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25 Things We Love About Atlanta This Summer

(in no particular order)

30 Things We Love

1-Chef-driven seafood at Reel Seafood
Chef David Silverman is a distinguished veteran with 30-plus years in the culinary arts. He’s learned nearly every aspect of the restaurant business, from dishwashing at 14 to working his way up to an executive chef position at Prime. When it came to opening up his own business, Reel Seafood, he chose to settle in his own neighborhood so that he could bring the fresh fare of the ocean to Woodstock. With its seafood menu featuring savory Crab Cakes, Pan-Seared Scallops, and fresh Oysters on the half shell, this casual yet high-quality dining experience is one to be enjoyed by all. reel-seafood.com

2-A taste of France at Anis Bistro
Craving classic French fare? Then discover the taste of Provence at Anis Bistro. Reminiscent of a casual French restaurant, this converted cottage is the perfect spot for a quick cup of coffee with friends, or a romantic night out. Chef Arnaud Michel works with local vendors to secure the freshest ingredients, and even procures wine and cheese from the south of France. Order a glass of vino, sit under the string-lit patio, and enjoy your mini “French” vacation. anisbistro.com

Anis Bistro

Anis Bistro

3-Short Ribs at Bite Bistro Bar
Bite Bistro Bar is a culinary gem that serves up creative cuisine for lunch and dinner. They serve an eclectic New American menu with accents of Latin American and Asian cuisines. Their signature dish? Perhaps what you’d least expect: Short Rib Torchetti that melts in your mouth, paired with cipollini onions, wild mushrooms, and a Marsala demi. Bite is an ingredient-driven and farm-to-table experience that offers the best of gourmet in Alpharetta, so while the Short Rib sensation is a wow-er, it’s no surprise it’s über fresh. biteatl.com

4-Backyard oasis In Midtown at Henry’s Midtown Tavern
Named for the owner’s dog, Henry’s Midtown Tavern is the perfect summer spot for humans and canines alike. Although the large interior boasts two separate bars, the patio is where you need to be this summer. The spacious double-decker is a great spot to relax and discover a menu of massive burgers, patty melts, and decadent ice cream pies. Oh, and you can even enjoy a cocktail with your canine counterpart. So bring your own “Henry” and enjoy the sunshine. henrysatl.com

5-Finding our Zen at Bangkok Station
Although Bangkok Station is named after the busiest transportation hub in Thailand, the vibe of this Buckhead restaurant is anything but. The tranquil interior—outfitted with handcrafted furniture and light fixtures straight from Thailand—is just as breathtaking as its outside patio, housing 150 seats surrounded by fresh flowers. After you experience the flavors of authentic Thai cuisine, partake in a little cocktail action with the Queen of Siam—a prime sipping choice on the patio—made with Square One basil vodka, Pür Williams Pear Likör, St-Germain, Gewürztraminer, lychee, and lime juice topped with a mint sprig. bangkokstationatlanta.com

Atlantis

Atlantis

6-Mediterranean oasis at Atlantis
Summer is the best time to soak in the Mediterranean sun. If you can’t afford a trip across the pond, you can indulge in the next best thing: a glass of vino on the gorgeous outside patio at Atlantis Mediterranean Bar during happy hour. If you get hungry, you can always enjoy a delicious Old World meal, followed by some hookah. At Atlantis, the luscious blue skies and gentle sun are not far from The Mediterranean coast. Couple that with traditional cuisine for lunch and dinner—not to mention a great Sunday brunch—and this Atlanta standby becomes a culinary journey that ignites your senses. atlantisrestaurantatl.com

7-Campfire eats at The Mill Kitchen and Bar
The Mill Kitchen and Bar believes that a good meal is not about the food and drink we consume, but rather the emotional experience connecting us to it. And nothing is more memorable than sitting around a fire, noshing on delicious eats. For the upcoming summer months, seat yourself on the sizeable patio at The Mill and enjoy a selection of Southern-style eats in the A.M., complete with bottomless mimosas. And when the cool nights roll in, gather around the fireplace and warm up with a cocktail in hand. themillkitchenandbar.com

The Mill Kitchen & Bar

The Mill Kitchen & Bar

8-Smokin’ Smoked Chicken Cobb Salad at Smokejack BBQ
True Southerner or not, most of us have a taste for traditional barbecue. But, with summer approaching, how do you make smoky, messy cue beach ready? Head to Smokejack BBQ for a little something for everyone. Eat fresh without skimping on flavor and order the Smoked Chicken Cobb Salad, made with romaine, bacon, avocado, cheddar cheese, egg, and tomato, topped with ranch dressing. Ribs and more also make for a great on-the-sand picnic—and you don’t have to pack at all. Here’s to ‘cue on the beach! smokebellybbq.com

9-Smooth sounds at Scales 925
Scales 925 features a medley of Southern eats and sounds, right in the heart of Atlanta. As you peruse the variety of favorites, such as Chef’s Beef Short Ribs and the South Georgia Catfish, groove to R&B jive from local talent. Vintage jazz dinners and sultry soul brunches—paired with an extensive cocktail program—make for extraordinary experiences, too. Scales925.com

10-Flying high at Downwind Restaurant
Marvel at the magic of flight at Atlanta’s best kept secret in town, Downwind Restaurant. Overlooking the airport runway on the open deck patio, guests can watch an array of helicopters, airplanes, and business jets take to the skies. While you’re satisfying your inner aerophile, feed your hunger with a variety of eats from burgers to Greek cuisine. downwindrestaurant.com

Wondering what else made our list? Pick up a copy of DiningOut Atlanta at Barnes & Noble, newsstands, event centers, hotels, and restaurants throughout greater Atlanta.