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Sausage and pepper meatballs with meat sauce, caprese salad, pickled veggie jars and antipasto at Bar Meatball. Photo Credit: Isadora Pennington. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

First Look: Bar Meatball, Virginia-Highland

Bar Meatball, which recently replaced Virginia-Highland’s Pozole, features a customizable menu similar to the offerings at New York City success story the Meatball Shop, with a variety of mix-and-match meatballs and sauces, sliders and sides. The look: Tucked behind a parking lot on Greenwood Avenue, the cottage-like space is topped ...

Foundation Social Eatery chef/owner Mel Toledo’s potato gnocchi with roasted mushrooms, asparagus, bacon and soft-cooked egg. CONTRIBUTED BY CHRISTOPHER HORNADAY

First Look: Foundation Social Eatery, Roswell

Newly opened in the former Dick and Harry’s space on Holcomb Bridge Road, Foundation Social Eatery from chef/owner Mel Toledo conjures the current wave of suburban casual fine dining concepts, such as Table & Main in Roswell, Seed Kitchen & Bar in east Cobb and Century House Tavern in Woodstock, ...

Spinach quiche and Salad Nicoise with seared ahi tuna at Le Bistro in Roswell. (BECKY STEIN)

First Look: Le Bistro, Roswell

Roswell Provisions, the popular Canton Street market and cafe with wine, cheese, meats, baked goods, fancy foods and an espresso bar, has added to its considerable offerings with a new French-inspired restaurant, christened Le Bistro. The look: Located above Roswell Provisions, a vintage stairwell leads to a surprisingly sprawling and ...

First Look: Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Poncey-Highland

Known for its Sweet Auburn Curb Market stall, food truck and catering operations, Sweet Auburn Barbecue recently opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the former Pura Vida space on North Highland Avenue. Full service, an expanded menu and a full bar are part of the new concept, which continues to riff ...

The Chick Trio Special at Chicken Salad Chick, with “Buffalo Barclay,” “Fancy Nancy” and broccoli salad. CONTRIBUTED BY SARA HANNA PHOTOGRAPHY

First Look: Chicken Salad Chick, Marietta

Chicken Salad Chick founder Stacy Brown started the company in 2008 making chicken salad in her kitchen in Auburn, Ala. Now there are some 85 locations throughout the Southeast, with a dozen new franchises planned for metro Atlanta and Athens. One of the first of that number opened in Marietta ...

Asada and Chorizo tacos on corn tortillas with a tequila sunrise at La Urbana. (BECKY STEIN)

First Look: La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar, Westside

True to its name, La Urbana Tequila & Mezcal Bar, the new Westside spot from Jesus Onate, owner of Zapata Tacos & Tequila Bar in Norcross, features a contemporary urban atmosphere and a host of specialty cocktails made with agave-based spirits. The look: Situated in the Apex West Midtown apartment ...

BBQ grilled chicken sandwich with Tuscan white bean soup at the new Souper Jenny in Decatur. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

First Look: Souper Jenny, Decatur

Actress-turned-cook Jenny Levison, aka Souper Jenny, recently opened a second location of her popular Buckhead soup and sandwich shop in downtown Decatur. Judging from the crowds, it’s already a big hit. The look: Located next to the Old Courthouse on West Court Square, the storefront space faces a narrow courtyard ...

Rib-eye from Cuts Steakhouse in downtown Atlanta. Steaks at Cuts can be topped with a variety of sauces, as well as add-ons such as roasted mushrooms. CONTRIBUTED BY JAMES CAMP PHOTOGRAPHY/GREEN OLIVE MEDIA

First Look: Cuts Steakhouse, Downtown

The newest addition to the downtown Atlanta dining district, Cuts Steakhouse is a spinoff of Truva Turkish Kitchen. Truva now occupies the upstairs of the recently remodeled space on Andrew Young International Boulevard, and Cuts has taken over the downstairs.The look: Innerworks Design Group was responsible for the multilevel buildout, ...

Combo plate with chicken, pulled pork and ribs, served with cornbread, fried Brussels sprouts and Brunswick stew at Lovies BBQ in Buckhead. (BECKY STEIN)

First Look: Lovies, Buckhead

Atlanta’s legions of barbecue lovers have a new spot to try. Recently opened in Buckhead, Lovies BBQ from Atlanta natives Nate Newman and Drew Gregory keeps it simple with a daily menu of smoked meats and Southern-style sides, and dine-in or takeout options. The look: Situated down a steep hill ...

G’s Midtown iron skillet mac and steak is a grilled-to-order and sliced 8-ounce top sirloin with herb butter served over cheesy elbow macaroni and green beans. CONTRIBUTED BY BECKY STEIN

First Look: G’s Midtown, Midtown

Located on 10th Street in Midtown, Gilbert’s Cafe had been a longtime neighborhood favorite. Recently, though, owners Sean and Gilbert Yeremyan, who also own and operate HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern and 10th & Piedmont, decided it was time to make some changes, including updating the decor and the menu, and rebranding ...

