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    Just In Time For Valentines Day: The 8 hottest restaurants in Atlanta right now

    Atlanta’s burgeoning restaurant scene has been off to a hot start as we have hit 2015!  As it can be hard to keep up with all of the new great restaurants we have all over the greater Atlanta area we put together a list from Atlanta Eater of the best places to try.  With Valentine’s Day now only a day away it is not too late to find a great place to take your loved one, so here are 8 great ideas with all of the contact info you need to get yourself a reservation for this weekend.

    1 Cooks & Soldiers

    The latest concept from Castellucci Hospitality Group recently opened in the Elan Westside apartment building. The Basque-inspired fare comes from former Iberian Pig chef de cuisine Landon Thompson.

    691 14th St NW Ste D
    Atlanta, GA 30318
    (404) 996-2623
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    2 Grain

    Some folks behind Seven Lamps and Cypress Street Pint & Plate got together to open Grain in the MidCity Lofts building. The focus is on the drinks — craft and draft cocktails, beer, and wine — but oysters, charcuterie, cheeses, and savory snacks are available at this cozy watering hole.

    856 West Peachtree Street Northwest
    Atlanta, GA 30308
    (404) 881-5377

    3 Last Word

    In the former P’Cheen space, Matt Palmerlee and Eddie Russell, previously of The Branded Butcher in Athens and Parish, respectively, are running the Last Word kitchen as co-chefs. The duo is turning out dishes such as rabbit liver mousse; Georgia shrimp with charmoula, cauliflower, and garlic; and shared plates like lamb belly shawarma.

    701 Highland Avenue Northeast
    Atlanta, GA 30312
    (404) 343-1274

    4 Made Kitchen & Cocktails

    Chris Sedgwick of Pure Taqueria has a new venture in Alpharetta. Executive chef Tim Agee is running the kitchen and cooking up an assortment of tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine.

    45 Roswell Street
    Alpharetta, GA 30009
    (770) 452-6233

    5 Oak Steakhouse

    The second location for the the Charleston-based restaurant, Oak is one of the highlights at the Avalon mixed-use development. In addition to Certified Angus Beef, executive chef Chad Anderson is serving entrees such as cornmeal-crusted grouper, swordfish steak, and pappardelle bolognese.

    Alpharetta, GA

    6 The Cockentrice

    Serving a meat-centric menu and plenty of charcuterie from The Spotted Trotter, Kevin Ouzts’ first restaurant is now open in Krog Street Market. Be sure to try the beef cheek bread pudding with crispy pig ear salad.

    99 Krog St NE Ste V
    Atlanta, GA
    (470) 428-2733

    7 The El Felix

    At this Avalon restaurant, Ford Fry is going OTP with his first Tex-Mex concept. In addition to to traditional plates, look for more ambitious main courses like braised short ribs with chipotle molasses and garlic butter-basted Maine lobster.

    1130 Avalon Blvd
    Alpharetta, GA 30009
    (678) 205-0188

    8 The Sound Table

    Drinking and house music might be your first thoughts at mention of The Sound Table, but a few popular local chefs, such as Mihoko Obunai and Hector Santiago, have been popping up recently. David Sweeney, formerly of Dynamic Dish, Restaurant Eugene, and Cakes & Ale, is serving his take on vegan fare each Wednesday.

    483 Edgewood Ave. SE
    Atlanta, GA 30312
    (404) 835-2534

    Info courtesy of: atlanta.Eater.com

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