Blue Ridge Grill feels like a very expensive ski lodge that was relocated to a city that never sees snow. It’s almost entirely wood, with huge leather booths and a fireplace beneath a painting of a bunny-man in a suit drinking wine. The menu is seafood-heavy, but with plenty of meat dishes like a burger and pork chop, along with Southern-style sides, like collard greens and corn souffle, served family-style. The wine list is massive, so you can order a glass or bottle of red and pretend it’s not 90 degrees outside.
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Nakato Japanese Restaurant
Nakato manages to do hibachi without seeming too corny, even during the onion volcano - though you could get sushi or small plates here too.
Buckhead Diner looks like the classic diner, and serves elevated classics in a comfortable space.
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The Painted Duck
Head to The Painted Duck in West Midtown for duckpin bowling, shuffleboard, and some surprisingly good food.
The famous Nashville chain opened a location in Little Five Points and while the waits are still long, their hot chicken is definitely worth it.
This Southern spot in a historic former house in Decatur feels like home, without all the questions and cheek-pinching.
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South City Kitchen Buckhead
For Southern food served in an upscale space, head to South City Kitchen in Buckhead, and try to get a table on their patio overlooking Peachtree.
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