Sprinkles’ ATM at Lenox Square offers a different kind of valuable: cupcakes. CONTRIBUTED BY BECKY STEIN

First Look: Sprinkles Cupcakes, Buckhead

Candace Nelson, the pastry chef who opened Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills in 2005, helped create the cupcake bakery craze that generated Food Network’s hit show “Cupcake Wars,” with Nelson as a permanent judge. Now Nelson is bringing her brand of cupcake chic to Atlanta, with her newest store at ...

The 7-ounce filet with loaded baked potato, side salad and a glass of red wine at the new Shoney’s inside Sugarloaf Mills mall in Lawrenceville. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

First Look: Shoney’s, Sugarloaf Mills

Recently, Shoney’s opened a new prototype restaurant at Sugarloaf Mills in Lawrenceville that revealed several firsts for the Nashville, Tenn.-based chain. It’s the first inside-a-mall concept for the brand. Also, it’s the first location in 16 states, including five restaurants in metro Atlanta, to offer cooked-to-order entrees, seasonal buffets, and ...

Salmon with pasta tossed in extra-virgin olive oil with wilted spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts at Villagio Italian Kitchen. BECKY STEIN /SPECIAL

First Look: Villagio Italian Kitchen, Decatur

In November, Villagio Italian Kitchen quietly opened in the former Capozzi’s space on Clairmont Road in Decatur, offering a casual dining and drinking atmosphere, and a menu of rustic favorites, from starters and salads to pizza, pasta and entrees. The look: Situated in the same strip center as Bhojanic and ...

At Kirkyard Public House, Heather’s “Make It Paleo” Burger is a half-pound of Brasstown grass-fed beef with bacon and guacamole served on a lettuce leaf with a side of sauteed kale vegetable blend. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

First Look: Kirkyard Public House, Kirkwood

Kirkyard Public House recently opened in the two-story space on Hosea L. Williams Drive that’s been home to Vinocity, Kirkwood Public House and Kirkwood Bar & Grill. The sports bar from former Taco Mac man Dano Kirk features a tried-and-true formula of draft beer, pub grub and plenty of flat-screen ...

Etris Kitchen & Bar’s cedar planked salmon fillet is rubbed with a maple black pepper glaze and baked on a fresh cut cedar plank. BECKY STEIN /SPECIAL

First Look: Etris Kitchen & Bar, Roswell

Etris Kitchen & Bar recently took over the former Franco’s Italian Tavern space in Roswell’s Sweet Apple Village, with a team that includes former personal chef David Guilford, and Massi Mekhmoukh, a former general manager at Salt Factory and Inc. Street Food. The look: Located in a shopping center storefront ...

Roast Beef Po Boy with a side of Mac ‘n cheese and a beer at the Imperial. Becky Stein

First Look: The Imperial, Oakhurst

From the moment the Imperial softly opened in Oakhurst last week, neighbors were packing the casual pub, taking advantage of the free-for-all seating policy and bargain-priced food and drink. It probably doesn’t hurt that popular Atlanta bartender and trivia master Robert Holland and his partners, Matt Hanes, Jeff Bowie and ...

At Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar in Brookhaven, Hunter Point, Kusshi and Tisbury oysters with a glass of champagne. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

First Look: Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar, Town Brookhaven

Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar is the newest addition to the Tom Catherall/ Here to Serve restaurant group’s concepts in Town Brookhaven, joining Noche Tequila & Tapas Bar and Smash Kitchen & Bar in the mixed-use development. Notably, also, Shucks is a family affair, with several of Catherall’s children in ...

The Clayton burger has local beef topped with pimento cheese, house pickles and crispy shallots. Here it’s served with local beer Red Hare. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

First Look: Hoof & Ale, Marietta

Though the name sounds more like a made-up English pub in a mad Monty Python bit, Hoof and Ale is a tidy little mom and pop burger and beer joint on Roswell Road in Marietta. The look: The storefront space, tucked into a corner of the Pavilions at East Lake ...

This radiatore ariano has grilled shrimp, roasted red pepper cream sauce, grilled scallions and toasted pistachios. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

First Look: Osteria Cibo Rustico, Toco Hills

Osteria Cibo Rustico, a new Italian concept from the co-owners of Big Ketch Saltwater Grill and Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, recently opened in the Toco Hills Promenade spot formerly occupied by Mirko Pasta. The look: The space was given a face-lift with a new bar area that does double duty ...

Crispy Chicken N’ Waffle, with truffled blue cheese butter and balsamic syrup, at Suite Food Lounge. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL

First Look: Suite Food Lounge, Atlanta

Located in the Luckie Street space formerly occupied by Luckie Food Lounge, Suite Food Lounge is a full-service restaurant with multiple bars and the glitzy light show atmosphere of a nightclub. The look: The sprawling layout is arranged on three levels, with the main dining room situated on the ground ...

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