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Miso Izakaya - JAMES CAMP

6) Miso Izakaya. Guy Wong demonstrates what can happen when a chef loses his timidity and follows his muse. His restaurant has graduated from mediocrity to stardom. Wong was named Chef of the Year recently by Eater Atlanta and Bon Appetit cited him in a list of six favorite izakayas. He has most recently made a hit with his sublime, after-10 p.m. bowls of ramen, which will not remind you of your college dormitory meals. There is nothing on his menu I would not recommend. For a fun and inexpensive taste, stop by, have a drink, and sample the exotic, slider-like steamed buns that will show up in his new venture in West Midtown this spring. 619 Edgewood Ave. 678-701-0128, facebook.com/misoizakaya.com.

5) Holy Taco. This is another spot that went from ho-hum to addictive. Chef/co-owner Robert Phalen started with a menu of the usual taqueria dishes. Then his head blew up and he went tricky. Holy cow! Try the chicken heart tacos or a short-rib sandwich with local turnips, Manchego cheese, arbol aïoli and crunchy surprises. 1314 Glenwood Ave. 404-230-6177. www.holy-taco.com.

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