As 2022 draws to a close, and as tradition does, Eater will be asking Atlanta’s food writers, restaurant critics, and readers to share their favorite new restaurants and pop-ups, from the best meals of the year to what they want to start seeing. I researched everything. On the Atlanta dining scene in 2023.
First, we invite experts and Eater readers to share their thoughts. Favorite new restaurants opening or popping up in 2022And with nearly 200 restaurants and bars opening in 2022 alone, there was plenty to choose from (and counting) this year.
Check back throughout the week for Year in Eater feedback from Atlanta food writers and Eater readers.
Sarah Delgado, Eater Atlanta Contributor
Awesome fishmonger. I love how it focuses on the concept, the food is great, no frills or reservations needed. I love giving the city something completely new.
Mike JordanAtlanta Food and Culture Journalist, Southeastern Editor receipt
My favorite new restaurant was Mujou. It’s not cheap, and yes I’m a boogie at times, but that makes it true IMO. fishmonger Right behind it, and I was so obsessed with So So Fed, Mujo, like 2019’s Lazy Betty, feels like another statement in the city. , decided it was worth it. Do better than anyone else. And in this case, sure, that meant getting a sushi genius out of Kentucky! Again, pull $1,000 out of your bank account, bring someone you love (make sure you love them), and forget it with great music, incredible service, and great cocktails. You need to plan an omakase night that you can’t afford. I promise it will be worth it.
Sam Worley, Atlanta magazine deputy editor
Hands down Tio Lucho’s, my favorite new pop-up was Ba + Me. Although they are completely different (Peruvian and Vietnamese respectively), I think I was drawn to the same kind of quality in both. Honest cooking; lots of vegetables and herbs. I never liked quinoa salad until I had one at Tio Lucho’s.
Chris Martins, Eater Atlanta Contributor
Tio LucioWe love this unique spotlight on Peruvian cuisine and flavors that incorporate seasonal and local ingredients. To me, this restaurant strikes a balance between providing a new culinary context to the city and making its menu a representation of Georgia. Plus, everything from the bright and spicy tiradito to the hearty lomo his saltado is flavorful.
Jennifer ZaimanAtlanta Restaurant Critic, food & wine Senior Commerce Writer for Magazines
impermanence, hands down. Not only is it the best Omakase, it’s also the best sushi in Atlanta. The only pain is getting an appointment if you miss your monthly drop. And it is very expensive, which may be prohibitive for some.
Beth McKibben,Editor Eater Atlanta
I agree with all the restaurants above, but I would like to introduce two more. Gigi’s Italian Kitchen and pop-up So So Fed in Laos. I’ve said it many times, but the pop-up scene is the future of dining in Atlanta, where some of the most exciting and dynamic food is currently happening anywhere in the city or metropolitan area. Having started as a pop-up at Gato in New York City and gained a huge following within a year, Nicolas Stinson handed over the keys to the space to chefs Eric Brooks and Jacob Armando. We love Gigi’s cozy Italian bistro fare, extensive wine list, and relaxed atmosphere. Neighborhood spots like this should be all over Atlanta. As for So So Fed, I’ve been following her Molli Voraotsady and her Laotian food pop-ups since her days at Bookhouse Pub, Qommunity and 8ARM (RIP). And now it’s Full Commission. I still think about my recent dinner, when I enjoyed a bowl of red curry with tender chunks of Thai eggplant, zucchini, bamboo shoots and pork shoulder in a beautifully aromatic chili broth.
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Several Readers Who Participated in the 2022 Year in Eater Dining Survey Named New Restaurants fishmongerTortuga and Chango, Tio Luciopops up Humble Mumble as their favorite to open this year.