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Where to Eat and Drink in East Point, College Park, and Hapeville

The definitive dining and drinking guide to the Tri-Cities (ATL Airport District)

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Newcomers to Atlanta as well as those who work in or travel to the city may have heard the towns of East Point, College Park, and Hapeville referred to as the “ATL Airport District.” But residents of the area (and old-school Atlanta natives) still call it the Tri-Cities. Its namesake high school and assortment of landmarks were made famous on albums by former East Point residents André 3000 and Big Boi, the duo behind Outkast.

Like many Atlanta neighborhoods, the area is rebuilding and rebranding; although the pace in these three incorporated cities is (perhaps unfortunately, maybe thankfully) moving a little slower. Still, with the arrival of Porsche’s North American headquarters in Hapeville, the new Atlanta Hawks basketball facility in College Park, and constant movie filming in East Point, there’s new energy brewing in one of the quietest and quirkiest sections inside the perimeter.

To say the food options here are not as robust as what’s available in Midtown, Inman Park or even Alpharetta, would be wrong. The Tri-Cities are filled with some of metro Atlanta’s best-kept secrets. Here are 17 of East Point, College Park, and Hapeville’s best bets for dining and drinking.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Duck Club Speakeasy

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1201-1371 Bryan Ave
East Point, GA 30344

Dimly lit and with one of the more believable secret entrances in metro Atlanta, Duck Club feels like it’s several stories beneath the ground; like a headquarters for the organization secretly planning all the best house parties in College Park. They make a mean fried chicken sandwich, serve church-inspired hot plates of spaghetti on Wednesdays, and take their improved whiskey cocktails seriously.

The Duck Club Speakeasy
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2. Kupcakerie

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2781 Main St
East Point, GA 30344
(404) 975-3751
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Look for the pink window frames across from East Point’s public library just beneath Chairs, that’s where sweets seekers will find the rich and moist cupcakes of Kupcakerie. Creative flavors here include churro, key lime pie, and Madagascar vanilla bourbon, to name just a few. They also brew fresh Revelator coffee for anyone looking for a serious cup of caffeine in the Tri-Cities.

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3. Chairs Upstairs Bar and Restaurant

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2783 Main St
East Point, GA 30344
(404) 768-0007
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When the owners of the original Corner Tavern (yep, it was in East Point, not Little Five Points) left the mothership to build a new Hapeville location across from the East Point MARTA station, regulars were worried. However, the beer selection and the food at Chairs in the old tavern building is still solid. Order the white chicken chili if it’s on the menu or just grabs wings from the outdoor smoker.

Chairs Upstairs Bar in East Point
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4. Taco Pete

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2957 Main St
East Point, GA 30344
(404) 968-4790
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The original Taco Pete was founded in Los Angeles in 1966. This corner-situated taco stand in East Point is its second location. Call ahead to order tacos to be ready upon arrival – an order generally takes about 15 minutes, but the flavor and prices are worth the wait. While the name promotes the tacos, Taco Pete’s wings are easily East Point’s best. They come in hot, mild, honey bbq, or lemon pepper and rival Atlanta’s most popular wings when they’re fresh from the fryer.

Taco Pete in East Point
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5. Don Sige Taqueria

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1720 Vesta Ave
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 762-8084

Just beyond the East Point city limits, this counter-serve taco spot could easily be missed hidden behind a Chevron station. Its storefront is on Vesta Avenue rather than Main Street and it might just serve some of the best tacos in Atlanta. The corn tortillas are a perfect balance between soft and sturdy and easily stand up to being stuffed with marinated steak or chicken. Want something more unusual? Try the beef tripe, cheek, or tongue tacos. Go easy on the salsa verde, it’s delicious, but has a surprising kick.

Taqueria Don Sige
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6. Brake Pad

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3403 Main St
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 766-1515
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This tried-and-true College Park tavern shines with its pleasing burgers and fries, wings, patty melts, and blackened tilapia. It also fosters a funky, devil-may-care attitude in its community of regular locals, which includes Woodward Academy teachers, Millennial wanderers, and longtime residents.

