Want the scoop on Atlanta's most talked-about local spots?
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to uncover which eateries have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at Atlanta businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. Then we analyzed foot traffic data from SafeGraph to validate the trends.
Read on to see which spots have the momentum heading into the end of the year.
Open since September, this outpost of the well-known traditional American eatery and candy store chain, which offers burgers, unique desserts and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "American (Traditional)" on Yelp.
Citywide, traditional American spots saw a median 1.3% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Sugar Factory saw a 69.1% increase, maintaining a 2.5-star rating throughout.
Located at 1080 Peachtree St. NE in Midtown, Sugar Factory also offers tacos, quesadillas, chicken wings, soups, salads and milkshakes. Check out the full menu here.
Sugar Factory is open from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about Candler Park's Hattie B's Hot Chicken, this outpost of the small Southern and traditional American chain is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Southern" on Yelp saw a median 1.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, Hattie B's Hot Chicken bagged a 6% increase in new reviews within that time frame, maintaining a healthy 4.5-star rating.
Open at 299 Moreland Ave. NE since 2018, Hattie B's Hot Chicken specializes in "Nashville hot chicken" plates, tenders and sandwiches, as well as homemade Southern sides, such as greens, baked beans, red skin potato salad and creamy coleslaw. On the menu, you'll also find iced tea and lemonade (available by the glass or gallon) and desserts like peach cobbler, banana pudding and root beer floats.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday.
Howell's Kitchen and Bar
Howell's Kitchen and Bar is also making waves. Open since 2017 at 1962 Howell Mill Road, Suite 100, the well-established New American restaurant and cocktail bar, which offers pizza and more, has seen a 3.9% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.4% for all businesses tagged "American (New)" on Yelp. According to SafeGraph foot traffic data, visits to Howell's Kitchen and Bar increased by 43% over the past month.
There's more than one hot spot trending in Atlanta's New American category: The Wing Bar has seen a 3.4% increase in reviews.
Howell's Kitchen and Bar offers "modern takes on the classics you know and love," according to the restaurant's Yelp page. Over the past month, it's maintained a solid four-star rating among Yelpers. Stop by for the eclectic food and drink menu or for a game of bocce ball on the large patio.
Howell's Kitchen and Bar is open from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday. According to SafeGraph, foot traffic is heaviest at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays, so go on Mondays if you want to avoid the rush.