Get a Table or Takeout at Atlanta’s Restaurants this Spring
Local restaurateurs and brewery owners have been creative in coming up with new ways to keep guests safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From takeout options to family meals and expanded outdoor dining, the following are just a few of the ways Atlanta’s restaurants and breweries are working to keep guests safe and happy.
Bold Monk Brewing Co.
Inspired by Belgium’s monasteries, Bold Monk Brewing Co. offers a taste of Europe without travel restrictions. The Westside brewpub welcomes guests to its reconfigured indoor and outdoor dining spaces including a 4,000-square-foot European-style beer garden with expanded covered breezeway seating. Take advantage of new to-go options such as pizza, roast chicken and a six pack of Bold Monk Belgian brews. This spring, Bold Monk is featuring live music in the beer garden and comedy shows with Hand Up Stand Up.
Travel to Paris without leaving Buckhead and savor modern French fare for lunch, brunch and dinner. The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group eatery features a spacious heated patio overlooking Peachtree Road and a menu of classics such as French onion soup, oysters on the half shell, charcuterie, steak au poivre and loup de mer. To ensure guests can enjoy their Bistro Niko favorites wherever they feel most comfortable, the restaurant has implemented online ordering, curbside pickup and delivery.
Chef and restaurateur Ford Fry’s Tex-Mex restaurant with four locations serves sizzling fajitas, street-style tacos, enchiladas, steak and seafood plates, and refreshing margaritas. Those enjoying Atlanta’s amazing spring weather on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail can refuel at the eatery’s Krog Street Market location that offers an expansive outdoor patio. Superica has introduced family meal options and online ordering and delivery through DoorDash.
South City Kitchen Buckhead
South City Kitchen offers sophisticated Southern cuisine such as fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and red coulis and Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken with collard greens and mashed red bliss potatoes. In response to COVID-19, South City Kitchen modified its outdoor patio to accommodate social distancing and weather changes with built-in heaters and a firepit with comfortable lounge chair seating. The restaurant also implemented takeout service and changed menus slightly to be more takeout friendly, went cash-free and began offering takeout specials. Diners also can visit locations in Midtown, Vinings and Avalon.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
For Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the restaurant — including its downtown Atlanta location at Centennial Olympic Park — invested in a user-friendly online ordering platform, expanded its carry-out and delivery options and introduced family-style meals for the holidays. Now guests have the option of enjoying signature dishes such as the wedge salad, filet, Chilean sea bass, sizzling crab cakes and lobster mac & cheese in Ruth’s Chris’ spacious dining room or from the comforts of home.
Ted’s Montana Grill
Co-founded by Atlanta media mogul Ted Turner and restaurateur George McKerrow, Ted’s Montana Grill Downtown is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal in the eatery’s welcoming dining room or to grab takeout. During COVID-19, Ted’s introduced convenient family meals that feed four with mains such as bison short ribs, bison meatloaf and cedar plank salmon. Additionally, Ted’s Butcher Shoppe provides premium cuts of bison and certified angus beef that are cut by hand and delivered directly to customers’ doors.
Named one of the top beer gardens in the country, Der Biergarten spreads across 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, offering plenty of room for social distancing. Menu items include traditional German beers and dishes such as riesebretzel (giant warm pretzel with mustard), Jägerschnitzel (lightly breaded pork with a mushroom, bacon and onion sauce) and bratwurst on a bun with sauerkraut and potato salad.
Explore European-inspired flavors and dishes in a contemporary setting at Ecco. Menu highlights include fried goat cheese drizzled with honey, cured salmon flatbread and pappardelle pasta with braised pork along with an impeccable wine list. To better serve guests, Ecco implemented takeout service, went cash-free and began offering takeout specials. Guests can now enjoy Ecco’s welcoming patio that has been enhanced to accommodate social distancing and includes a built-in fireplace and heaters. Ecco also has locations in Midtown and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Whether catching all the action from a favorite team on one of STATS’ 70 televisions or just catching up with friends, STATS offers a menu of elevated bar food, home-brewed beers from its onsite brewery and personal beer taps on select tables. A spacious, partially covered rooftop patio overlooking the Centennial Olympic Park District provides plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
The Atlanta brewery, with locations at West End and Avondale Estates, lives up to its “Serve Your Neighbor” motto by offering a menu of snacks and tacos with better to-go food packaging at its West End location; major patio upgrades at both locations including large firepits, improved outdoor lighting, umbrellas and easy outdoor bar services.
Monday Night Brewing
The Garage, Monday Night’s barrel-aging and souring brewery on the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail in historic West End, features a tap room with beer selections in a large, eclectic space. To ensure guest safety, Monday Night has created socially distanced seating both indoors and outside and introduced QR code menus. This spring, Tears Of My Enemies, a Scotch barrel-aged brew, returns with three unique variants.
