If your eyes go wide at the sight of an elegantly plated meal; if your heart skips a beat at the mention of house-made condiments; if your Instagram feed is dominated by #foodporn, then Atlanta is your dream destination. Since excellent restaurants cover this city like powdered sugar over beignets, the greatest challenge for food lovers visiting Atlanta is knowing where to start. Begin your gourmand getaway with these must-try destinations.
This massive, brick structure in the Old Fourth Ward used to be a Sears distribution center. Now, Ponce City Market is a sprawling live-work-play complex with a food hall that offers a smorgasbord of gourmet stalls, fast-casual concepts and full-service restaurants spearheaded by some of the city’s best chefs.
This gorgeous culinary marketplace is touted as a West Coast-style market. Grab a meal at one of the full-blown restaurant concepts, including The Luminary and Superica, or take a food tour of stalls like Fred's Meat & Breads, Little Tart Bakeshop and Gu's Dumplings.
This spectacular eatery sits in a former train depot, and uses its historic building to create a swoon-worthy industrial ambiance. While the menu features fanciful concoctions that will have you coming back for more, Kimball House is especially known for its champagne cocktails on tap and extensive oyster selection.
Beeline to Bocado for arguably the best burger in Atlanta, then stay for a menu that serves up incredibly fresh and creative vegetable dishes, including a killer quinoa and avocado salad, a roasted cauliflower sandwich with eggplant, and a sunchoke soup with roasted mushrooms. Carnivores, worry not, there are also plenty of meaty options.
Chef Ryan Smith's menu of creative dishes borderline on molecular gastronomy. The menu is ever-changing, and offered à la carte or as a five-course tasting with optional wine pairings. Here, American ingredients and recipes are transformed with modern techniques, interesting flavor combinations and masterful presentation.
From Atlanta’s most acclaimed restaurant, Bacchanalia, to (arguably) Atlanta’s best steaks at Marcel, farm-to-table fare dominates menus throughout the hip and modern Westside.
This stretch of road is lined with hundreds of restaurants that serve authentic cuisine from around the world, including Mexican, Salvadoran, Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean. Our favorites include Nam Phuong, C'om and Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House.
Umi has built a reputation as Atlanta’s best sushi restaurant thanks to chef and part-owner Fuyuhiko Ito's unrelenting perfectionism. Each day, the restaurant receives shipments of fresh seafood from Tokyo, South America or Santa Barbara, Calif., to create exquisite dishes like Madai carpaccio, yellowtail jalapeño and monkfish liver pate.
Within just a few blocks, Inman Park serves up some seriously delicious and distinct restaurants—try super-fresh sushi at MF Sushi, coastal-inspired seafood at Beetlecat, creative tacos at bustling Bartaco, New Orleans-style cuisine at Parish or Spanish tapas and an impressive wine list at Barcelona, to name only a few.
This market harks back to the early 1920s, when a devastating fire consumed most of the Fourth Ward. The Curb Market was built during rebuilding efforts and stands today as the city's oldest public market. Tour the fantastic food stalls—including Arepa Mia, Afrodish, Le Metro Creperie and Grindhouse Killer Burgers—for super-fresh fare.