2019 Atlanta Dining Outlook

Jan 1, 2019

Yes, the holiday season is coming to a close, but good food is timeless. It doesn't matter how much we've indulged in December, we're still going to want to try something new in January. Our quick peek at the 2019 Atlanta dining outlook will give you a few ideas.
But, before we even get to the Winter Wine Festival, Movie and Chocolates pop-up locations, and new restaurants scheduled for Atlanta openings in the new year, you can also take a look back at 2018. The reviews are in so if you haven't had a new dining experience lately, make a note of some of 18's best or put the new launches on your calendar and be one of the first in line.


Atlanta’s Dining Experts Name the Biggest Surprises of 2018

The year is drawing to a close and, as is tradition, Eater Atlanta has surveyed several Atlanta food writers and dining experts on everything from their best meal in 2018 to their food headline predictions for 2019. Responses are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited. The experts have already given their restaurant standbys when dining off duty, their picks for the city’s best new restaurants, summed up dining this year in one word, and named the best dining neighborhoods.
Mara Davis — Radio and TV personality for WABE, The Bert Show, and Atlanta Eats
2018 Atlanta restaurant closingsHighly-anticipated restaurants with spectacular Beltline views serving overpriced, crappy food. This is not the first impression tourists should get of the Atlanta food scene. Suburbs coming in hot with really exciting dining choices. Restaurant Holmes and Coalition Food and Beverage in Alpharetta, Good Word Brewing & Public House in Duluth, Spring in Marietta, and so many more. If the food and service are on point, people will go. Houston’s at Lenox closing!!!!!!!!!
For the entire review list, be sure to visit atlanta.eater.com.


The Dining News That Shook Atlanta in 2018


As 22018 Atlanta dining wrapup018 wraps up, Eater Atlanta is taking time to reflect back on what has turned out to be a very long year in the news. This year’s dining news cycle saw headlines concerning everything from comedians and rappers taking on Atlanta’s restaurant stalwarts for racial profiling to the passing of the Sunday brunch bill after nearly a decade in legislative limbo.
Here are the most read stories on Eater Atlanta for each month in 2018.


The year started off with the closure of not one but two longtime restaurant staples in Roswell. Owner Bill Greenwood announced his retirement and shuttered Greenwoods and Swallow at the Hollow. It wasn’t all bad news in January. Atlanta’s barbecue enthusiasts were jazzed to learn the team behind The General Muir and West Egg Cafe will open Woods Chapel BBQ in Summerhill.


Quick Bites: Winter Wine Fest, new restaurants and more

2019 Atlanta winter wine festivalThe 3rd annual Atlanta Winter Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at City Winery with two sessions: noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. There will be more than 50 wines as well as a selection of beer and cider to choose from. There will also be a live band, DJ Q-tip, and food will be available for purchase. Tickets are now on sale for $45 in advance, $50 after Jan. 10, and $60 at the door. More details and the link to tickets can be found at atlantawinefestivals.com/winter.
Athens, Georgia-based chocolate company Condor Chocolates has opened Condor Chocolates + Picture Show at Westside Provisions District. The pop-up will sell chocolates and treats and screen seasonal movies. The shop is open through the end of February, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit condorchocolates.com.



When you're making your New Year's resolutions, don't forget that you can still eat healthy AND enjoy your dining experience. So, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has put together a few ideas for you.


Atlanta spots to kickstart your New Year’s resolutions

With every new year comes the ambitions to better yourself. But regardless of the good intentions, gym memberships tend to quickly go unused, diets end up ignored and other goals get postponed to the next new year.
However, there are ways to avoid setting yourself — and your New Year’s resolutions — up for failure. In Atlanta, there are many unique and fun places to help you stay on track. Here are some places to assist with four of the most common resolutions.
Many Atlanta fast-casual restaurants mix convenience, affordable prices and healthy ingredients, which should satisfy most people’s taste buds. Fresh to Order has eight metro Atlanta locations and offers plenty of sandwich, salads and wraps to keep lunch interesting. Poke, a Hawaiian dish featuring raw fish, has also become trendy recently, and Poke City has locations in Atlanta, Dunwoody and Johns Creek.


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