There are so many good places to eat in Atlanta that it can be hard to narrow your foodie choices down. Atlanta is a vibrant and exciting city in the USA that has a buzzing foodie scene. Even though cities like New Orleans and Charleston are known for amazing Southern food, Atlanta is also a great city to find Southern food and delicious dishes. I’ve teamed up with some of my favourite food and travel bloggers to bring you some of the best places to eat in Atlanta, so you can start planning where to eat in Atlanta.
Good places to eat in Atlanta
There is a huge range of restaurants, cafes and foodie places in Atlanta. Whether you are looking for traditional southern food, fast food, street food or great coffee, there is something for everyone in Atlanta. There are far too many amazing foodie places in Atlanta to feature in this article, so I have listed a few of the fun places to eat in Atlanta to get you started. To learn more about the Atlanta foodie scene why not book a Southern Food Tour of Historic Inman Park? Take this small-group tour and have tastings locally-owned and award-winning restaurants with a local guide. You won’t regret it!
South City Kitchen
Feast on sophisticated southern classics at South City Kitchen. The upscale yet casual restaurant is located in Midtown and is one of the best places for Southern food in Atlanta. The best time to visit Southern Kitchen is at midday for lunchtime treats such as Catfish Reuben, or at dinner for fried green tomatoes and fried chicken. The menu includes all your Southern favourites including freshly baked biscuits and cornbread, she-crab soup, shrimp, grits and buttermilk fried chicken. Come for the food and stay for the warm and inviting atmosphere. It’s definitely one of the best places to eat in Atlanta.
The Vortex restaurant chose by Rick Griffin from Mid Life Roadtrip. The Vortex is located in Atlanta’s Little Five Points Neighborhood. It’s basically a biker/burger bar that has the most unique atmosphere of any restaurant in Atlanta. It also has some of the most creative burgers on the planet. It’s one of the best places for burgers in Atlanta. The Fat Elvis burger has peanut butter, bacon and fried bananas.
The ‘Carnivorgasm’ has grilled sirloin patties, pulled, smoked pork, bacon, sliced ham, turkey, cheddar cheese and whiskey pimento cheese. My favourite is the Double Coronary Bypass. This is a half pound of sirloin patty topped with two fried eggs, six slices of American cheese and eight slices of bacon. Served between two grilled cheese sandwiches instead of regular hamburger buns. Their menu and “Acceptable Behavior” policy is also a hilarious read.
Varuni Napoli, chosen by Sasha Eats. Varuni Napoli is a Neapolitan Pizzeria located on Monroe St. It’s known for mouthwatering wood-fired pizza with locally sourced toppings. Best pizza in Midtown. We usually dine there on Wednesday and order Varuni salad. This is accompanied by a Chiattona Benni pizza (white) or Bastardo pizza (red) and a half-priced bottle of Italian wine. Owners are two brothers from Italy, Luca and Benny. Food is always fantastic though the service can be spotty.
Bon Ton, chosen by KK Travels and Eats. There are plenty of restaurants in Atlanta to choose from, but there’s one that I always suggest and will never get tired of. Bon Ton is a Vietnamese-Cajun boil house with a New Orleans feel. Its pink exterior and edgy interior make it an easy favourite. Bon Ton’s flavour combinations are not only perfect in their food, but also in their cocktails. If you like seafood, spice and handcrafted cocktails then Bon Ton is where you should go. Their menu makes it easy to get shareable dishes or to fly solo and the atmosphere will make you want to stay until they close. Bon Ton is located on 674 Myrtle St NE, Atlanta.
Moonie’s Texas Barbecue
Moonie’s Texas Barbecue chosen by McCool Travel. For the tastiest brisket east of Texas, head for Moonie’s Texas Barbecue Flowery Branch, Georgia. It’s less than 50 miles from downtown Atlanta. There is a second location in Gainesville, Georgia. Not just another Georgia BBQ joint, Moonie’s challenges all wannabes with “An Authentic Texas Meat Market!” prominently on display on the large signs right on the street and emblazoned on the delivery van. And oh what glorious brisket it is.
