anything else in Atlanta today. Read our review here. 

349 14th St. NW, No. C-1, Atlanta. 470-427-3171, chiroriatlanta.com

Cold Beer. In many ways, Cold Beer is an extension of Gunshow, Kevin Gillespie's innovative and raucous restaurant in nearby Glenwood Park. But unlike Gunshow, it's as much a bar concept as a food concept — with a long folded menu that features 15 imaginative seasonal cocktails, alongside 15 seasonal share plates. Read our review here.

670 DeKalb Ave. NE, Suite 101, Atlanta. 404-254-1032, coldbeeratl.com

Halfway Crooks Brewing. The co-founders, homebrewer Shawn Bainbridge and professional brewer Joran Van Ginderachter, took the name from a Mobb Deep lyric. And the duo's "own premise" Summerhill brewery with co-owner Tim Kilic promises to shake things up a bit by showing there are (quoting Mobb Deep, again) "numerous ways you can choose to earn funds." Read more here.

60 Georgia Ave. SE, Atlanta. halfwaycrooks.beer/

Hotto Hotto. Wife-and-husband owners Alice and Angelo Wong opened Hotto Hotto Ramen & Teppanyaki in mid-August in the Beacon development on Grant Street in Grant Park. In addition to five kinds of ramen with homemade bone broth, and six grilled teppanyaki plates, the menu includes sections of small plates, "brothless" ramen, and bowls served with sticky sushi rice. Read more here.

1039 Grant St. SE, Suite B10, Atlanta. 404-963-2937, hottohotto.com.

Junior's Pizza. Originally a pop-up turned delivery business from husband-and-wife owners Alex and Jennifer Aton, the counter service New York-style pizza concept is focused on thin-crust pies "using high-quality ingredients and unique recipes." Read more here.

77 Georgia Ave., Atlanta. juniorspizzaatl.com

Le Colonial. Hospitality veterans Rick Wahlstedt and Joe King join acclaimed French Vietnamese chef and cookbook author Nicole Routhier and executive chef Hassan Obaye to present a "shareable menu that showcases heirloom Vietnamese recipes alongside contemporary takes on classic dishes" at Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Read our review here.

3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-341-0500, lecolonialatlanta.com.

The Real Milk & Honey. Sammy Davis and his partner, Monique Rose, who with four Milk & Honey restaurants in the Maryland-D.C. area and Georgia (and two more in the works) seem to have something of a Midas touch when it comes to breakfast crowd-pleasers. Read our review here.

3719 Main St., College Park. 404-458-5500, milknhoneycafe.com.

Redbird. Among the most anticipated openings of 2019, in many ways the restaurant is already part of Atlanta dining history. Chef Zeb Stevenson previously worked for Ross Jones as executive chef at Watershed on Peachtree, which she sold in early 2018. And when Watershed first opened in Decatur in 1998, Bacchanalia's Anne Quatrano was the consulting chef. Read our review here.

1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-900-5172, redbirdatl.com.

Vietvana. Dinh Tran and Khanh Dang, who opened Khanh Vietnamese Phở & Sandwich in Duluth last year, are behind this Avondale Estates restaurant. Both born in Vietnam (Dang is from Saigon and Tran is from Hue), the couple want Vietvana, "to be a place where they prepare Vietnamese food the way they remember it," according to a press release. The restaurant's name "reflects the idea of Vietnamese food meeting nirvana." Read our review here.

2831 E. College Ave., Avondale Estates. 404-963-2757, vietvana.com/

BBQ Bison Meatloaf with all-natural Wyoming bison, smoked bacon, red skin potato mash, sauteed spinach, and haystack onions. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.
BBQ Bison Meatloaf with all-natural Wyoming bison, smoked bacon, red skin potato mash, sauteed spinach, and haystack onions. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

More restaurants that opened in July or August

Ariang-K, Johns Creek<br/>285 Colonial Kitchen, Sandy Springs<br/>Bell Street Burritos, Tucker<br/>Big Dave's Cheesesteaks, downtown Atlanta<br/>Big Easy Sno Balls, Midtown<br/>Black Gurl Brunch Club, College Park (now closed)<br/>Clean Juice, West Midtown<br/>Curry Up Now, Decatur<br/>Farm Burger, Whole Foods Midtown<br/>Fin and Feathers, Edgewood<br/>Flying Crust, Buckhead<br/>Indio Brewing, Sugar Hill<br/>Krab Queenz, downtown Atlanta<br/>Lazy Dog, Peachtree Corners<br/>Marguerite's Jerk Bistro, Grant Park<br/>MetroFresh, Midtown<br/>Mojave, Sandy Springs<br/>RUMC Coffee House, Roswell <br/>Revelator: Sweet Tooth, Phipps Plaza<br/>Sowa Cereal and Cream Bar, Kennesaw<br/>Tacos Express, Norcross<br/>Tamago Ramen, Buckhead<br/>Valor Coffee, Alpharetta<br/>Wild Heaven, West End

Pastas at Forza Storico include Papalina (left; creamy fettuccine tossed with fat slivers of prosciutto cotto) and Sugo di Coda (rigatoni in tomato sauce with bone-in oxtail). CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
Pastas at Forza Storico include Papalina (left; creamy fettuccine tossed with fat slivers of prosciutto cotto) and Sugo di Coda (rigatoni in tomato sauce with bone-in oxtail). CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Notable September/October restaurant openings

B's Cracklin BBQ. The popular Atlanta barbecue restaurant suffered a major fire at its original Riverside location early in the year, but opened an outpost inside the Midtown Kroger on Ponce de Leon Avenue in the fall.

