It’s an understatement to say that last year was rough, especially for the restaurant industry. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, many restaurants have been forced to rethink their business models—or have had close completely. Yet the industry has remained resilient and innovative, introducing new menus and options like curbside pickup, embracing delivery-only ghost kitchens, and expanding outdoor dining. And new restaurants are still opening, giving us new options to look forward to—whether you choose to dine in or out. Here are the most anticipated restaurants of 2021, in no particular order.
D Boca N Boca
39 Georgia Avenue Southeast
Making the list for the second year in a row is owner/chef Helio Bernal’s authentic Mexican spot in Summerhill. Slated to open in March, D Boca N Boca will serve small plates inspired by the Yucatan and Veracruz regions. Don’t miss the house-made tortillas.
63 Georgia Avenue
Richard Tang (Girl Diver, Char Korean Bar & Grill) is trying his hand at the bar scene with an old school arcade-themed spot on Georgia Avenue. Expect craft cocktails and Asian-inspired small plates, a rooftop patio with foosball and darts, and a bar-cade with Mortal Combat and virtual reality elements. Tang says he’s planning for a late spring or early summer opening.
How Crispy Express
75 Georgia Avenue
The Ticonderoga Club crew is opening a counter-service sandwich spot in Summerhill. Their goal: to serve “the perfect chicken sandwich.” No word yet on when it’ll launch, but look for pop-ups at Krog Street Market.
By Carly Cooper, Atlanta Magazine