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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 meze (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. $$$$. 3085 Piedmont Road. 404-262-0702. www.buckheadrestaurants.com/kyma.
JAKE'S ICE CREAM, What makes Jake's ice cream stand out isn't just its vibrant flavors, but its subtlety: The Brown Sugar ice cream isn't gritty or cloying, but a smooth caress of your taste buds. The Chocolate Slap Yo Mama is justly celebrated, being not so much an ice cream flavor as an enhanced chocolate delivery system. 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-9300. www.jakesicecream.com.
HANK'S ICE CREAM, The bad news is that Hank's lost its lease in Grant Park. The good news is that the company is looking for a location in Midtown. Meanwhile, a Hank's has opened inside Wakefield Foods near the airport in College Park. Yes, it's worth the drive to stock up. Winner of "Best Ice Cream" 2007. $. 5658 Riverdale Road. 404-622-0007.
PAOLO'S GELATO ITALIANO, Tucked away in a small shoebox of a shop in Virginia-Highland is Atlanta's own mad master of gelato. With flavors ranging from the pedestrian strawberry and chocolate to zanier flavors like pannacotta and rose (better than it sounds), all the gelatos are smooth, creamy and delicious. $. 1025 Virginia Ave. 404-607-0055. www.paolosgelato.com.
Bhojanic, *** In a city overrun with great South Indian options, Bhojanic offers some of the most vibrant northern Indian fare in Atlanta. Try the lusciously thick, smooth eggplant dip laced with caramelized onions and accompanied by cornmeal flatbread, a Punjab novelty. L, D. $$. 1363 Clairmont Road, 404-633-9233. www.bhojanic.com.
MADRAS SARAVANA BHAVAN, Yeah, yeah it's all vegetarian, but if you eat Narendra Patel's South Indian cuisine and complain about the lack of meat, you deserve a lifetime diet of Vienna sausages. The enormous menu offers one amazement after another, like baigan bhartha (roasted eggplant sautéed with peas) and dosai (rice-and-lentil-flour pancakes filled with strongly seasoned curried vegetables). Winner of "Best Indian" 2007. L, D. $$. 2179 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur. 404-636-4400. www.madrassaravanabhavan.net.
UDIPI CAFE, Savory rice pilafs, spicy vegetable curries and spectacular stuffed crepes and pancakes are but four reasons to seek out the city's newest South Indian vegetarian outlet. Sophisticated carrot desserts, traditional beverages and crisp breads double the pleasure. Table service is a plus. L, D. $$. 1850 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur. 404-325-1933.
Antica Posta, *** The Buckhead glitz factor is down at this old-world Italian restaurant serving Tuscan specialties such as crostini and superior pastas. Service and comforts are first-rate, making this a special-occasion destination as well as a place to enjoy the kind of Italian food served in Italy, not New York. L (Sat. only), D. $$$$. 519 E. Paces Ferry Road. 404-262-7112. www.anticaposta.com.
ENOTECA CARBONARI, ** Luxurious in a country-Italian style, this sister restaurant of Baronda brings the Italian ethic of "good food and good friends" to Midtown. Featuring an excellent selection of meats and cheeses paired with its extensive winelist, Enoteca is a place to connect with friends both old and new. L, D. $$$. 710 Peachtree St. 404-810-9110. www.enotecacarbonari.com.
Osteria 832, Taking its namesake from the small pasta cafes found in Italy, Osteria 832's spot in the former North Highland Bagel location is downright celebratory. The bread basket is fluffy, the pizzas are thin and bubbly, and the Bolognese and bosciaola pastas shine. L, D. $. 832 N. Highland Ave. 404-897-1414. www.osteria832.com.
Sotto Sotto, **** Riccardo Ullio, owner and executive chef of Sotto Sotto, is a perfectionist who hasn’t conceded to the Americanization of Italian cuisine. Specifically: The food is never drowned in sauces or piled up in belt-loosening quantities. Risottos are undoubtedly the best in the city. Taste rules and pasta dishes are straightforward, often featuring seasonal ingredients. Winner of “Best Italian” 2007. D. $$$$. 313 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-6678. www.sottosottorestaurant.com.
88 TOFU, Tucked just inside the Perimeter on Buford Highway, 88 Tofu House serves tofu nearly 88 ways, predominantly in soups rounded out with meat, vegetables, seafood or bean paste. Even better, the restaurant stays open around the clock, meaning that you can order up the ultimate hangover cure before your hangover even sets in. $. 5490 Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-457-8811.
Hae Woon Dae, **** Easy to miss in a drab strip mall just outside I-285, Hae Woon Dae serves some of Atlanta's most delicious and entertaining Korean cuisine, with bulgogi beef and other meat dishes charcoal-grilled in sunken cauldrons at your own table. The pickled kimchi sides come in so many colors and flavors you're bound to find one you adore. Winner of "Best Late-Night Dining" 2007 and "Best Korean" 2007. L, D. $$$. 5805 Buford Highway, Suite 5. 770-458-6999.
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