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Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Atlanta

From coffee and cocktails to hot chicken, shawarma, and fancy dinners with a skyline view

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A past fireworks display at Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta
| Ryan Fleisher

Downtown Atlanta is home to the city’s biggest tourist attractions like the CNN Center, Center for Civil and Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame, and Georgia Aquarium. Not to mention the Mercedes-Benz Stadium — where the Atlanta Falcons and soccer team Atlanta United play — and State Farm Arena, home to Atlanta Hawks basketball.

Thanks to the efforts of institutions like Georgia State University and a variety of local preservation organizations, downtown Atlanta has been experiencing revitalization over the last decade in hopes of preserving and repurposing unused and historic structures. Many buildings have been transformed into student housing, restaurants, locally owned coffee shops, hotels, apartments, and creative office spaces. The list below contains mostly local restaurants and bars walkable from the hotels, attractions, and offices in downtown Atlanta.

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Disclaimer: A mask mandate is currently in place for the city of Atlanta requiring all people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors in public places, including private businesses and establishments. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Der Biergarten

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300 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 521-2728
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The menu here features traditional German pub foods such as brats, pretzels with mustard, and strudels. German beers are on draft like Weihenstephan, Warsteiner, and Spaten. There may or may not be live music on any given night on the patio.

2. Atlanta Breakfast Club

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249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(470) 428-3825
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The Atlanta Breakfast Club has been drawing big crowds since opening its doors on Ivan Allen in 2016. Look for comforting breakfast dishes of chicken and waffles, peach cobbler French toast, and breakfast tacos with smoked bacon and scrambled eggs. Prices hover around $10, which makes a morning meal here that much better.

3. Park Bar

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150 Walton St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 524-0444
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The two-story Park Bar near Centennial Olympic Park is where to head for pre- and post-game eating and drinking or to watch Atlanta United and the Falcons play for those without tickets. Park Bar’s menu is all about comfort food — burgers, patty melts, chicken tenders, and potato skins — but with options to order a New York strip steak or grilled Mahi Mahi. This bar takes its very large whiskey and bourbon selection (over 60 bottles) and beer offerings seriously, too.

4. Just Around the Corner

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76 Ted Turner Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 522-5632
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This petite burger joint in the heart of the tourist district downtown is where to head for a quick cheeseburger and onion rings, pastrami sub, a fried whiting basket, wings, or even a gyro and fries. Order at the counter and then head to nearby Centennial Park for a picnic.

5. Baraka Shawarma Mediterranean

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68 Walton St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 230-9232

Located in the Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown Atlanta, Baraka serves up plates of kebabs, gyros, falafel, shawarma, hummus, and tabouli. All food served here is halal, too.

6. The Food Shoppe

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123 Luckie St NW #108
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 600-8443
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This small, counter-serve spot is easily walkable from Centennial Olympic Park and nearby hotels. It serves Creole dishes like shrimp jambalaya and gumbo, along with shrimp and grits and mac and cheese bowls mixed with barbecue and chicken and grab-and-go foods. Open for breakfast on weekdays.

7. Aamar Indian Cuisine

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100 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 257-6959
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This small, counter-service Indian restaurant might be one of downtown Atlanta’s best hidden gems. Head here for vegetable biryani, spicy curries, and comforting saag paneer. Open late.

8. Big Dave's Cheesesteaks

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57 Forsyth St NW Suite 63
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 343-0259
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Big Dave’s on Forsyth Street Downtown serves up messy and meaty cheesesteaks on its menu. Try the Dave’s Way beef or salmon cheesesteak stuffed with three types of cheese, sweet peppers and banana peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Make sure to order the cheesesteak egg rolls here, too. Owner Derrick Hayes has also added a food truck to the mix, a second location in Doraville, and opened a vegan counter-service spot called Dinkie’s inside Slutty Vegan owner Pinky Cole’s new Ponce City Market spot.

9. Reuben's Deli

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57 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 589-9800
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This New York-style deli is where to head in Downtown Atlanta for a classic Reuben, a hot pastrami, and even a liverwurst sandwich. Open for breakfast.

10. Sun Dial

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210 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-1400
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A truly unique experience in Atlanta, the iconic Sun Dial restaurant atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza gives diners a birds-eye view of the city skyline from 723 feet above the street.

11. By George

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127 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30303
(470) 851-2752
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Chef Hugh Acheson’s all-day French restaurant, By George, debuted in October 2019 at the historic Candler building. Located on the first floor of the circa 1906 building, By George serves a “decidedly French” menu with dishes such as steak Diane, pâté en croûte, terrine of foie gras, and a catfish quenelle finished with a crawfish sauce. Like the food, both the cocktails and wine list lean predominately French. Easily accessible via the streetcar and Peachtree Center MARTA station. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Take a look at the menu.