Hop City Craft Beer and Wine West End and Boxcar at Hop City are part of an expansive open-container district in the Lee+ White development devoted to the art of fermentation along Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Boxcar offers a menu with 28 rotating taps of beer along with curated wines and handcrafted cocktails, with takeout and delivery options. Downstairs, Hop City Craft Beer and Wine showcases one of the city’s most eclectic selections of canned and bottled beers and has 48 taps, a wine shop and online ordering with curbside pick-up.
It’s an ATM pizza, but don’t worry about the quality. This pizza comes from Giovani Di Palma, creator of local favorites Antico Pizza Napoletana and Gio’s Chicken Italiano & Maccheroni. The ancient Roman-style pizza, served through the trademark AutoPIZZA, has a crust that takes three days to make and is served along with Roman-style sandwiches. The automated system features a kiosk where guests order and pay for their meal, then wait for their food to arrive through a slot. Try the Siciliano, Spicy Lobster or Napoletano with San Marzano tomatoes and basil in the outdoor-only seating area, near Georgia Tech’s campus.
Chef Zeb Stevenson and Ross Jones opened Redbird in West Midtown in 2019, turning local ingredients into what they call free-spirited cuisine. During the pandemic, Chef Z created Redbird’s Birdy Biscuits, sold at Redbird’s kitchen window each Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., or until sold out. Biscuit sandwich flavors vary but include a fried chicken biscuit with cheddar and sweet chili sauce and the BEC with bacon, fried egg and American cheese.
Buon Fornello Café & Bottega
This small Italian neighborhood café in Sandy Springs serves fresh pastas, paninis and classic Italian dishes. When the pandemic hit, the Lazzano family started serving wood fired pizzas out of their portable oven at pop-up events. The pizza became so wildly popular that the family has rebranded the pizza oven as Kalura Pizza and invested in a larger and better equipped pop-up. Guests can now book their own pizza extravaganza featuring hand thrown pizzas by maestro pizzaiolo Giacomo Lazzano. In the meantime, visit Buon Fornello for takeout, dine-in, patio dining and even a little retail shopping.
Grilled skirt steak and spicy Korean queso from a takeout window? Why not? The restaurant Whiskey Bird in Morningside introduced Little Bird early in the pandemic, a sister companion to offer chef-driven meals to-go that did not sacrifice flavors or quality. Now, Little Bird is here to stay with themed takeout offerings such as Taco Tuesdays, Friday Date Nights and Sunday Suppers.
This innovative restaurant launched new offerings amid COVID-19 including a first-ever takeout menu and a more affordable four-course menu. Lazy Betty also partnered with Atlanta-based global biopharma company UCB to deliver 1,000 meals to healthcare workers at Grady Memorial Hospital throughout May 2020. On April 21, 2021 they will host a Frontline Workers Appreciation Dinner, where local hospital workers can receive a free meal from the restaurant.
If you find yourself in the Old Fourth Ward, head to Glide in Irwin Street Market for a 20-inch pies made from fresh ingredients and what they call an “old-school technique.” Glide’s walk-up pizza window allows guests minimal contact to try crispy pizzas with house made fresh mozzarella, sauce made daily and a half-sourdough crust that ferments for 48 hours.
Wood’s Chapel BBQ
Stop in for wood fired barbecue from the same team that created The General Muir. Chef Todd Ginsberg helms the Wood’s Chapel BBQ kitchen serving brisket, ribs, pulled pork and sides in this Summerhill location. A to-go window was created to serve takeout orders and the fun, open patio is perfect for trying out smoked wings, brisket tacos or tangy beet and jalapeno slaw.
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
The Eastside Atlanta BeltLine favorite will soon move to a counter service-only model. Ladybird Grove is currently installing a 24-foot counter to better serve guests and a very slight menu shift will focus more on smoked meats like pulled pork ribs and brisket served as sandwiches and platters for brunch and lunch. That expansive patio overlooking the BeltLine will stay, though, giving guests plenty of room to spread out.
Little Bear Atlanta
Little Bear had barely opened in its Summerhill location when the pandemic hit and the kitchen team quickly pivoted to takeout with its themed menus and family meal options, plus their Booze Pack, featuring a dealer’s choice selection of one cocktail, one glass of red wine, one glass of white, a handshake of pecan amaretto (selections change). Be sure to order Cub Club dog biscuits, ensuring that even your furry friends won’t be left out. Fernando, the Great Pyrenees for whom the restaurant was named, will approve.
The Queso Shop
This new kitchen and takeout window from the creators of Yumbii and The Queso Truck offers online ordering, delivery and walk-up service at The Queso Shop in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood. Tex-Mex favorites are served daily including queso, tacos, quesadillas, salsas, sides, rotisserie chicken, handmade churros and more.
Mow’s Chinese Kitchen
Mow’s Chinese Kitchen is a new pop-up and ghost kitchen operating out of Lapeer Seafood Market in Alpharetta. The menu, inspired by Owner Louis Soon’s Chinese heritage, reflects childhood dishes such as handmade dumplings and noodles made from scratch and incorporated into dishes like gyoza and wonton soup. Guests can pull up to a reserved parking space in Alpharetta City Center for pickup. Delivery is available via UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash and Postmates.
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