Dinner shouldn’t be just a meal. It should be an experience. Dinner is small event of sorts that’s meant to create memories and be the center of future conversations.
Atlanta never disappoints with its copious options for wining and dining. But we know choosing just the right spot for a night out or impromptu treat can be daunting. So our editors have handpicked some of the most unique and delectable spots in town. Three favorite restaurants come to mind: Brick Store Pub, Café Circa, and YEAH! Burger.
Brick Store Pub
Let’s start right outside of Atlanta. Surrounded by the artistic vibe of downtown Decatur, the Brick Store Pub is a tavern of choice for self-proclaimed beer connoisseurs. Patrons choose between fine domestic craft beers and cold delights imported from England, Germany and Belgium. There’s no shortage of charming ambiance with large, looming antique beams, high ceilings and exposed brick walls clad with original local artwork. All norms are tossed aside as waiters are not assigned a table but rather serve everyone, leaving customers with unending attention. The Brick Store Pub offers hearty food with memorable taste – especially the burgers – making for a satisfying experience.
Cotton Candy editors simply love dining in Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods, and Café Circa perfectly balances modern décor with old neighborhood charm. You’ll find the modest hub in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, just blocks away from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Embracing its historical roots, Café Circa is housed in the old Dannerman’s Grocery built in 1903 but renovated for today’s sophisticated A-T-L crowd. Open only in the evenings, the environment lends itself to birthday parties for the grown and fabulous or dinner-for-two special occasions. Food portions are larger than normal and flavors are certainly potent and delightful. Island-inspired dishes such as Caribbean Spiced Calamari and Curry Lamb are available for something unique while classics, such as a New York Strip, can be enjoyed as well. Cigar enthusiasts are welcome, with Café Circa offering a quality selection of 100 premium cigars.
Virginia Highland is another historic Atlanta neighborhood known for plentiful food options. And the Highlands, as locals call it, is where you’ll find YEAH! Burger – one of our causal faves. Blending seamlessly into blocks of sidewalk cafés and walk-in chic boutiques, YEAH! Burger is decorated with a color scheme of bright blue and fiery orange mixed with stainless steel. Even more unique than the warm, chromatic décor, is the food. The sandwiches are made with grass-fed beef, pasture-raised bison, and naturally-raised chicken and turkey. And no need to feel guilty on the fries. They are gluten free. And they taste really, really good. Plus YEAH! Burger’s fun outdoor space catches the warm breezes of spring and fall.