Atlanta for Foodies

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.

Ponce City Market

At one time the largest redevelopment project in the nation, Ponce City Market is the most unabashed example of Atlanta’s newfound penchant for preservation. This mammoth buildi

Kimball House

This train depot-turned-restaurant offers farm-to-table food, craft drinks and one of the city's best oyster bars in an industrial-chic setting. The bar serves up absinthe service, classic cocktails, wine and draft beers. D (daily).

Bocado

Enjoy a casual atmosphere and one of the best hamburgers in town in this simple, modern and fun restaurant. Sit on the spacious patio for a healthy helping of fresh air or book the private dining room for group gatherings. L&D (M-Sa).

Staplehouse

Staplehouse boasts a 2016 James Beard Award nomination for Best New Restaurant within just five months of opening. Inside, you’ll find a 40-seat dining room, an eight-seat bar and a simple, industrial atmosphere.

Westside

If you’ve been to this concrete- and brick-dominated area of Atlanta, you won’t be shocked to learn that it was once a booming industrial district—and still is.

Buford Highway

This ethnic corridor offers authentic cuisine from a variety of cultures, including Mexican, Salvadoran, Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean.

Umi

Chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s modern Japanese menu keeps freshness and quality at its foundation. From baked lobster tempura to grilled cod, sashimi and traditional rolls, sleek presentation matches the restaurant’s contemporary décor. D (M-Sa)

Inman Park

Atlanta’s first planned suburb, Inman Park is characterized by its curved, tree-lined streets filled with restored circa 1800s Victorian houses and open greenspaces. The neighborhood fell into decline in the 1950s, but when the city made plans to run a freeway through it in the 1970s, residents fought back.

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

This historic market was created as an effort to rebuild after Atlanta’s second-worst fire in 1917. Nearly 100 years later, local vendors, chefs and restaurateurs own the popular stalls sprinkled throughout the market. Take a food tour through stalls like Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Arepa Mia and many more. Open daily.