Known for its southern charm, the Atlanta food scene is as diverse as its residents. Atlanta restaurants feature traditional American and southern cuisine, but those who venture out into the city's different neighborhoods will find a variety of ethnic fare as well. With over 300 eating venues in the downtown area alone, everyone from foodies to families are sure to find something that tastes great.
The downtown area of Atlanta is home to some of the finest restaurants in the state, such as BLT Steak in the W Hotel or South City Kitchen in the midtown area. Holeman & Finch offers eclectic dishes in a more casual environment. Those looking for traditional soul food should try the Busy Bee Cafe or Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles.
The Buckhead neighborhood is the place to see and be seen after the sun goes down, and it's a place where nightclubs, Irish pubs and restaurants coexist in peace. Steak aficionados usually head to Bone's Restaurant or New York Prime, and Chops Lobster Bar is the place for seafood lovers. Aria and Cafe Jonah & the Magical Attic are known for their tasty and unique desserts.
Ethnic cuisine is one of the highlights of all things culinary in Atlanta. One Flew South is known for its quality sushi, Peasant Bistro is the place to go for French and Mediterranean cuisine and La Grotta Ristorante Italiano is the go-to Italian restaurant. Those who can't make up their minds usually wind up eating at Babette's Cafe, where the menu includes French, Belgian, Central European, Italian and Mediterranean dishes, as well as a large assortment of tapas. One of the best overall ethnic Atlanta restaurants, however, is Fogo de Chao, an authentic Brazilian churrascaria. Dining at Fogo de Chao is as much of an experience as it is a meal, but those who walk through the doors should have a good appetite, as it's an all-you-can-eat restaurant.