The first ever Georgia Restaurant Week takes place July 13-19, 2015. This inaugural seven-day event provides an opportunity to learn more about Georgia's culinary scene and sample the state's unique and varied dining options. During the week, over 90 restaurants throughout Georgia will offer dinner selections for a set price. Please check with each restaurant about their specific specials. Below are 12 exciting participants, recommended for their unique flavors and/or for their appealing atmosphere.
Bangkok Station (Buckhead) Exotic Thai cuisine looks as heavenly as it tastes at Bangkok Station. Stately dishes imported from Thailand serve up traditional cuisine crafted from original recipes. Dine inside with a classic "train station" feel, or opt for the patio's handsome seating and stone accents.
Der Biergarten (Downtown) Claims that they are the only restaurant in Atlanta to serve two German beers on tap is reason number one to visit. Reason two? Authentic German cuisine prepared in the traditional manner. Feast on dishes such as weiner schnitzel, jäger schnitzel, schweinshaxe and sauerbraten. Leave room for German chocolate cake.
Nikolai's Roof (Downtown) Taste strong Russian influences at this AAA Four Diamond award winner that has flown atop Hilton Atlanta for nearly 40 years.
Colletta (Alpharetta) Chef Michael Perez's interpretation of the cuisine of Northern Italy promises delight with every bite. Whether you are enjoying a la carte selections or dining family style, unique creations such as Triangolini pasta with duck and foie gras, kale, cherries and 20-year-old basalmic de Modena, each bite will leave you craving more. If you miss Colletta during Ga Restaurant Week, be sure to stop in during their new lunch hours.
Bhojanic (Buckhead and Decatur) Indulge in the unique flavors of Northern India at Bhojanic. Tapas and entrees are prepared with authentic Indian spices, yogurt and fresh vegetables and meats.
Serpas True Food (O4W) Chef Scott Serpas, true to his south Louisiana roots, serves humble dishes with rich taste. Try tomato PBR mussels, jumbo sea scallops or venison flank.
Article 14 (Midtown) This contemporary bistro puts the emphasis on bourbon and whiskey. Concoct your own Manhattan by selecting from 14 spirits, seven vermouths and 12 bitters. Comfy couches, small tables, round booths and a long bar create a posh, sleek and sexy atmosphere.
Braves All Star Grill (Downtown) Feast at Atlanta's quintessential sports bar. Braves memorabilia and oversized video screens fill 8,000 square feet. While noshing on treats like Ahi tuna tacos or beer can chicken, you can test your arm in a real pitching cage.
Game-X (Downtown) You'll find fast and casual selections at this arcade made especially for adults. Take a turn at over 60 games, both new and old-school. How are your Pong skills? Maybe you're better at a Connect 4 that's 10 feet tall? Once you've played to your heart's content, sit with a burger stack, club or California wrap.
Joe's on Juniper (Midtown) Joe's patio is perfect for a drink from the bar, and the tunes and trivia add to the fun. Everyone is welcome at Joe's, but they pride themselves on being LBGT-friendly. Grab a salad or burger, or select a sausage d'jour.
Kevin Rathbun Steak (O4W) Sure, it's a steakhouse. But it's also so much more: scallops, lobster, Asian-style meatballs and gumbo are just the beginning. Second to the food, but hardly second fiddle, the Beltline patio is an idyllic location to savor the evening.
Mystic Grill (Covington) Inspired by the filming of Vampire Diaries, you won't find the undead but you will find delightful southern fare and great views. Dine atop the city at the rooftop patio or nosh inside surrounded by brick and woodwork with a curious back story.
Need more restaurant info? More on Georgia Restaurant Week and Downtown Restaurant Week on the AJC Restaurant Blog.