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The farm egg in celery cream at Miller Union.
The farm egg in celery cream at Miller Union.
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Atlanta's 24 Most Iconic Dishes

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The farm egg in celery cream at Miller Union.
| Matthew Wong/Eater Atlanta

Those looking for staples of Atlanta's culinary scene, take notice. We're rounding up the food that defines this city's cuisine. We searched high and wide for the must-try items for local residents and out-of-town guests alike, and with the help of hungry Atlantans and avid Eater readers, we've come up with a list. From frozen pops to double-decker burgers, relatively new to old standbys, these are the 24 most iconic dishes in the city.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ammazza's Inferno

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591 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 228-1036
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Salty, cheesy, spicy, and meaty. This Edgewood Avenue pie has it all.

2. Ann's Snack Bar's Ghetto Burger

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1615 Memorial Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 687-9207
Many higher-end Atlanta restaurants have refined the hamburger in recent years, but if you want to get messy, go to Ann's. The Ghetto Burger, a double cheeseburger with bacon, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, and chili, requires plenty of napkins.

3. Antico's Margherita D.O.P.

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1093 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 724-2333
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If spicy pizza isn't your thing, keep it simple with mozzarella, tomato, and basil.

4. Bacchanalia's Gulf Crab Fritter

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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With Thai pepper, avocado, grapefruit, and coconut, this little crispy ball of crab is one of Atlanta's best-executed dishes.

5. Bell Street Burritos's Pork and Green Chili Burrito

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209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Atlantans don't have to go to national chains like Chipotle and Moe's to get football-sized burritos. In addition to the original in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, there's a standalone in Buckhead at 1816 Peachtree Street.

6. BoccaLupo's 20-Yolk Tagliatelle

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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BoccaLupo has quickly become one of this city's best restaurants, and the housemade tagliatelle may be the its star.

7. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q's Beef Rib

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1238 Dekalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-4030
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Fox Bros. has the market cornered for Texas-style barbecue, and the humongous beef rib is downright Flintstonian.

8. Heirloom Market BBQ's Pulled Pork Sandwich

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2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-2502
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Heirloom Market takes traditional Southern barbecue and throws a changeup by adding Korean flavors.

9. Holeman & Finch's Burger

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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It's the burger that made Atlanta double-stack crazy, and now it's available on the regular menu.

10. Home Grown's Comfy Chicken Biscuit

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968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 222-0455
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A chicken biscuit covered in sausage-heavy gravy? Wake up, eat this for breakfast, and take a nap.

11. Kevin Rathbun Steak's Dry-Aged Porterhouse

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154 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-5600
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It's available for two or three, and it's bound to leave any hungry carnivore satisfied.

12. Kimball House's Oysters

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Whether you prefer East Coast or West Coast bivalves, you'll surely enjoy slurping them down with a few cocktails in Decatur.

13. King Of Pops's Chocolate-Sea Salt Pop

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337 Elizabeth Street Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30307
Gourmet popsicles: quite possibly the best part of summertime.

14. Miller Union's Farm Egg in Celery Cream

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550
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Simple, fantastic ingredients — a farm egg, celery-infused cream, crusty bread — make for a great dish.

15. Morelli's Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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749 Moreland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 622-0210
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King of Pops has you covered for frozen treats on a stick, but Morelli's is the choice for a traditional cone-based dessert.

16. Pho Dai Loi 2's Pho

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4186 Buford Hwy NW, Ste G
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-2111
Whatever additions you like — beef, pork, tripe, to name a few — it's tough to beat a hot bowl of pho, especially in these chilly winter months.

17. So Kong Dong's Bulgolgi

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5280 Buford Hwy NE, Ste C
Doraville, GA 30340
(678) 205-0555
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One can travel around the world by dining up and down Buford Highway. So Kong Dong is the stop for a taste of Korea.

18. Star Provisions's Pimento Cheese

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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The Southern staple is dressed up a bit at Star Provisions with parmesan and gruyere, but not too much.

19. Taqueria El Rey Del Taco's Tacos

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5288 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 986-0032
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What's better than tacos for lunch or dinner? Tacos in the wee hours. Good thing El Rey Del Taco stays open until 5 or 6 a.m.

20. The General Muir's Avenue D

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1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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With salty lox, cream cheese, salmon roe, cucumber, and chives on the bagel of choice, it's hard to find a better example of this New York classic in the South.

21. The Varsity's Chili-Cheese Dog

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61 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-1706
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It may be a bit of a tourist trap — OK, a lot of a tourist trap — but The Varsity still serves the most famous hot dog in Atlanta.

22. The Vortex's Double Coronary Bypass Burger

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438 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 688-1828
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It's topped with two fried eggs, six slices of American cheese, and eight slices of bacon, served between two grilled cheese sandwiches instead of hamburger buns. Local cardiologists love The Vortex.

23. Watershed on Peachtree's Fried Chicken

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1820 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 809-3561
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With a recipe created by chef Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis, the kitchen staff at Watershed may change, but the fried chicken remains the same.

