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Atlanta’s restaurant scene is like a Georgia peach: vibrant, colorful and juicy. It’s perfect for delighting in upscale, yet “down home” Southern fare or exploring some of the world’s finest culinary treats. Like many major U.S. cities, there is a renewed focus on sustainable cuisine.
Casual diners, pay attention: Burgers, burgers and more burgers are busting on the Atlanta food scene. You can always grab an irreverent burger at the skeleton-façade joint Vortex Bar and Grill. Located in Midtown and in the off-beat Little Five Points neighborhood, the biker burger gastro bar serves up spectacular beefy treats.
An Atlantan rite of passage also beckons across town at the Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in. Dive into a chili-cheese dog with a Frosted Orange. For a solid breakfast, select from five Thumbs Up Diner locations. You can also get your fill of Southern barbecue at Fox Bros. Barbecue or get messy with flavored hot wings at Clay’s Sports Café.
For fine foodie tastes, the Woodfire Grill (of Top Chef’s Kevin Gillespie) is a sustainable, seasonal, ingredient-focused creation. Meanwhile, an off-the-beaten path find awaits at Canoe, a riverside restaurant with upscale Southern fare such as sage-roasted pheasant and Georgia pecan sticky buns. Babette’s Café in Inman Park combines outdoor dining with a cozy, remodeled 1916 bungalow. Savor the chef’s dishes inspired by the European countryside, as well as an array of tapas creations.
Dishes that also dish out spectacular skyline views can be had at The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar and View, as well as Nikolai’s Roof. While both are housed within downtown hotels (The Westin Peachtree Plaza and the Hilton, respectively), they both serve up fine dining that’s worth the dollar. Enjoy Russian-inspired French continental cuisine at Nikolai’s roof and contemporary American cuisine at The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar and View.