2021 is almost over, and what a year its been for Atlanta’s culinary scene!
Atlanta has recently seen some stellar additions join our ever-growing number of must-visit bars and restaurants. This year, we’ve seen the food hall craze take over the city, along with so many promising eateries that make Atlanta such an exciting place for foodies. Here’s some of our favorite new restaurants that opened throughout 2021 in the ATL:
1. Lucian Books & Wine
This exciting new concept combines the world of fine wine with literature, all while serving up perfectly curated dishes to compliment the extensive wine list on offer. Owners Katie Barringer, founder of Cover Books, and Jordan Smelt, formerly of Cakes & Ale, have brought this unique bar and restaurant that’s become a beloved part of Peachtree Road.
Lucian Books & Wine wine list changes every month, boasting an incredible selection of top notch wines from around the world. Although people may come for the wine, you’ll definitely stay and return for the food. And who knows? Maybe you’ll leave with a new read for 2022, too!
Where: 3005 Peachtree Rd. 30305
2. Politan Row
If you haven’t visited Colony Square’s food hall that opened earlier this year, then make sure all you ATL foodies make it your priority for the new year! This luxury-driven food hall offers an unbeatable selection of vendors that has taken food hall dining to the next level. Stunning interiors, a wide-variety of cuisines, and even a secret speakeasy cocktail lounge that’s bringing some much needed disco to Colony Square.
Make sure you check out our guide to Politan Row, an in-depth look at all the vendors on site. Including our favorite dishes and bites to eat at one of our favorite culinary additions to Atlanta this 2021.
Where: Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St, 30361
3. Reverence at Epicurean Atlanta
Scottish-born chef Ewart Wardhaugh has debuted this sensational eatery in the perfect location. Nestled in Midtown’s new Epicurean hotel, the Epicurean Atlanta is a food-focused hotel that features the street level signature chef-driven restaurant, with chic interiors and a refined menu. Also on offer is the ninth floor Sky Plaza café and bar to complement the spectacular view of Atlanta’s architectural giants.
Where: 1117 W Peachtree St, 30309
4. Hippin’ Hops
There’s a lot of love for the new Hippin’ Hops Brewery, which opened in East Atlanta Village at the end of March. The expanding brewery is the perfect spot for a couple of pints, some incredible seafood, and a whole lot of fun. Hippin Hops has indoor and outdoor seating available. The outdoor area features a beer garden where you can play fun games such as Cornhole, Beer Pong, and Jenga!
Two more locations are coming to the ATL very soon, one in Stone Mountain and the other in East Lake. Although Hippin’ Hops is not the first Black-owned craft beer brand in Georgia, it is believed to be the first Black-owned brewery operating out of its own space. So make sure you check it out in the new year if you’re not a fan already!
Where: 1308 Glenwood Ave, 30316
5. Chattahoochee The Works
There’s an obvious food hall craze happening right now in Atlanta. The Works is Westside’s newest concept bringing unmissable entertainment throughout the year.
Their food hall is an incredible place to sample the flavors of the world, with 31-vendor, and a 25,000 square-foot space, Chattahoochee The Works is featured at the center of the new multi-use complex. It has restaurant stalls, creative chef concepts, and the region’s top culinary talent! There’s a brand new rooftop bar opening in the new year, offering the perfect excuse to check it out.
Where: 1295 Chattahoochee Ave, 30318
6. Slutty Vegan & Bar Vegan
Slutty Vegan has been around for a couple of years, ever since founder Pinky Cole started selling her signature burgers fresh to order via Instagram in July of 2018. Looking back, it’s mind-blowing how fast this ATL chain has expanded across the city, although it’s not much of a surprise for those who’ve tried the delicious offerings on offer.
Pinky even opened up a bar in Ponce City Market earlier this year, bringing cocktail theatrics and even more unbeatable vegan bites to the ATL. Including the unexpected collaboration with an ATL cheesesteak connoisseur.