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.
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.
For authentic Southern food with an authentic ambiance to match, Mary Mac's is the place to be. Stop by for everything tomato pie, beef turnovers and barbecued ribs to go with beer and cocktails. This bustling restaurant on Ponce de Leon has remained unchanged since 1945, and is as much a cultural experience as it is a culinary one. Regular favorites include the fried trout, baked or fried chicken, collard greens and sweet potato souffle. Catering and delivery services are available as well.
The inviting atmosphere of the rustic and old-fashioned Table and Main beckons one to go all out with the food. There is a Preservation Plate on the menu, with a serving of cured meats, cheese, pickled vegetables, Vidalia bacon jam, and thick country bread. For dinner, feast on grilled lamb chops, savor shrimp and grits, or indulge in country fried veal with pickled onions. End on a sweet note with the pie of the day. Complement your meal with a choice from the surprisingly healthy wine and beer list.
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 too, 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.
Agatha's brand of mystery dinner theater satisfies both the appetite and the funny bone. Agatha's provides a wonderful five-course dinner, with wine to savor and a murder mystery to solve. Audience participation is often solicited and the mysteries lean toward hilarity more than drama.
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.
Satiate your appetite as per your taste, as The Sound Table has an international menu! Here you can sit back, relax and enjoy the fabulous music. The venue is open until late and has a plethora of drinks on the menu. Be sure to try one of the cocktail specials, which are sure to please. Come here for a guaranteed night of fun.
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 great espresso coffee and delish small plates. Equally noteworthy is their tea collection, craft beers, selective wine list and unique cocktails. You will definitely come back for more.
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.