It’s Dining Guide time again.
The guide rolls around twice a year. Each time, we rack our brains to determine a theme. In the past, there was the Atlanta 50 that featured the city’s top restaurants. More recently, we offered our picks for best new restaurants and went up a pant size while researching the best of brunch.
We wanted this Fall Dining Guide to be something different. So we turned to readers for inspiration, sifting through your letters — colorful notes, spirited comments and inquisitive questions — and realized that some of your queries had been left unanswered. That gave us the framework for the guide and a theme: Burning Questions.
What you’ll find in this guide are reviews of restaurants that you asked us about. There are drink discussions. There is information about how you can join dining clubs, where a meetup of adventurous palates begets friendship and fun. I divulge my favorite restaurant, an oft-asked question for which I’ve developed an elevator speech rather than give a definitive answer — until now.
What’s happening in and around Atlanta right now? We address dining developments — OK, call them trends — but we tried to probe deeper. We don’t just identify them and tick off where you can jump on the bandwagon, but provide context and ask why they are gaining traction and whether they are worth your time and money.
We hope the Fall Dining Guide prompts you to check out places that merited mention.
Personally, I thank you for pushing us harder. Your letters are evidence of passion for Atlanta’s dining scene. We hope that our shared passion for a scene that continues to delight — and sometimes exasperate — our senses comes across in this Fall Dining Guide.
Check out what the AJC Fall Dining Guide 2017 has to offer:
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