Located on the banks of Chattahoochee River, Canoe's beautiful historic setting makes it the perfect spot for any occasion. Dark wood and white tablecloths are featured in the dining room, which offers spectacular views of the river and the riverside gardens. Seafood selections highlight the contemporary American menu, and Southern specialties are offered on both the dinner and dessert menus. Selected as one of the country's best new restaurants by the James Beard Foundation, Canoe offers a romantic culinary treat for any occasion.
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.
Jackets are required at this ultra-elegant spot in Buckhead. The lavish garden setting creates an unforgettable ambiance, one of many reasons La Grotta Ristorante Italiano has been named Atlanta's best Italian restaurant for many consecutive years. Pristine white tablecloths are set under fine china and crystal, an appropriate stage for the contemporary regional cuisine from all corners of Italy. Delicate pastas and an outstanding variety of veal preparations highlight a world-class menu, while an excellent wine list is also available.
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.
An evening at this trendy spot, Buckhead Diner, may reveal a celebrity or two, as well as some of Buckead's most dressed-up diners. Funky Art Deco decor spices up this glorified diner, with booths and sassy waitresses to match. The menu covers the basics, but pulls some creative twists. Try the famous homemade potato chips with Maytag bleu cheese dressing, or Atlanta's fanciest meatloaf, comprised of veal and wild mushrooms. A diner-style bar with swivel stools serves cocktails to Atlanta's chic and stylish as they endure the frequent wait for a table.
Barbecue is the name of the game at Shane's Rib Shack. There are locations all over the south, but the original Shane's is the Atlanta area, not far from Peachtree. Check out the Kedron Village location to choose from a wide variety of options that will make you drool, including pulled pork, BBQ chicken, ribs, wings, sandwiches and side dishes such as coleslaw, mac-n-cheese, fried okra and collard greens. Catering is available.
Anatolia Cafe and Hookah Lounge is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located on Peachtree Street. It offers classic Mediterranean delights of wraps, kebobs, soups and salads with influences from Turkish flavors. You can accompany your meal with an international selection of draught beer, wines and other spirits. Hookah smokers can indulge in wide variety of shisha flavors. The cafe has been named as 'Best Hookah Bar' in 2014 by Creative Loafing.
Take a break from your local food and treat yourself to delectable Mexican fare at The Taqueria on Broad. The restaurant has casual and pleasant ambiance with ample seating space. The menu is high on authenticity and taste. The restaurant serves a slew of Mexican classics like tacos, empanadas, burritos and other mains, cooked to absolute perfection using the finest ingredients.
Café Lucia is situated in the historic Healey Building in the Five Points District, Downtown Atlanta. It is just some blocks away from Georgia State University and, consequently, a favorite coffee shop with students. The historic nature of the building is evident in the vintage decor of the cafe, which serves as a charming date spot. It resembles a quaint Parisian cafe, albeit with history unique to Atlanta, and is best if you seek a quiet spot to enjoy coffee with your partner or a group of close-knit friends. Spend time admiring their large photo mural, get work done using their free WiFi facility, or simply walk in before class or work for a cup of strong coffee. If it is hot outside, their Iced Dutch Coffee should rejuvenate you within no time.
A favorite hangout of the Georgia State University students, Rosa's Pizza has been dishing out yummy pizzas for more than two decades now. Lunch hours are packed, so its better to place your order on the go. The pies are pre-made to ease the rush but nevertheless they are delicious and very affordable. They also serve calzones, lasagnas and spaghetti's if pizza's not your thing. If you want to taste one of the best authentic New York style pizza's in downtown, then Rosa's is your best bet.
East Wave Fusion will take diners through a culinary journey which will not only give them a glimpse of Asian influences but also Latin American, Creole, Italian, West African, Spanish and French styles. Their menu crafted by Chef Jernard Wells is appealing and will make you want for more. The restaurant's futuristic decor adds to the trendiness of this place. Savor their dishes like Mama's Rolls, Asian Tacos, Banh Mi, Steamed Sliders, Blackened Tuna Roll, Bourbon Chicken and Crispy Honey Chicken. Complement your meal with a bubble tea or smoothie.
If you're in the vicinity of Downtown Atlanta and quite literally want a taste of something different, Jamrock, with its vast array of Jamaican delicacies, would be a great choice. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant introduces you to many culinary delights from the Caribbean island nation. Sandwiches like the Jamrock BLT are perfect should you be in a hurry; if a leisurely meal is what you seek, few things could be better with entrées like curry goat, jerk chicken and butter shrimp. The 'Mad Gal' smoothies are great accompaniments to the meal.