I have to admit that I have travelled all over the USA (including Texas) and this rivals the tastiest brisket I have had the good fortune to try. My true barometer of a quality BBQ place was also met when they had scrumptious peach cobbler. Moonie’s Texas Barbecue is located at 5545 Atlanta Hwy, Flowery Branch, GA.
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Atlanta Breakfast Club
Atlanta Breakfast Club has to be the best place for breakfast in Atlanta. It is a retro-meets-modern diner with friendly staff, steaming pots of coffee and delicious southern breakfast items. For a taste of the south, you have to try the Peach Cobbler, the French Toast and the Crispy Fried Chicken & Waffle. Fried chicken waffle for breakfast seems absolutely bonkers to me as a British person but dear god is it tasty. Especially when you add hot sauce and maple syrup as recommended by the staff.
Be aware that Atlanta Breakfast Club is very popular and can be extremely busy, especially on weekends. It’s definitely worth the wait if you are looking for southern breakfast in Atlanta. Atlanta breakfast club is located on 249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd, Atlanta.
Cacao chocolate shop
Cacao, chosen by Em’s on the Road. Cacao is an award-winning chocolate shop in Atlanta, Georgia. The founder, Kristen Hard, was the first chocolate maker in the South East and the first female chocolate maker in the Continental United States. She’s dedicated to sustainability in the industry, sourcing beans directly from farmers around the world to create her decadent confections.
There are Cacao cafes in Buckhead and the Virginia Highlands. They are fashioned much more like an elegant boutique or gallery rather than a traditional candy shop from your childhood. With gleaming white marble countertops and glass cases of exquisite truffles. there’s also sophisticated chocolate gift boxes stacked almost like jewellery boxes. Visiting one of their shops is a luxurious experience. One of the treats they’re most known for is their rich drinking chocolate. “Inspired by wanting to swim in chocolate,” don’t miss trying a rich and velvety cup of drinking chocolate, topped with house-made marshmallows.
Ponce City Market Food Hall
The Ponce City Market Food Hall is part of a mixed-use development located in a historic building in Atlanta. Here you’ll find office space, retailers and an impressive food hall selling a range of cuisines. The Ponce City Central Food Hall is probably the best food market in Georgia right now and is very popular with locals.
There’s a real mix of dine-in restaurants and market stalls for takeaway and street food, with a huge range of local and internal cuisines. Some of the foodie offerings include Batter Cookie Dough Counter, selling Atlanta’s first edible cookie dough. Hops Chicken selling delicious fried chicken and Ton Ton, selling Sushi, Ramen and Yakitori. Why not do a Weekend Food Tour in Ponce City Market? Buying a tour online means that you can skip the long restaurant lines. You can also learn more about the market from a local expert guide and enjoy tastings from multiple eateries in the food hall. Ponce City Market Food Hall is located on 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta.
The Varsity, chosen by Travel like a Prince. I wouldn’t necessarily call it foodie heaven, but if you miss going to The Varsity while in Atlanta, you may regret it. Built on the concept of a diner-style fast food joint, this staple has been a part of the Georgian culture for over 90 years. Since Varsity’s humble beginnings, they have expanded to 7 locations that will all ask you, “What’ll ya have?” as you enter.
Whether you choose a classic, such as a burger or slaw dogs, or just pop in for one of their famous Varsity Orange drinks, (which you can have made into a shake!), a stop at this iconic restaurant is both a memorable and cheery experience. The Varsity is located on 61 North Avenue Atlanta.
Grindhouse Killer Burger
Grindhouse Killer Burger chosen by Sasha Eats. In my opinion, Grindhouse Killer burgers are ‘incrediburgible’ – the best in Atlanta. I have been eating at this location since June 2012. They have consistent food and service. I always order their Grindhouse Style Junior burger with onion rings. The fried pickles are amazing as well. Prices are very reasonable. Grindhouse Killer Burger is located in Midtown Atlanta on Piedmont Rd, go early as parking is limited.
Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
This no-nonsense BBQ joint has counter-service beer & BBQ as well as incredible nightly live blues music. There are no frills at this Atlanta diner, just straight up BBQ food that’s served quickly and with a smile. It’s one of the best BBQ places in Atlanta for good food and friendly service. Some of the best dishes include the tasty 1/2 rack of ribs and the chopped pork sandwich. Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is located on 1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta.
This is no ordinary sushi restaurant in Atlanta, O-KU Sushi is sushi meets southern style. This innovative and industrial-chic restaurant has all your sushi favourites, as well as a good range of Japanese dishes. They also have a pretty kick-ass roof deck with Atlanta skyline views. I would definitely order the ‘chef tastings’ off the menu. This is a tasting menu of fresh fish and sushi offerings including sashimi and nigiri. It’s also a great place to get gluten free sushi in Atlanta, with many options available on the menu. O-Ku Sushi is located at Westside Ironworks, 1085 Howell Mill Rd NW A3, Atlanta.
Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano
Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano, chosen by Southerner Says. Craving some Italian food but can’t make it to Italy? The next best thing is right here on the west side of Atlanta. Little Italia, created to resemble a charming town centre in Italy, is home to Italian haunts such as Antico Pizza Napoletana and my favourite, Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano. The Sorrento Lemon chicken features chicken roasted so perfect in a sauce so fresh and delicious, you’d swear you were seaside somewhere on the Amalfi Coast. Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano is located on 1099 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta.
Octane Coffee is one of the best places for coffee in Atlanta. It has an openness and an industrial vibe that makes it a hipsters paradise. It’s also a great place for working and studying, with power points located near tables for the laptop lifestyle crew. What makes this coffee shop special is that they roast their beans right next to the cafe and they also use milk from a nearby dairy. It’s definitely a cup of ‘feel good’ in the morning. If you need to wake up fast then order the double espresso. It’s an absolute must for a delicious hit of strong caffeine. There are lots of coffee and pastry options available including soy lattes, muffins and espresso. Octane Coffee is located at 1009 Marietta Street Northwest, Atlanta.
Oceanaire Seafood Room
This high-end restaurant chain has an extensive menu of seafood and steaks as well as a fairly decent wine list. It’s definitely a place you want to visit for seafood in Atlanta. At Oceanaire Seafood Room, you will find that the dishes, atmosphere, service and quality of the ingredients are on point. The design is also classy and versatile with both tables and private booths for a special night out with loved ones, or dining with friends or clients. Whilst the seafood here is stunning you might want to leave some room for their rather flamboyant desserts! Oceanaire Seafood Room is located at 1100 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta.
Caffe Antico, chosen by Southerner Says. When dining out in Little Italia [on the west side of Atlanta], make sure you save some room for dessert. Head to the Caffe Antico where you can indulge in some gelato and sip your after-dinner espresso in an Italian street scene, complete with tables al fresco and Vespas. They have traditional Italian coffee, pastries, amazing gelato and a range of desserts. It’s one of the best places for gelato in Atlanta and is really worth a visit. Caffe Antico is located on 1077 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta.
For a taste Mexico in Atlanta, head to Holy Taco for imaginative tacos and tasty churros. They like to put a twist on tacos with offerings such as Duck Tacos with arugula, red peppers and pineapple. There is also a great selection of beers and strong cocktails to wash your tacos down with. They have an ever-changing seasonal menu using sustainable ingredients. It’s a really nice spot for some al fresco dining and is one of the highly coveted spots for patio dining in Atlanta. Make sure to keep an eye out for week-night specials if you are a budget-conscious diner. Holy Taco is located at 1314 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta.
What do you think of this list of good eats in Atlanta? Do you think it’s a good representation of Atlanta’s food scene? Is there anywhere that should be added to the list? Let me know in the comments below Remember if you are flying to Atlanta, check out flight deals to Atlanta on the Skyscanner App.
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