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7. Slideways

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760 S Central Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354
(404) 762-8002
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After giving residents a scare a few months ago by suspending weekday dinner service and only opening for lunch, this consistently worthy neighborhood spot has plenty of great menu items. Don’t miss out on the fried fish. The perfectly crisped filet twice as long as the bun comes with a side of fries, but order an extra side of the excellent Brussels sprouts.

Slideways in Hapeville
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8. Grecian Gyro

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855 Virginia Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354
(404) 762-1627
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Now with five locations around Atlanta, this self-described “hole in the wall” located in Hapeville is the original. Stop in for souvlaki, falafel, gryos, or Italian sausage wraps. There’s also substantial gluten-free and vegetarian options here.

Grecian Gyro
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9. Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

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1650 Virginia Ave
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 549-9111
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Bole is an area favorite for those seeking a bit of authenticity. It’s also the place people often ask one another if they’ve visited. While this spot is very vegetarian-friendly (try the samosas), Bole is still accommodating for meat lovers. Order lamb and beef to scoop into injera (spongy Ethiopian flatbread) and a glass of honey wine.

Bole Ethiopian in College Park
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10. VOLARE WINE & BISTRO

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603 N Central Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354
(404) 503-6730
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Aimed at Hapeville’s date-night crowd, Volare brings Southern-French fancy to the ATL Airport District. The restaurant mixes elegance in an understated location overlooking the train tracks. This juxtaposition is also reflected in the dishes like the Cajun pastas, Parmesan encrusted cordon bleu, grilled Australian lamb chops in Grand Marnier gastrique, or mountain trout.

Volare Wine & Bistro in Hapeville
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11. Pit Boss BBQ

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856 Virginia Ave
Atlanta, GA 30354

One of the easiest ways to tell if a barbecue restaurant is any good is if it pulls a cross-section of people as expertly as it pulls pork for sandwiches. The bluesy dive that is Pitt Boss in Hapeville is such a barbecue spot, where everyone indulges (including the police) in sweet, spicy, savory, and smoky ‘cue.

Pit Boss BBQ in Hapeville
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12. Hapeville Corner Tavern

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573 N Central Ave
Atlanta, GA 30354
(404) 254-1004
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Hapeville’s Corner Tavern may have moved from its original location (now home to Chairs) but it continues to serve its classic burgers and a great selection of both craft and local beers, including fellow Hapeville neighbor, Arches Brewing.

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13. Lunch on Main Street

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3569 Main St
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 761-9214
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A favorite among College Park’s older residents, this former gas station-turned-luncheonette has been around since 1999. Lunch on Main added breakfast five years ago and began serving dinner in 2016. With hearty plates of rotisserie chicken, chop steak, and specials, which include fried pork chop Mondays and Wednesday meatloaf, this local favorite is all about gathering for a family meal.

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14. Hattie Marie's Texas Style BBQ & Cajun Kitchen

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3699 Main St
College Park, GA 30337
(678) 796-8205
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The big, ranch-style lettering outside is inspired by the Lone Star State, and so is Hattie Marie’s barbecue. The pit-smoked brisket is the real stand-out here, but try the pork ribs (cooked over cherry wood), sausage links, and Cajun-fried catfish, too.

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15. Apron at Solis

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Two Porsche Dr
Atlanta, GA 30354
(470) 466-3300
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Dine on the edge of a private racetrack reserved for Porsche at Apron at the Solis Two Porsche Drive hotel. The charcuterie plate is great shared starter. Then order the green and white asparagus risotto or the chermoula-rubbed striped bass. Apron also carries their own bottles of Fiddler bourbon from Atlanta’s ASW Distillery. They make for a great fig-infused Manhattan.

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A rendering of the dining room at Apron.
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16. Urban Foodie Feed Store

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3841 Main St
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 209-7979
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Classic Southern food is reimagined and integrated with global flavors at this historic College Park building turned restaurant, The menu may say fried chicken, but at Urban Foodie Feed Store it’s herb and buttermilk-brined and served with succotash whiskey collards. Then there’s the duck confit with southern fried rice and duck sauce, or the hoisin glazed pork chop with sweet potato noodle stir-fry. This is a must-dine spot in College Park.

