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What makes Atlanta’s dining scene special is its variety. Atlanta boasts everything from upscale gourmet cuisine to progressive variations of Southern staples and local, chef-driven restaurants. Atlanta restaurants are relaxed and welcome diners with open arms. Even the city’s most high-end restaurants dish out a down-home feel, while Atlanta’s food markets have a history of launching careers of local restaurateurs.
- In the past five years, Atlanta chefs garnered 49 semifinalist nominations for James Beard Awards.
- James Beard Award semifinalists for 2020 include Lazy Betty for Best New Restaurant; Chris Wilkins for Outstanding Baker; Kimball House for Outstanding Bar Program; Claudia Martinez for Outstanding Pastry Chef; Miller Union for Outstanding Wine Program; Maricela Vega for Rising Star Chef of the Year; Bryan Furman and Leonard Lewis for Best Chef: Southeast.
- Esquire named Krog Street Market’s Ticonderoga Club on its 2018 Best Bars in America list
- Staplehouse and Miller Union made The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America 2019 list, while OpenTable’s Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2018 included Blue Ridge Grill, Umi Sushi, Atlas Restaurant, Bone’s Restaurant, O-Ku – Atlanta and Two Urban Licks.
- WalletHub included Atlanta on its 2019 Best Foodie Cities list, scoring high for the diversity, accessibility and quality of the city’s dining scene.
- Atlanta hosts more than 20 food festivals annually including Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp, Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival and Atlanta Street Food Festival.
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