Steffan’s Atlanta Food Picks!

If you know Steffan Clousing, then you know he loves Formula 1 racing, modern design, and eating out.  Since we always use him as our local restuarant guide, we’ve asked him to create a blog of his favorite eating experiences inside the Atlanta perimeter.  Before reading the reviews know a few things …. Steffan is NOT a vegetarian (he is from Montana where that may be illegal) …. he is pretty laid back but he knows his food …. and he is a incredibly nice guy so he only reviews restaurants he really likes, so you won’t find any bashing reviews.



Restaurant blog:

Spoon – My favorite Thai in Atlanta…there’s not even a close second.  The freshest of ingredients, reasonable cost, chill/down-tempo atmosphere, and 2 locations….it can’t get any better than that.

768 Marietta St
Ste A
Atlanta, GA 30318

(404) 522-5655


West Egg – “Egg Sandwich.”  Enough said.  But seriously, try the egg sandwich.  Their other options are really good too, I must admit.  With a wide variety, from all-day breakfast to Salmon filets, you should always be able to find something that speaks to your appetite.  Don’t forget to treat yourself by having one of their boozy shakes.  Possibly not if you’re there for breakfast though…but it’s totally up to you.

1100 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Neighborhood: Westside / Home Park

(404) 872-3973


Fox Brothers – Arguably the best BBQ in Atlanta, though you’d have to be crazy to argue.  Every single menu item is a treat, especially the unique ones, like their Fox-a-roni (Brunswick stew mixed with macaroni and cheese…just think about it…) and their fried ribs.  Health food nuts need not visit.  Fox Brothers is for those athletes who want to give their hearts a work out.  Grant will back me up on this, his whole family loves it.

Located in Little Five Points

1238 Dekalb Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307

(404) 577-4030


Parish – Located in the heart of Inman Park, Parish is a quick walk from a bunch of great venues to continue your night after dinner (Dad’s Garage, The Albert bar, etc).  Then again, with its “organically funky vibe” (starting with its antiquated, restored pipe factory setting), amazing food, and Market selling delicious, fresh foods, there’s really no need to go anywhere else.

240 N Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307
Neighborhoods: Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park

(404) 681-4434


Leon’s – Leon’s Full Service, as its proper Christian name indicates, is found in an old converted gas station.  The large service bay doors are a dead giveaway, but fortunately, the food isn’t the least bit oily or smell of gasoline.  The menu isn’t huge, but there are many different subcategories, from “Snacks” and “Cheese” to “Sandwiches” and “Mains.”  Make sure you order the fries (Pub Frites in Leon lingo) and sample a couple of their 14 available dipping sauces (madras curry catsup and bacon herb mayonnaise are my favorites).  They also have an extensive drink menu, with a lot of top-of-the-line draught beer choices, and a great seasonal, along with classic, cocktail menu.  Leon’s makes for a great date night spot (because they don’t take reservations and the place isn’t huge, large groups can take awhile to be seated), especially in nice weather where the outdoor seating and bocce ball courts can be enjoyed.  Plus, being right in Decatur means you’re within walking distance of many great places if you want to continue the evening.

131 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 687-0500


Urban pL8 – Established in 2009, Urban pL8 is the brainchild of the former sous chef at Bacchanalia and Floataway Café.  With a

1082 Huff Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

121 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-8800


Proof & Provision – P&P is a new gastro-pub (but think mixed drinks more than exotic beers) built in the basement of The Georgian Terrace hotel.  The inconspicuous entry leads to exposed brick walls, with few windows, and an understated central bar with a subway-tile back bar, certainly reminds one of a cellar, yet without feeling annoyingly claustrophobic.  We went the second evening they were open, so there are still some kinks to work out, especially with the menu, but the food was all very brew-pub tasty (devilled eggs with bacon, pretzels with spicy mustard, a 4-meat cold cut sampler…) and the drinks had interesting twists (my rye whisky-based drink had one large ice cube made from a smoky green tea infusion that slowly leached into the drink, adding a unique flavor).  My suggestion if going on a Friday or Saturday evening:  make sure to arrive after the Fox Theater event has started, as the place was relatively deserted upon our arrival at 9pm.  Our server told us it had been packed before we arrived, though, and it was packed again by the time we left, as Fox patrons had begun trickling in.

659 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 897-1991

JCT – In the not-so-new tradition of many Atlanta restaurants, JCT mixes contemporary and traditional southern feel. The atmosphere is borderline young and hip, without sending more traditional patrons running for the door, and even just a little bit romantic with the candles and decor.  Parking is valet or self parking, but the lot isn’t huge, so you might do a little walking.  More on that later…In addition to the great atmosphere, the food is delicious.  Both the food and drink menus are creative and extensive, and all the food is worth skipping lunch so you can make sure you muscle it all down.  My favorite part was dessert, but that’s not a rare occurrence.  And with its location in the revitalized White Provision district on the Westside of Atlanta, there are plenty of places to take an after-dinner stroll to make sure you’re able to keep your belt buckling in the same hole as before.

In all, a “2 dollar-sign-symbol” restaurant that works as well for a romantic date as a family dinner.

Atlanta’s Westside Urban Market 
1198 Howell Mill Road, Suite 18
Atlanta, Georgia 30318