Eats, drinks and snacks in ATL

By Jessica Strelitz / Sep 24, 2013

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Exploring new places to eat dvds box sets and drink is one of the perks of conference travel. ONA has secured discounts at a variety of bars and restaurants around Atlanta, and in your ONA13 attendee ralph lauren hoodies gift bag you’ll also find coupons for the food court attached to the Marriott Marquis by a skybridge (on the Atrium Level (AL), walk toward the Registration area and follow signs for the skybridge to the Mall At Peachtree Center). It’s a convenient spot to grab Mizuno MP-4 irons a quick lunch to bring back and enjoy while visiting the Midway.

Our host hotel also features a number of in-house options, including Sear for seafood and steaks, sports bar High Velocity — also open for lunch and dinner — Pulse, for snacks and Christian Louboutin Bottines cocktails, a Starbucks and a convenience store with grab-and-go items for breakfast and louis vuitton ailleurs lunch. Many of the restaurants Louis Vuitton sale offer $10 lunch specials with several options.

But if you want to go out and about, consider checking out these hollister femme 20 unique stops across Atlanta for everything from some of the country’s best desserts, fried chicken and Christian Louboutin uk steaks to fried pies, ramen burgers, vegan soul food and Top Chefs aplenty.

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Slow Braised Beef Shortrib with Field Peas and Rice, Sweet and Sour Fairytail Eggplant at Empire State South. Credit: Sara Hanna.

  • Empire State South: New Southern, led by chef/partner and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson. Also home to Melanie Durant, one of Food & Wine’s Best New Pastry Chefs for 2013.
  • General Muir: Tribute to the classic New York Jewish deli, with the added benefit of great cocktails.
  • Taqueria del Sol: Mexican with a Southern twist, housed in four former gas stations/garages across the city.
  • BoccaLupo: Italian-American, owned by Atlanta-native chef, Bruce Logue. Separate menu dedicated to pasta tasting.
  • Miller Union: Farm-to-table dining with an expansive wine list.
  • Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles: Soul food. Order the namesake. It’s the namesake for a reason.
  • Miso Izakaya: Japanese. The ramen burger is so hot right now.
  • Gunshow: Modern Southern. Creative Loafing’s Best New Restaurant for 2013, owned by Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie.
  • Mary Mac’s Tea Room:  Classic Southern and the last of Atlanta’s tea rooms (there was once 16).
  • Fox Bros. BBQ: Texas-style BBQ. Try the tater tots and brisket chili.
  • Flip Burger: Local burger chain, owned by Top Chef winner Richard Blais.
  • Busy Bee Cafe: Classic soul food. Chicken every way imaginable.
  • Bacchanalia:  Flagship restaurant from local chefs/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. Seasonal menu, organic-only. Tasting menu in the dining room; a la carte at the bar.
  • Lure: Seafood. Lots of fish, smoked in-house.
  • The Varsity! Atlanta’s iconic drive-in with several locations across the area. Order a Frosted Orange and a fried pie.
  • Soul Vegetarian Restaurant: Vegan, Kosher soul food. Yes, really.
  • Octopus Bar: The “intersection between a local eatery and punk rock fine dining.” Only open late.
  • Kevin Rathbun Steak: Named one of the top places in the country to eat steak, by nearly every publication in the U.S.
  • Holeman & Finch Public House: Historic Southern pub fare.  Find out what griddled fennel ham tastes like (and report back).
  • The Optimist: “Beach food” cooked in a wood-burning oven. Adjacent oyster bar for bivalve lovers.

Sadly, Ludacris‘s restaurant-in-the-works Chicken-N-Beer won’t open at the Atlanta airport until the end of the year. But if this list hasn’t given you enough to chew on, book a return trip for Luda.

Main photo: Empire State South. Credit: Sarah Dorio.