Downtown Atlanta is filled with beloved classics -- that favorite place to grab lunch, that bar with iconic views, your coffee stop every morning on the way to the office. But we've also got some new faces in the neighborhood we wanted to be sure to spotlight this month. This list isn't meant to be exhaustive, either. We welcome you to send comments and additions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the former Legal Sea Foods space in the Hilton Garden Inn, Dos Bocas is the new kid on the block in Downtown's Centennial Park District. Translating to "two mouths," the restaurant offers a creative blend of Cajun and Tex-Mex cuisine. Check out the menu here.
Big Dave's Cheesesteaks
Originating in a gas station in Dunwoody, Big Dave's has since expanded to two brick and mortar locations in Doraville and Downtown Atlanta's Healey Building (on the corner of Forsyth and Poplar Streets). Pop in for a classic cheesesteak, Philly fries, and even egg rolls and wings. Check out the menu here.
The Pantry & Provisions
Another new face in the Healey Building, The Pantry serves grab and go gourmet sandwiches and also offers a bodega-style market with chef-curated ingredients and items you can take back to your home kitchen. You'll find The Pantry nestled in the Healey's lobby, just behind Cafe Lucia if you enter the building off of Walton Street. Check out the menu here.
Located on the ground floor of Georgia-Pacific Center, Ole Reliable is a breakfast and lunch pop-up restaurant from Red Beard Restaurants and chef-owner Kevin Gillespie. This spot is perfect for coffee, soups and salads, and sumptuous toasts and open-faced sandwiches. Drool over menu items here.
Hyatt Place Atlanta/Centennial Park
A stone's throw from Georgia Aquarium, Hyatt Place on Luckie Street is Downtown's newest accommodation. The hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness center, is pet-friendly, and is surrounded by Centennial Park District attractions and restaurants -- perfect for visitors or for a staycation in the city. Learn more here.
Now Open: The Candler Hotel + By George
A 17-story high-rise that was originally built in 1906 by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Griggs Candler, the Candler Building has been transformed into a 265-room boutique hotel. On the ground floor, By George serves cuisine largely influenced by traditional French cooking, spearheaded by two-time James Beard Award winning Chef Hugh Acheson. You're sure to be dazzled when you step back in time and enter this lovingly restored property. Learn more here.