What Food is Atlanta Known For? Try These.

What foods say "Atlanta?" Here are some of Atlanta's most famous dishes.
  • Kansas City has nothing over Atlanta when it comes to barbecue.
    Kansas City has nothing over Atlanta when it comes to barbecue.
  • You're in the South; must have fried chicken.
    You're in the South; must have fried chicken.
  • Atlantans love frozen treats from King of Pops.
    Atlantans love frozen treats from King of Pops.
  • A burger served between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts? You betcha.
    A burger served between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts? You betcha.

Every city is associated with certain foods. Atlanta is no different. Fried chicken rates high on the list of good eats always linked to Atlanta because it is a Southern city. More recent additions to the list include King of Pops frozen treats and craft beers. And know that Kansas City and the state of Texas have nothing over Atlanta when it comes to barbecue. Hmm, what Atlanta-centric food makes your mouth water? 

  1. Barbecue – BBQ restaurants are sure to satisfy anyone's craving for spicy, slow-cooked deliciousness. Pick your favorite from our BBQ Smackdown.  

  2. Burgers – Yes, it's true that you can get a hamburger pretty much anywhere, but Atlanta is home to several burger restaurants that far surpass your typical burger-doodle joint. FLIP Burger sports a menu full of burgers you never heard of including, to note just one, the Butcher's Cut with Angus beef, Emmi Roth buttermilk bleu cheese, caramelized onions, soy truffle vinaigrette, frisée, pickled shallots and red wine jam. Grindhouse, with its Killer Burgers, according to one local newspaper, is part of the hamburger renaissance taking place in Atlanta. At Cypress Street Pint & Plate, hungry diners can order the Krispy Kreme Burger. Yes, it's a burger served on two doughnuts instead of a bun. 

  3. Fried chicken – One of the best Atlanta restaurants for fried chicken comes with a whole lotta history. Paschal's was THE place for leaders to meet (possibly over a plate of fried chicken) during the civil rights movement to hash out details of the day and make plans for keeping Atlanta peaceful during those not-at-all peaceful times. Paschal's Famous 1947 Fried Chicken comes with one breast, leg and wing plus one side for $14.

  4. Traditional Atlanta -- For years, the legendary downtown Rich's department store was known for it's chicken salad and frozen fruit salad, served in the Magnolia Room. Sadly, Rich's is no more, but another legendary Atlanta restaurant, The Swan Coach House, keeps the tradition alive with its signature chicken salad served in delicate handmade timbales with its famous creamy frozen fruit salad and Swan Coach House cheese straws. 
  5. Ethnic eats on Buford Highway – Take a tour with our crew of hungry Atlantans to find out about the array of cultural taste sensations available in Atlanta. 

  6. Hop to it -- Atlanta is home to quite an array of craft breweries. Belly up to the bar for Extra Pale Ale 420 at SweetWater Brewery; an atALE at Second Self Beer Company; or Slap Fight India Pale Ale at Monday Night Brewing, to name but a few.

  7. Look for the rainbow umbrella. Under the umbrella, find King of Pops, which serves ice pops in flavors including chocolate sea salt, cookies 'n cream and Thai iced tea. (And that's only three of many.)

  8. Fried pies and naked dogs. Pull into The Varsity (The V, as Atlantans fondly call it) and tell the car hop you'd like a naked dog walkin' (plain hot dog to go), an FO (frosted orange shake) and a fried pie. Be sure to ask for a Varsity hat.   

  9. Sweet tea -- You can't go wrong at Mary's Mac's Tea Room for a glass of sweet iced tea along with a plate of Southern cookin'. We're talking fried chicken, pol likker with cracklin' cornbread, fried green tomatoes and Brunswick Stew. Take home a dozen cinnamon rolls.  

  10. Meat and three -- Two of Atlanta's best spots for a meat-and-three meal are the Busy Bee Cafe and the Colonnade. Busy Bee calls itself Atlanta's Soul Food Kitchen, and we agree. The Colonnade has been an Atlanta tradition since 1927. Get your comfort food at either place. 

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