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When it comes to good taste, Atlanta has it in spades. The city’s Southern charm is evident in its wave of new tantalizing trattorias, beguiling brasseries and posh points of interest where menu magic, mixology moxie and dessert decadence deliver the goods. We’re serving it all up right here. Hopefully, you’ve come hungry.

Social Occasion
The banana cheesecake with pecan crumb and peanut butter chocolate ganache at Foundation Social Eatery

5 GREATEST CHEF'S TABLES
KR SteakBar
The semiprivate table in the heart of the restaurant accommodates up to 12 guests, with two seatings nightly (at 6 and 9pm). Order from the regular menu, or, better yet, ask Chef de Cuisine (and Kevin Rathbun’s right-hand man) Brian Goddard to create something special. Working with what they call fifth-cut proteins, Goddard’s offerings could include anything from pork foot with shell beans to beef tongue with olive-oil pudding. Meanwhile, the tamer tritip with mushrooms, brown butter and sage delivers classic unctuous steak flavor. Prices vary, contract required to reserve, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave., 404.841.8820

Saltyard

If you’re into front-row action, this is the spot. It seats six to eight people and allows chef Nick Leahy to interact with his guests. The small-plate master will bring out sharable dishes such as housemade ricotta gnocchi with roasted mushrooms and Parmesan brodo, or shrimp pil-pil with mini baguettes. Prices vary, 1820 Peachtree Road, 404.382.8088

1Kept

For a unique, philanthropic concept, opt for the charity counter. It’s available Tuesday through Thursday nights, with seating for two to six people. Choose the amount you want to donate, and the restaurant will build a five- to six-course meal based on your taste and dietary preferences. At the conclusion of the meal, 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to your charity of choice. Reservations required one month in advance, 2293 Peachtree Road NE, 404.254.1973

Local Three Kitchen & Bar

There’s not a better seat in the house than at the chef’s table, located where the heat is—in the midst of the 5,000-squarefoot kitchen. Enjoy eight to 10 courses of freshly prepared local cuisine with pairings from Chef de Cuisine Ben Barth. You’re at the chef’s mercy on this one. From $150 per person, 3290 Northside Parkway, 404.968.2700

No. 246

Enjoy an impromptu five-course dinner from chef Drew Belline at the Black Sheep’s Table, with a bird’s-eye view of the busy open kitchen. Reservations for up to 12 people are available, and Belline has been known to prepare caviar, foie gras and black truffles for first-time diners. Reservations required, $45 per person; $75 with wine pairings, 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., 678.399.8246

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Smoke Signals
Creative cocktails like this Rye Up are the reason Kimball House received a James Beard Foundation award nomination for Outstanding Bar Program.