Restaurants in Atlanta, GA

Yes, of course sophisticated restaurants with creative chefs abound in Atlanta and the cuisines of the world are readily available. It also is a city where Dixie standards are at their best: BBQ, fried chicken, country ham, and pork chops are all are grand, and the vegetable menu is dazzling. Make no mistake, though: most of the city’s best vegetables, cooked with fatback or hambone, are not for vegetarians. Some items listed on menus’ vegetable roster are not even vegetables: mac ‘n’ cheese, for instance; or congealed salad (aka Jell-O). Among Roadfood’s top destinations in the city are the Silver Skillet diner, especially for its sweet/tart lemon ice box pie and Mary Mac’s Tea Room for such old-fashioned dishes as pot likker, tomato pie, and sweet potato souffle… and, of course, fried chicken.  No food pilgrimage through Atlanta would be complete without a visit to The Varsity (world’s largest drive-in) for chili dogs, fried pies, and frosted orange.

Atlanta’s Most Famous Dishes

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato


Fried Chicken

Soft chunks of rutabaga in a green-rimmed diner bowl


Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Atlanta’s Best Restaurants

Mary Mac’s Tea Room - Pot Likker
Mary Mac’s Tea Room


The Varsity - Full Plate
The Varsity


Silver Skillet


Victory Sandwich Bar


West Egg Café


Bon Ton


Big Daddy’s Dish


Barbecue Kitchen


Busy Bee Cafe


Delia's chicken sausage Stand
Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand


Fat Matt’s Rib Shack


Manuel’s Tavern


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