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25 Classic Atlanta Restaurants That Have Stood the Test of Time

From Southern and soul food comfort spots and a marisqueria to congenial taverns and a longtime, local fast food joint

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While Atlanta’s newer restaurants tend to capture most of the spotlight, people shouldn’t forget about those longtime dining institutions that continue to stand the test of time. From Southern comfort spots and a marisqueria to congenial taverns and a longtime fast food joint, these iconic Atlanta restaurants have remained beloved favorites for the last two decades, and way beyond.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Beautiful Restaurant

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2260 Cascade Rd
Atlanta, GA 30311
(404) 752-5931
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Established in 1979, the Beautiful Restaurant on Cascade Road continues to be an Atlanta favorite delivering heaping plates of cafeteria-style Southern staples, including crispy fried chicken, beef tips, and fried catfish with sides of mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, and turnip greens.

2. Canoe

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4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 432-2663
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Canoe in Vinings has been serving farm-to-table cuisine since before that term was first coined. The riverfront, fine dining restaurant includes on its menu everything from foie gras parfait and steak to Cornish game hen and whole-stuffed sea bass. Come here for brunch and order the pastry basket and cornmeal pancakes. Reservations highly encouraged.

3. Ray's on the River

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6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 955-1187
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Steak and seafood restaurant Ray’s on the River opened in what is now known as the city of Sandy Springs on the Chattahoochee River in 1984. The restaurant continues to be a dining destination for Southern surf and turf after over 37 years.

4. Bagelicious

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1255 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 509-9505

For nearly 30 years, Bagelicious has been serving up solid deli classics on its menu. For many New York transplants, it’s like a taste of home. Head here for plenty of fresh bagels topped with lox or whitefish salad, knishes and matzah ball soup, and meaty pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. Cash only. Open 6 a.m. daily.

5. K & K Soul Food

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881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 685-1073
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This soul food institution has been serving the Bankhead community for more than 40 years, and for good reason. Biscuits here can be filled with red sausage links, pork chops, chicken or beef sausage, country-fried steak, or fatback. However, this is where to come for meats like beef liver or chicken gizzards as well as stewed beef or fried whiting. The humble counter-serve restaurant, with its brick-tiled floors and 3-D mural, includes a few booths. Check out K&K’s vegetable plates, too.

6. Paschal's Restaurant

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180 Northside Dr SW #B
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 525-2023
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The historic Paschal’s restaurant served as a meeting place for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lieutenants during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. But long before MLK put Paschal’s on the map nationwide, the restaurant was already well-known around Atlanta for its delicious fried chicken. And, it still is today.

7. The Silver Skillet

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200 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 874-1388
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In business since 1956, The Silver Skillet serves a classic Southern breakfast with exactly zero frills. The restaurant serves as a frequent stop for nearby college students, Midtown office dwellers and hotel guests, and construction workers regardless of the day of the week.

8. R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

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1812 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 881-0246
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After more than 30 years, R. Thomas is still bringing a healthy dose of breakfast and brunch paired with strong coffee to hungry Atlantans 24-hours a day. Try an R. Thomas breakfast quesadilla in a sun-dried tomato tortilla filled with eggs, cream cheese, basil, cheddar, bacon, peppers, and onions or the breakfast stew with red potato corn chowder, quinoa, veggies, dulse, and nori. R. Thomas was one of the first establishments in the city to offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes on its menu.

9. Hsu's Gourmet

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192 Peachtree Center Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-2788
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This family-owned and run Chinese restaurant has been a downtown Atlanta staple since 1989. Located in bustling Peachtree Center, Hsu’s serves everything from lo mein and pan-fried noodles to spicy basil chicken and salt and pepper shrimp. But, come here for the three-course Peking duck served with soup, Chinese crepe, and the star attraction, the crispy roast duck in a sweetly salted honey soy sauce. It feeds two.

10. Mary Mac's Tea Room

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224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-1800
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Mary Mac’s Tea Room, the beloved Southern restaurant on Ponce known for its fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, and yeast rolls, underwent a change of ownership last year. Other than that, very little has changed. Mary MacKenzie first opened Mary Mac’s Tea Room in 1945. At the time, it was one of 16 tearooms in Atlanta.

