Atlanta is a city full of culture, hospitality and amazing restaurants. During our time in the city, we were able to visit a lot of great places, but I still found myself wanting to check out a something new on every walk around town. Here’s an overview of the places we visited – a collection of fantastic options for food and drinks in Atlanta.
We’ve already covered two amazing markets in town (Krog Street + Ponce City) and detailed a list of things to do while in Atlanta. In this post, I’ll be breaking down some food options by occasion. Keep an eye out for a post on Atlanta “sweet treat” stops coming soon.
RISE & SHINE
Can’t we all just get on the same page and agree that breakfast food is the best? I’m a little suspicious of people who don’t enjoy breakfast food. For me, it’s usually a must to find good spots in whatever city I’m visiting. Here’s where to go in Atlanta:
THE FLYING BISCUIT – Multiple Locations
The best breakfast in Atlanta. This place had a long wait but it was easy to see why. What the tiny shop lacked in space it made up for in flavor. And the biscuits? They did not disappoint. The Flying Biscuit is actually a chain restaurant, so if you ever find yourself in Georgia, Florida or North Carolina make sure to give them a try!
AMELIE’S FRENCH BAKERY – 840 Marietta St. NW
This is the place to go for a small sweet and a coffee. The French bakery whips up anything from macarons to build your own breakfast sandwiches (on croissants!) The space is also very relaxed full of people catching up on reading and friends. You can take a look at the Google walk through below!
SUBLIME DOUGHNUTS – Multiple Locations
SO you KNEW this was coming right? Who would I be if I didn’t mention a donut shop. You can read all of my thoughts and see all of my pictures of Sublime Doughnuts by checking out this post here.
WEST EGG CAFE – 1100 Howell Mill Rd
Looking for something legit? Then you definitely should check out West Egg. Simple, minimalist decor surrounds you and your tasty breakfast treats. You won’t be upset opting for one of their omelettes but don’t look past the waffle options either.
STAR PROVISIONS – 1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
This coffee shop and unique eatery sells everything from breakfast entrees to kitchen utensils. Read all about our thoughts on Star Provisions and the Westside Provisions District in this Coffee Break post.
HEART-ATTACK LEVEL DELICIOUS
So if I have one complaint about the food in Atlanta, it’s that all of the food there seems like it was designed to kill me. Not in a “Scary, I don’t like that” sorta way but in a “If this is how I go I’m glad I died happy” sorta way. If you’re doing a lot of walking around Atlanta, be prepared to handle the hilly streets after eating your body weight in fried chicken. Here’s where you should go to clog your arteries:
MARY MACS TEA ROOM – 224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
If you’re in Atlanta and want fried chicken, then you’re either going to Gladys Knight & Ron’s Chicken and Waffles (we didn’t have time to go here which reminds me, I need to book another trip to Atlanta) or you’re going to Mary Mac’s. The place is a Southern cooking staple of the city that will leave you full and satisfied. The menu is perfect for first-timers offering a lot of options to mix and match and the staff is super friendly.
THE VARSITY – 61 North Avenue NW
The Varsity is “The World’s Largest Drive-in” that serves up hot and dirty fast food to hoards of crowds every day. This place was packed when we got there. The food is simple – burgers, chili dogs, fries – but has anyone ever complained about a basic but delicious food? This isn’t a place you’d want to go to on the regular but it should be your first stop if you’re nursing a hangover.
FOX BROS BBQ – 1238 DeKalb Ave NE
There are a lot of BBQ options in ATL and if the rest of the bunch are half as good as Fox Bros then I think you’ll be happy. This place is a pretty standard BBQ affair with a no frills environment and a serious love of meat. Mmmm, so good.
GRINDHOUSE KILLER BURGERS – ATL airport
Another dirty burger joint on the list, don’t hesitate to pick up a Grindhouse Burger if you’re stranded in the Atlanta airport BECAUSE SPIRIT AIRLINES IS AWFUL AND THE WORST AND I WILL NEVER USE THEM AGAIN AND I LITERALLY HATE THEM.
I’m sorry, I blacked out there for a minute. Where was I? Oh right, I need a drink.
GET YOUR DRINK ON
Atlanta also has a ton of great options in their bar scene. We only had time to visit a few places so here are my favorites:
THE BOOKHOUSE PUB – 1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
We found our way to Bookhouse on our first night in town because it was close to our Airbnb and had good Google reviews. Little did we know that we we’re walking into a very chill bar with Twin Peaks inspired drinks and decor! This greatly amused us Twin Peaks fans and we probably drank more than we needed to that night.
PROOF & PROVISION – 659 Peachtree St NE
This old school cool basement bar is located below the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel. It has a great vibe and fine craft cocktails that would make it the perfect place to have a drink with friends or cuddle up next to someone special.
THE PORTER BEER BAR – 1156 Euclid Avenue
Last on my list was my favorite bar we visited in the Little 5 Points district. Porter’s had an amazing selection of beers & ciders with over 800 options! We spent most of the night in this bar discussing unsolved murder cases because if you haven’t figured it out yet we are TOTAL WEIRDOS. But seriously, check out this bar.
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