Al fresco dining is about more than satisfying an appetite; it’s also a feast for the eyes. Three local bloggers share their go-to places to stay awhile. Of course, the photo lighting is on point, too.
After moving to Atlanta a few years ago, Florida transplant Alyssa Fagien created the popular Instagram personality known as @atl_bucketlist. She keeps the culinary scene under her thumb—literally. For dinner with a view, she suggests heading to O-Ku on the Westside. “Not only is O-Ku one of my favorite sushi restaurants in Atlanta, but it’s also one of my favorite rooftops!” Fagien says. “The view is absolutely gorgeous and the space is small enough to feel cozy, but big enough to hold a crowd. I can always count on O-Ku for refreshing cocktails and the freshest fish.”
The next spot that Fagien recommends for any foodies’ radar is South City Kitchen (SCK) Buckhead. While this tried-and-true Atlanta staple has grown from its original Midtown bungalow to four metro Atlanta locations, Fagien prefers the Buckhead locale for its large, open and well-appointed patio. “Pair it with SCK’s delicious food and there’s really nothing better,” Fagien says.
Fellow Atlanta-based blogger Erica Key of @eatingwitherica suggests another Buckhead hot spot: The Regent Cocktail Club. “When you first walk in, the decorations absorb you in a chic and trendy atmosphere. The entrance splits for an indoor and outdoor rooftop bar,” Key says. “[The Regent Cocktail Club is] known for their talented mixologists who are also easy on the eyes. Outside there are lounge areas, table and standing room for parties of any size.”
Just across the street in the heart of Buckhead is another favorite for Key: King + Duke. ”Your mouth begins watering the moment you get near the building,” she says. Her dish of choice? “A must-try for me is the shrimp toast. I refuse to share this one.” Even if you opt to sit inside, the dining wall is flanked by a large glass window overlooking—so you can enjoy the view from the great indoors, too.
Meanwhile, you’re more likely to find blogger Lia Picard at Inman Park’s BeetleCat donut brunch on weekends. Picard has a loyal Instagram following (@liapicard), particularly for her penchant for the morning sweets. “I love all things doughnuts, plus the laid-back, yacht-like atmosphere of BeetleCat makes for a fun time,” she says. "I love to post up on BeetleCat’s patio for their donut brunch.” Indulgence starts at only $1 every Saturday and Sunday between 10:30 am-2:30 pm.