I spent a couple of the most memorable and formative years of my adult life so far in Atlanta as a graduate student at Georgia Tech. I was recently back on campus to speak at my alma mater, and I can’t help but get nostalgic. I’m sharing some of my favorite Atlanta spots for your next trip.
What to Eat
Breakfast & Brunch:
The Flying Biscuit: Atlanta has some dang good biscuits, but this was always one of my favorites and they’ve been serving them up since they opened in 1993. They serve them with a side of delicious cranberry apple butter.
Highland Bakery: Get the sweet potato or ricotta pancakes and thank me later.
Cultivate Food & Coffee: I haven’t been yet but it’s definitely on my list.
Heirloom Market BBQ: If you told me that some of Atlanta’s best BBQ was served out of a gas station, I think my jaw would hit the floor. Theirs is Korean inspired and I haven’t met a menu item I didn’t love.
Star Provisions Market & Cafe: Prior to opening this larger space just down the road, this concept lived in the Westside Provisions District near my apartment. Most weekends I’d walk over for one of their homemade handpies or the prosciutto baguette with butter and parmesan-to die for!
Victory Sandwich Bar: Delicious little sliders, Jack and Coke slushies, and a great retro atmosphere. The Mulligan (pimento cheese and ham on sourdough), which was once a secret menu item is now here to stay and it is my new favorite!
Antico Pizza: Napoli style pizza and one of my favorite restaurants while living in Atlanta. My favorite is the Georgia Tech/Westside location near where I lived.
Aamar Indian Cuisine: A hole-in-the-wall but probably the best Indian food I’ve ever had, and the servers are always incredibly kind.
Park Tavern: I can’t tell from the website if they still do it, but they used to have 1/2 price sushi after 10pm and $2 beers if it was raining. The Wagyu sushi was incredible, and the patio views of Piedmont Park can’t be beat regardless of whether they still have this deal. This is a popular wedding venue (the views!!) and they set up an ice-skating rink during the winter months.
Ecco: I had probably my favorite meal in Atlanta here. The fried goat cheese is a must and although the rabbit ragu with ricotta gnocchi is no longer on the menu, the potato gnocchi sounds just like the incredible dish I had when I was here.
Drinks & Snacks:
What to See/Do
Ponce City Market: A high-end food hall surrounded by shops nestled right along the Atlanta Beltline. Shop Citizen Supply for gifts from local artists. I’m loving Glad and Young Studio where I got a custom handmade “theplanekate” luggage tag.
Atlanta Botanical Garden: If you can go near the holidays, the light show is absolutely spectacular.
The Beltline: My favorite place to run, walk or bike all around Atlanta.
Westside Provisions District: Packed with restaurants, shops (some high-end) and cute bars. While attending grad school at GT, my friends and I frequented Ormsby’s, and incredibly high-end Marcel served up a very affordable late-night happy hour on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Battery: Catch an Atlanta Braves game or check out a large assortment of restaurants and bars.
Krog Street Market: Another awesome food hall packed with endless options. Superica and Gu’s Dumplings are must-stops.
Georgia Tech: If you’re looking for awesome Atlanta city views, look no further than the rooftop of Clough Commons and check out Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, the oldest continually used football stadium in the U.S.
Atlanta will always hold a special place in my heart. If you get the chance to visit, I hope you love it as much as I do!