Marietta residents Duane and Martha Sherman took the city’s former nickname and put it on their new neighborhood restaurant. The two rehabbed a formal Italian bistro, adding windows in the dining room and nine big-screen TVs. The menu starts with quesadillas, burgers, soups, salads and sandwiches of fried green tomatoes, pulled pork and meatloaf. Dinner entrees include lemon and herb chicken, salmon pasta, Georgia trout, prime rib and beef tenderloin stuffed with Boursin cheese. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 800 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. 770-423-0713, www.gemcitybarandgrill.com. $$
A former Chicago’s has turned into a local operation dedicated to steaks and seafood. Enjoy $6.95 lunch specials that include beverages, or dinner entrees of filet mignon and pecan-crusted chicken. Sunday brunch has all the traditional favorites, from omelets to French toast. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays; 5-11 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. 990 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. 770-590-1500. $$
The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, creators of Pricci, Nava and the Atlanta Fish Market, to name a few, has added a French accent to the lineup. Bistro Niko, tucked into the Sovereign building, is designed to remind diners of a Paris train station, complete with an antique clock over the bar. The menu, in French with English translations, starts with onion soup, mussels, rabbit ravioli and a salmon croque monsieur. Main dishes include quiche, beef tenderloin, roasted chicken, boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin. Among the desserts are classic fruit tarts and profiteroles. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday-Fridays. Dinner, 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-261-6456, www.buckheadrestaurants.com. $$
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