Since 1977, Partners II Pizza has been stifling rumbling stomachs with a pizza-centric menu consisting of gourmet pies, calzones, specialty sandwiches, pastas, and more. Gastrogeometrists can quell cravings for circular foods with a veggie pizza ($15.65 for 12")––a doughy tray baked while holding sauce, mushrooms, onions, red and green peppers, black and green olives, and extra cheese––or relish the zest of a potato specialty pizza ($9.90 for small), which is pizza-shaped dough topped with sour cream and layered with potatoes, green onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese. With an expansive menu and lack of fire-breathing waiters, Partners II Pizza is the perfect place for a pie-sharing first date or for people with meltable eyebrows.
Third-generation baker Lorre Jacobs Daniel proved that she inherited the family's penchant for sweets when she won The Food Network's Cupcake Wars while representing the state of Georgia. After 20 years of baking in various shops around the U.S., she opened Southern Cosmopolitan Baking Company in Atlanta, where she crafts homemade goodies that pay homage to her mother's Chicago roots and her father's French-Quarter heritage.
Naturally, cupcakes are Daniel's specialty. Mainstays include red velvet, chocolate overload, citrus apricot, and coke classic, but the shop rotates weekly flavors too, such as bananas foster, strawberry lemonade, and campfire s'mores. The bakery's repertoire also includes cookies, cakes, and southern-style specialty sweets including caramel cinnamon rolls, peach cobbler, and bolo ties made of fondant. On another sweet note, Daniel also gives back to the local community by providing sponsorship to start-up bakeries and running an internship program with Fulton County Schools.
Restaurants are sometimes criticized for trying to do too many things at once, but Nak's Country Kitchen seems to strike the perfect balance. In addition to being a Southern family restaurant, it's also a sports bar. A cafeteria-style buffet lets diners choose their own portions of comfort-food specialties that include country-fried steak, barbecue chicken, and smothered pork chops, along with accompanying sides such as mac 'n' cheese and collard greens. Meanwhile, in the sports bar, guests can tuck into wings and burgers while catching games on flat-screen TVs. To amp up the excitement, Nak's also hosts events such as bingo on Monday nights and a live DJ on Friday nights.
The word "RuChDa" cobbles together letters of each of the founders' three children, and is just one of 25 things they've whipped up from scratch. The other 24? Wing sauces that the team spent months perfecting. Flavors range from conventional staples like hot barbecue and original hot to award-winning inventions such as honey garlic pepper and honey cajun. Those sauces can also be tossed with bite-sized pieces of boneless chicken breast or crispy chicken tenders, or ladled onto a slice of wedding cake. To wash it all down, RuChDa has also created its own line of signature drinks known as Rev-jitos and Rev-ladas, which come in many flavors and taste a lot like mojitos and coladas, minus the alcohol.
The Ohio Hog Company slow cooks meaty morsels over wood-fueled flames, which locks smoky, succulent flavors into every butter-smooth bite. Bedecked with pig paraphernalia, the eatery's cheerful confines set an inviting stage for family meals, squeals of delight, and well-timed Animal Farm monologues. Remove designer welding masks to check out the menu, which serves up a savory slathered selection of chicken, beef, and pork. Talkative diners can sink chattering teeth into the hot, hearty rib tips ($8.50) or the pulled-pork shoulder ($9.50), which come complemented by sides such as baked beans or corn on the cob. Or kick an addiction to handheld fax machines by occupying mitts with the Polish Girl, dressed with pork, coleslaw, and fries ($5.95), or the rib sandwich, which dazzles palates with its saucy crests and troughs ($5.95).
Favorite Deli's sandwich artisans construct towering assemblies of sliced-to-order meats, cheeses, and veggies in their casual, upscale delicatessen. Create a custom handheld meal or choose from menu options such as the Peachtree Street, a trio of strapping meats including Cajun roast beef, virginia ham, smoked turkey breast, a slice of muenster, and three sustainably harvested stop signs. All sandwiches come with a choice of coleslaw or potato salad as well as a sharpened pickle spear for fending off packs of deli scavengers. Diners can also peruse a half-dozen salad options that range from the classic greek to antipasto. Alternatively, cater a casual event for up to 15 people with a mountain of lightweight sandwiches, a crunchy hillside of potato chips, and a delicious morass of fudgy brownies.