11. Nick's Food To Go

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240 MLK Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 521-2220
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Nick’s Food to Go is a family-owned-and-operated Greek restaurant on the corner of MLK and Hill Street serving traditional gyros and its famous “Greek lasagna”. Fans of the 25-year-old restaurant got quite a scare in 2017 when developers were eyeing the land for another mixed-used complex. Thankfully, they decided to build around Nick’s instead. Head here for gryos between $6 and $7 or a combo (gyro, fries, and a 16-ounce drink) for just $10.

12. The Busy Bee Cafe

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810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 525-9212
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In business since 1947, this Vine City staple serves some of Atlanta’s best fried chicken alongside an assortment of other meat-and-three staples. It continues to be a popular spot on Atlanta’s westside, so be prepared to rub elbows with fellow diners. And, don’t be surprised to run into a famous face or two.

13. Eats

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600 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 888-9149
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It’s hard to pass up this Atlanta landmark restaurant located across from Ponce City Market and its trendy food hall. Since 1993, Eats has been a local favorite known for its hearty yet affordable meals. The most expensive option on the menu is a meat-and-three combo for around $10. Jerk chicken is the mainstay here, but there’s something for everyone on the menu. That also includes vegetarian options.

14. Zesto

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2469 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 237-8689
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For over 70 years, Zesto has been doling out classic drive-in food served with a side of soft serve ice cream. The Atlanta institution’s first location opened in 1949 on Peachtree Street, across from Brookwood Station. That location is long gone, but the Piedmont Road shop opened in the 1950s and continues to offer up burgers, dogs, and fries alongside the shop’s real deal vanilla and chocolate soft serve. Other locations include Little Five Points (temporarily closed), East Atlanta (drive-thru), Forrest Park (drive-thru), and Tyrone.

15. Nakato Japanese Restaurant

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1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 873-6582
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Testuko Nakato opened her eponymous Japanese restaurant nearly 50 years ago in Atlanta, now located on Cheshire Bridge Road. Still owned and operated by the family, the iconic restaurant offers traditional Japanese fare served in tatami rooms with low platform tables as well as hibachi-style dining and sushi via its sushi bar. Nakato just received a $40,000 historic preservation grant meant to preserve historic and culturally significant minority-owned businesses disproportionally impacted by the pandemic.

16. The Colonnade Restaurant

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1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-5642
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This Cheshire Bridge Road institution is nearly 95 years old. A monumental feat for any restaurant. The Colonnade has a loyal following among the over 60 crowd, but continually attracts new generations seeking down home, Southern comfort food (and strong martinis.) Come for classics like turkey and dressing, chicken fried steak, and fried chicken. However, regulars swear by its brunch and the bloody marys, too.

17. Nino's Italian Restaurant

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1931 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-6505
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Located on Cheshire Bridge Road, Nino’s is a classic red sauce restaurant that’s been serving pasta dishes in Atlanta for over 50 years now. Keep it simple with spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna or order the fettuccine with shrimp and scallops tossed in Pernod and saffron cream sauce. There’s also the classic veal parmesan.

18. Highland Tap

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1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-3673
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Sure, there’s fancier steakhouses in Atlanta like Chop’s Lobster Bar, but this Virginia-Highland stalwart keeps its steaks and martinis low-key and reasonably priced. Highland Tap — aka “steak basement” — is located beneath the street level on North Highland Avenue. The restaurant serves up old school cuts of steak and starchy sides, along with generously poured martinis with a sidecar, while bands like Night Ranger, Fleetwood Mac, and Run DMC play over the sound system. No need to dress up here.

19. Majestic Diner

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1031 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-0276
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The Majestic on Ponce de Leon has been soaking up Atlanta’s booze 24/7 since 1929. Some nights or weekend mornings simply call for comfort food. The restaurant serves up strong coffee with diner classics like steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, grilled cheese and fries, and the Ponce dog piled high with chili, cheese, and onions. Currently open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Continue to check the restaurant’s website for hours updates.

