The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival kicks off Thursday evening and carries on through the weekend. Last minute tickets can be purchased here for the event, which is held at the Loews Atlanta Hotel on Peachtree and 11th streets. Many who plan to descend upon Midtown for the weekend will be vehicle-less or will want to avoid rush hour as much as possible— or, perhaps, will have had one cocktail too many. In any case, the need for a walkable Midtown guide is present, so it's our great pleasure to offer suggestions for everything from coffee and breakfast to late-night eats within half a mile of the hotel's home base.Read More
A Walkable Midtown Dining Guide for This Weekend's Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
1. Home Base: Loews Atlanta Hotel
Loews is home to all things Food & Wine Fest this weekend. They've got an on-site restaurant, bar, and market cafe.
2. Coffee, Late Night: Cafe Intermezzo
Atlanta, GA 30309
Looking for coffee? Cafe Intermezzo is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to midnight. Go for the coffee (or the coffee cocktails) and the huge selection of cakes.
3. Dinner, Drinks: Empire State South
Hugh Acheson's Atlanta restaurant probably has whatever you're looking for, whether its bocce ball and a cocktail, coffee, or a good meal. Empire State South opens at 7 a.m. during the week and offer Sunday brunch. Also: a not-to-be-missed coffee pop-up on Saturday.
4. Lunch, Day Drinking: La Tagliatella
Sure, it's a chain. But this is the first location of the Spain-based Italian restaurant to open in the US. It boasts an extensive menu, great service, and $3 mimosas and bellinis on weekend afternoons.
5. Low-Key Happy Hour, Lunch: Villains
New sandwich shop Villains Wicked Heroes has, yes, sandwiches, but also an outdoor bar, a selection of "evil potion" cocktails with things like watermelon and jalapeno-infused tequila and a Coke + peanut bourbon concoction served in a Coke bottle with a side of peanuts. Also, ramen popcorn. They're open from 11:30 a.m. daily.
6. Lunch, Brunch: Lure
Sustainable seafood restaurant Lure is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch from 11 a.m. daily. In addition to the oyster sliders and fresh fish, the bottled cocktails and/or punch bowls are not to be missed.
7. Southern Food: South City Kitchen
Looking for a good Southern meal near your hotel? South City Kitchen's got you covered for lunch (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and dinner (from 5 p.m.). A suggestion: fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, banana pudding.
8. Breakfast, Brunch: Highland Bakery
Highland Bakery is a local favorite for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Don't miss the sweet potato biscuits or the jalapeno-cheddar focaccia.
9. Late Night: 10th & Piedmont
10th & Piedmont serves lunch and dinner daily, but they also offer up a bar menu heavy on burgers and pita pizzas until 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and until midnight on Sunday. Here it is. Want to dance? Check out nearby Blake's on the Park.
10. Dinner, Sunday Brunch: The Lawrence
The Lawrence has seen a few chef changes in the last year, but recent reports say that the food is back on track if not better than ever and that the cocktails are solid as usual. Try the Lawrence if you need a walking-distance dinner reservation or a strong drink with Sunday brunch.
11. Fine Dining Happy Hour: Ecco
Ecco is open from 4 p.m. (dinner starts at 5:30) daily. Get the fried goat cheese appetizer with black pepper and honey, a plate of cured meats, and the olive oil stracciatella ice cream. And wine.