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Anis Cafe & Bistro, French-Mediterranean cuisine in a charming house with a cozy patio. L, D $$ 2974 Grandview Avenue. 404-233-9889. www.anisbistro.com.
Atmosphere, Located in an elegantly decorated cottage, Atmosphere serves up French food that breeds nostalgia for Nice, featuring classically prepared dishes including puff pastry tarts and profiteroles. Entrees are beautiful to behold, especially the beef back ribs stewed in red wine with buttery leeks and tender tortelloni. L, D $$$ 1620 Piedmont Avenue. 678-702-1620. www.atmospherebistro.com.
Au Rendez Vous, For all the upscale, high-falutin' French places in town, our favorite is the decidedly homey Au Rendez Vous, tucked into a residential neighborhood in Brookhaven. The cash-only, Vietnamese-owned restaurant serves exactly the kind of food you'd find in a real working-class French neighborhood – traditional recipes cooked with love. You won't go wrong with any of the crepe appetizers, or rich, hearty meat entrees (try the rabbit cooked with red wine). The diminutive prices and feeling of eating in someone's jumbled living room only add to the appeal. Winner of Best French 2009. 1328 Windsor Parkway. 404-343-4983.
French American Brasserie, ***** At F.A.B you'll find upscale, straightforward French food that's reliably good. In a Frenchie interior of mirrors and marble, F.A.B. serves classic dishes including towers of seafood on ice, steaks and chops, and a pleasing assortment of a la carte sides and sauces. L, D $$$ 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard. 404-266-1440. www.fabatlanta.com.
Joel, ***** Joel Antunes has moved on, but he's left the kitchen in the very capapble hands of his longtime chef de cusine Cyrille Holota. Holota's technical exactitude and unlikely combinations make for some astounding dishes. The wine list is probably the best in the city. L, D $$$$ 3290 Northside Parkway. 404-233-3500. www.joelrestaurant.com.
Avra, Plunge into dinner several ways here, depending on your budget and your appetite. Request a pikilia plate of cold spreads while you peruse the wine selection and decide on other dishes. It's a standard mishmash of dips, many with wonderfully meandering names like melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant salad) and revithosalata (hummus). The kitchen nails its tzatziki and the grilled octopus is pliant and smoky in all the right ways. D $-$$ 794 Juniper Street. 404-892-8890. www.avragreektavern.com.
Kyma, Pano Karatassos' paean to his heritage isn't just the best Greek restaurant in town: It's an exquisite, authentic voyage into Mediterranean cuisine. Start with mezze (tapas/appetizers) -- pan-fried cheese in ouzo, stuffed grape leaves, wood-grilled octopus and shrimp -- and progress to the impeccably fresh fish simply grilled and adorned with lemon and olive oil. Don't leave without sampling the homemade yogurt with Greek honey and walnuts. D $$$$ 3085 Piedmont Road. 404-262-0702. www.buckheadrestaurants.com/kyma.
Nick's To Go, This tiny Greek gem is a complete family affair, with Nick Poulous working the front and his wife, Helen, and their daughters, Evie and Angela, in the kitchen. Although there's no dining area -- don't even try to eat inside or you'll get a fatherly scolding from Nick -- the comforting food travels well and is always made to order. Crispy wedges of Greek-style fries are lemony, heavily seasoned with dried oregano and served with a garlicky tzatziki sauce. The lamb gyro wrap is a cylinder of warm, pillowy pita overflowing with lamb sliced from the iconic revolving tower and spiked with tangy tzatziki that plays well against the heaviness of the meat. It's just like having your very own Greek mama. L, D $ 240 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-521-2220. www.nicksfood.com.
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