Top 5 New & Notable Destinations in Atlanta

Beloved Atlanta Food Blogger Broderick Smylie of Savory Exposure shares his picks for the most compelling businesses in Atlanta.

Updated: April 23, 2012

New & Notables


305 6th St Ne, Atlanta, GA 30308

Smoothies from the chains can taste more like sugar bombs than nutrition and Dtox has got the cure. Situated on a peaceful side street in Midtown, organic concoctions comprised with nutrient packed ingredients like kale, spinach, cucumber apple & celery are just what the doctor ordered. Pump it up with a shot of wheat grass or opt for their popular juice 'til dinner plan which is surprisingly energizing for a diet that involves eliminating food.

Moondog Growlers

688 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064

Beer mania is taking over Cobb County and the hordes clamoring for craft draft to-go have found their mecca in Moondog Growlers. Marietta's first growler store is centrally located near the square to offer a wide variety of beer to-go in state-approved refillable glass vessels. Georgia favorites including the city's own Red Hare, though the list includes taps from breweries across the US and Europe in addition to domestic grog.

Cucina Asellina

1075 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Celeb hot spot STK now has a sassy Italian sister next door with the introduction of Cucina Asellina to Peachtree Street. Steaks and martinis have given way to Italian cuisine from Chef Marco Porceddu, a transplant of Naples, at work making Atlanta more delicious. As any Italian restaurant worth its truffle salt, the restaurant boasts a wood-burning oven for their flatbreads and an impressive wine list. Pasta options include a saffron invention laden with shrimp and old-fashioned square spaghetti with pomodora and fresh basil. The patio is waiting for you.

Alma Cocina

191 Peachtree St Ne, Atlanta, GA 30303

In the heart of tourist row, lies something truly Authentic. A latin star has been born in the form of Alma Cocina downtown. A destination for night out of tapas and artisan libations; the salsa sampler with its surprising mix of chicharrones, yucca & corn chips & an array of ceviches reject what we've come to think of as authentic regional cuisine. Take note though, a designated driver might be handy as well when it comes to AC's own tequila, a hand-picked blend concocted on trips down south.

Sun In My Belly

2161 College Ave, Atlanta, GA 30317

It has been said that when Picasso was asked what compelled him to create, he said, "sun in my belly." Surely, this offhand knowledge is impressive to you, as you do not yet know that it is written on the website of this Kirkwood mainstay. S.I.M.B is legendary for brunch but Chef Allison is now venturing into supper. At night, the restaurant dims the lights and sets out candles. The brunch menu is replaced with starters like pho & braised chicken stew and entrees such as leg of lamb and tea smoked duck breast. Grab your beer growler or wine (it's BYOB) & dinner is served.