Places That Make Atlanta Home


This Edgewood staple takes the best of 2 pizza styles—Neapolitan and New York—to create the perfect pie. Not only do they make their fresh mozzarella daily, they source meat and vegetables from local places, too.


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.

Brick Store Pub


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 Decatur landmark has 8 Belgian-only beer taps upstairs, 29 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.

Buford Highway

As a connector of 3 counties, Buford Highway is a mecca of diverse eats where you can chow down on Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, and other international fare.

Busy Bee Cafe

It's almost cliché 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

Dekalb Farmer’s Market

What started as a small produce stand in 1977 has sprouted into a world market with its own bakery, deli, pastry shop, restaurant, and more.

Empire State South

This Hugh Acheson (Five & Ten, The National) 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.

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, No. 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.

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.

JCT Kitchen: Powell Norred

Lee's Bakery

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

Manuel's Tavern

An Atlanta institution and one of the oldest bars in town, 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.

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.

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.

Manuel's Tavern
The Optimist

Soul Vegetarian

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


This trendy spot—with pre-paid tasting menus and à la carte dining—was named the best new restaurant of 2016 by Bon Appétit magazine. It's also a for-profit subsidiary of The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit organization serving our restaurant community.

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 Varsity

No trip to Atlanta is complete without a hot dog, some rings, and a Frosted Varsity Orange. This iconic family-owned chain has been open since 1928, and the main branch on North Ave. is touted as the world’s largest fast-food drive-in.

Victory Sandwich Bar

Victory Sandwich Bar

Tasty sandwiches, ping pong, a small stable of quality beers, and Jack & Coke slushies are the name of the game here.


The Vortex's 20-foot laughing skull facade has become an Atlanta landmark. Try one of their burgers, which are some of Atlanta's favorites, but don't bring the kiddos—this is an adults-only kind of joint.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub