There’s no shortage of restaurants and bars to visit in Atlanta. In fact, there are so many that it can be a challenge to navigate through all of them. Here, you’ll find a rundown of the best places to eat and drink in the city. We’ve included a selection of essential Southern spots, where to visit for a celebratory occasion, and even where to grab some brunch. This might not be a definitive guide to the best restaurants in Atlanta, but it’s a good start.
West Egg Cafe
In West midtown, this charming venue serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch seven days a week. West Egg Cafe has a reputation for serving up a tasty fried chicken breast, but if you wish to ensure that you leave feeling fully satisfied, go for the Peachtree Plate, which is served with a biscuit (of course), fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese grits, and two eggs. It gets super-busy in the mornings, and even more so at the weekends, but once you’ve put your name down for a table, you could always enjoy a cold brew at the nearby Brash Coffee.
Fox Bros Bar-B-Q
Atlanta offers numerous barbecue spots, but this is a great choice for first-timers. You should expect a line, but if you get there at opening time (11 am), you shouldn’t have to wait too long. They serve all the best barbecue favourites, as well as a number of less standard appetisers, such as smoked wings and chicken-fried ribs. Ensure to order some sides like Brunswick stew, m collards, and Mac and cheese, to round out your plate. If your stomach can take even more, you wouldn’t regret the chocolate pecan pie.
Taqueria del Sol
There are a number of reasons why we included this gem on our list, such as its super affordability, delicious margaritas, and the Mexican-meets-Southern menu. Although, it’s really the combination of all the above that makes this venue a great choice. The menu includes such items as fried fish tacos and brisket enchiladas, with almost every item priced under $5. The queso is undoubtedly the best option on the menu, however.
This venue will make you feel like a 1900s oil tycoon. It’s situated inside an historic train depot, with costly but first-rate food, accompanied by a selection of classic cocktails. The menu is largely comprised of fancier options than you may be used to, such as tasty steaks, caviar, and oysters. If you don’t have Rockefeller’s budget, however, their Happy Hour includes oyster-based deals, and they also offer $2 Hawaiian rolls.
After a day of sightseeing, or even post-bar hopping, you may just feel like a simple combination of pizza and beer. Should that be the case, you should find out the location of the nearest Fellini’s and head right over. There are seven branches of this local chain, so you should never be too far away from one, and they don’t close until 2 am. Enjoy a slice of their mushroom and spinach pizza, or if you want something to count as half of your breakfast, go for a calzone.