The ‘best classic restaurants’ in Georgia, according to Food & Wine

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These metro Atlanta restaurants that have been open for more than 25 years

Choices of where to eat out can sometimes be overwhelming, but when it doubt: you can always stick with the classics.

In a recent roundup, Food & Wine determined the "best classic restaurants" in every state.

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"This nearly 17,000-word survey features roughly 250 different restaurants, from furthest Alaska to sunny South Florida," Food & Wine writer David Landsel says in the roundup. "It represents an attempt at examining each state's unique fingerprint on this vast, remarkably diverse thing that we call American food."

In metro Atlanta, Landsel identifies three classic gems for foodies to check out.

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For more metro Atlanta classics, check out this roundup of restaurants in the area that have been open for more than 25 years.

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The main dining room at Bacchanalia is capped at one end with a wall of glass, bathing the space in natural light. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

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The main dining room at Bacchanalia is capped at one end with a wall of glass, bathing the space in natural light. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Credit: Henri Hollis

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The main dining room at Bacchanalia is capped at one end with a wall of glass, bathing the space in natural light. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

Bacchanalia

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard NW #1, Atlanta

Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison originally opened Bacchanalia in 1993 in Buckhead. A couple years back, they relocated the beloved restaurant to a space on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard. (The eatery was also previously located at Westside Provisions).

Food & Wine calls it “an authentic celebration of good, local produce, some of it from Quatrano’s own farm.”

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Johnny Scott, a regular at The Busy Bee Cafe, orders a Ox Tails to go at the restaurnt on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. NE. The historic soul food restaurant opened in 1947. (Jenni Girtman/ Atlanta Event Photography)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Johnny Scott, a regular at The Busy Bee Cafe, orders a Ox Tails to go at the restaurnt on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. NE.  The historic soul food restaurant opened in 1947.   (Jenni Girtman/ Atlanta Event Photography)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

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Johnny Scott, a regular at The Busy Bee Cafe, orders a Ox Tails to go at the restaurnt on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. NE. The historic soul food restaurant opened in 1947. (Jenni Girtman/ Atlanta Event Photography)

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Credit: Jenni Girtman

Busy Bee Cafe

810 Martin Luther King Jr Drive SW, Atlanta

Since 1947, Busy Bee Cafe has been an Atlanta staple. The restaurant on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive serves up traditional soul food. Busy Bee was known as a gathering spot during the civil rights movement. Food & Wine praises its fried chicken as some of the best in class.

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Atlanta classic The Colonnade Restaurant on Wednesday October 10, 2012. (BECKY STEIN/special)

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Atlanta classic The Colonnade Restaurant on Wednesday October 10, 2012. (BECKY STEIN/special)

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Atlanta classic The Colonnade Restaurant on Wednesday October 10, 2012. (BECKY STEIN/special)

Credit: Becky Stein

Credit: Becky Stein

The Colonnade

1879 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta

As its signage notes, The Colonnade has been serving up classics in Atlanta since 1927.

“Fried chicken livers, or broiled if you’re watching your figure, tomato aspic, Waldorf salad, and all sorts of other things you had forgotten were even a thing still fly out of the kitchen at The Colonnade,” Landsel writes in Food & Wine.

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In addition to the Atlanta-area eateries, the list of classics also gave a nod to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah and Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Foods in Athens.