New Hotspots

After so many pandemic closings, doors are opening again for new restaurants ready to shake things up in the South.

Photo / Andrew Cebulka

After so many pandemic closings, doors are opening again for new restaurants ready to shake things up in the South. Bring your appetite for a luxe escape from the ordinary or a tasty trip down memory lane with nostalgic dishes. From fan favorites expanding to additional locations to fresh dining concepts counting down the days until they open, your new favorite place to grab a bite or a drink is waiting to meet you.

Brasserie la Banque

Named for the historic 1 Broad Street corner building that once served as Charleston’s bank, Brasserie la Banque celebrates life’s memorable moments by sharing good times in pleasant company over first-rate food and drinks. A selection of classic French Brasserie cuisine alongside creative new raw bar preparations.

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St. Julep

The new place to be in Atlanta is nine stories up at the cocktail lounge atop the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, where the playful vibe welcomes you to kick back and enjoy weekend DJ sets. Look forward to no-fuss cocktails, local craft beers, and irreverent chef-inspired bites like jazzed-up corn dogs and boozy soft-serve ice cream.

The Underdog Brewing Co.

Just off Drayton Street, Underdog Brewing plans to bring a comfy sense of the familiar to downtown Savannah’s beer scene. Focusing on American, traditional, and German beers paired with a simple menu of shareable apps, flatbreads, sandwiches, and salads, this brewery promises to feel like an old favorite even on your first visit. 

Brochu’s Family Tradition

One silver lining of the pandemic: it brought Chicago’s Michelin-rated chef Andrew Brochu and his new restaurant concept to Savannah’s Starland District. Inspired by the flavors and feel of a family gathering at home, you can look forward to classic Southern cuisine—like seafood and fried chicken—executed at a higher level.


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Excuse My French

Atlanta’s newest craft-cocktail oasis, Excuse My French offers a Parisian afternoon in a glass at the bar, in the cozy lounge area, or on the go while you shop. The main attraction: French cocktails you probably haven’t seen in the U.S. Treat yourself to wine by the glass, beer, or a flavor vacation with a Kir Royale, French Martini, or Pressed Juice-Suze & Tonic.


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Java Burrito

A Hilton Head Island classic just opened a new location in downtown Savannah, serving up amazing, made-from-scratch tacos and burritos alongside killer cups of joe. Stop in and say hello to your new go-to for breakfast, coffee, lunch, or happy hour — you definitely don’t want to miss the award-winning margaritas!

Poe’s Tavern Savannah

For gourmet burgers, fish tacos, and craft beer, you’re never more welcome than at Poe’s Tavern. This tribute to Edgar Allan Poe’s posting on Sullivan’s Island, near Charleston, is opening its fourth location on Savannah’s MLK Junior Blvd. Enjoy their literary-themed aesthetic as you enjoy the Pit & Pendulum burger or Edgar’s Drunken Chili.

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