Atlanta Food Blogger Allison Smith Shares 5 Restaurants You Should Know About

Looking to expand your palate and explore new places around the city? AK x ALIBI will inspire you to start that journey. Atlanta-based blogger, Allison Smith turned her love for food into an influential brand, popular among foodies and creatives alike. Growing tired of the same rotation of Zaxby’s and American Deli, Allison set out to explore Atlanta’s diverse food scene. The more food she tried, the more she documented her experiences which is how AK x ALIBI authentically came to be.

Being genuine is what makes me stand out most. I take pride in being able to say I’ve created a community. AK x ALIBI was something I genuinely enjoyed. I love food, going on adventures, sharing places I go and I love people. I’m sure the love I have shows through the content I put out and the way I interact with those who rock with my brand. At the end of the day, I’m all about community, and I’m thankful to have the platform I have.

Here are some of Allison’s favorite food hangouts:

1) GreenHouse

79 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

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What makes this spot unique?

I’m a huge proponent of healthy food restaurants that are founded and ran by Black people. I love that GreenHouse focuses on clean eating and education. It’s on Georgia State’s campus, so it’s great to have options. They play Ari Lennox and neo-soul artists as they make your food – it’s a whole vibe. 

Which item(s) would you highly suggest trying?

Tex Mex Salad with chicken and avocado – extra chipotle ranch!

2) JCT Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

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What makes this spot unique?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am ALL about ambiance. With restaurants in Atlanta, there’s either great food or great ambiance – never really a combination of both. JCT is a place that hits the mark in both areas. I’m a hard critic and I was impressed! The inside of the restaurant is dimly lit, so I opt for a seat on the patio, and it’s perfect. The service is outstanding, too.

Which item(s) would you highly suggest trying?

Shrimp and Grits paired with Riesling

3) Negril Village

30 Roanoke Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

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What makes this spot unique?

I love Negril Village’s Sunday Brunch options. There’s an upstairs brunch that has current music, mimosas, and the whole nine. The first time I visited Negril, my friends and I missed brunch and I was so upset. We decided to stay and eat outside, and it was a great choice. The patio is beautiful and there’s a live band. It was giving bourgeois auntie vibes for sure.

Which item(s) would you highly suggest trying?

Jerk chicken and waffles with a mojito – win, win, win! 

4) Public School 404

930 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318

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What makes this spot unique?

The design and concept of Public School 404 is so clever. I love the decor – it’s modeled after a classroom. All the details were created with intention, and I just love that! The lighting isn’t super bright or super dim. It’s just really chill. The bathroom light though… go visit and take a picture in the mirror. Thank me later.

Which item(s) would you highly suggest trying?

The BBQ Bison Burger (ask for avocado on the side)

5) Just Add Honey

209 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 // 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

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What makes this spot unique?

Just Add Honey definitely isn’t a restaurant but I had to add my fave in here! I love Just Add Honey because of the ambiance but also the concept. The coffee/tea industry hasn’t really welcomed Black people or POCs with open arms. I’m so thankful for places like Just Add Honey because they’ve opened doors for communities of color. The owners really did their thing.  A friend of mine told me about Just Add Honey one day on campus. I didn’t have anything to do, I visited (and got lost) but since that first visit, I’ve been hooked! 

Which item(s) would you highly suggest trying?

My favorite teas are the mango rose, awake, and farmer’s market. If you need an extra boost of energy, you can ask for yerba mate to be added to your blend! 

Keep up with Allison and her food explorations @aksalibi

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