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Atlanta: Two Urban Licks
820 Ralph McGill Blvd.; 404-522-4622

Ambitious building projects are reconfiguring Atlanta, while an infusion of flash and cash has created a dynamic restaurant scene. Great barbecue and fried chicken are never far away, but the city shows off its cosmopolitan palate at Two Urban Licks. Brash, loud, and fun, this converted warehouse exemplifies the city's new breed of modern, outsize canteens. Expect a 14-foot open-fire rotisserie tower where Scott Serpas cooks his spicy New American riffs, including a smoky, tender brisket. Dinner for two, $70.