Urban Foodies Feed Store in College Park
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1. The Duck Club Speakeasy

1201-1371 Bryan Ave, East Point, GA 30344
The Duck Club Speakeasy
Gina P/Yelp

Dimly lit and with one of the more believable secret entrances in metro Atlanta, Duck Club feels like it’s several stories beneath the ground; like a headquarters for the organization secretly planning all the best house parties in College Park. They make a mean fried chicken sandwich, serve church-inspired hot plates of spaghetti on Wednesdays, and take their improved whiskey cocktails seriously.

1201-1371 Bryan Ave
East Point, GA 30344

2. Kupcakerie

2781 Main St, East Point, GA 30344
Kupcakerie in East Point
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Look for the pink window frames across from East Point’s public library just beneath Chairs, that’s where sweets seekers will find the rich and moist cupcakes of Kupcakerie. Creative flavors here include churro, key lime pie, and Madagascar vanilla bourbon, to name just a few. They also brew fresh Revelator coffee for anyone looking for a serious cup of caffeine in the Tri-Cities.

2781 Main St
East Point, GA 30344

3. Chairs Upstairs Bar and Restaurant

2783 Main St, East Point, GA 30344
Chairs Upstairs Bar in East Point
Shana L/Yelp

When the owners of the original Corner Tavern (yep, it was in East Point, not Little Five Points) left the mothership to build a new Hapeville location across from the East Point MARTA station, regulars were worried. However, the beer selection and the food at Chairs in the old tavern building is still solid. Order the white chicken chili if it’s on the menu or just grabs wings from the outdoor smoker.

2783 Main St
East Point, GA 30344

4. Taco Pete

2957 Main St, East Point, GA 30344
Taco Pete in East Point
Jason R/Yelp

The original Taco Pete was founded in Los Angeles in 1966. This corner-situated taco stand in East Point is its second location. Call ahead to order tacos to be ready upon arrival – an order generally takes about 15 minutes, but the flavor and prices are worth the wait. While the name promotes the tacos, Taco Pete’s wings are easily East Point’s best. They come in hot, mild, honey bbq, or lemon pepper and rival Atlanta’s most popular wings when they’re fresh from the fryer.

2957 Main St
East Point, GA 30344

5. Don Sige Taqueria

1720 Vesta Ave, College Park, GA 30337
Taqueria Don Sige
Brandon E/yelp

Just beyond the East Point city limits, this counter-serve taco spot could easily be missed hidden behind a Chevron station. Its storefront is on Vesta Avenue rather than Main Street and it might just serve some of the best tacos in Atlanta. The corn tortillas are a perfect balance between soft and sturdy and easily stand up to being stuffed with marinated steak or chicken. Want something more unusual? Try the beef tripe, cheek, or tongue tacos. Go easy on the salsa verde, it’s delicious, but has a surprising kick.

1720 Vesta Ave
College Park, GA 30337

6. Brake Pad

3403 Main St, College Park, GA 30337
Brake Pad
Brake Pad
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This tried-and-true College Park tavern shines with its pleasing burgers and fries, wings, patty melts, and blackened tilapia. It also fosters a funky, devil-may-care attitude in its community of regular locals, which includes Woodward Academy teachers, Millennial wanderers, and longtime residents.

3403 Main St
College Park, GA 30337

7. Slideways

760 S Central Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354
Slideways in Hapeville
June C/Yelp

After giving residents a scare a few months ago by suspending weekday dinner service and only opening for lunch, this consistently worthy neighborhood spot has plenty of great menu items. Don’t miss out on the fried fish. The perfectly crisped filet twice as long as the bun comes with a side of fries, but order an extra side of the excellent Brussels sprouts.

760 S Central Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354

8. Grecian Gyro

855 Virginia Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354
Grecian Gyro
Tim M./Yelp

Now with five locations around Atlanta, this self-described “hole in the wall” located in Hapeville is the original. Stop in for souvlaki, falafel, gryos, or Italian sausage wraps. There’s also substantial gluten-free and vegetarian options here.

