Mediterranean Grill’s authentic kebabs, fresh hummus, and overflowing pitas have earned it not just one but six Best Middle Eastern awards from Creative Loafing—including those for 2012, 2010, and 2009—as well as a gushing news profile by CBS Atlanta. The eatery’s chefs earned these laudations by charbroiling tender cubes of sirloin and chicken, frying falafel patties to the perfect crisp, and layering phyllo dough with a blend of spinach, feta, and ricotta for spanakopita triangles that precisely illustrate the Pythagorean theorem. Guests can sit down to eat their wraps and kebab plates at the intimate dining room’s two-person tables and booths or call ahead to place orders for pickup, delivery, or catering.
He may sometimes be busy appearing on CBS’ Better Mornings Atlanta, but Who’s Got Soul Southern Café founder and head chef Keith Kash is so serious about food, his restaurant has its own mission statement. Emphasizing attention to detail and a love of food in each dish, Keith and his café staff stand by a commitment to cooking only high-quality foods with an emphasis on family and cultural traditions. At two locations, guests can choose meals of catfish, ribs, wings, or sandwiches, many of which come with a choice of sides, such as slaw, potatoes smashed with an organic anvil, and steamed cabbage with carrots.
Natural light pours in through Mint 2 Thai-Sushi's front windows, catching the wafting aromas of roasted duck, shrimp, and salmon in Thai chili and zesty mango sauces. Diners can play tabletop shuffleboard with spicy-tuna rolls and strips of fresh-cut sashimi. The full menu holds close to 200 items and even offers handy icons to ease selection—a chili pepper indicates spicy dishes, a star indicates popular dishes, and a chef's hat indicates dishes that fit snugly beneath a chef's hat.
At Nectar, the staff finds a balance between what’s good for the earth and what’s good for the body. Organic options and raw fruits and vegetables blend into juices and smoothies, while handcrafted paninis feature deli meats, cheese, and veggies layered atop artisan bread. Staffers also provide clients with the drinkable supplies for one-, three-, or five-day juice cleanses that detoxify, brighten the skin, boost energy levels, and facilitate weight loss.
Sprig's elegant yet casual atmosphere plays host to a locally grown smorgasbord of seasonal savories, with this summer's menu showcasing the foodsmarts of Marsala master Christopher Neff. For lunch, revel in tasty treasures from the wood-fire grill, such as the grilled-chicken club with applewood bacon (a $9 value) or the bratwurst's bursting wallet of caramelized cabbage and apples (a $10 value). Or, spend your midday charitably finding a more permanent home for the oyster po boy (a $9 value), drenched in spicy rémoulade. All lunchtime sandwich plates are accompanied by creamy slaw, fries, or sweet-potato chips, and tongue-prepping appetizers like the fried pickles in beer-cheese sauce (a $4 value) and tomato-jam'd cornbread (a $3 value) are served all day long. For dinner, dig into a spicy stew of andouille sausage, shrimp, and corn on the cob (a $14 value) while a tablemate tackles a wood-fired chimichurri flat iron bolstered by a lemon-kissed arugula salad (a $21 value).