Restaurants in Atlanta
Eating out in Atlanta is a sensory explosion, where visitors with a taste for excitement and variety won't be disappointed. One of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States and the third largest city in the country, Atlanta caters to the tastes of its sophisticated patrons.
From traditional Southern cooking like fried chicken, shrimp, fish, and okra to the legendary peaches, pecans, peanuts, and Vidalia onions that Georgia is known for, the food in Atlanta is second to none. Be sure to sample some peach cobbler and a slice of pecan nut pie for good measure.
You can't beat the hospitality of the south and the quality of the food isn't far behind. Head to Buckhead for trendy eateries and good home-cooked food, while Decatur, Midtown, and Virginia-Highland can't be beat when it comes to international cuisine. Most of Atlanta's finest restaurants require reservations and it is customary to tip waiters about 15 percent, while in expensive restaurants, tipping anything up to 20 percent is the norm.
One of the trendiest diners in Atlanta, Haven lives up to its name with lively atmosphere and seasonal American fare made in front of your eyes in the performance kitchen. The upscale urban eatery combines traditional American classics with local Georgian ingredients to maintain the friendly neighbourhood feel. Reservations should be made for daily lunch and dinner.
Address: 1441 Dresden Drive, Suite 100
Telephone: 404 969 0700
Ann's Snack Bar
Burger aficionados will literally have their hands full on Ann's famous Ghetto Burger, a monstrous pile of ingredients culminating in the award winning 'Hood" Burger. Consistently chosen as the best burgers in all of America, Ann's Snack Bar churns out delicious fast food treats to locals and the lucky few out-of-towners who catch wind of her fryer. This small establishment is well worth a visit. Monday through Saturday 11am to 7pm.
Address: 1615 Memorial Drive
Telephone: 404 687 9207
For nearly a decade, Mary Mac's has provided Atlanta with unpretentious, hearty meals that taste like the South. It is a classic not to be missed institution of southern dining and a litany of celebrity patrons and their pictures on the wall would attest to it. Hearty southern meals like fried chicken and barbecue are big pieces of evidence that cooking doesn't need to be fancy to be downright delicious. Open seven days a week 11am to 9pm.
Address: 224 Ponce de Leon Avenue
Telephone: 404 876 1800
Bone's is Atlanta's most famous steakhouse, having become the key venue for America's movers and shakers. Bone's serves the best prime-aged Iowa beef, prepared to each patron's exact specifications. The lamb chops are another delicious option, as is the Maine lobster. Desserts include the decadent Mountain-high Pie (layers of chocolate chip, rum raisin, and vanilla ice cream). The wine gallery has hundreds of excellent wines, specialising in French and Californian bottles. Lighter entrees are optional for lunch and Bone's is open daily for lunch (except Saturday and Sunday) and dinner.
Address: 3130 Piedmont Road
Telephone: (404) 237 2663
At Sotto Sotto ('hush hush' in Italian), the noise is incredible; with happy patrons delighting over their seafood risotto. The wood-roasted fish is Sotto Sotto's specialty. But the rich chocolate soup with dark Belgian chocolate, hazelnut whipped cream and sugar croutons is a close second. The bartender makes an excellent martini and the all-Italian wine list is extensive. Sotto Sotto is open all week from 5.30pm till late.
Address: 313 North Highland Avenue
Telephone: (404) 523 6678
Murphy's was a wine-and-cheese shop that evolved into a cozy restaurant and bakery; one of the most popular venues in Atlanta for brunch. The bakery and wine shop has display cases overflowing with pastries, crusty fresh-baked breads, and luscious desserts. For dinner, Murphy's offers a variety of entrees, including sautéed rainbow trout with sweet-potato hash with a large selection of pastas, salads, waffles, and pancakes. Murphy's is open all week till late.
Address: 997 Virginia Avenue
Telephone: (404) 872 0904
Hidden on a secluded industrial neighbourhood in a renovated warehouse, the Floataway Café is a foodie's paradise. The menu changes daily, with fresh and local organic produce and unusual ingredients being the order of the day. Enjoy succulent wood-grilled meats and seafood, or homemade pastas, or order the house speciality, grilled steak with pommes frites and red-wine shallot butter. The wine list is international and complements the food beautifully. Floataway Café is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 5.30pm to 10pm.
Address: Suite 15, 1123 Zonolite Road
Telephone: (404) 892 1414
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