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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 PASTRY CHEFS OF THE MOMENT
Christian Castillo, Pricci
This newbie is bringing his globally influenced palate to the pastry tray at Pricci and putting his own spin on dessert, thanks to his interest in molecular gastronomy. Try his barre di limoncello (limoncello mousse topped with caramel-vanilla kumquats on a graham-cracker crust). 500 Pharr Road NE, 404.237.2941

Micki Kimberly, Table & Main, Osteria Mattone

This classically trained sous chef began making cakes for friends as a hobby. Now she’s creating sweet treats for two Roswell faves. Watch for her seasonal, Southern desserts (she’s experimenting with peach beignets right now) at T&M and her indulgent blueberry croustade with almond frangipani at Osteria. 1028 Canton St., Roswell, 678.869.5178; 1095 Canton St., Roswell, 678.878.3378

Pamela Moxley, Miller Union

The sweets queen is serving up craveworthy confections at one of the city’s most beloved farm-to-table haunts. Her beet red velvet cake with goat and cream cheese icing earned her accolades from The New York Times. 999 Brady Ave., 678.733.8550

Drew Van Leuvan, Seven Lamps

The dessert maestro is in charge of everything from soup to nuts, but his true passion can be found at the evening’s end. Be it a decadent hazelnut and feuilletine ganache cake, or strawberry and white chocolate financier, Van Leuvan loves to give diners reason after reason to save room for dessert. 3400 Around Lenox Road, 404.467.8950

Eric Wolitzky, Fifth Group Restaurants

The Top Chef: Just Desserts alum has taken the decision-making out of dessert with his Pastry Board at Ecco. The sinful sampler—strawberry macaroon and pistachio-chocolate éclair included—hits a high note with his delicate opera cake and its glossy chocolate glaze that resembles the shiny floor of an opera stage. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555

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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.