20. Manuel's Tavern

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602 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-3447
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The late Manuel Maloof opened Manuel’s Tavern along North Avenue in 1956. Over the decades, Manuel’s has become the gathering spot for neighborhood folks, political junkies, journalists, and local bigwigs swigging beer and talking about everything from sports to politics. The historic Poncey-Highland bar underwent an extensive renovation in 2016, but it still has the same charm and pretty solid food, too.

21. Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar

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794 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 876-7249
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Originally opened in 1927, Atkins Park in Virginia-Highland is one of Atlanta’s oldest and continuously licensed taverns. The landmark bar is a great place to watch sports on the weekends and for Sunday supper with the family.

22. Golden Buddha Restaurant

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1905 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 633-5252
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For over 45 years now, this Clairmont Road Chinese restaurant has been a popular go-to for Atlantans seeking generous portions of sweet and sour chicken, mu shu pork, egg foo young, lo mein, and kung pao shrimp. But don’t skip out on dishes like Sichuan-style twice-cooked pork, crispy empress chicken wings, san shan soup, and spicy mee goreng (fried noodles typically tossed with seafood or chicken).

23. The Mad Italian

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2089 Savoy Dr
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 451-8048
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After almost 50 years, the Mad Italian continues to be an Atlanta favorite for those seeking hearty sandwiches and homey pasta dishes. But the cheesesteak here is the move. It’s made with sliced steak topped with griddled onions and slathered in white American cheese, all stuffed inside a toasted hoagie roll shipped straight from a bakery in Long Island. Some have dubbed this sandwich the “best cheesesteak in town” and “south of Philly.”

24. Marisqueria El Veneno

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5082 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 986-9568

One of Atlanta’s oldest and most beloved marisquerias, El Veneno offers platters of mixed seafood to feed a family, soups filled with crab legs and shrimp, oysters, and plenty of micheladas to curb the kick from the hot sauce. Try the caldo de camaron or huachinango estilo Nayarit, a fried, whole red snapper topped with spicy salsa. Check out ATL’s other marisquerias, part of the thriving Mexican seafood scene here.

25. Matthews Cafeteria

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2299 Main St
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 939-2357
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Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker has been slinging Southern favorites since 1955: that’s how folks know it’s good. The restaurant’s ownership still remains in the family, and the fried chicken tastes like granny made it. Diners travel from around Atlanta to eat at this old school cafeteria. Matthews rarely disappoints with its array of Southern comfort foods.

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1. The Beautiful Restaurant

2260 Cascade Rd, Atlanta, GA 30311

Established in 1979, the Beautiful Restaurant on Cascade Road continues to be an Atlanta favorite delivering heaping plates of cafeteria-style Southern staples, including crispy fried chicken, beef tips, and fried catfish with sides of mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, and turnip greens.

2260 Cascade Rd
Atlanta, GA 30311

2. Canoe

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Canoe in Vinings has been serving farm-to-table cuisine since before that term was first coined. The riverfront, fine dining restaurant includes on its menu everything from foie gras parfait and steak to Cornish game hen and whole-stuffed sea bass. Come here for brunch and order the pastry basket and cornmeal pancakes. Reservations highly encouraged.

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

3. Ray's on the River

6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30339

Steak and seafood restaurant Ray’s on the River opened in what is now known as the city of Sandy Springs on the Chattahoochee River in 1984. The restaurant continues to be a dining destination for Southern surf and turf after over 37 years.

6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30339

4. Bagelicious

1255 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068

For nearly 30 years, Bagelicious has been serving up solid deli classics on its menu. For many New York transplants, it’s like a taste of home. Head here for plenty of fresh bagels topped with lox or whitefish salad, knishes and matzah ball soup, and meaty pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. Cash only. Open 6 a.m. daily.

1255 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068

5. K & K Soul Food

881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

This soul food institution has been serving the Bankhead community for more than 40 years, and for good reason. Biscuits here can be filled with red sausage links, pork chops, chicken or beef sausage, country-fried steak, or fatback. However, this is where to come for meats like beef liver or chicken gizzards as well as stewed beef or fried whiting. The humble counter-serve restaurant, with its brick-tiled floors and 3-D mural, includes a few booths. Check out K&K’s vegetable plates, too.

