Dining out seems like the best excuse to change out of your sweatpants and escape the house for a little bit. One of our favorite things about Atlanta is the diversity in food options! These spots are our favorite not just because of the delicious food but also the extra steps they are taking to keep all of their diners safe. As you prepare to dine out, take a look at what restaurant rules are in place in Atlanta. When picking a restaurant, particularly when exploring a new spot, remember to Be a 5-Star Diner and certainly do not forget to wear your mask.
Sidepiece at 8ARM, Ponce
8ARM opened up Sidepiece over the summer to serve as a pandemic-safe way to dine out and get delicious meals. They’ve opened their wood fire oven into the parking lot and have spread out wooden benches throughout so that there is plenty of room to social distance while grabbing a bite to eat. They are offering a walk-up ordering window where you can order your food and drinks via QR codes. One of the coolest and safest things they are doing? They have the option for all diners to leave their contact information in case they want to participate in contact tracing. Masks are required for all diners and employees when having any interaction with each other.
Our Recommendation: Sidepiece’s menu changes weekly according to what they have fresh on hand but you won’t be disappointed by any of the options.
Ba Bellies, Peachtree Corners
The popular Vietnamese restaurant reopened at the beginning of the month after closing twice - during lockdown and then for renovations. The updated Viertnamese cuisine is paired with craft beers and unique wines to create a fun, welcoming atmosphere. The new renovations include an updated patio offering more seating allowing for all tables to be socially distanced from each other. They are still offering curbside pickup and delivery if you are craving pho, but aren’t quite ready to dine out in public yet. Ba Bellies is following all regulations by the state and they are requiring masks for all customers and employees.
Our Recommendation: Salt and Pepper Squid, Loaded Noodle Soup and the Sweet Chili Wontons to start.
Southern Belle, Atkins Park
Southern Belle Atlanta is not messing around when it comes to their southern cuisine - nor their safety precautions. They are pulling out all the stops, including employees changing gloves in between every table service, providing one-time use menus, contactless payments through QR codes and obviously masks required for both employees and diners. This is the best time of the year to visit Southern Belle as their autumn menu is unlike anything else. They take classic flavors and meals and turn them into an elevated yet approachable dish. Their patio is open for reservation only to ensure they are only at 50% capacity.
Our Recommendation: The szechuan-style Nashville hot chicken is unlike any other fried chicken you’ve had before, the field pea casserole is a must and you have to order the warm fig newton cake for dessert.
Canoe is one of those rare finds where the aesthetic of the restaurant and the food are equally as good. It sits right on the Chattahoochee River, making the restaurant a picturesque destination. Their new-American cuisine elevates your favorite dishes with impeccable ingredients and new flavor combinations. Canoe is a perfect choice for when you’re feeling like you just need to get out of the house. The garden paths and tranquility of the river view truly feel like a retreat only minutes from downtown ATL.
Beyond following the regulations put in place by the Georgia government, Canoe is also committed to going the extra mile in order to keep all diners and employees safe. Employees undergo a health check before starting every shift, they have moved all tables to be at least 6 feet apart and even installed plexiglass between the booths to ensure maximum safety.
Our Recommendation: The grilled bay salmon that comes with a side of whipped old bay potatoes, the duck and beef burger and of course the popcorn ice cream sundae to top it off.
Argosy, East Atlanta Village
Argosy used to be packed with date nights and friends reuniting over good drinks and amazing food. Over the last several months, they have substantially pivoted to create a safe experience for their guests. While their indoor dining is currently closed, their beer garden is the shining star. Argosy boasts an expansive patio area that is perfect for a socially distanced drink and grub. They have their takeout system down to a science so that you can still experience all the good vibes from the comfort of your couch.
Our Recommendation: Don’t miss the plancha burger and add one of every housemade sauce, they are unbeatable.
Atlanta is home to some of the best food in the country, so go out and support your favorite restaurants while actively taking precautions to minimize the risk to your health and safety.
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