Foodie News x Restaurant Reviews x Hip-Hop Attitude

In 2010, I (Nick Love) spent over 45% of my annual income eating out at some of Atlanta's best (and worst) restaurants. So, who better to guide you through the city's crowded dining terrain?? Now, I, along with my team of Hip-Hop generation foodies, will expose and review ATL's newest hits, hidden gems, and old favorites. Hopefully, this blog will earn us a free meal or two while we point you guys in the direction of some good food and steer you away from the wackness. Let's eat!!!

May 14, 2012

The Top 5 Restaurant Patios in Atlanta

It's summer time!!!  Summer, summer, summer time (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince voice).  It's the time of year where you and your folks walk into a restaurant, look the hostess right in the eye, and say, "can we sit OUTSIDE?/".  I mean, straight up, if you're sitting inside between April and June in Atlanta, you're losing on so many levels.

A couple of weeks ago, I told the good people over at Rolling Out Magazine what the best restaurant patios in Atlanta were.  Now, I'm sharing it with you here on my site.  Check out my selections (in no particular order and see if you agree.

1. Strip - 245 18th St NW #5100
On a Saturday afternoon, Strip's patio seems like the epicenter of Atlantic Station.  Overlooking the community's "central park", there's no telling what you'll see during your meal.  I've seen movies, flea markets, kids playing hopscotch, and the occasional relationship breakup.

2. Front Page News - 351 Moreland Ave, NE
FPN is one of the few restaurants in the city with a FULL patio.  It has a full bar along with two, four, and eight-party tables.  Secondly, the scenery is beautiful.  The shrubbery and vines combined with that central fountain make for a very pleasant dining experience.

Lunch at Front Page News in L5P

3. Twist - 3500 Peachtree St NE
Twist is all about the people watching.  It's located right at the main entrance of Phipps Plaza where the valet is set up.  From your seat, you can see everyone pull up and the high end luxury vehicle that brought them.

4. Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft - 1745 Peachtree St NE
Tuk Tuk's patio sits 3 stories high right on Peachtree St where downtown and Buckhead meet.  On a clear night, you can see the downtown skyline perfectly from your table.  Their Lychee mojito is the perfect compliment to a summer sunset.

Overlooking Peachtree St from the patio at Tuk Tuk Tahi Food Loft

5. Stats - 300 Marietta St NW
A full bar, 2 huge plasma screens, fire pits, and a retractable awning make Stats easily one of the best patios in the city.  And, how could you go wrong with views of the Westin Peachtree Plaza and sections of Centennial Park.

Honorable Mention - Cinco Mexican Cantian (Akers Mill Rd), The Renaissance Hotel (formerly the Palomar on W. Peachtree)


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