725 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. facebook.com/BsCracklinBBQATL/

Best End Brewing. A brewery "in pursuit of the the perfect bite for the perfect pint" is the latest addition to the brewery-filled "Malt Disney" Lee + White project in West End, just off the Southwest Beltline trail. The 20-barrel brewpub features a selection of its beers brewed in-house by co-owner and brewer, Tim Schiavone, as well as a full food menu of coastal cuisine served as small plates and family style, craft cocktails, and a wine list with a focus on natural wines. Read more here.

1036 White St. SW, Atlanta. 470-391-0999, bestendbrewing.com.

By George. Hugh Acheson's latest venture is a French-inspired eatery in the new Candler Hotel, with a menu that focuses on the food he cooked while growing up in French Canada, "food that's been dear to my heart for a long time."

127 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 844-330-1271, curiocollection3.hilton.com/en/hotels/georgia/the-candler-hotel-atlanta-curio-collection-by-hilton-ATLCDQQ/dining/by-george-restaurant.html

The Daily Tavern. The Daily Tavern opened in Inman Park in late October, taking over the space on the corner of Inman Village Parkway most recently occupied by Indian restaurant Amara, which closed to make way for a quick bit of refurbishing. Amara owner Sandeep Kothary partnered with DASH Hospitality Group owner David Abes on the new venture, conceived as a cross between a neighborhood tavern and a sports bar, with plenty of HDTVs. Read more here.

870 Inman Village Parkway NE, Atlanta. 470-305-7405, dailytavern.com.

Dos Bocas. Mixing Cajun and Tex-Mex on a menu that features po'boys and fajitas, crawfish étouffée and verde chicken enchiladas, daiquiris and margaritas, Dos Bocas opened in mid-September in the former Legal Sea Foods space on Baker Street in Atlanta's Centennial Park District. Read more here.

275 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. 404-704-8078, dosbocasatl.com.

Forza Storico. The new West Midtown concept from the team behind Buckhead's Storico Fresco is a focused, bar-centric, Roman-inspired restaurant. Read our review here.

1198 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta. 404-464-8096, forzastorico.com.

MTH Pizza. The team behind Muss & Turner's and other Atlanta restaurants is dedicated to "the holy trinity of baked dough, sauce and cheese." Read more here.

1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 415, Smyrna. 678-424-1333, mthpizza.com.

The Pantry and Provisions. Located in the Healey Building on Forsyth Street in the Fairlie-Poplar district of Atlanta, the new concept from culinary director and owner Brady Lowe is billed as highlighting "North America's diverse sandwich culture." Read more here.

57 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta. 404-939-7059, thepantryatl.com.

Salaryman. Like its sister restaurants including Noona, Ramen Station and Suzy Siu's Baos, the food and beverage at this East Lake restaurant is a multicultural marriage with Japanese and Korean ties and a U.S. mailing address. Read our review here.

2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta. 404-228-1458, koreanwives.com/salaryman/

Sugar Factory. Entering through the revolving door on Peachtree Street, guests can check out the celebrity photos that top the signature floor-to-ceiling "candy wall," and choose from more than 500 kinds of sweets, including Sugar Factory's "world-famous" Couture Pops. Also on offer in the confectionary café are coffee, hot chocolate, housemade rainbow doughnuts, pastries, gelato and ice cream. Read more here.

1080 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. 470-428-4395, sugarfactory.com.

Sukoshi. One of the newest projects from the Indigo Road hospitality group (O-Ku, Colletta, Donetto, Tiny Lou's, Oak Steakhouse) follows the original Sukoshi in Uptown Charlotte, which opened in December 2018. The "sushi on the go" logo helps describe the menu, which features sushi bar staples, including nigiri and sashimi, shiso miso and seaweed salad, and maki and specialty sushi rolls. Read more here.

1201 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-400-1160, sukoshi.com/atlanta.

Supremo Taco. Conceived as a tribute to the rambling food trucks and stationary loncheras of Los Angeles and greater Southern California, the concise grab-and-go menu features eight different tacos assembled with house-made tortillas, including al pastor, mole poblano with chicken, and black bean with squash. Read more here.

701 B Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta. 404-965-1446, supremotaco.com.

Velvet Taco. The menu displays some 21 different full-size tacos, divided into sections of vegetable, chicken, pork, beef and fish, plus brunch tacos served all day, a few sides, and signature Red Velvet cake for dessert. Read more here.

77 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Suite 35A, Atlanta. 470-400-3900, velvettaco.com.

