The locavore movement has made a lot of progress in Atlanta over the past few years. We could throw a rock and it would probably hit a farm-to-table spot, with partnered farmers listed on the menu and fresh, seasonal ingredients abound. But, while plenty of restaurants have happily hopped aboard the sustainability bandwagon, we know one Atlanta institution who’s been doing it all the while. Yup, Radial Cafe is pretty much the O.G. of the locavore movements here in Atlanta & has responded to guest demand and developed a larger, more organic menu, serving up expertly prepared farm-fresh dishes since before “farm-to-table” entered our lexicon. “Working within a 100-mile radius of Atlanta, we have incredible product to work with,” Owner, Frank Bragg, told us. He’s certainly right, and in no place do those local, edible gems shine brighter than on Radial’s seasonal dinner menu.
There’s no point in denying it: we’re suckers for a warm supper round the dinner table in Radial’s rustic, comfy, and freshly renovated dining room. Still bespoke with vintage trinkets and reclaimed barn wood, the newly outfitted space just keeps getting cozier and cozier every time we step into the door. And now that their patio is open, it's a magical place to take in the autumn colors coming our way. Perusing their menu of almost entirely local ingredients and hunkering down to a warm, hearty meal fills us with joy. Nowhere else in Atlanta does the regional harvest shine brighter – and we just can’t stop coming back to it. Especially since Radial has such a beloved, neighborly feel. “I wanted to have a place where we had regulars and a stake in our neighborhood,” Frank explained. And from what we could tell? Frank got what he wished for.
Happily, much like our favorite neighbors, the brains behind Radial are quite skilled at whipping up quite a top-notch meal (and invite the whole neighborhood to enjoy it, of course). They’ve got all sorts of modern twists on classic, greasy spoon fixins. Their kitchen creates classic dishes that are never lacking in rich creativity. Case-point: they're juicy, deliciously prepared pork belly, served atop mashed sweet potatoes. And the salmon? It’s cooked and seasoned to flaky, rose perfection. Even the cocktails here are a shout-out to the local fare, thanks to fresh juices from Arden’s Garden, and some freshly muddled blueberries. And of course, they’ve always got something sweet on the ready. Last time we were there it was a fresh plum cobbler, served up å la mode. Honestly, we couldn’t hope for a better neighbor.