30 Things Steak Shapiro Loves About Atlanta

Our May issue's "30 Things We Love About Atlanta" were contributed by Steak Shapiro, host of ”Atlanta Eats” (www.atlantaeats.com).

Our May issue's "30 Things We Love About Atlanta" were contributed by Steak Shapiro, host of ”Atlanta Eats” (www.atlantaeats.com).

1 Chop House at Turner Field. No better spot for a beer on a summer night (braves.mlb.com).

2 Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. Atlanta Fish Market, Kyma, Pricci, Buckhead Diner, Chops, etc. ... set the standard for Atlanta food (www.buckheadrestaurants.com).

3 STATS Sports Bar. Tables that have taps attached to them—need I say more?

4 Tony Gonzales. The best tight end of all time comes back for one more year to play for the Falcons (www.atlantafalcons.com).

5 Antico Pizza Napoloteano. Maybe the best pizza on the planet (404-724-2333).

6 Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward. This one-two punch will make the Braves matter for years to come (braves.mlb.com).

7 Alliance Theater. One of the best local theater groups in this country.

8 The NBA on TNT. The best studio show in sports history airs out of Atlanta (www.nba.com/nbaontnt/).

9 Davio’s at Phipps Plaza. This outstanding Italian spot has one of the coolest patios in town.

10 Delta Airlines. The world’s largest airline means we never have to deal with anything but direct flights (www.delta.com).

11 The new Beltline. Connecting our city in a way like never before (www.beltline.org).

12 Sweetwater Brewing Company. Is there a cooler beer anywhere (www.sweetwaterbrew.com)?

13 The burger at Kevin Rathbun Steak. Sit at the bar and dig in.

14 Atlanta Botanical Garden. It’s the perfect family outing.

15 Matt Ryan and Aaron Murray. The quarterbacks for the Falcons and UGA are great guys that will make fall a season to remember.

16 Hal’s on Old Ivy. The quintessential night out (www.hals.net).

17 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Head to Alpharetta for one of the greatest places to see live music (www.vzwamp.com).

18 Game X. This new spot is a play land for adult gamers (gamexatl.com).

19 The Optimist. Named the best new restaurant in the country by Esquire (theoptimistrestaurant.com).

20 Lake Lanier Islands. A resort just outside the city where you will feel a million miles away.

21 Playground at Peachtree Dekalb Airport. A hidden gem that will wow the kids (www.pdkairport.org).

22 Noche in Virginia-Highlands. A staple in one of Atlanta's classic neighborhoods.

23 New restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. How can you go wrong with everything from Ecco to Goldberg's Deli.

24 McAmish Pavilion. Georgia Tech’s new b-ball facility is as good as it gets (www.ramblinwreck.com).

25 Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus. Two philanthropists that just keep making Atlanta great.

26 Waffle House. There for you day or night (www.wafflehouse.com).

27 Taste of Atlanta, Oct. 25-27. A great chance to sample our tastiest food (www.tasteofatlanta.com).

28 Ebenezer Baptist Church. You can feel the tradition and the history just by walking inside.

29 Athens on game day. If you want to experience football in the South, there’s nowhere quite like it (www.visitathensga.com).

30 4th and Swift. Doing farm to table with a rock-star chef like few others have.