There are certain rights of passage you have to experience when you visit Atlanta, like ending a night at the Clermont Lounge, or going to an entire museum dedicated to Coca-Cola. Getting lunch at Mary Mac’s Tea Room is another one and if you only have Southern food once while you’re here, this is where you should go. This Midtown institution opened in 1945 and has been the go-to spot for fried chicken, peach cobbler, and more than 36 sides ever since. The fried okra, fried green tomatoes, and sweet potato souffle are all classics, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them.
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Eats has been a mainstay on Ponce for a long time, and is where you can get pasta or meat-and-two options for super reasonable prices.
Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Babalu is a great weeknight dinner spot in Midtown, with Latin-inspired dishes like tacos and tapas and a big patio.
Einstein’s in Midtown has a large, wide-ranging menu and an even larger patio, so it should be your next big group brunch spot.
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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is the most essential barbecue spot in Atlanta. If you haven’t been, go.
Head to Poor Hendrix in Decatur for a drink and some light bites at the bar, or a full meal on the very private back patio.
Watershed in Brookwood Hills is an Atlanta favorite that serves everything from classic fried chicken to a $350 popcorn and champagne combo.
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