From chicken shacks to piano bars to bubble tea cafes, there's an array of New and Shiny coming soon to our collective gullets, Atlanta, and we're about to pass out with anticipation here. Well, we've peered deep into our crystal ball (actually, a meatball) so let us not hold back. Here are the ones that we think are truly going to be the best newcomers of 2013:

Yum Bunz
Guy Wong, he of Miso Izakaya fame, will be working his magic on his signature hot, puffy little bao buns in the fast-casual dim sum eatery coming to the 935M apartments on Howell Mill... eventually. (We've been waiting on this joint for a year, Guy! Bring us our dumplings!)
After a successful go at Top Chef and an equally successful run at Woodfire Grill, Kevin Gillespie is making the leap into his own restaurant. Slated for a spring opening in Glenwood Park, he's told Eater that he plans to shape the restaurant around his Southern background.
When Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere made it their mission to give the humble chicken a makeover at Bantam & Biddy, we were on the edge of our seats with forks at the ready. Now, just a couple months after they brought local, organic poultry to Ansley Mall, they're venturing into Atlantic Station with a joint they're calling Chick-a-Biddy. Call us greedy, but, we're excited to see another solid eatery close to the Westside.
The General Muir
Pastrami and corned beef and bagels, oh my! The Jewish deli coming from the folks behind West Egg is planning on opening its doors near Emory in mid- to late-January, so hopefully it won't be too long 'til we can get our paws on a solid reuben.
King + Duke... And a Food Truck
Man, that Ford Fry has been busy. After the huge success of The Optimist, No. 246 and (a few years ago) JCT Kitchen, he's planning on heading north to Buckhead for not one but two new ventures, one of which will take the former home of Bluepointe this March. That restaurant, King + Duke, will focus on (in his words) "primitive but exacting food" inspired by Colonial American fare. (It'll have a giant 24-foot hearth for cooking, if that helps you envision it.) As if that's not enough to keep him busy, he's also planning on launching a "quirky and delicious" non-profit food truck to benefit City Of Refuge, and also making the rest of us look like lazy bums.
Delia's Westside
Full disclosure: Scoutmob HQ happens to be located on the Westside. Full disclosure #2: we have a feeling that once Molly Gunn sets up shop near the corner of Northside and Marietta Streets with her second Delia's location, approximately 90% of our diet will consist of slingers, sliders and red velvet milkshakes. Gotta work on our beach bod, after all.
Heavens, we were supremely bummed when we heard that Sauced, one of our favorite cocktail lounges in the city, was closing their doors. We felt a little better, though, upon learning that the former chef at La Pietra Cucina would be bringing classic Italian cuisine with his latest, BoccaLupo. This chap worked with Mario Batali, so we're pretty confident that he'll be bringing the genuine article to Inman Park.
One thing we can say about Alex Brounstein (of Grindhouse fame), Jared Lee Pyles (HD1 and Flip) and Jason McClure (also of HD1 and Flip): they know how to put some serious goodness into a bun. We'd expect nothing less from their upcoming sandwich shop, opening in Midtown in the former Little Azio space "early next year."
Honey Bubble
Normally, a hankering for bubble tea involves a trek up a certain Route 13—also known as Atlanta's international corridor, Buford Highway. But soon enough, Midtown will have its very own place to get their hands on the beloved (almost cult-ish) boba. Beyond the bubbles, Honey Bubble (located right next to Java Jive) plans to offer sweets like macarons, sorbet and scones.
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