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

Plate holds breakfast pork chops with eggs and a bowl of grits.

Pork Chops

Fried pork chop sandwich is garnished with sweet, zesty chili sauce

Pork Sandwich

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.

Salads

Crisp, golden-brown tater tots with a well-dressed hot dog in the background

Tater Tots

Atlanta’s Best Restaurants

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