Jun 01 2022

Soul Food And Spanish Fusion - Atlanta Gastroguide

Spanish tapas are well-established in Atlanta, Georgia. So let’s explore some of the city’s creative takes on the cuisine - featuring plenty of pork and spices, of course!

Southern soul food is always on the menu in Atlanta, Georgia. So it’s perhaps owing to these creole roots that Spanish tapas are a well-established element in dining here - both cuisines share a true love for pork and spices. Let’s explore the best of Spain’s cuisine with our Gastroguide to Atlanta.

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Buena Vida Tapas & Sol

Taking artsy-boho inspiration from the South of Spain and Ibiza in the Balearic Islands, Buena Vida is designed with love from floor to ceiling, and from front of house to kitchen. A modern take on what Spanish tapas should look like, Chef Landon Thompson mixes rare imported ingredients with classic dishes and insists on an impressive veggie offering - nearly half the menu is meat-free or plant based.

Must-try: Huevos rotos and the Manchego cheesecake

Gypsy Kitchen

Gypsy Kitchen

Based on Iberian fusion, Gypsy Kitchen takes us on a culinary journey through the ages. Imagine richly layered dishes, calling on Spanish - but also Moroccan and Indian - spices. Add a well-planned wine list and happy hour cocktails for the complete package in this mecca-style tapas hall.

Must-try: Shrimp arroz caldoso and the Chef’s Board

Eclipse di Luna

With not one, not two, but three locations across Atlanta, you can bet that Eclipse ie Luna has that special formula for how to do dinner. Pick from one of these three family-friendly settings to enjoy a lively evening of tapas and paella, plus live music and salsa dancing to boot.

Must-try: Mejillones and the Paella del Día

The Iberian Pig

The Iberian Pig

A celebration of one of Spain’s best exports,  jamón ibérico de bellota, The Iberian Pig takes pride in its pork. Jamón legs line the bar as a tongue-in-cheek homage to the charcuterie of Spain. Of course, cured ham headlines here but there are interesting dishes available if you don’t dine on swine. The polished vintage look also makes it date night choice in Atlanta.

Must-try: Ibérico mac n’cheese and the Queso de Murcia al Vino

Cooks & Soldiers

Cooks & Soldiers 

Another well-conceived venture by the owners of The Iberian Pig, this time you’ll get wrapped up in Basque cooking culture at Cooks & Soldiers. The simplicity of the asador grill combines flavor derived from just olive oil, salt, pepper and smoke, while the pintxos on offer are creatively concocted by their family chef. Basque cuisine usually means fresh fish, so prepare to dive in!

Must try: Vieiras scallops and the pan de setas

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