999 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-541-1105, empirestatesouth.com/
Garden & Gun Club. AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras sang the praises of the Southern small plates at the Battery lounge, including the pimento cheese, which is served with crackers and sliced vegetables and is also available in sandwich form.
2605 Circle 75 Pkwy, Atlanta. 770-726-0925, gardenandgunclub.com/
Home Grown. Traditional southern cuisine is the name of the game here, and the delicious housemade pimento cheese shows up several places on the lunch and brunch menus. Try it on its own as part of the pimento cheese sandwich served on Texas toast or joined up with fried green tomatoes and bacon on the Grant's Stack or melted over salmon patties, fried green tomatoes, spinach and tomatoes on the Lynne Stack. You can also give the Gum Creek Farms Hamburger a kick with pimento cheese for an extra $2. Want to take some of the magic home? Atlanta-area Kroger stores stock Home Grown pimento cheese.
968 Memorial Drive, Atlanta. 404-222-0455, homegrownga.com/
The Imperial. This neighborhood pub has found a way to make pimento cheese even more indulgent in the form of La Poutine de Georgia, which takes French fries, covers them in po'boy gravy, then melts pimento cheese on top of it. Not over-the-top enough for you? Then go crazy and add diced bacon for an extra $2. The housemade pimento cheese also makes appearances on the menu in the pimento cheese sandwich and The Southern hot dog and The Southern Living burger.
726 W. College Ave., Decatur. 404-464-5698, imperialdecatur.com/
The Mill Kitchen & Bar. The pimento cheese at this Roswell spot isn't meant to be dipped or spread. Instead, it's fried into fritters and served with bacon marmalade and homemade comeback sauce. Looking for something more traditional? You can also find the restaurant's pimento cheese on the Mill Burger, the Mill Omelet and the Pimento BLT.
590 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. 770-817-9345, themillkitchenandbar.com/our-menu/
Southbound. With the word "south" in the title, you know this restaurant has some clever tricks up its sleeve. Its macaroni and cheese is made with pimento cheese and topped with bread crumbs, then baked. It's also served as a started on a board with green tomato chutney and bacon jam.
5394 Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 678-580-5579, southboundatl.com
SweetWater Taproom. The newly-opened taproom at SweetWater Brewing Co. features a menu from chef Nick Anderson that includes several dishes made with beer and beer byproducts. That includes the pimento cheese, which sees Dukes mayo mixed with, peppadews, green onions and toasted spent grain. Spread it on Saltines and wash it down with one of the 30 beers on tap.
195 Ottley Drive, Atlanta. 404-691-2537, sweetwaterbrew.com.
--Krista Miller contributed to this report
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