881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Paschal's Restaurant

180 Northside Dr SW #B, Atlanta, GA 30313

The historic Paschal’s restaurant served as a meeting place for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lieutenants during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. But long before MLK put Paschal’s on the map nationwide, the restaurant was already well-known around Atlanta for its delicious fried chicken. And, it still is today.

180 Northside Dr SW #B
Atlanta, GA 30313

7. The Silver Skillet

200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

In business since 1956, The Silver Skillet serves a classic Southern breakfast with exactly zero frills. The restaurant serves as a frequent stop for nearby college students, Midtown office dwellers and hotel guests, and construction workers regardless of the day of the week.

200 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

1812 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

After more than 30 years, R. Thomas is still bringing a healthy dose of breakfast and brunch paired with strong coffee to hungry Atlantans 24-hours a day. Try an R. Thomas breakfast quesadilla in a sun-dried tomato tortilla filled with eggs, cream cheese, basil, cheddar, bacon, peppers, and onions or the breakfast stew with red potato corn chowder, quinoa, veggies, dulse, and nori. R. Thomas was one of the first establishments in the city to offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes on its menu.

1812 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. Hsu's Gourmet

192 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

This family-owned and run Chinese restaurant has been a downtown Atlanta staple since 1989. Located in bustling Peachtree Center, Hsu’s serves everything from lo mein and pan-fried noodles to spicy basil chicken and salt and pepper shrimp. But, come here for the three-course Peking duck served with soup, Chinese crepe, and the star attraction, the crispy roast duck in a sweetly salted honey soy sauce. It feeds two.

192 Peachtree Center Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

10. Mary Mac's Tea Room

224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Mary Mac’s Tea Room, the beloved Southern restaurant on Ponce known for its fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, and yeast rolls, underwent a change of ownership last year. Other than that, very little has changed. Mary MacKenzie first opened Mary Mac’s Tea Room in 1945. At the time, it was one of 16 tearooms in Atlanta.

224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

11. Nick's Food To Go

240 MLK Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Nick’s Food to Go is a family-owned-and-operated Greek restaurant on the corner of MLK and Hill Street serving traditional gyros and its famous “Greek lasagna”. Fans of the 25-year-old restaurant got quite a scare in 2017 when developers were eyeing the land for another mixed-used complex. Thankfully, they decided to build around Nick’s instead. Head here for gryos between $6 and $7 or a combo (gyro, fries, and a 16-ounce drink) for just $10.

240 MLK Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

12. The Busy Bee Cafe

810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

In business since 1947, this Vine City staple serves some of Atlanta’s best fried chicken alongside an assortment of other meat-and-three staples. It continues to be a popular spot on Atlanta’s westside, so be prepared to rub elbows with fellow diners. And, don’t be surprised to run into a famous face or two.

810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

13. Eats

600 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

It’s hard to pass up this Atlanta landmark restaurant located across from Ponce City Market and its trendy food hall. Since 1993, Eats has been a local favorite known for its hearty yet affordable meals. The most expensive option on the menu is a meat-and-three combo for around $10. Jerk chicken is the mainstay here, but there’s something for everyone on the menu. That also includes vegetarian options.

600 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

14. Zesto

2469 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

For over 70 years, Zesto has been doling out classic drive-in food served with a side of soft serve ice cream. The Atlanta institution’s first location opened in 1949 on Peachtree Street, across from Brookwood Station. That location is long gone, but the Piedmont Road shop opened in the 1950s and continues to offer up burgers, dogs, and fries alongside the shop’s real deal vanilla and chocolate soft serve. Other locations include Little Five Points (temporarily closed), East Atlanta (drive-thru), Forrest Park (drive-thru), and Tyrone.

2469 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

15. Nakato Japanese Restaurant

1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Testuko Nakato opened her eponymous Japanese restaurant nearly 50 years ago in Atlanta, now located on Cheshire Bridge Road. Still owned and operated by the family, the iconic restaurant offers traditional Japanese fare served in tatami rooms with low platform tables as well as hibachi-style dining and sushi via its sushi bar. Nakato just received a $40,000 historic preservation grant meant to preserve historic and culturally significant minority-owned businesses disproportionally impacted by the pandemic.

