48 Hours in Atlanta, Georgia: A Foodie’s Guide to the ATL

Planning a trip to the ATL?  Here are 4 must-try restaurants in the city that will leave your tummy oh so satisfied.  Whether you’re craving pizza, cake or Asian eats, we got you covered so prepare to drool all over yourself while reading our recommendations.  You’re welcome in advance.

1.  Nina & Rafi

Words can’t even begin to express the magic that is Nina & Rafi.  If you’re in the mood for pizza, head to the beltline stat because their food’s everything you never knew you needed.  They have several styles available, but they’re known for their thick, Detroit style crusts.  Start your meal off with an order of their meatballs or grilled artichokes.  The former comes with two jumbo sized pieces, and you have the option of adding house-made mozzarella or ricotta on top.  The latter’s grilled and drizzled with EVOO and lemon and served with a generous helping of bread.

Don’t fill up on carbs though because you need to save room for pizza.  You can’t go wrong with any of their pies, but the Margherita in Detroit may be the next best thing since sliced bread.  Think thick yet airy with crispy edges, topped with marinara, garlic, pecorino, EVOO, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves.  You’d think it’d be ridiculously rich, but it’s surprisingly light.  Prefer something thinner?  Try the prosciutto di parm.  It’s an square thin crust pizza with calabrian chili pesto, prosciutto, and shaved parm.

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2.  White Bull

Led by Chef Pat Pascarella, White Bull is yet another home run in the ATL.  Everything about this restaurant is a do in our book.  The service is impeccable, the ambiance is second to none, and the food is world class.  They source their produce locally so their menu changes often, but chef and his team can do no wrong so we’re confident you’ll be more than satisfied with whatever you get.

Kick dinner off with an order of their bread.  It comes out piping hot and is accompanied by housemade yuzu miso butter.  If you’re really lucky, they’ll have spoonbread on the menu.  Think of it as a cornbread soufflé of sorts, inspired by a culinary mentor of his that recently passed.  This was, hands down, one of the best dishes we’ve ever had so definitely try it if you have the opportunity to do so.

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As for entrees, standout dishes are as follows: rigatoni with short rib ragu, soubise, pecorino and mustard seed, and chicken with lemon and garlic served with a side of creamy polenta and broccolini.  We recommend getting various plates and enjoying everything family style.  Note, home-made pasta flights are available for $45, but if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, make a reservation for chef’s five-course tasting menu.  At $75, it’s an incredible value, and the experience is well worth the money.  Add wine pairings for an additional $55 or enjoy a sublime craft cocktail with your meal.

3.  Lifting Noodles

Cold weather means ramen weather, but let’s be real, all weather is ramen weather.  Located inside a small Asian food court in East Atlanta called We Suki Suki, Lifting Noodles has several pre-made combinations that’ll give you all the feels.  Popular options include their spicy tan tan and angry zuko ramen, but their chicKEN ramen is also delicious.

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The pricing’s affordable ($11-13), portions are huge, and they’re heavy handed with toppings so you’re getting mad bang for your buck.  You can also build your own bowl so feel free to get your customization on if nothing jumps out at you.  The food hall’s usually jam-packed, and the space is tiny so you’ll most likely dine with new friends.    Bon appétit!

4.  Intermezzo

With over 70 pastries on site, Intermezzo is basically dessert heaven on earth.  This elegant European-style cafe is perfect for date night or a fun night out with friends.  The ambiance is warm yet sexy, and you’ll have an intoxicating experience…possibly from a sugar high.  Their tres leches cake could stop wars, and we hear amazing things about their crème brûlée cheesecake as well.

Alright Nomsters, that’s it for our latest travel post.  We hope you enjoyed reading all about our favorite restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia.  If you missed our last post on Braselton, make sure you take a look-see and stay tuned for fresh new content coming your way.  Until next time, friends!

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