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BET­TER HALF— Eclec­tic. This hid­den gem serves up a cool, laid-back am­biance and an ever-chang­ing menu of in­ter­est­ing dishes that of­ten fea­ture Latin in­flu­ences. D (Tu-Sa). www.bet­ter­hal­fatl.com. 349 14th St. NW, Bldg. C, 404.695.4547. $$$ Map3/B3 JCT. KITCHEN & BAR— South­ern. This con­tem­po­rary spot of­fers South­ern cook­ing (crispy fried chicken, shrimp and grits, fried ap­ple pie) and a cool at­mos­phere, com­plete with trains rum­bling past. Great up­stairs pa­tio with a bar and live mu­sic. L (M-Sa), D (daily). www.jc­tk­itchen.com. 1198 How­ell Mill Road, West­side, 404.355.2252. $$ Map3/B1 NUEVO LAREDO CANTINA— Mex­i­can. At this col­or­ful restau­rant, Mex­i­can chefs pre­pare au­then­tic spe­cial­ties like chicken mole, pork ten­der briskets, chile rel­lenos, lob­ster tacos and en­chi­ladas. Don’t for­get to wash it all down with an enor­mous mar­garita. L&D (daily). beta.nuevolare­do­cantina.com/. 1495 Chat­ta­hoochee Ave., West­side, 404.352.9009. $ Map1/C6 O-KU— Ja­panese & Sushi. At this swanky new sushi spot, the bar draws crowds on week­ends while an am­ple menu of ul­tra-fresh ni­giri, rolls, cre­ative ap­pe­tiz­ers and hot en­trees de­lights foodies. The Black Magic roll is a must-try. D (daily). www.okusushi­atl.com. West­side Iron­works, 1085 How­ell Mill Road, 404.500.2383. $$ Map1/C7 THE OP­TI­MIST— Seafood. This chic restau­rant em­bod­ies coastal liv­ing—from tangy cock­tails to de­li­cious starters (seafood gumbo, mus­sels in crabby-co­conut broth, fried clam roll), roasted fish dishes and a wine list heavy in coastal se­lec­tions. L (M-F), D (daily). www.theop­ti­mistrestau­rant.com. 914 How­ell Mill Road, West­side, 404.477.6260. $$$ Map3/D1 WEST EGG CAFÉ— Amer­i­can. Dig into one of the city’s best break­fasts. Here, South­ern com­fort clas­sics are served in an en­er­getic environment. Or grab a bite to-go from the walk-up cof­fee and bak­ery counter. B&L (daily), Br (Sa&Su). www.west­eggcafe.com. 1100 How­ell Mill Road, 404.872.3973. $$ Map3/B1 YEAH! BURGER— Amer­i­can. The clas­sic Amer­i­can burger joint reimag­ined. Choose your bun, patty, cheese and top­pings. Ni­trate-free hot dogs, hand­cut fries, sweet potato fries, or­ganic sal­ads and milk­shakes round out the menu. No reser­va­tions. L&D (daily). www.yeah­burger.com. 1168 How­ell Mill Road, West­side, 404.496.4393 Map2/B1; 1017 N. High­land Ave., Vir­ginia-High­land, 404.437.7845. $ Map1/D7

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