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9 James Beard Restaurants You’ll Want To Try in Atlanta

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9 James Beard Restaurants You’ll Want To Try in Atlanta

There are many amazing things to do in Atlanta: Visit the World of Coca-Cola, see an Atlanta Braves game, and—of course—try out the delicious restaurants. But where do you even begin? When you’re just visiting Atlanta, the last thing you want to do is leave a restaurant disappointed.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 James Beard restaurants—as well as 4 honorable mentions—for you to try the next time you’re in Atlanta (or even if you live there).

The Busy Bee Café

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This unassuming restaurant in Atlanta, may be small but it serves some award – winning food!. If you’re in the area, be sure to try their “famous” fried chicken. You’ll be glad you did!

Miller Union


A restaurant that serves seasonal, farm-fresh food? Count us in! With an extensive list of wine and food to choose from, we’re sure you’ll want to visit this spot again and again.


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If you’re looking for upscale cuisine, look no further. While they are upgrading their menu, Joel Atlanta is known for its French cuisine with a Mediterranean-inspired twist.



This chic restaurant offers a four course menu and a vibe like no other. If you’re on the hunt for fine dining, unforgettable cuisine, and a modern ambience, be sure to make a reservation at this spot!

The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton

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We are absolutely not surprised this made the list. With a name like the Ritz-Carlton, you know you’re going to get not only delicious food, but an experience that will make you a fan of this hotel collection.


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This restaurant grew in popularity for good reason. Not only do they offer an experience that makes you feel as if you’re dining at a top tier spot, but it also feels surprisingly homey. Add this popular restaurant to your list.


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This isn’t your traditional dim-sum restaurant. While they are known for their creative menu of Asian cuisine, you’re going to find a more eclectic vibe at this well-known eatery.

Ticonderoga Club

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Seafood, sandwiches, and inventive cocktails are what give this spot its popularity. While it may have not won the top award, it was definitely nominated for a good reason. We recommend stopping here the next time you’re in Atlanta.

Heirloom Market BBQ


Last but not least, who doesn’t love a good barbecue spot? Especially when it has a creative Asian twist to it. Locals and visitors are like flock to this popular eatery and we’re certain you will too.

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