Busy Bee

West End

There is no soul-food joint as beloved as the Bee, and it is often rumored to have the best fried chicken in town. Opened by self-taught cook Lucy Jackson in 1947,...

  • Family style
  • Local Cuisine

Joe's on Juniper

Midtown

A popular gay locale with a patio to rival the one at Einstein's down the street. Drinks, basic bar food and one of the more popular trivia nights in the city.

  • Casual
  • Pub

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Poncey-Highland

Soul Vegetarian is one of the more unusual places to grab a bite to eat in Atlanta, and it has nothing to do with the pale yellow light or the servers' white robes...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Local Cuisine

Staplehouse

Old Fourth Ward

A one-time grocery in the Old Fourth Ward and nominated for the James Beard Award Best New Restaurant 2016, Staplehouse is a comfortable cross between fine dining...

  • Casual
  • American

The Colonnade Restaurant

Midtown

A true fossil of the Good Old Days, when country comfort and mildly boozy, church-going snobbery packed into the same vinyl booth, The Colonnade has been in business...

  • Family style
  • Local Cuisine

The Varsity

Midtown

The Varsity has been serving Atlantans greasy, delicious hot dogs and onion rings for as long as anyone can remember. The awe-inspiring double-decker drive-in in the...

  • Fast Food
  • American
  • 4
  • 1

The Vortex

Little Five Points

Unfortunately, because of its classification as a bar, kids aren't allowed inside the gaping mouth of the laughing skull that serves as the Vortex's entrance. But,...

  • Pub
  • American

Atlas

Buckhead

Atlas is the great new hope of the Atlanta dining scene: seasonal American cuisine from Executive Chef Christopher Grossman, who partners with more than a dozen...

  • Fine Dining
  • Fusion

Cracker Barrel

Marietta

It may be a highway chain, but this mash-up between restaurant and country store is an essential one. Put a name down for a table and wander through the cheap...

  • Casual
  • Local Cuisine

Daddy Dz BBQ Joynt

Midtown

In Atlanta, the BBQ-algorithm is usually such that the more suspicious it looks, the better it tastes, and Daddy Dz is one fine example. The ramschackle, run-down...

  • Casual
  • Local Cuisine

DeKalb Farmer's Market

Decatur

Glorious enough to count as a wonder of the world, this mega-sized farmers market will make any foodie go weak in the knees. Even if you leave empty handed (good...

  • Market
  • International

Eats

Midtown

Long serving the city's cheapskates, Eats is a bare-boned eatery offering meat and vegetable plates for those willing to brave its punkmospherics. Though the prices

  • Casual
  • Local Cuisine

Einstein's

Midtown

A long-running casual dining establishment in the heart of Midtown, Einstein's serves up basic, well-prepared and none-too-expensive fare. The patio is especially...

  • Casual
  • Fusion

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

West End

This much-coveted 'cue joint is sort of "third-wave" barbecue, a more refined, boutique-style restaurant with recipes that are honed and consistent. But despite the...

  • Casual
  • Local Cuisine

Green Sprout

Lenox Park

Tucked away in a shopping center off of Piedmont, Green Sprout is a faux meat extravaganza that should be on the not-to-miss list for any veg-head. Vegetarian...

  • Casual
  • Chinese

Highland Bakery

Old Fourth Ward

Though this lesbian-owned chain has now expanded all throughout the city, the original location in the Old Fourth Ward is still full of charm. Party bake shop, part...

  • Bakery
  • American

Home Grown

Cabbagetown-Reynoldstown

Home Grown has steadily risen to become one of the most popular brunch places in the city. It combines eclectic decoration, the on-site keyboard and vocal stylings...

  • Family style
  • Local Cuisine

Houston's

Lenox

To view a cross-section of Atlanta's diverse, middle- and upper-middle-class, go to Houston's . Long the more affordable fine-dining alternative for special...

  • Fine Dining
  • American

King of Pops

Old Fourth Ward

It wasn't long before King of Pops slowly took over the cart-shy city with its rolling popsicle stands, selling gourmet mostly fruit-based pops for three bucks a...

  • Specialty Shop
  • Sweets

Krog Street Market

Inman Park

One of the new attempts to "revitalize" the inner-city area, the Krog Street Market is much like a pre-fab Pike's Place. Found in a lofty reappropriated industrial...

  • Market
  • International

Las Margaritas

Midtown

For Spanish and Latin American fare that gets better with every margarita, start with tapas and end with "Mama's Signature Dish," a classic Cuban ropa vieja. For...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Fusion

LottaFrutta

Old Fourth Ward

An elaborate riff on the central-American fruit stand, Myrna Perez has been serving, often in person, her sumptuous fruit cups in MLK Jr.'s old neighborhood for over...

  • Market
  • Mexican

Mamak

Chamblee-Doraville

A great excuse to venture out into Atlanta's diverse Buford Highway area, Mamak is an increasingly popular Malaysian street food restaurant that serves beautiful,...

  • Café or Bistro
  • International

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Midtown

Mary Mac's rivals the Colonnade for the southern-style meat-and-three dining, in both charm and staying power. Fill out the small forms at the table with mains and...

  • Family style
  • Local Cuisine

Octane Coffee

Midotwn

One thing Atlanta has a scarcity of is decent, independent coffee shops, making Octane the easy favorite in the java-deprived city. This sun-drenched location right...

  • Coffee shop
  • American

OK Café

Buckhead

The classic American diner comes with wine-red booths, checkered vinyl floor, and blouse-and-skirt uniformed waitresses. Yet the OK is not touristy, rather a popular...

  • Family style
  • Local Cuisine

Proof Bakeshop

Inman Park

With quality baked goods at refreshingly low prices, Proof is without a doubt one of Atlanta's favorite bakeries. A rotating daily menu offers full meals, but the...

  • Bakery
  • American

Radial Café

Candler Park

One of the first farm-to-table restaurants in Atlanta, Radial has been serving standard but well-prepared breakfast and lunch since 1999. It is also right beside the...

  • Café or Bistro
  • American

Revolution Doughnuts

Decatur

"Poised to revitalize the American doughnut," this boutique doughnut store in Decatur is a haven for sweet-fiends. With combinations such as Caramel Bacon and French...

  • Coffee shop
  • American

Ria's Bluebird

Midtown

Ria's Bluebird is an Atlanta institution located across from the Oakland Cemetery, in a gorgeous old building full of original Bluebird-inspired art. The café has...

  • Café or Bistro
  • American