12. Meehan's Public House Downtown

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200 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 214-9821
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Soccer fans often find themselves here on Saturday mornings to watch matches, cheer their team, and sip beer. The Irish pub is located in the old Macy’s department store building on Peachtree Street and is an ideal place to grab a pint and bite to eat, like the classic fish and chips or shepherd’s pie.

13. White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

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270 Peachtree St NW, 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 524-7200
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Located Downtown on the corner of Peachtree Street and Baker Street, White Oak Kitchen is casual fine dining serving contemporary spins on Southern comfort foods like seared duck breast with turnip and bok choy or catfish with butternut squash. Expect a solid list of whiskey cocktails as well as reasonably-priced, by-the-glass and bottles of wine.

14. Saito - Sushi, Steak & Cocktails

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19 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza owners Stephen de Haan and Greg Grant, along with master sushi chef Saito Saito, finally opened their long-awaited restaurant Saito Sushi, Steak, and Cocktails. The restaurant resides in the lobby of the century-old Regenstein’s department store building on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Saito Sushi includes an outdoor terrace and features a menu of sushi using fish flown in daily from Japan as well as omakase options and steaks. Some cocktails incorporate rare Japanese whiskeys and sakes served over double-reverse osmosis ice pressed into a sphere using a Taisin ice mold. Take a look at the menu here.

15. Red Phone Booth

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17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 228-7528
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Located in the old Dailey’s building, those wanting to gain entrance to Red Phone Booth will first need to dial a secret code. This speakeasy serves up classic cocktails like the sazerac and old fashioned and offers a cigar program with a walk-in humidor featuring over 100 cigar options. Smoking is obviously allowed here so, be prepared if not partaking in a cigar. Amalfi Pizza resides just upstairs. Think Neapolitan pies and pastas, cannolis for dessert, and beer and wine to drink in a rustic yet chic setting

16. Aviva by Kameel

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225 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 698-3600
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This downtown food gem is deceptively hidden in the mall at Peachtree Center. While more of a food court than a mall, make a beeline to this Mediterranean food stall filled with dishes served by the delightful chef Kameel. Aviva by Kameel also has a location in Midtown at the Collective at Coda.

17. 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 staple since 1989. Located in Peachtree Center, Hsu’s is easily walkable from several area hotels and can accommodate large groups. The menu offers 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.

18. Metro Café Diner and Bar

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229 Peachtree St Suite B17
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 577-1420
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Metro Cafe Diner opened in downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree Center in 2006. This is where to head for all-day breakfast fare, wings, classic burgers, and even baby back ribs and platters of spaghetti. There’s a live DJ and karaoke every night beginning at 8 p.m. Metro Cafe Diner also has a location open late nights in Stone Mountain. 

19. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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231 Peachtree Street Northwest A-05
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 996-2837
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This Memphis favorite opened in downtown Atlanta in 2015, and it’s been a hit ever since with its spicy, extra-crispy fried chicken. Plates come with baked beans, slaw, and white bread. Gus’s has other locations in Chamblee, Sandy Springs, and Kennesaw.

20. Herban Fix

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565 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 815-8787
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On the border between Midtown and Downtown, this vegan establishment bills itself as a restaurant serving “pan-Asian” dishes. Many lunch, brunch, and dinner items are also gluten-free like the glazed, crispy king oyster mushroom.

21. Trader Vic's

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255 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 221-6339
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Atlanta is home to one of two Trader Vic’s outposts remaining in the United States and the only one still associated with Hilton Hotels. This classic Atlanta restaurant offers half-off Mai Tai cocktails and live music on Thursday nights, too. Trader Vic’s is often full of both tourists and Atlanta residents seeking a vintage, Polynesian pop culture infusion paired with extremely strong tiki drinks.

22. Kenley's Catering And Restaurant

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75 Piedmont Ave NE #152
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 217-2455
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Only open on weekdays, Kenley Waller’s eponymous restaurant is a local favorite for downtown residents and Georgia State students seeking meals filled with comfort foods. Kick off the day bright and early with breakfast featuring everything from biscuits and gravy to omelettes and build-your-own breakfast plates and sandwiches. Lunch here offers plenty to choose from, too, including soups of the day, meat-and-three platters, hot wings, fish plates, and hot and cold sandwiches and combos.

23. Helen's Hot Chicken

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200 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 731-3369
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Nashville-based Helen’s opened in downtown Atlanta in 2020. Beyond hot chicken on the menu, there’s also lobster tails, fried whiting, and shrimp all given the fiery hot chicken treatment here. For smaller bites of Nashville heat, try the wingettes which come in packs of 12, 16, or 24 and can be ordered as all flats or drums.  

