San Franciscan foodie visiting Atlanta...next week
hi there fellow people of Atlanta,,, serious foodie visiting your neck of the woods for the first time for a family gathering. Heard good things about Atlanta, but really don't know where to begin. I have been in the restaurant business for the past 10 years and still lovin'n it!
I like to visit restaurant that are iconic to the southern hospitality of what Georgia, locally comfort foods famous and where to hangout to try local fare and really make my 3 day trip worth my while.
Also, always interested in any local fast food places that I can not find in San Francisco. Any interesting bakeries, and coffee houses? recommend a semi-fancy restaurant, fine dining, I like to see and compare the difference of what atlanta has to offer to San Francisco.
where to site visit, where to take pictures and most of all WHERE TO EAT?
Bachannalia, Restaurant Eugene, Scott Peacock's Watershed and Rathbun's are all top-notch restaurants with locally-sourced, regionally influenced menus. All are top-dollar as well.
For the nitty gritty, southern, Meat-and-three, the aforementioned Mary Mac's and Collonade are pretty good....as are Thelma's on Auburn Ave downtown and Silver Skillet on 14th in Midtown.
Avoid the Varsity unless it's heartburn you seek! Chick Fil A is good for a hangover.
Hidden gems include Top Floor (Myrtle and Ponce), Ecco (7th st, great salumi), MF Sushi Bar and Carroll St. Care for the ambience.
Where to eat, to some degree, will depend on where you are staying. The well known fast food chain with local roots is Chick-Fil-A with locations throughout the metro area. Note that they are open Monday-Saturday only - which is unique in the fast food industry. Among the best known southern fare is at Mary Mac's on Ponce de Leon Ave. and at The Collonade on Cheshire Bridge Road. Anne's on Memorial Dr. serves one of the best burgers in America according to several. Vortex is also noted for their burgers. The largest drive in restaurant in the country is The Varsity - near Georgia Tech. Barbecue tastes vary, but several receive more accolades than the others. Sam & Dave's (two Cobb County locations) is my personal favorite. Daddy Dz and Rolling Bones are both near downtown. My two cents worth should get conversations started. There will be those who agree, disagree, and supplement my suggestions. Good luck, enjoy, and please let us know of your experiences after the trip is completed.