Executive Chef Tara Mayfield's mastery of the kitchen manifests in the form of an all-American menu at TEN Atlanta, an inviting restaurant that charms diners with upscale touches and down-home comfort food. From chicken livers with madeira sauce to house-made pimento cheese sandwiches and fried pork chops with a peach mango chutney sauce, the dishes here are both familiar and fancy—just like a postman who always wears a tuxedo. The brunch menu includes eggs, pancakes, and shrimp and grits, in addition to house-made jams and sweet potato fries.
Armed with an education from Derma Clinic Academy for Estheticians, Jeff Davis uses his skincare skill-set to make complexions look their best with modern med spa techniques. From classic cleansing facials to microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, his treatments begin with a thorough skin analysis to match each face with the right regimen. Eyelash and eyebrow tinting reduce the need for messy mascaras and a controlling interest in a permanent marker factory, while waxing treatments sculpt brows and whisk away peach fuzz.
The moonshine is always flowing at P'cheen. Bartenders at this local bistro create seasonal cocktails from a selection of 10 or more moonshines, with flavors that include cherry, apple pie, and black tea. They also serve a full list of classic cocktails, such as the speakeasy old fashioned?a mix of bourbon, angostura + orange bitters?and craft beers. In the kitchen, chef Alex prepares a menu of international fusion dishes that complement the throwback libations. His specialties change with the season, since he sources many of his ingredients locally, but may include gazpacho made with local veggies, Guinness-battered fish and chips, and braised short ribs. Brunch is a favorite among regulars, with bottomless mimosas and a good mix of breakfast and lunch foods.
Nabbing the top spot in Jezebel Magazine?s Best of 2013 contest for best night club, Opera Nightclub presents old-fashioned red-curtain glamour. After cracking the dress code, VIPs can romp freely through all areas under the club?s 100-foot ceilings, including a VIP-only upstairs area with cozy private nooks. Cash in two drink tickets for a beer or a cocktail to delicately balance while finally perfecting the Super Bowl Shuffle, or take in the deck?s panoramic view of the city and its galactic ceiling. Opera?s crowd-charming DJs spin top 40 hits alongside genre-specific jams, catering to hip-hop hankerings and salsa appetites alike.
When Bill Leanos opened the first of four Olde Towne eateries in 1996, he was following a century-old family tradition—which might explain the success of his sports-themed, family-friendly bar and grills. His restaurant-industry knowhow extends to the extensive menu at each location, as each menu is packed with American-pub favorites, such as Cajun-chicken nachos, black-and-blue burgers, and jumbo-sized fried chicken wings. Specialty pizzas, plus wood-fire grilled steaks, chicken, and seafood add more variety for guests to pair with draft beers and specialty cocktails. These eats and libations can sate any guest, whether the guest comes in just for a bite, to watch a game on one of the dozens of LED TVs, or to brave open-mic night. Each of the four locations showcases an upscale sports-bar aesthetic from exposed brick, wood accents, streetlamp-flecked walls, and cushioned booths as big as Sylvester Stallone’s three weight rooms combined.
Eleventh Street Pub may be “midtown Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood pub,” and it achieves a remarkably friendly, comfortable vibe, which is especially surprising because it is in the middle of town, adjacent to a hotel. Located on the corner of 11th Street and Peachtree, large front windows, light wood paneling and a sturdy wooden bar make patrons feel like they never left their neighborhood. The bar offers traditional pub fare, including mozzarella sticks, burgers and chicken tenders, as well as almost a dozen beers on tap and many others in bottles. Thursday nights are trivia nights and provide a great opportunity to make new friends. The establishment is two floors and still allows smoking.