Atlanta Restaurants

This is a city known for its food; many a trip to Atlanta is planned around meals in its barbecue shacks, upscale diners, and chic urban eateries. Traditional Southern fare—including Cajun and creole, country-style and plantation cuisine, coastal and mountain dishes—thrives, as do Asian fusion, traditional Ethiopian, creative vegan, and mouth-scorching Indian food. Catch the flavor of the South at breakfast and lunch in diners and other modest establishments that serve only these meals.

Many restaurants will accept you just as you are; dress codes are extremely rare in this casual city, except in the chicest of spots. Although many restaurants accept reservations, some popular spots operate on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends. Waits at some hot dining locales can exceed an hour, especially if you arrive after 7 pm.

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  • 1. Staplehouse

    $$$$ | Old Fourth Ward | American

    The genuine welcome is almost as unexpected as the food at this 2016 James Beard finalist for Best New Restaurant. The dishes from Chef Ryan...Read More

  • 2. West Egg Café

    $ | Midtown | American

    West Egg is a great place to come for one of the city's best breakfasts, especially if you're staying in Midtown. It serves breakfast all day...Read More

  • 3. Amelie's French Bakery and Café

    $ | Midtown | Bakery

    Georgia Tech students and professionals from nearby downtown flock to this eclectic space for its two counters brimming with an assortment of...Read More

  • 4. Bartaco

    $ | Inman Park | Mexican

    Take an order card, grab a pencil, and decide what you want in your tacos; Bartaco offers everything from falafel and fish to cauliflower and...Read More

  • 5. Butter & Cream

    $ | Bakery

    Small-batch ice cream is made on-site at these old-school ice-cream-parlor locations, one in Downtown Decatur, and the other in the Old Fourth...Read More

  • 6. Colonnade

    $$ | Buckhead | American

    For traditional Southern food—think fried chicken, ham steak, and turkey with dressing—insiders head to Colonnade, a local institution since...Read More

  • 7. Fellini's Pizza

    $ | Candler Park | Pizza

    This local chain puts together a mean 'za with a no-frills, order-at-the-counter approach. The slices are big and fresh, and locals love the...Read More

  • 8. Flying Biscuit

    $ | Candler Park | American

    There's a long wait on weekends at this spot, which is famous for its biscuits served with cranberry-apple butter. Dinners may include roasted...Read More

  • 9. Home Grown

    $ | Reynoldstown | American

    Southern comfort food at its finest can be found at this bright, old-school diner. Cheese grits with a good cheddar bite, fluffy biscuits that...Read More

  • 10. JCT Kitchen and Bar

    $$$$ | Midtown | American

    This comfortable, airy restaurant—with pale wood, white, and silver accents—is part of the now-bustling Westside Provisions District. JCT, a...Read More

  • 11. Mary Mac's Tea Room

    $$ | Midtown | American

    Local celebrities and ordinary folks line up for the country-fried steak and fried chicken here. In the Southern tradition, the servers will...Read More

  • 12. Soul Vegetarian Restaurant No. 2

    $ | Poncey-Highland | Vegetarian

    Vegan comfort food and plant-based barbecue dishes are served up in a no-frills diner setting, with mac and cheese (made with soy cheese),...Read More

  • 13. Southern Baked Pie Company

    $ | Buckhead | American

    Amanda Wilbanks has come a long way from entering her buttermilk pie in local competitions—she’s now the owner of three storefront locations...Read More

  • 14. Sweet Auburn Barbecue

    $$ | Virginia-Highland | Barbecue

    One of several success stories to come from the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, this offshoot of the market makes classic Southern barbecue available...Read More

  • 15. Taquería del Sol

    $ | Midtown | Mexican

    Don't let the long lines outside this counter-service eatery discourage you. They move quickly, and once you get in you'll be rewarded with...Read More

  • 16. Ted's Montana Grill

    $$$$ | Downtown | American

    The Ted in question is CNN founder Ted Turner, who has left a significant mark on this city, and Atlantans feel a sense of ownership for this...Read More

  • 17. Thumb's Up Diner

    $ | Old Fourth Ward | American

    You haven't really lived, or at least tested the limits of your heart's health, until you've tried the Heap: a sizzling skillet full of eggs...Read More

  • 18. Varasano's Pizzeria

    $$ | Buckhead | Italian

    Software engineer Jeff Varasano was 14 when he set the country's Rubik's Cube record, and he's since changed gears to accomplish the feat of...Read More

  • 19. Thelma's Kitchen

    $ | Sweet Auburn | American

    Head to this cheerful spot for favorites like okra pancakes, fried catfish, slaw, and macaroni and cheese, all of which are among the best in...Read More

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