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.
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.
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.
Holeman and Finch Public House in Buckhead astonishes even at the front door, where a large glass enclosure holds hanging shanks and legs of meat. The seating draws inspiration from old community houses where patrons would dine at tables together even as strangers. The menu has consistent favorites, but also changes often for those ready to try something new. Interesting menu options are farm fresh cheeses, denoted by the breed of cow and area of origin. Around evenings, the restaurant begins filling up with nervous energy and milling customers. At ten on the dot, 24 (and ONLY 24) double cheeseburgers are served, and are said to sell out sometimes in less than a minute.
Flip is a burger joint unlike any other. Cooked up by celebrity chef and Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais, this unique eatery specializes in gourmet burgers made from the freshest of ingredients and accessorized with house-made condiments. Popular burgers like the Southern feature a country fried beef patty, house-made pimento cheese, pickles and green tomato ketchup. Other inventive creations include the Oaxaca and Lamburger. Be sure to belly up to the milkshake bar where you'll find Liquid Nitrogen frozen specialties like the Nutella and Burnt Marshmallow Shake. One of the restaurant's most popular is the Krispy Kreme shake featuring the famous Southern delicacy the Krispy Kreme doughnut. Amazing hand-cut fries, onion rings and a full bar are just a few more reasons to give Flip a try.
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.
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.
Every town has a gathering spot for local politicians and celebrities, and when the bigwigs turn out for Southern cuisine in Atlanta, this is the spot. Sip a Mint Julep while you peruse the menu of regional specialties, from Savannah crab cakes to coastal venison pie, home-baked breads and deserts to tomato-based barbecue. Drop in the antebellum dining room and enjoy the traditional live entertainment. Full bar service available.
Whether Elvis gyrates or Madonna vamps on the screen overhead, the overwhelming musical theme at the popular Hard Rock Cafe - Atlanta is balanced by an interesting and filling mix of menu items. With choices ranging from large-portion nachos to Southern servings of pot roast surrounded by garlic mashed potatoes, you won't leave hungry. The wait staff, disguised in 1950s-style garb, bring a sense of fun to every table. Watch closely as you peruse the gift shop on your way out: you just might see an actual celebrity.
This sophisticated Chinese establishment is the playground of wok master Chef Shan. The formal dining room plays host to a diverse crowd, drawing in anyone looking for delicious Chinese fare. Shan's specialty is a two course Peking Duck feast, which is a good representative sample of the Hong Kong and Szechuan flavors offered here. A nice wine list offers selections by the glass or bottle and is highlighted by Dom Perignon champagne.