This happening Midtown joint really packs them in, and is quickly garnering a reputation as a can't-miss destination on the local dining scene. The best way to describe the food is creatively modern Southern, but that doesn't really do it justice. The kitchen turns out such remarkable signature dishes as seafood bisque with sherry and scallops over stone ground grits with garlic gravy. Make reservations early on theater nights, as space fills up quickly. South City Kitchen surely promises a different spin on Southern cuisine.
Delicious barbecue and mesmerizing music have combined to make this Midtown spot a local legend. Patrons queue up for a dozen yards outside the door eager to sample their award-winning ribs, and it is well worth the wait. Opt for their ribs slab or pork sandwich with Brunswick stew and collard greens washed down with a chilled beer. Don't leave without a bottle of Fat Matt's secret sauce so you can try their pit-roasted wonders at home. Some of the best local blues bands perform here nightly for your dining enjoyment.
The Taproom is a simple, modern cafe that brings together rich, smooth and nuanced coffees brewed from beans sourced from Counter Culture Roasters, delicious pastries and light eats from Mae's Bakery, and distinctive craft beers from a variety of local breweries. The Taproom is one of the rare neighborhood cafes to offer Japanese-style pour-over coffees and other delicious blends. This cafe is a great place to hang out as well as to spread out your workstation as you sip on your coffee. Warm, simple, and inviting, Taproom is the kind of place where friends can meet, explore ideas and share conversation.
Walk into JavaVino before or after a meal to set the mood with a drink. It offers an extensive list of coffee and wine (yes, you read right!) to choose from. Whether it is a business meetup or just a casual chat with friends, the tranquil atmosphere seems to offer much-needed privacy. They have an interesting breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, and tea is also served. While here, do take a walk down to the basement to check out the huge and interesting wine cellar. The venue can be booked to host private events as well.
Tucked away in Ponce City Market, The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar is a great place to kick-start your day with a hot cup of coffee. A rather rustic space replete with wood-paneled floors, rocking chairs, barrels, and a wall of glass, this naturally-lit cafe has a laid-back atmosphere, which is perfect for a quick, steaming cup of coffee. Sourced from coffee traders from around the world, only the best beans make it to this coffee house, where it is then roasted, crushed, and brewed to savor their true flavor.
Located in a renovated industrial space with floor-to-ceiling windows that gives it a spatial look and sporting a minimalist look, you will like Condesa Coffee. Not only for the decor but for the espresso coffee and delish small plates. Equally noteworthy is their expansive menu, listed with tea options, craft beers, a selective wine list, and unique cocktails. You will definitely come back for more.
Set atop the Hilton Atlanta, Nikolai's Roof offers the epitome of romance. The view from the roof is breathtaking, and the elegant service is second to none. The gourmet menu features fine Russian and French cuisine, and the dishes are planned to go with and enhance the many vodka options available. The prix fixe menu is expensive, but offers a truly exemplary Russian meal. Reservations and jackets are required.
German national Wolfgang Hartert aspires to share the rich culinary heritage of his country with Americans at his co-owned restaurant Der Biergarten. The quintessential Bavarian establishment with an ambiance to match transports you to an outdoor beer garden in Munich. Catch live European football on the flat-screen TVs or enjoy a game of Fussball on the side. The menu features traditional classics like schnitzel, schweinshaxe, bratwurst and an array of sausages. The brews on offer represent drafts from Belgium, Ireland and England, and of course Germany, for an authentic taste of German culture.
This local legend is billed as the world's biggest drive-in and has been a staple on the Atlanta dining scene since 1928. Countless burgers, fries, shakes and more than two miles of hot dogs are served here every day, along with more Coca-Cola than anywhere else in the world. Dine in your car, seat yourself in one of the many cafeteria-style rooms, or simply order your greasy lunch at the 150-foot (46-meter) long stainless-steel counter and go. The white-tiled diner theme is a welcome throwback to days when drive-ins ruled the fast food scene.
Located in the elegant 1911 Georgian Terrace Hotel across the street from the Fox Theatre, Livingston is a restaurant steeped in history. In fact, it draws its name from former Atlanta mayor Livingston Mims who once owned the property on which the restaurant sits. Boasting a beautiful interior complete with floor to ceiling windows and a spacious terrace, Livingston is the perfect spot to grab a drink before a show or relax with a multi-course dinner and a bottle of wine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Livingston offers farm-fresh New American cuisine inspired by Southern roots. Highlights from the dinner menu include smoked and fried oysters and smoked pork chop. On weekends, the restaurant offers a decadent brunch buffet where you can sample a variety of favorite dishes.
Housed in a nondescript structure on Carroll Street, Little's Food Store may be easy to overlook; but be assured you will be missing out on some delicious burgers. Little's Food Store was established in 1929, and has remained unchanged since then. The grocery store and deli has been delighting customers for more than eight decades, garnering a huge clientele that only keeps on growing. The burgers keep people coming back for more. The patty is rich making each bite heavenly, and is well complemented by vegetables and sauces. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. The supermarket stores fresh grocery, wines, beer, candy, bread and any food item you may require.