This chefs at this Decatur restaurant deftly unite Southern and Mediterranean flavors, dolloping dilled yogurt onto whole North Carolina trout or surrounding oozy Burrata cheese with kale, fragrant walnut salsa, and cranberry vinaigrette in winter.

Cakes & Ale
155 Sycamore St
Atlanta, GA 30030
(404) 377-7994

Celebrated chef Hugh Acheson's Midtown all-star serves up updates on Southern classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Empire State South
999 Peachtree St NE Suite 140
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105

An updated take on a Jewish deli, The General Muir shines brightest at breakfast and lunch. The towering pastrami sandwich, punchy with whole grain mustard, or the righteous double-patty burger with Russian dressing and American cheese will make your midday meal extra memorable.

The General Muir
Emory Point 1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131

One of the pioneers in the ice pop revolution, King of Pops doles out flavors like Tangerine Basil and Cereal Milk. Find their carts at farmers' markets, events, and parks throughout the city.

King of Pops World Headquarters
337 Elizabeth Street, Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 732-9321

Executive chef Steven Satterfield leads the charge at this Westside restaurant where the luscious regional bounty simply shines.

Miller Union
999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550

Atlanta's star restaurateur Ford Fry dazzles Buckhead with his latest seafood palace, a dramatic three-story room featuring reclaimed woods in every shade, white-tiled columns, and a 20-seat marble bar. Savvy dishes skew both Asian (sashimi-like cobia crudo with trout roe, horseradish, and salt-and-vinegar chips) and European (smoky octopus with an Italian bean salad, cured tomato, and an aromatic sprinkling of oregano).

St. Cecilia
3455 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 554-9995

Ford Fry's greatest culinary contribution to Atlanta, it's a fish lover's smorgasbord. Get the Georgia white shrimp a la plancha with arbol chile and lime.

The Optimist
914 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 477-6260

This dining room is urban sleek in black and beige tones, but the menu comforts with two Southern favorites: oysters and smoked meats. Chef Todd Richards prefers the term "smokehouse" to "barbecue," because he scents enticing trout, pork, chicken, and beef brisket with hickory and pecan woods at low temperatures.

The Pig and The Pearl
1380 Atlantic Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30363
(404) 541-0930