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A Taste of Southern Cooking

Looking to find the best Southern restaurant in Atlanta, Ga? Well there is plenty from which to choose! The city’s best dishes are as rich and enticing as Atlanta's history. From historic locations and heirloom recipes to headlining diners, enjoy a real taste of the South at these notable eateries:

Dante's Down the Hatch

Dante's Down the Hatch originally docked in Underground Atlanta during the 60's. Now anchored in Buckhead, Dante's offers multi-course fondue menus and live jazz in the dining rooms replicated to mimic the interior of an 18th century sailing ship.

Gladys Knight & Ron Winnan's Chicken & Waffles

Gladys Knight & Ron Winnan's Chicken & Waffles is owned by the legendary R&B namesake. Calling to mind 1930s-era Harlem, celebrities visiting Wells restaurant in the early morning hours couldn't decide if they wanted dinner or breakfast. The strange but delicious combination of juicy fried chicken with syrupy waffles was born. Open until 4 a.m. on weekends, the musically-themed Southern restaurant in Atlanta serves traditional soul food.

Livingston Restaurant + Bar

Livingston Restaurant + Bar overlooks Peachtree Street from the 100-year-old Georgian Terrace Hotel, which hosted the after party for the first screening of Gone With the Wind. Livingston serves regional and seasonal fare, artisan cocktails and impeccable wines.

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac's Tea Room has served made-from-scratch Southern staples for more 65 years. Officially named "Atlanta's Dining Room," it offers enticing entrées such as chicken and dumplings, grilled catfish and fried green tomatoes. Save room for decadent desserts including Georgia peach cobbler and pecan pie.

New American Shakespeare Tavern

New American Shakespeare Tavern is a one-stop shop for Atlanta's eclectic culture and cuisine. Boasting a replica facade of the Bard's theatre, this professional theatre serves authentic-inspired English dishes and drinks before each show. It also home to the Atlanta Shakespeare Company - the nation's only troupe to have performed each of Shakespeare's 39 plays.

OK Café

OK Café has been a gathering place for delicious food and great conversation since 1987. While most-noted for the sumptuous Southern breakfast menu, it's the perfect place to grab a quick lunch or dinner, too.

Paschal's Restaurant

During the Civil Rights movement, Paschal's Restaurant served as a place where leaders and activists would come together to discuss national matters. Today, the Castleberry location still hosts Atlanta's leaders for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Pittypat's Porch Restaurant

Pittypat's Porch Restaurant is one of downtown Atlanta's oldest eatery and originally named for Aunt Pittypat – Scarlett O'Hara's favorite relative in Atlanta. Maintaining its casual Southern atmosphere and dedication to hospitality, Pittypat's has served "old Southern charm with new Southern flavors" for more than 40 years.

Swan Coach House

Swan Coach House serves signature Southern staples in a cozy, country-chic atmosphere. The now-famous chicken salad and frozen fruit salad have been the most popular order since opening day in 1965. Widely considered the place where Atlanta's ladies go to lunch, it's a perfect end to a tour of the expansive Atlanta History Center.

Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint

Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint, though new to Historic Peachtree Street, epitomizes the time-honed art of socializing over supper. Here you'll find sumptuous Southern staples served in a relaxed atmosphere with live entertainment.

The Varsity

The Varsity - Atlanta's landmark eatery - is the world's largest drive-in offering fast food dining. It serves stadium staples including, burgers, fries and shakes, though any local will tell you the best combo is a chili dog with fries and a Frosted Orange.

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