24. Sweet Auburn Curb Market

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209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-1665
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Founded in 1918 as an open-air market, Sweet Auburn Curb Market on the edge of downtown Atlanta features 30 local shops and food stalls offering everything from fresh produce, seafood, and meats to baked goods, sweets, and counter-service restaurants. Food stalls here can often change, so check online before heading over to see what’s available.

1. Der Biergarten

300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

The menu here features traditional German pub foods such as brats, pretzels with mustard, and strudels. German beers are on draft like Weihenstephan, Warsteiner, and Spaten. There may or may not be live music on any given night on the patio.

300 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

2. Atlanta Breakfast Club

249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

The Atlanta Breakfast Club has been drawing big crowds since opening its doors on Ivan Allen in 2016. Look for comforting breakfast dishes of chicken and waffles, peach cobbler French toast, and breakfast tacos with smoked bacon and scrambled eggs. Prices hover around $10, which makes a morning meal here that much better.

249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

3. Park Bar

150 Walton St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

The two-story Park Bar near Centennial Olympic Park is where to head for pre- and post-game eating and drinking or to watch Atlanta United and the Falcons play for those without tickets. Park Bar’s menu is all about comfort food — burgers, patty melts, chicken tenders, and potato skins — but with options to order a New York strip steak or grilled Mahi Mahi. This bar takes its very large whiskey and bourbon selection (over 60 bottles) and beer offerings seriously, too.

150 Walton St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

4. Just Around the Corner

76 Ted Turner Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

This petite burger joint in the heart of the tourist district downtown is where to head for a quick cheeseburger and onion rings, pastrami sub, a fried whiting basket, wings, or even a gyro and fries. Order at the counter and then head to nearby Centennial Park for a picnic.

76 Ted Turner Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

5. Baraka Shawarma Mediterranean

68 Walton St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Located in the Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown Atlanta, Baraka serves up plates of kebabs, gyros, falafel, shawarma, hummus, and tabouli. All food served here is halal, too.

68 Walton St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

6. The Food Shoppe

123 Luckie St NW #108, Atlanta, GA 30303

This small, counter-serve spot is easily walkable from Centennial Olympic Park and nearby hotels. It serves Creole dishes like shrimp jambalaya and gumbo, along with shrimp and grits and mac and cheese bowls mixed with barbecue and chicken and grab-and-go foods. Open for breakfast on weekdays.

123 Luckie St NW #108
Atlanta, GA 30303

7. Aamar Indian Cuisine

100 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

This small, counter-service Indian restaurant might be one of downtown Atlanta’s best hidden gems. Head here for vegetable biryani, spicy curries, and comforting saag paneer. Open late.

100 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

8. Big Dave's Cheesesteaks

57 Forsyth St NW Suite 63, Atlanta, GA 30303

Big Dave’s on Forsyth Street Downtown serves up messy and meaty cheesesteaks on its menu. Try the Dave’s Way beef or salmon cheesesteak stuffed with three types of cheese, sweet peppers and banana peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Make sure to order the cheesesteak egg rolls here, too. Owner Derrick Hayes has also added a food truck to the mix, a second location in Doraville, and opened a vegan counter-service spot called Dinkie’s inside Slutty Vegan owner Pinky Cole’s new Ponce City Market spot.

57 Forsyth St NW Suite 63
Atlanta, GA 30303

9. Reuben's Deli

57 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

This New York-style deli is where to head in Downtown Atlanta for a classic Reuben, a hot pastrami, and even a liverwurst sandwich. Open for breakfast.

57 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

10. Sun Dial

210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

A truly unique experience in Atlanta, the iconic Sun Dial restaurant atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza gives diners a birds-eye view of the city skyline from 723 feet above the street.

210 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

11. By George

127 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30303

Chef Hugh Acheson’s all-day French restaurant, By George, debuted in October 2019 at the historic Candler building. Located on the first floor of the circa 1906 building, By George serves a “decidedly French” menu with dishes such as steak Diane, pâté en croûte, terrine of foie gras, and a catfish quenelle finished with a crawfish sauce. Like the food, both the cocktails and wine list lean predominately French. Easily accessible via the streetcar and Peachtree Center MARTA station. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Take a look at the menu.

127 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30303

12. Meehan's Public House Downtown

200 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Soccer fans often find themselves here on Saturday mornings to watch matches, cheer their team, and sip beer. The Irish pub is located in the old Macy’s department store building on Peachtree Street and is an ideal place to grab a pint and bite to eat, like the classic fish and chips or shepherd’s pie.

200 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

13. White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

270 Peachtree St NW, 100, Atlanta, GA 30303

Located Downtown on the corner of Peachtree Street and Baker Street, White Oak Kitchen is casual fine dining serving contemporary spins on Southern comfort foods like seared duck breast with turnip and bok choy or catfish with butternut squash. Expect a solid list of whiskey cocktails as well as reasonably-priced, by-the-glass and bottles of wine.

