Atlanta is home to several James Beard award-winning chefs, incredible local cuisine and even global specialties. An insider’s guide for those looking to become a certified Atlanta foodie.
Indulge in a true southern delicacy with the Southern Fried Chicken Doughnut at AG. With a full belly, it’s never too early to think about your next foodie adventure. Head to one of the many local farmers markets to peruse some true Georgian goods. Select from homemade jams, fresh produce, breads, coffee and other handmade items from local purveyors. Ask the concierge for locations and operating hours.
Depending on your level of hunger, two options for authentic Atlanta experiences are next on your list. First, Star Provisions for one of the best sandwiches in town (French Omlette Baguette is a top recommendation) along with delicious desserts. Second, The Vortex for one of the best burgers (warning: only for those with the biggest appetites!).
Need to walk off some of that indulgence? Stroll through the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market; purchase wares for your culinary adventures back home or souvenirs for friends and family at one of the many markets.
Now that you are already in foodie heaven, create your own progressive dinner throughout the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market. Start with oysters at W.B. Stiles’ Fish Camp, homemade chips, guacamole and fresh margaritas at Minero from James Beard award-winning Chef Sean Brock, an authentic Cuban sandwich at El Super Pan by Top Chef contestant Hector Santiago, and cool down with a popsicle from Atlanta’s own King of Pops.
Not ready to end the night just yet? Head upstairs to Skyline Park on The Roof of Ponce City Market for games, classic carnival treats and cocktails, such as the Skyline Mule or Frośe, with panoramic views.
Brunch is an institution in the South, and Buford Highway (BuHi as locals call it) is no exception. Dine around the world without boarding an airplane! This will be just one of your many stops along a stretch that includes Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisines, among many others. Enjoy a dim sum brunch at fan-favorite Canton House. Eat family style and select various delicacies that pass by your table on carts. Don’t miss the pork buns!
Stop for a post-brunch sweet treat, head to Sweet Hut Bakery for an authentic milk tea and mochi pastry. For a real tour around the culinary world, your next stop is Buford Highway Farmers Market, visited by Anthony Bourdain on his popular show, Layover. Featuring both local goods and international delicacies, enjoy the ultimate variety. There are plenty of samples to be had during your visit. Watch while dumplings, pastries and more are made before your eyes.
Continuing your tour around the world, enjoy an authentic Korean BBQ (spicy pork is a staple item) experience. If your hunger warrants lighter fare, dine at one of the many Vietnamese restaurants for Pho, noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, vegetables and your choice of meat. No need to stay on a particular time schedule during your time on Buford Highway, many restaurants are open until 3 or 4 a.m. and some 24 hours, so whether dinner time is 4 p.m. or 2 a.m. you have come to the right place.