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Restaurants in Atlanta

In the last decade or so, Atlanta has become a culinary force. Sure, any southern state knows how to cook up those regional delicacies, but this capital city is taking over the restaurant scene in nearly all of the food categories. Even so that the Zagat awarded it the No. 9 spot in it’s 2017 list of most exciting food cities in the country. From BBQ joints to authentic Italian food and on, Atlanta has it all. Check out some of our best deals on Atlanta restaurants.

Best Southern Dishes in Atlanta

When it comes to the south, they sure know how to serve up some finger-licking grub. Lots of dishes fall under the category of “southern food,” and sometimes it just depends on who you ask. Here are some of the best southern foods and delicacies that Atlanta has to offer:

  • Buttermilk fried chicken
  • Stone-ground grits
  • Biscuits and gravy
  • Fried-green tomatoes
  • Chicken and dumplings
  • Sweet iced tea
  • Banana pudding

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Sisters of the New South Southern Cuisine

Sisters of New South serves up all of the soul food classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They pride themselves on “real Southern cooking” with traditional dishes like fried chicken, collard greens, and biscuits and gravy. The restaurant even sells its unique blend of spices in the store

Italian Restaurants in Atlanta

The boot-shaped country of Italy actually has many different styles and cuisines that go beyond the two p’s that Americans are most familiar with: pizza and pasta. The U.S. has adopted many of these dishes and the city of Atlanta offers plenty of authentic Italian restaurant experiences. Before you go, here are some Italian food facts that may sway you to rethink your entire experience.

  1. They put butter on bread, too.
  2. Apple strudel can be just as Italian as tiramisu.
  3. Pasta isn’t always king.
  4. Sicily adopted dishes from all their neighboring countries, including Greece, Spain, France, and Arabia.
  5. They are known for their seafood.
  6. Tomato sauce is a new(ish) trend.

Spotlight On: Mezza Luna Pasta & Seafood Marietta

Enjoy an authentic Italian dish at Mezza Luna, where Tony and Luigi serve up flavors of the old-world, preparing classic Italian cuisine complete with made-from-scratch bread, sauces, and pasta. Their specialties include vodka sauce gnocchi and veal piccata served with capers, artichoke, and tomatoes.

Read up on what others had to say about the restaurant.


“It's a very small place and they get packed quick so patience is needed. However, the food was really good. The calamari and bruschetta appetizers were both a hit. The ravioli specials were both (spinach and lobster) tasty. The chicken parmesan was as good as anywhere. They have a modest wine selection at reasonable prices. The lemoncello cake was fantastic too!”  ATLlady2010, April 2018


“Hands down, this lovely spot is the best Italian I've had since returning from Italy. The bread is simply to die for and worth the trip by itself! If you have a great palette for quality food you won't be disappointed!” RMcFall, May 2018

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Picky-Eater Proof Restaurants in Atlanta

If you have kids, you know how difficult it can be to find a restaurant that the entire family agrees on, without spending a fortune. Luckily, Atlanta has plenty of restaurants that even the pickiest of eaters will love. Here are some of the best dishes in Atlanta that will help avoid a family feud.

BBQ in Atlanta

Although you can find barbeque restaurants in nearly every city across the country, no one does quite it like the south. Over time, this region has crafted its own BBQ identity. Get to know the famous flavors of Atlanta’s home state. Georgia Style Barbecue Sauce Key to the region's barbecue is its thin, savory, BBQ sauce, which contains significantly more tomatoes than other sauces.

Where to Try Georgia Style BBQ

Get 25% cash back on the slow-cooked meats and Southern sides at Sweetz Smokez BBQ in downtown Atlanta. It has all of the classics, from smoked meats to baked beans.

Pizza Restaurants in Atlanta

When it comes to pizza, people don’t agree on much, other than the fact that it’s simply delicious. The diversity of Atlanta pizza means that it’s never difficult to find the pie of your dreams, whether it’s thin, NY, or deep dish. Take a look at some of the best spots that Atlanta has to offer for a good slice of ‘za (or several).

Best Slices of Pizza in Atlanta

Best NY Style Slice: Slice Downtown, Downtown Atlanta

Combine a chic, urban-industrial setting with delicious, New York-style pizzas and you have Atlanta’s own Slice Downtown. Their menu runs the gamut from classic styles with mozz, roma tomatoes, and fresh basil, to inventive pies with unique toppings like applewood-smoked bacon, onions, cheddar cheese, and sour cream.

Best Deep-Dish Pizza Deal: Jet's Pizza, Lawrenceville

There’s a reason why Jet’s is such a well-known franchise across the country: it offers tasty pizza at an affordable price. Although Jet’s churns out a delightful thin-crust, the deep-dish pies sets them apart and keeps people coming back for more. The signature, hearty, square-shaped pies have an eight-corner deep-dish style, granting each diner a slice of that prized corner crust (which is customizable). That way, no one has to fight over the end pieces.

Best Gourmet Pizza: Mellow Mushroom, Peachtree City

The Mushroom’s menu covers all the bases from hoagies to salads to calzones, which includes vegetarian and vegan options, gluten-free crusts, and a kids’ menu. But the handcrafted pizza is where this restaurant really shines. These stone-baked pies range from eclectic (with ingredients like black truffle oil, shiitake mushrooms, and caramelized onions) to authentic (like the classic buffalo chicken pizza). We recommend the House Special, which includes a red sauce base with mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms, black olives, roma tomatoes, green peppers, and onions.