1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

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16. The Colonnade Restaurant

1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

This Cheshire Bridge Road institution is nearly 95 years old. A monumental feat for any restaurant. The Colonnade has a loyal following among the over 60 crowd, but continually attracts new generations seeking down home, Southern comfort food (and strong martinis.) Come for classics like turkey and dressing, chicken fried steak, and fried chicken. However, regulars swear by its brunch and the bloody marys, too.

1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

17. Nino's Italian Restaurant

1931 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Located on Cheshire Bridge Road, Nino’s is a classic red sauce restaurant that’s been serving pasta dishes in Atlanta for over 50 years now. Keep it simple with spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna or order the fettuccine with shrimp and scallops tossed in Pernod and saffron cream sauce. There’s also the classic veal parmesan.

1931 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

18. Highland Tap

1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

Sure, there’s fancier steakhouses in Atlanta like Chop’s Lobster Bar, but this Virginia-Highland stalwart keeps its steaks and martinis low-key and reasonably priced. Highland Tap — aka “steak basement” — is located beneath the street level on North Highland Avenue. The restaurant serves up old school cuts of steak and starchy sides, along with generously poured martinis with a sidecar, while bands like Night Ranger, Fleetwood Mac, and Run DMC play over the sound system. No need to dress up here.

1026 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

19. Majestic Diner

1031 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The Majestic on Ponce de Leon has been soaking up Atlanta’s booze 24/7 since 1929. Some nights or weekend mornings simply call for comfort food. The restaurant serves up strong coffee with diner classics like steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, grilled cheese and fries, and the Ponce dog piled high with chili, cheese, and onions. Currently open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Continue to check the restaurant’s website for hours updates.

1031 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

20. Manuel's Tavern

602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

The late Manuel Maloof opened Manuel’s Tavern along North Avenue in 1956. Over the decades, Manuel’s has become the gathering spot for neighborhood folks, political junkies, journalists, and local bigwigs swigging beer and talking about everything from sports to politics. The historic Poncey-Highland bar underwent an extensive renovation in 2016, but it still has the same charm and pretty solid food, too.

602 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

21. Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar

794 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Originally opened in 1927, Atkins Park in Virginia-Highland is one of Atlanta’s oldest and continuously licensed taverns. The landmark bar is a great place to watch sports on the weekends and for Sunday supper with the family.

794 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

22. Golden Buddha Restaurant

1905 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

For over 45 years now, this Clairmont Road Chinese restaurant has been a popular go-to for Atlantans seeking generous portions of sweet and sour chicken, mu shu pork, egg foo young, lo mein, and kung pao shrimp. But don’t skip out on dishes like Sichuan-style twice-cooked pork, crispy empress chicken wings, san shan soup, and spicy mee goreng (fried noodles typically tossed with seafood or chicken).

1905 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

23. The Mad Italian

2089 Savoy Dr, Chamblee, GA 30341

After almost 50 years, the Mad Italian continues to be an Atlanta favorite for those seeking hearty sandwiches and homey pasta dishes. But the cheesesteak here is the move. It’s made with sliced steak topped with griddled onions and slathered in white American cheese, all stuffed inside a toasted hoagie roll shipped straight from a bakery in Long Island. Some have dubbed this sandwich the “best cheesesteak in town” and “south of Philly.”

2089 Savoy Dr
Chamblee, GA 30341

24. Marisqueria El Veneno

5082 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

One of Atlanta’s oldest and most beloved marisquerias, El Veneno offers platters of mixed seafood to feed a family, soups filled with crab legs and shrimp, oysters, and plenty of micheladas to curb the kick from the hot sauce. Try the caldo de camaron or huachinango estilo Nayarit, a fried, whole red snapper topped with spicy salsa. Check out ATL’s other marisquerias, part of the thriving Mexican seafood scene here.

5082 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

25. Matthews Cafeteria

2299 Main St, Tucker, GA 30084

Matthew’s Cafeteria in Tucker has been slinging Southern favorites since 1955: that’s how folks know it’s good. The restaurant’s ownership still remains in the family, and the fried chicken tastes like granny made it. Diners travel from around Atlanta to eat at this old school cafeteria. Matthews rarely disappoints with its array of Southern comfort foods.

2299 Main St
Tucker, GA 30084

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