It is no secret that Atlanta is a dining epicenter of the new and delicious with dining options in in a dizzying array of cuisines and ethnicities. These recently opened Atlanta eateries are worthy of your culinary explorations:
Sip Sangria at Rosso Tapas and Bar
Meet the newest casual Mediterranean concept, Rosso Tapas & Bar. The name Rosso, which is Italian for red, was chosen by owners Andrijano Djula and Raffaele Crispino to evoke a romantic and intimate atmosphere. The restaurant features an exotic, red-colored bar that plays an integral role in the restaurant’s experience. The bar offers imaginative cocktails, handcrafted sangria, a selection of Spanish wines, sherries, and after-dinner libations. The menu features Spanish tapas in the form of signature small plates and large entrées meant for sharing. Start with an artfully composed salad, followed by meat dishes featuring filet mignon and lamb. Don’t miss the Paella with rice, seafood, red sofrito, and saffron, served as a special one day a week.
Fiesta Vibes and Margaritas at Chido & Padre’s
As the old saying goes, “When one door closes, another opens.” That is definitely true in the case of Buckhead’s Smokebelly, which has reopened to Atlantans as Chido & Padre’s Mexican Restaurant. Celebrating the fresh, coastal cuisine of Baja Mexico, the menu focuses on mesquite-grilled meats and seafood. Traditional dishes such as smoked brisket tacos, chicken mole, campechana (seafood medley), and vegetarian tamales fill the menu, as well as silky queso, zesty salsas, and super fresh guacamoles. What’s Mexican food without margaritas? Chido & Padre’s has you covered with an excellent selection of aged tequilas and tequila-based cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices.
Luxurious Dining with A Mediterranean Flair at Trade Root
Atlanta diners have anxiously been waiting for the debut of Trade Root, the new restaurant and social hub located in The Whitley. Led by Executive Chef Mark Suennemann, Trade Root’s Mediterranean-meets-Southern menu features housemade pastas, an extensive selection of cheese and charcuterie, a spectacular lemon-poached Georgia Trout, craft sodas, and curated cocktails. Enjoy brunch at the “build-your-own sparkle bar,” featuring mimosas, bellinis, and rosé wines while listening to big band classics performed by the Empire Jazz Band on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Timeless, chic, cosmopolitan-style with unmatched Southern hospitality—need we say more?
Monkey Bread French Toast at Punch Bowl Social
Take adulting to the next level at Punch Bowl Social—a new 25,000-square-foot restaurant, bar, and entertainment destination at The Battery Atlanta. Punch Bowl Social is a mecca of playtime activities, including shuffleboard, ping-pong, marbles, classic video games, bowling, virtual reality, and foosball. The restaurant serves diner-inspired dishes from culinary partner Hugh Acheson and a curated selection of craft beverages. For a morning filled with games and fulfilling eats, hit up Punch Bowl social in the AM for brunch. The signature Monkey Bread French Toast served with bacon and eggs your way is an absolute must-try.
Farm Fresh Ingredients at Public Kitchen and Bar
Fans of Savannah’s Daniel Reed’s Public Kitchen & Bar, rejoice! An Atlanta outpost of the same name has recently opened in Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza. The dining room has a sleek retro feel in soothing hues, a patio overlooking Peachtree Street, and a live wall of greenery. With homegrown vegetables and grass-fed beef from the family farm, the new Public Kitchen & Bar offers farm-to-table field green salads and larger entrées like the classic New York strip. A lengthy wine list is designed to enhance the overall dining experience. Sip on daiquiris made with Plantation pineapple overproof rum at the flashy “see-and-be-seen” bar after shopping in Atlanta’s most fashionable stores.
Authentic Thai Food and Décor at Chai Yo
The newest addition to Buckhead Plaza, Chai Yo, is the chef-driven Thai concept from Chef DeeDee Niyomkul. The modern restaurant is outfitted with wood finishes sourced from northern Thailand and art pieces hand carried from Bangkok by the chef herself. Sidle up to the sleek bar, illuminated by gold fixtures and sip on Thai-influenced craft cocktails made with fresh kaffir lime, lemongrass, ginger, mint, and spices. Shareable plates include the lobster tail wrapped with crispy egg noodles, northern Thai yellow curry, pickled mustard greens, and shallots and the Thai-style tapioca dumplings. ‘Chai yo’ means ‘celebration’ in Thai, and we are certainly celebrating the restaurant’s arrival in Buckhead.
By Denise Romeo