Where ATL locals eat, drink and explore

Atlanta

Atlanta is a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s a hub of higher education institutions like Emory and Georgia Tech, among others. It’s a thriving hip-hop music scene that produced the likes of Outkast. It’s also one of America’s great sports cities. Still, Atlanta is best experienced not through games or songs or schools, but through its locally owned businesses. Here are some favorites according to ATL contributors to Localeur. 

Bocado – West Midtown
“Maybe it’s the airy dining room, or maybe it’s the patio, but Bocado is one of my favorite places for cocktails and conversation with friends. Soup and salad options are just as tasty as their heavier counterparts. Speaking of heavy, you’ve gotta try their cheeseburger. Just do it. Ranking burgers in this city leads to street brawls, but I’m putting the Bocado Burger Stack in the fight. To me, it’s a heavyweight contender. If you want to disagree, I’ll meet you in the parking lot after lunch.” – as recommended by Atlanta local Larry Luk (@larryluk)

Bocado in Altanta, GA, photo courtesy of Localeur
Bocado in Atlanta, GA, photo courtesy of Localeur

Edgar’s Proof and Provision – Midtown
“I like to call Proof and Provision my little secret because you could walk past it a thousand times and never know it existed. Located in the old storage basement of the Georgian Terrace Hotel, this bar hosts some of the top mixologists in town. The Bourbon Jewel is an off-menu cocktail that I love.” – as recommended by Atlanta local Shelbi Saine (@shelbi9)

Proof & Provision in Atlanta, photo courtesy of Localeur
Proof & Provision in Atlanta, photo courtesy of Localeur

Arden’s Garden – multiple locations
“Arden’s Garden was around way before the juicing trend really arrived, making it the most popular juice bar in Atlanta. Arden’s has multiple locations around town, and almost everyone I know has done the Arden’s Garden juice detox, said to reset your metabolic clock and make you feel invincible. If you find yourself at Arden’s, start with their most popular menu item – the Grand Slam – which is an ounce of wheatgrass, plus ginger, lemon and cranberry juice. You’re going to love it.” – as recommended by Atlanta local Talaia Amoura (@wholetastes)

Arden's Garden in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur
Arden’s Garden in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur

Deepdene Park – Northeast Atlanta
“Deepdene is one of my favorite hidden parks and is by far the most radiant – and it’s home to the tallest oak tree in the city. Deepdene makes it hard to believe that you’re only a mere mile or less from mains roads when exploring it. You’ll instead feel as though you’re in the thick of never-ending woods. The babbling brook and classic structures around the park gives it an ancient, vivacious appeal, perfect for a relaxing afternoon.” – as recommended by Atlanta local Toyiah Murry (@quatoyiah)

Deepdene Park in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur
Deepdene Park in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur

Octane Coffee/Little Tart Bakeshop – Grant Park
 “Octane makes me happy in all sorts of ways. I’ll just tell you now that once you’ve had their coffee no other coffee will do. Their Grant Park location is my personal favorite, as it’s housed in a beautiful industrial space where sunlight streams through windows and steam rises from mugs like scenes straight out of Hollywood. Their espresso drinks are to die for, their baked goods are perfectly buttery (try the quiche!) and there’s always a creative buzz in the air. And if, by chance, you’re finding it hard to leave, feel free to extend your brunch, as Octane offers a dinner menu comprised of small bites and some mighty tasty cocktails.” – as recommended by Atlanta local Lindsey Appel (@lil_appel)

Octane in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur
Octane in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur

JCT Kitchen – Westside
“What’s better than truffle oil? Crispy, hand-cut fries doused in natural truffle oil and herbs and topped with grated parmesan, that’s what! Yes, JCT Kitchen’s truffle parmesan fries are a dream in a bowl, perfect with a burger – and even better on their own.” – as recommended by Atlanta local Chris Watkins (@christopherbw) 

JCT Kitchen in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur
JCT Kitchen in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur

Ria’s Bluebird – Grant Park
“Walk through Ria’s doors and enter a better world. Expect a heavy whiff of fresh brew, wood walls accented with a kickin’ color scheme and a line of people out the door. Don’t look for a hostess or ask how long your wait will be. Just sign yourself in on that list to the right and trust that yellow legal pads are still dependable tools for getting things done. Ria’s menu is an eclectic mash-up of tasty vegetarian dishes and Southern comfort food, with offerings guaranteed to woo you. When you go, try the country fried tempeh. It’s so heavenly even meat-eaters opt for it.” – as recommended by Atlanta local Josalin Saffer (@jocbenimble)

Ria's Bluebird in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur
Ria’s Bluebird in Atlanta, GA; photo courtesy of Localeur