270 Peachtree St NW, 100
Atlanta, GA 30303

14. Saito - Sushi, Steak & Cocktails

19 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza owners Stephen de Haan and Greg Grant, along with master sushi chef Saito Saito, finally opened their long-awaited restaurant Saito Sushi, Steak, and Cocktails. The restaurant resides in the lobby of the century-old Regenstein’s department store building on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Saito Sushi includes an outdoor terrace and features a menu of sushi using fish flown in daily from Japan as well as omakase options and steaks. Some cocktails incorporate rare Japanese whiskeys and sakes served over double-reverse osmosis ice pressed into a sphere using a Taisin ice mold. Take a look at the menu here.

19 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

15. Red Phone Booth

17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Located in the old Dailey’s building, those wanting to gain entrance to Red Phone Booth will first need to dial a secret code. This speakeasy serves up classic cocktails like the sazerac and old fashioned and offers a cigar program with a walk-in humidor featuring over 100 cigar options. Smoking is obviously allowed here so, be prepared if not partaking in a cigar. Amalfi Pizza resides just upstairs. Think Neapolitan pies and pastas, cannolis for dessert, and beer and wine to drink in a rustic yet chic setting

17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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16. Aviva by Kameel

225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

This downtown food gem is deceptively hidden in the mall at Peachtree Center. While more of a food court than a mall, make a beeline to this Mediterranean food stall filled with dishes served by the delightful chef Kameel. Aviva by Kameel also has a location in Midtown at the Collective at Coda.

225 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

17. Hsu's Gourmet

192 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

This family-owned and run Chinese restaurant has been a downtown staple since 1989. Located in Peachtree Center, Hsu’s is easily walkable from several area hotels and can accommodate large groups. The menu offers 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

18. Metro Café Diner and Bar

229 Peachtree St Suite B17, Atlanta, GA 30303

Metro Cafe Diner opened in downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree Center in 2006. This is where to head for all-day breakfast fare, wings, classic burgers, and even baby back ribs and platters of spaghetti. There’s a live DJ and karaoke every night beginning at 8 p.m. Metro Cafe Diner also has a location open late nights in Stone Mountain. 

229 Peachtree St Suite B17
Atlanta, GA 30303

19. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

231 Peachtree Street Northwest A-05, Atlanta, GA 30303

This Memphis favorite opened in downtown Atlanta in 2015, and it’s been a hit ever since with its spicy, extra-crispy fried chicken. Plates come with baked beans, slaw, and white bread. Gus’s has other locations in Chamblee, Sandy Springs, and Kennesaw.

231 Peachtree Street Northwest A-05
Atlanta, GA 30303

20. Herban Fix

565 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

On the border between Midtown and Downtown, this vegan establishment bills itself as a restaurant serving “pan-Asian” dishes. Many lunch, brunch, and dinner items are also gluten-free like the glazed, crispy king oyster mushroom.

565 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

21. Trader Vic's

255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Atlanta is home to one of two Trader Vic’s outposts remaining in the United States and the only one still associated with Hilton Hotels. This classic Atlanta restaurant offers half-off Mai Tai cocktails and live music on Thursday nights, too. Trader Vic’s is often full of both tourists and Atlanta residents seeking a vintage, Polynesian pop culture infusion paired with extremely strong tiki drinks.

255 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

22. Kenley's Catering And Restaurant

75 Piedmont Ave NE #152, Atlanta, GA 30303

Only open on weekdays, Kenley Waller’s eponymous restaurant is a local favorite for downtown residents and Georgia State students seeking meals filled with comfort foods. Kick off the day bright and early with breakfast featuring everything from biscuits and gravy to omelettes and build-your-own breakfast plates and sandwiches. Lunch here offers plenty to choose from, too, including soups of the day, meat-and-three platters, hot wings, fish plates, and hot and cold sandwiches and combos.

75 Piedmont Ave NE #152
Atlanta, GA 30303

23. Helen's Hot Chicken

200 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Nashville-based Helen’s opened in downtown Atlanta in 2020. Beyond hot chicken on the menu, there’s also lobster tails, fried whiting, and shrimp all given the fiery hot chicken treatment here. For smaller bites of Nashville heat, try the wingettes which come in packs of 12, 16, or 24 and can be ordered as all flats or drums.  

200 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

24. Sweet Auburn Curb Market

209 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Founded in 1918 as an open-air market, Sweet Auburn Curb Market on the edge of downtown Atlanta features 30 local shops and food stalls offering everything from fresh produce, seafood, and meats to baked goods, sweets, and counter-service restaurants. Food stalls here can often change, so check online before heading over to see what’s available.

209 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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