When traveling around the South, it’s easy to gravitate toward online dining lists and local print guides to scout a particular city’s most popular destinations for eating and drinking. But there’s nothing like a recommendation from a restaurant industry insider, such as a chef, bartender, or sommelier. Here are 19 restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to check out while traveling throughout the South recommended by Atlanta chefs, bartenders, and coffee and wine shop owners.
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Disclaimer: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here. It is highly advised people wear masks indoors or when in crowded situations, regardless of vaccination status, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.