Our Top Picks of Last Year

We decided to take a moment and look back at some of our favorite restaurants that we visited from last year.  Let us know what you think, what was your fave place of 2017?

Dawn’s top choices:

A night at Babette's CafeBabette’s Café – I love the longevity of this locally owned restaurant. The review visit reminded me that I need to put it on the list for regular visits. The food is consistently fantastic, the atmosphere lovely and  the service what one would expect at a place lovingly overseen by local ownership.

The Consulate – The fact that this place is hidden among the Midtown highrises, has one of the sexiest interiors around and changes the menu theme quarterly does if for me!

Marcel – I’m not sure if we reviewed this in 2017 but it is on my short list for special occasions and visitor recommendations. Ford Frye hit it out of the park. The atmosphere is perfect, the food scrumptious and the late night transition from fine dining to speak-easy pub VIBE is crazy cool.

Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall – There is something for everyone here. It’s just off the Beltline, has a bar in a vintage travel trailer in the Grove, has good food and is ALWAYS fun :-)

John - out and about enjoying Atlanta's finestJohn’s Not-to-Miss Places:

Valenza – Amazing pasta and chef inspired dishes made of local sourced ingredients. Extensive wine list and full service bar – great for special occasions as well as casual dining.

Smoke Ring – Wide variety of smoked & BBQ meats and the mac-n-cheese rocks! Friendly, accommodating staff, well stocked bar and walking distance to Mercedes Benz Stadium, Phillips arena, and all of Castleberry.

Napoleon’s – Great space and eclectic menu in this neighborhood and family friendly pub. Bonus , they expanded next door creating one of the best, new listening rooms in town with local and international talent.

Pasta Da Pulcinella – One of my go to pasta places tucked away behind the Four Seasons. Intimate and cozy inside and out. Great for a quick bite or a romantic dinner – try the Rapini!

The Porter – Excellent beer selection and relaxed pub vibe. Great apps and sandwiches. Perfect spot to drop in before hitting a show at Variety Playhouse.

Yummyness at SupericaAmanda’s Top Choices:

8Arm – And for such a long time I thought this was just a coffee place.  For shame!! My foodie friend insisted we go one evening and I realized how lucky I am to have people who do research in my life!   With fresh and seasonal, amazingly well prepared food, this is a fave now, and I’ve never had ice cream like their violet home-made.

Superica – I love to go here for lunch, honestly I’d probably just go here for the 2 dips they bring out when you sit down, but if I do really good and save room, I can also order some actual food.  My friends are die-hard fans of the chicken dish, but I usually go for one of their soups – so full of flavor (and I like to think it offsets the chips I ate earlier).  Also, great place to walk around – its in Krog St. Market, and right next to the BeltLine.

Minero – (What can I say? I love Mexican food). I love everything on the menu here but I love their chips the most.  I usually forego their dips and ask for fresh limes and mix it with the Valentina hot sauce to make my own mouth watering sauce – much the way they would be served in Guadalajara (where Valentina originates).  My go to main is the chopped salad with avocado dressing – it never disappoints!

Miller Union – this is my fancy choice.  Last year I only made it here once with a friend new to the area.  We had amazing cocktails at the bar and shared a couple of apps.  The one that has stuck with me until now was an amazing fresh and full of flavor succotash.  Neither of us started off very hungry, but we scraped that bowl clean.