24. Yakitori Jinbei's Tonkotsu Ramen

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2421 Cobb Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 818-9215
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Ramen is one of the "it" dishes these days, and Yakitori Jinebi's is some of the best around.

1. Ammazza's Inferno

591 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Salty, cheesy, spicy, and meaty. This Edgewood Avenue pie has it all.
591 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

2. Ann's Snack Bar's Ghetto Burger

1615 Memorial Dr., Atlanta, GA 30317
Many higher-end Atlanta restaurants have refined the hamburger in recent years, but if you want to get messy, go to Ann's. The Ghetto Burger, a double cheeseburger with bacon, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, and chili, requires plenty of napkins.
1615 Memorial Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30317

3. Antico's Margherita D.O.P.

1093 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
If spicy pizza isn't your thing, keep it simple with mozzarella, tomato, and basil.
1093 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. Bacchanalia's Gulf Crab Fritter

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
With Thai pepper, avocado, grapefruit, and coconut, this little crispy ball of crab is one of Atlanta's best-executed dishes.
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Bell Street Burritos's Pork and Green Chili Burrito

209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Atlantans don't have to go to national chains like Chipotle and Moe's to get football-sized burritos. In addition to the original in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, there's a standalone in Buckhead at 1816 Peachtree Street.
209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

6. BoccaLupo's 20-Yolk Tagliatelle

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
BoccaLupo has quickly become one of this city's best restaurants, and the housemade tagliatelle may be the its star.
753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

7. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q's Beef Rib

1238 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Fox Bros. has the market cornered for Texas-style barbecue, and the humongous beef rib is downright Flintstonian.
1238 Dekalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Heirloom Market BBQ's Pulled Pork Sandwich

2243 Akers Mill Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
Heirloom Market takes traditional Southern barbecue and throws a changeup by adding Korean flavors.
2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

9. Holeman & Finch's Burger

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
It's the burger that made Atlanta double-stack crazy, and now it's available on the regular menu.
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Home Grown's Comfy Chicken Biscuit

968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
A chicken biscuit covered in sausage-heavy gravy? Wake up, eat this for breakfast, and take a nap.
968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

11. Kevin Rathbun Steak's Dry-Aged Porterhouse

154 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
It's available for two or three, and it's bound to leave any hungry carnivore satisfied.
154 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

12. Kimball House's Oysters

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Whether you prefer East Coast or West Coast bivalves, you'll surely enjoy slurping them down with a few cocktails in Decatur.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

13. King Of Pops's Chocolate-Sea Salt Pop

337 Elizabeth Street Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30307
Gourmet popsicles: quite possibly the best part of summertime.
337 Elizabeth Street Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Miller Union's Farm Egg in Celery Cream

999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Simple, fantastic ingredients — a farm egg, celery-infused cream, crusty bread — make for a great dish.
999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

15. Morelli's Salted Caramel Ice Cream

749 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
King of Pops has you covered for frozen treats on a stick, but Morelli's is the choice for a traditional cone-based dessert.
749 Moreland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

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16. Pho Dai Loi 2's Pho

4186 Buford Hwy NW, Ste G, Atlanta, GA 30345
Whatever additions you like — beef, pork, tripe, to name a few — it's tough to beat a hot bowl of pho, especially in these chilly winter months.
4186 Buford Hwy NW, Ste G
Atlanta, GA 30345

17. So Kong Dong's Bulgolgi

5280 Buford Hwy NE, Ste C, Doraville, GA 30340
One can travel around the world by dining up and down Buford Highway. So Kong Dong is the stop for a taste of Korea.
5280 Buford Hwy NE, Ste C
Doraville, GA 30340

18. Star Provisions's Pimento Cheese

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
The Southern staple is dressed up a bit at Star Provisions with parmesan and gruyere, but not too much.
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

19. Taqueria El Rey Del Taco's Tacos

5288 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340
What's better than tacos for lunch or dinner? Tacos in the wee hours. Good thing El Rey Del Taco stays open until 5 or 6 a.m.
5288 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

20. The General Muir's Avenue D

1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329
With salty lox, cream cheese, salmon roe, cucumber, and chives on the bagel of choice, it's hard to find a better example of this New York classic in the South.
1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

21. The Varsity's Chili-Cheese Dog

61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
It may be a bit of a tourist trap — OK, a lot of a tourist trap — but The Varsity still serves the most famous hot dog in Atlanta.
61 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

22. The Vortex's Double Coronary Bypass Burger

438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
It's topped with two fried eggs, six slices of American cheese, and eight slices of bacon, served between two grilled cheese sandwiches instead of hamburger buns. Local cardiologists love The Vortex.
438 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

23. Watershed on Peachtree's Fried Chicken

1820 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
With a recipe created by chef Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis, the kitchen staff at Watershed may change, but the fried chicken remains the same.
1820 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

24. Yakitori Jinbei's Tonkotsu Ramen

2421 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna, GA 30080
Ramen is one of the "it" dishes these days, and Yakitori Jinebi's is some of the best around.
2421 Cobb Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30080

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