There may not be a Michelin Guide for the ATL, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find stars at Atlanta restaurants. Top Chef judge and James Beard Award winner Hugh Acheson might shine brightest, thanks to his modern, elegant twists on southern food at Empire State South. Acheson shared his Best Chef: Southeast award in 2012 with Linton Hopkins, a local who’s perfected fine dining at Restaurant Eugene, one of the best restaurants in Atlanta. But there’s more than sophisticated southern food here. If you’re looking for great Italian restaurants in Atlanta, try Antico Pizza, a spot known for its authentic Neapolitan pies.

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