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MICHELIN Honors Midtown Restaurants

Welcome to Midtown, MICHELIN!



If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of foodies across Atlanta rejoicing, "At long last!" And at long last indeed. MICHELIN - yes, the tire company that created its own dining guide to bolster travel - has come to Atlanta via a partnership with the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, celebrating the city's culinary prowess and signifying its bright future. In the national discourse, more people are noticing Atlanta's influence as a place where innovative cultural leaders are creating "what's next" for the arts, tech, fashion and dining. 

Two of Midtown's very own were among the 45 honored restaurants: Lazy Betty, soon to be located at Peachtree and 10th Streets, and Lyla Lila, located at Peachtree and 3rd Streets.

The Star of Midtown 

Lazy Betty received one MICHELIN star, among a select group of only five one-star recipients, the highest honor awarded this year. Lauded for its contemporary cuisine, inspector notes commended the restaurant's "clever flavor combinations that highlight regional ingredients."

Source: Lazy Betty

More MICHELIN Love for the District

Lyla Lila was also honored, selected as one of "Atlanta's 2023 Recommended Restaurants," deeming it a must-experience spot for Atlantans and visitors alike. This spot features southern European food with pasta as a celebrated focal point.

Source: Andrew Thomas Lee/Lyla Lila
Angie Webb/Lyla Lila

Overall, Midtown and Metro Atlanta dining enclaves demonstrated their exceptional hospitality to the undercover inspectors, who worked for the past several months to discover the best of the region's culinary offerings.

“Our famously anonymous inspectors enjoyed experiencing Atlanta and its dynamic culinary landscape,” said Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of the MICHELIN Guides. “They came away impressed with the diverse offerings, as the selection of restaurants not only reflects a taste of the South, but also has a good deal of international flavor. There is so much for foodies to savor here. Whether they’re local residents or international travelers, they’re in for a treat!”

What an Atlanta MICHELIN Guide Means for Midtown

Midtown attracts visitors from all over, from international business travelers to convention groups shuttling to the Georgia World Congress Center and locals who come for arts experiences. More than 7 million people visit Midtown annually. The district's walkable, tree-lined streets also make it easy to get from entertainment venues to any of the 150+ restaurants in the area.

The arrival of MICHELIN not only serves as significant culinary recognition for the area, but inspires an increased focus on excellence and innovation among restaurants in Midtown and beyond. For the next two years, restaurants will continue to fine-tune their craft with an eye toward receiving recognition in 2024 or 2025.

And with the 2021 introduction of the Green Star, which highlights restaurants at the forefront of the industry for their sustainable practices, we will continue to see restaurants work to achieve the highest ethical and environmental standards.

MICHELIN Honors a Midtown Hotel

While MICHELIN is known for their culinary expertise, the MICHELIN Guide also includes a selection of hotels, which features the most unique and exciting places to stay in Georgia and throughout the world.

At the edge of the district, Stonehurst Place made the list as one of their standouts from the “Plus” collection. The B&B recently changed hands for a record sales price according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Congratulations to Lazy Betty, Lyla Lila, Stonehurst Place, and all the other recipients for this remarkable distinction. Now, how can we get to the front of the queue to score a dinner reservation?

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