The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival starts today in Midtown, y'all. There are classes to attend, tasting tents to frequent, and maybe even a few swanky dinners to check out, but what are you going to when you aren't rubbing elbows with fellow Admirers of Southern Food? Eater Atlanta has you covered:
First, here's a walkable guide to Midtown, aka a map of places for coffee, drinks, and meals from breakfast to late-night that are all within walking distance of the fest's home base, Loews. There's also Hugh Acheson's go-to guide to the city, the spring's best patios (and the best spring cocktails to enjoy on said patios); some pretty damn good burgers; ten bars, including after-hours favorite Octopus Bar, likely to be overrun with chefs; and a map of all the places Anthony Bourdain visited on the Atlanta episode of the Layover.
Then we've got the city's 38 most essential restaurants and Eater Atlanta's May Heatmap (where to eat right now!), which doesn't yet take into account brand new restaurants Gunshow, from Top Chef veteran Kevin Gillespie, and King + Duke, Ford Fry's newest venture. If you want to explore Atlanta's new greenspace, here's where to eat on the BeltLine, but maybe boozy milkshakes or iconic sandwiches are more your thing? If you want real-deal ethnic food, do check out this guide to the best eats on Buford Highway, and if you're simply looking for something to make the morning after a little easier, check out the best hungover brunch spots and all the bottomless mimosas your heart desires.
Saturday morning, displaced local coffee shop Steady Hand Pour House will take over Empire State South, and Sunday night, Paper Plane's Paul Calvert and Charleston darling Brooks Reitz are putting on a cocktail-heavy dinner. There's a supper club-style Yard54 brunch happening on Saturday at 11 a.m., too. And just for fun, here's a map of Atlanta pizza places that's actually made out of pizza.