Places that make Atlanta home

Ann's Snack Bar

This single wide trailer along Memorial Drive in Kirkwood is known for "The World Famous Ghetto Burger," an indulgent concoction The Wall Street Journal once called the best hamburger in America.


Giovanni Di Palma runs a gelato cafe and a chicken joint, and he's got a market and an outdoor bar and grill on the way, but the gem of his empire is this authentic Napoletana pizza place.

Brick Store Pub


Formerly an antique store (and before that, a neighborhood grocery), this space was revamped by the folks behind MJQ and Bookhouse. You want the Plancha Burger with one of their rotating draft beers.


Sporting a mighty burger stack and plenty of veggie options, this Westside spot is about as dependable as it gets. If you go for lunch, there's an 87% chance you'll see a member of MailChimp's creative team.

Brick Store Pub

This 17-year-old Decatur landmark has 8 Belgian-only beer taps upstairs, 21 mostly-domestic taps downstairs, 300 bottles on their main list, 900 in the upstairs "cellar," and thousands more aging in a bank vault beneath the pub.

Busy Bee Cafe

It's almost cliche at this point, but Busy Bee's fried chicken is the best in town. They've been around since 1947, and it's still the easiest way to impress out-of-town guests.

Elliott Street Pub

Elliott Street Pub

Great for a Saturday afternoon beer and inadvertently making new friends, this Castleberry Hill dive is run by brothers Mike and Pete, who make mean sandwiches and live above the pub.

Empire State South

This Hugh Acheson (Five & Ten, The National, Cinco y Diez, The Florence) restaurant is one of the rare places where you can have a fantastic breakfast at 7am, late-night cocktails, and everything in between.

Empire State South
Gato: Nicholas Stinson

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Founded by identical twins who taught themselves how to cook professionally, this Texas-style barbecue joint has been making bellies happy since 2007.


What's been known by day as a cozy brunch spot in Candler Park has turned into, by night, the stuff of foodie legend. Gato features ramen, hot chicken, and various other interesting pop-ups.

General Muir

From the people who brought you Bocado comes this Jewish deli-style concept, complete with a towering reuben, stunning bagels, and mouthwatering matzoh ball soup.


On Wednesdays, we often have the Yumbii food truck in our parking lot. On every day but Sunday, the people that make that food make this food, including Korean barbecue tacos, sesame fries, sliders, and burritos.

Home Grown

Come for the comfy chicken, stay for the comfy chicken. Comfy chicken! They have other stuff, too, and you might have to wait in line for it, but it's worth it. #ComfyChicken

JCT Kitchen and Bar

Ford Fry (The Optimist, 246, St. Cecilia) has a lot of restaurants. They're almost all awesome. This is one of them. JCT serves fine Southern food. Order a cocktail and sit outside if the weather's nice.

JCT Kitchen: Powell Norred

Kimball House

Housed in an old train depot right on the tracks in Decatur, Kimball House was opened by the team behind Brick Store Pub and Leon's Full Service. Get some oysters and cocktails.

Lee's Bakery

Eat the banh mi. Eat the pho. Eat the banh mi with the pho. Take some bread home. Rinse, repeat.

Little Bangkok

A longtime Thai/Chinese favorite, Little Bangkok offers myriad dishes at reasonable prices. We recommend the Pad Thai and coconut soup.

Manuel's Tavern

An Atlanta institution and one of the oldest bars in town, the Manuel's walls are rich with history and photos of liberal leaders, though all are welcome here. Order nachos and chat with a regular; there are plenty of both.

Manuel's Tavern
The Optimist

Q Time

An old-school soul food spot in the West End, Q Time serves up fried chicken, mac and cheese, collard greens, and other foods that will make you feel happy and then sleepy.

Soul Vegetarian

Organic, vegan, and kosher, Soul Vegetarian's cafeteria-style fare is reasonably priced and delicious.

Victory Sandwich Bar

Tasty sandwiches, ping pong, a small stable of quality beers, and Jack & Coke slushies are the name of the game here. If you're feeling fancy, duck in the back and check out Paper Plane.

Waikikie Hawaiian BBQ

An Atlanta restaurant industry favorite, Waikikie serves up authentic Hawaiian-BBQ-style chicken, beef, pork, and seafood, and spam. So much spam. All in a room that's decorated like Hawaii, while Hawaiian home videos loop on the television overhead. Enjoy a Kona Brewing Co. beer with your meat pile.

Victory Sandwich Bar
Wrecking Bar Brewpub


A honky-tonk trucker hang located off the beaten path in Conley, Southern-Comfort is must-visit for a rowdy weekend night. Cheap drinks, dancing, and karaoke abound.

Taqueria Del Sol

The line is often long (margaritas help with that), but the tacos are always delicious. Skipping the queso is a terrible decision.

The Optimist

Esquire named this place their best new restaurant of the year in 2012. Enjoy some oysters at the bar, wash them down with cocktails, and then sit down for a nice seafood dinner.

The Sound Table

A fixture of the increasingly hip slice of Old Fourth Ward along Edgewood Avenue, The Sound Table brims with top-shelf cocktails, tasty small plates, and DJs when it gets late.

Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House

People will tell you to check out Buford Highway, and people are right. Take some friends and order a variety of stone bowls at this Korean spot—they're in the name for a reason.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

In just two years, this Little Five Points brewpub has served up more than 120 of their in-house beers, which are some of the best Georgia has to offer. Enjoy a burger or a Tuesday-night veggie special alongside some brews.

Yeah! Burger

With locations on the Westside and Virginia Highland, Yeah! Burger nails an enjoyable experience: great service, decor, branding, environmental consciousness. Oh yeah, and burgers, too.