Coca-Cola BBQ pork spare ribs at Backyard at Parkwoods.
Coca-Cola BBQ pork spare ribs at Backyard at Parkwoods.

More restaurants that opened in September or October

8Arm Wine, Poncey-Highland<br/>12 Cocktail and Social Club, Ponce City Market<br/>Apron and Ladle, Sandy Springs<br/>Backyards at Parkwoods, Crowne Ravinia Perimeter <br/>Bennett's Market, Eastside Beltline <br/>Cantina One41, Johns Creek<br/>Central City Tavern, Alpharetta City Center<br/>City Bagel and Cafe, Sandy Springs<br/>Crab 404, Sandy Springs<br/>Crave Restaurant, Little Five Points<br/>Dom Biejos, Kirkwood<br/>Dos Amigos, Home Park<br/>The Duke Pub, Dunwoody<br/>Eco Car Wash, Salads and Smoothies, West Midtown <br/>Evergreen Butcher and Baker, Kirkwood<br/>Fit Foodies Bistro, Acworth<br/>Frost Bistro, Castleberry Hill<br/>Fuego Tortilla Taqueria, Marietta<br/>gusto!, Chamblee<br/>Hazel Jane's, Eastside Beltline<br/>Hell Yeah Gluten Free Bakery, Inman Park<br/>JenChan's, Cabbagetown<br/>Joella's Hot Chicken, Cumberland<br/>LemonShark Poke, Sandy Springs<br/>Louisiana Bistreaux, Buckhead<br/>Monkey 68 Kitchen and Bar, Alpharetta<br/>Queen of Cream, Plaza on Ponce <br/>Silla del Toro, Marietta<br/>StillFire Brewing, Suwanee<br/>Woody's Cheesesteaks, Buckhead.

Beef Shortrib Braised in Dr. Pepper with warm spices, fermented black bean, dried plum, and winter squash. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.
Beef Shortrib Braised in Dr. Pepper with warm spices, fermented black bean, dried plum, and winter squash. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Notable November/December restaurant openings

Bold Monk. Perhaps the most ambitious example of the current brewery boom, the project from the Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group (Max Lager's; White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails; Richards' Southern Fried) cost close to $6 million to complete. Read more here.

1737 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW, Building D, Atlanta. 404-390-3288, boldmonkbrewingco.com.

Buena Vida. The Eastside Beltline restaurant's menu features a variety of tapas dishes including fried olives, charcuterie boards, Seville hot chicken and pork belly. Also look for "Para la Mesa" selections that serves two to four guests, available after 5 p.m. including whole fish, roast chicken and chuleton, Georgia grassfed ribeye with rosemary potatoes, truffle and mushroom confit, rioja demi, Valdeon butter and crispy shallot.

385 N. Angier Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-500-5189. buenavidatapas.com/

Georgia Boy and Southern Belle. Sister concepts from former Gunshow chef Joey Ward, Southern Belle is an elegantly casual, no reservations concept, billed as serving "a collection of plates and libations reflecting the modern American South," while Georgia Boy is connected to Southern Belle through a secret passageway, and offers an intimate 16 seats, with a contemporary tasting menu by reservation only. Read more here.

1043 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-698-3961, southernbelleatl.com.

Lagarde American Eatery. The restaurant celebrates the culinary traditions of New Orleans, where chef and owner Jamie Adams' parents were born and raised. And many of Lagarde's menu items are based on Adams' mother's recipes, including andouille and shrimp gumbo, red beans and rice, and daube — a traditional French-meets-Italian braised beef dish served with crispy onions. Read more here.

5090 Peachtree Blvd., Suite D-100, Chamblee. 470-385-3533, lagardeatl.com.

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Lyla Lila. Located on the ground level of the Lilli Midtown apartment tower on Peachtree Street Northeast, Lyla Lila comes from chef Craig Richards and restaurateur Billy Streck. Lyla Lila's menu highlights elements of southern Italian and Spanish cuisines with starters, seven pasta dishes, main courses and vegetables.

693 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. lylalilaatl.com/

The burger from Field Day.
The burger from Field Day.

Other restaurants that opened in November or December

26 Thai Kitchen, Midtown<br/>Big B's Fish Joint, Sandy Springs<br/>Cafe I Am, Sandy Springs<br/>Chef'd Up, Old Fourth Ward<br/>Clues and Cocktails, Edgewood<br/>Crossing Bridge Rice Noodle, Duluth<br/>Dipped N Butter, Old Fourth Ward<br/>E Ramen, West Midtown<br/>Field Day, Old Fourth Ward<br/>Folk Art, Decatur<br/>Food Terminal, West Midtown<br/>Huge X Brash, Midtown<br/>Jekyll Brewing, Alpharetta City Center<br/>Pizza Legion, Kennesaw<br/>Minnie Olivia Pizzeria, Marietta<br/>Mr. Everything, Decatur<br/>On North, Marietta<br/>The Pirate's Boil, Cumberland<br/>Ponko Chicken, Buckhead<br/>Rock N Taco, Roswell<br/>Rock Steady, West Midtown<br/>Roll On In, Marietta<br/>Silom Thai and Sushi Bar, Buckhead

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