855 Virginia Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354

9. Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

1650 Virginia Ave, College Park, GA 30337
Bole Ethiopian in College Park
Lisa A/Yelp

Bole is an area favorite for those seeking a bit of authenticity. It’s also the place people often ask one another if they’ve visited. While this spot is very vegetarian-friendly (try the samosas), Bole is still accommodating for meat lovers. Order lamb and beef to scoop into injera (spongy Ethiopian flatbread) and a glass of honey wine.

1650 Virginia Ave
College Park, GA 30337

10. VOLARE WINE & BISTRO

603 N Central Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354
Volare Wine & Bistro in Hapeville
Official/Volare Wine & Bistro

Aimed at Hapeville’s date-night crowd, Volare brings Southern-French fancy to the ATL Airport District. The restaurant mixes elegance in an understated location overlooking the train tracks. This juxtaposition is also reflected in the dishes like the Cajun pastas, Parmesan encrusted cordon bleu, grilled Australian lamb chops in Grand Marnier gastrique, or mountain trout.

603 N Central Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354

11. Pit Boss BBQ

856 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, GA 30354
Pit Boss BBQ in Hapeville
Bryana B/Yelp

One of the easiest ways to tell if a barbecue restaurant is any good is if it pulls a cross-section of people as expertly as it pulls pork for sandwiches. The bluesy dive that is Pitt Boss in Hapeville is such a barbecue spot, where everyone indulges (including the police) in sweet, spicy, savory, and smoky ‘cue.

856 Virginia Ave
Atlanta, GA 30354

12. Hapeville Corner Tavern

573 N Central Ave, Atlanta, GA 30354
Corner Tavern Hapeville
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Hapeville’s Corner Tavern may have moved from its original location (now home to Chairs) but it continues to serve its classic burgers and a great selection of both craft and local beers, including fellow Hapeville neighbor, Arches Brewing.

573 N Central Ave
Atlanta, GA 30354

13. Lunch on Main Street

3569 Main St, College Park, GA 30337
Lunch on Main in College Park
Laura R/Yelp

A favorite among College Park’s older residents, this former gas station-turned-luncheonette has been around since 1999. Lunch on Main added breakfast five years ago and began serving dinner in 2016. With hearty plates of rotisserie chicken, chop steak, and specials, which include fried pork chop Mondays and Wednesday meatloaf, this local favorite is all about gathering for a family meal.

3569 Main St
College Park, GA 30337

14. Hattie Marie's Texas Style BBQ & Cajun Kitchen

3699 Main St, College Park, GA 30337
Hattie Marie’s in College Park
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The big, ranch-style lettering outside is inspired by the Lone Star State, and so is Hattie Marie’s barbecue. The pit-smoked brisket is the real stand-out here, but try the pork ribs (cooked over cherry wood), sausage links, and Cajun-fried catfish, too.

3699 Main St
College Park, GA 30337

15. Apron at Solis

Two Porsche Dr, Atlanta, GA 30354
A rendering of the dining room at Apron.
A rendering of the dining room at Apron.
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Dine on the edge of a private racetrack reserved for Porsche at Apron at the Solis Two Porsche Drive hotel. The charcuterie plate is great shared starter. Then order the green and white asparagus risotto or the chermoula-rubbed striped bass. Apron also carries their own bottles of Fiddler bourbon from Atlanta’s ASW Distillery. They make for a great fig-infused Manhattan.

Two Porsche Dr
Atlanta, GA 30354

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16. Urban Foodie Feed Store

3841 Main St, College Park, GA 30337
Urban Foodies Feed Store in College Park
Sky G/Yelp

Classic Southern food is reimagined and integrated with global flavors at this historic College Park building turned restaurant, The menu may say fried chicken, but at Urban Foodie Feed Store it’s herb and buttermilk-brined and served with succotash whiskey collards. Then there’s the duck confit with southern fried rice and duck sauce, or the hoisin glazed pork chop with sweet potato noodle stir-fry. This is a must-dine spot in College Park.

3841 Main St
College Park, GA 30337

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