Atlanta Pizza & Gyro brings people together, just like the melted whole-milk cheese on their pies fuses together more than 20 toppings. Diners share conversation and laughs over pizzas such as the Special: hamburger, sausage, pepperoni, veggies, and feta cheese. The restaurant adds a few elements to this social experience. TVs beam sports down into the dining room, which also hosts trivia nights and surrounds guests in free WiFi, allowing cyborgs to ask for salt telepathically.
Since their first days in 1983, Atlanta Pizza & Gyro has ventured beyond the menu items listed in their name. While they still specialize in gyros and pizza, cooks also create Italian beef sandwiches, bake lasagna from scratch, pile plates high with spaghetti lunch specials, and produce nightly dinner specials. The restaurant's Facebook page even keeps loyal diners up to date on the latest offerings.
Serving American favorites and Old World classics in a comfortable, chalet-style restaurant, Seven Gables crafts a refined menu of palate-pleasing seafood, pasta, poultry, and steak dishes. Harmonize both land and sea with a filet mignon and lobster tail duet (market price), or plunge face first into the savory chicken wellington stuffed with tasso Louisiana ham, risotto, and asiago before being swaddled in a flaky pastry ($14.95). Meat masticators can enjoy their lamb romarin roasted with a rub of fresh-roasted garlic and in-house garden rosemary ($22.95).
Named for the historical hacienda in Mexico once owned by Don Miguel Hidalgo—the father of Mexican independence—and known for its artisanal tequila, Corralejo Mexican Flair proffers south-of-the-border eats and tequila-based libations. Chefs in the kitchens of all three locations whip up traditional dishes, hand-mashing fresh avocados for batches of rich guacamole and flash-frying sun-dried-tomato tortillas to serve as a base for chimichangas. Having perfected the science of mixology during rigorous training sessions, Corralejo’s expert bartenders sling tequila-based beverages down the bar along trajectories they've carefully diagrammed on cocktail napkins.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001. Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
Natives of Hawaii and California, Howard and Anita Hsu brought more than a love of surfing with them when they moved across the country. They also transported the west coast's blend of beach culture, healthy eating, and seafood-infused Mexican fare. At the locally owned and operated Gezzo's Surf & Grille, the brother-sister team oversees a staff committed to fresh in-house ingredients free of preservatives that crafts everything from salsa to tacos filled with seasoned tilapia, tofu, grilled steak, and chicken. The restaurant also recently launched a mobile food truck to serve its fare throughout Atlanta?another parallel to Hawaiian restaurants that send surfers out to deliver fish tacos to sharks off-shore.
The chefs at Toribio's Mexican Grill & Bar specialize in traditional Mexican entrees. But the restaurant isn't just a place for dinner; it's also a nightlife hotspot. Guests can sip on 14 flavors of margaritas before trying their voice at weekly karaoke. The staff adds to the merriment by hosting giant costume parties for major holidays. But they also keep normal weekends fun by serving up buckets of beer, shots of tequila, and snapping shut every guest's biochemistry textbook upon arrival.