There’s nothing political about a steak, even if it comes from a steakhouse run by the children of DeKalb County’s former tax commissioner and county commissioner. John-Thomas and Christopher Scott, owners of Parker’s on Ponce, envisioned their space as a cozy meeting place for everyone in the neighborhood. Mullioned windows surround their dining room, where servers deliver the restaurant’s signature dish, the 16-ounce kansas city strip, amid two stone-faced fireplaces and twinkling tabletop candles. So perfectly prepared is this steak—along with the 16-ounce rib eye, 10-ounce filet, and a 32-ounce porterhouse—that the eatery garnered a Diner’s Choice nod for best steaks on OpenTable.com. Southern-style classics receive upscale twists as evidenced by the Carolina trout, which comes adorned with a citrus beurre blanc and white-cheddar grits, as well as bone-in pork chops and salmon served with a salsa of pomegranate and barbecued mango. To accompany the rich fare, the Scotts and their staff have curated a lengthy wine selection, which ranges from Italian pinot grigio to a merlot squeezed from moon rocks. They are skilled in recommending craft and large-format beers from around the globe or one of 12 signature cocktails created with top-shelf liquors.
Warm, natural wood covers the floors and half-paneled walls at Napoleon’s Grill, where an exposed ceiling showcases decorative flourishes such as wagon wheels, wooden barrels, and dangling lantern lights. These embellishments, along with an expansive beer selection and Zagat-rated menu (very good to excellent), helped earn the eatery a Readers’ Choice award as the best pub in 2012 from Patch.com. High-top tables and sleek booths populate with platefuls of buttermilk-fried chicken, spicy crab cakes, and panko-crusted-eggplant sandwiches, as well as homemade accouterments such as soups and sauces. The chefs also smoke their own wings, slow roast their own pulled pork, and hand form their own burger patties into perfect circles or slightly off-kilter dodecahedrons.
This lovingly crafted comfort food pairs with the pub's laid-back atmosphere, which extends to friendly trivia tournaments and live acoustic-music sets throughout the week. The restaurant also strives to help the community by donating a portion its proceeds to local charities and schools.
In Farsi, colbeh means “cabin,” a word that encapsulates the inspiration for Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar’s rustic atmosphere and homestyle cuisine. Owner Syrus Rahimi and his two sons drew on traditional Iranian recipes and inspired flavor combinations to design a menu rich in seasoned kabobs, saffron basmati rice, and slow-cooked sirloin stews with sweet and savory sauces. Their hearty meals are joined by a hefty list of craft beers and specialty cocktails composed of inventive elements such as saffron-infused gin and vodka, cardamom syrup, and rose water. Inside, the restaurant is “sexy as all get out,” according to Eater Atlanta. A deep mahogany bar stretches nearly the length of the eatery as it races an exposed-brick wall to reach the back lounge. In the rear, dim lights, planked walls, and ship-like windows provide a soft ambiance that evokes the feel of a faraway cabin. Inside this rustic space, diners groove to live jazz every Thursday and feast their eyes on occasional appearances by belly dancers.
Carpe Diem relaxes diners in a tranquil, stylish lounge, serving upscale, elegant cuisine from Morocco to several Eurasian nations that don't yet exist. Monday through Friday, visitors can delve into tapas, such as lobster crostini, topped with caramelized onions, tomatoes, spinach, and a flavor-enhancing vodka butter sauce ($6). Those who like to dress their sandwiches up in a beret will adore the French-originating croque monsieur sandwich, which stimulates the olfactory nerves with its shaved pork loin and melty Gruyere cheese ($9). Wine-imbibers can revel in Carpe Diem's enormous collection of whites and reds, such as Washington Hills' Gewürztraminer ($6.50), while specialty drinkers can experiment with Carpe Diem's Carolina tea ($7), a sweet tea and vodka creation served on the rocks.
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.
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.