Growing up I spent a lot of time in Atlanta- at Six Flags, Braves games, Hawks games, Falcons games (why am I not more athletic? lol). Completing my undergraduate degree in Macon meant I also traveled up to Atlanta for several weekends a year. But never did I really enjoy the foodie scene in Atlanta until a recent girls trip. Seriously, Atlanta has some amazing foodie finds (and I’m not just saying this because I’m a Georgia girl). We spent a lot of time asking for recommendations (locals, facebook, etc.), reading Trip advisor, consulting google reviews and visiting tons of restaurants (I mean really, I had to). To be a true foodie takes a lot of careful planning.
To start your Atlanta foodie adventure, you need to think about restaurants that have options and styles that suit your palette and unique menu items you want to try. Further, I think it’s pretty important to factor in ambiance and overall “feel” to really get the best experience. SO, here is a pretty good start: 11 of MY favorite foodie places in Atlanta. This is not an extensive list and there are certainly other foodie finds I hope to get to one day that may make it on the list. But, if you want to be a foodie in Atlanta you can absolutely start here:
1. Krog Street Market
Located in the heart of Inman Park, Krog Street market is the perfect place to stroll along with friends and enjoy market stalls of fresh produce, goods, and foods. Everything from homemade dark chocolates to candles, to bakeries, to a beer garden, to restaurants, my foodie heart can’t get enough. Though located in some sort of warehouse, the market has a great vibe with some picnic style sitting. Come hungry because you will want to try everything.
2. Cafe Intermezzo
If you’re in search of a little cafe near downtown for a good cup of coffee I’ve found your place. They serve a delicious coffee and tea and have a great pie menu. They’re coffee and drink menu has like 1200 options- literally. They also have a full menu available, and I will be coming back to check out their brunch. On the occasions I enjoyed this place, I thought the dimly lit cafe was the perfect place to end our evening chatting, unwinding after a presentation, and just enjoying a fabulous slice of pie. Another huge perk of Cafe Intermezzo (at least the Midtown location) is that it is open as late as 2am.
3. Antico Pizza
Looking for some fairly quick and delicious pizza? This place is the one. They have some pretty delicious (fresh) options and it is made to order. You will sit in open style seating (and likely with other patrons). Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with some absolutely good pizza.
4.Southern Baked Pie Company
If you’re looking for something to pick up and head out in the Buckhead area, try the Southern Baked Pie Company. I’ve noticed that these pie companies that offer both sweet and savory pies have really become popular through my USA travels, and I love it. Here you can pick up anything from a traditional apple to a fabulous Georgia peach, to a fresh coconut pie to a chicken pot pie, beef stroganoff, or divine quiche. Or you can stop in for just a slice! Definitely worth a visit.
5. JCT Kitchen
Home of some of the best fried chicken, this place is a must while visiting Georgia. The atmosphere is fun- sit outside on the first floor in the main courtyard area. Try the Angry Mussels and collard greens, and of course the fried chicken (#wheninGeorgia).
6. Highland Bakery
Highland Bakery is a must for breakfast/brunch. Honestly, everything about this place was excellent, and not just because we had just finished hiking up Stone Mountain (lol). Try their ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote or (one of) their eggs Benedict.
7. Pasta de Pullcinela
This little midtown restaurant is set up in a what looks like a house from the outside. Make a reservation for outside seating, this is a place you don’t want to miss. They serve fresh bread and have some delicious menu items (try the house ravioli). They also have an extensive wine selection, so prepare yourself!
8. Le Petit Marche
Definitely try Le Petit Marche for breakfast (it’s worth the wait). My little southern heart was in heaven. This little mom and pop place has affordable pricing, quaint decor, and delicious food. Try the grits with sausage!
Ribalta was a cute little Italian find with a casual elegant atmosphere. Perfect for a girls night or a date night, try out their pesto (delicious) or gluten free pizza. The wine list is also pretty extensive, so sit down have a glass, and enjoy.
10. Poor Calvins
Poor Calvins had a fun little outdoor area with some amazing menu selections. An Asian fusion restaurant, there is a LOT to try. Our table ordered something different all the way around (and they were all delicious), but I really enjoyed the pineapple fried rice and shrimp. Go and enjoy (and make reservations!).
11. Bartaco (pronounced “Bar-Taco”, not BARTA-co. Don’t ask but some have made this mistake)
Though not unique to ATL (there is also one in Orlando lol), Bartaco is fabulous for your street taco craving. The atmosphere is relaxed, open, and fresh- perfect for enjoying a Bartaco marg, cauliflower taco, Bartaco chopped salad (the cilantro lime vinaigrette is to die for) and key lime pie in a jar (you MUST).
Atlanta is a perfect city for foodies. There are just so many options, each with some uniqueness and character. It’s definitely the best place to bring out your foodie self! Have fun!