6 Mouthwatering Restaurants in Downtown Atlanta
Downtown Atlanta, Georgia is a hot spot for shopping, but the question is, what are great places to stop and grab a bite? This article answers just that!
While shopping in the lovely Downtown Atlanta, Georgia, you may find you have an empty stomach. Luckily, Downtown Atlanta offers some fantastic restaurants that will definitely become some of your favorite joints. From steak to sandwiches, there are so many different restaurants offered Downtown whether you prefer a quiet environment or a noisy one. Next time you find yourself hungry in Atlanta, stop by one of these six joints to grab a bite to eat and refuel!
1. Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery Restaurant
Voted as "Best Place in Atlanta for the Beer Connoisseur" by Atlanta Magazine and as "One of the Top 101 Places to Eat–Best Place for a Business Lunch" by Atlanta Business Chronicle, Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery Restaurant is a favorite among Atlanta residents and downtown-dwellers. This charming restaurant lies in the heart of DownTown Atlanta and is housed in a 1913 building where it serves handcrafted beers and great steaks, seafood, pizzas, ribs, and other delicious barbequed dishes.
Try their Sausage & Fennel Pizza, Low Country Trout, Filet Mignon, House Smoked Hickory Pork Chop, or their Brewmaster Brisket Burger. This restaurant also has delicious appetizers to offer: Max Mussels, BBQ Chicken Sliders, Rosemary Lemon Grilled Shrimp, Four Cheese Brick Oven Bread, as well as several other tasty bites. Feeling like a light meal and not a large burger or steak? No worries. Max Lager's also offers delicious salads, some of which still offer their wood-fired meats: Cilantro Salmon Caesar, Tenderloin Salad, and Buffalo Chicken Salad, just to name the few of the many offered. Add a side item to your plate, ranging from Braised Collards to Fried Green Tomatoes with Raspberry Vinaigrette.
Max Lager's is also known for their bar with handcrafted bottled beers, freshly brewed beers, and handcrafted wines. If you like an active atmosphere while eating, this is a great restaurant for you to visit, and as one Yelp reviewer says, "From the moment you walk in, you smell the amazing smokiness in the air. The atmosphere is lively, there are TVs in the bar area, and plenty of booths and tables."
Overall, Max Lager's not only has a great barbeque and beers but also provides a stimulating setting for customers, especially great for late nights out on the town.
Monday-Saturday 11:30am to 10:30pm
Sunday 4pm to 10:30pm
*Bar open until 11pm or later
Address: 320 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
2. Glenn's Kitchen
For a sophisticated yet still casual enough for lunch flare, Glenn's Kitchen makes for a meal-stop. These are not the traditional dishes served; Glenn's offers American comfort food with a southern twist, offering Bacon Wrapped Dates, Georgia Trout, and their famous Shrimp & Grits. Their Brined "Tomahawk" Pork Chop is also a favorite among customers, "The pork chop was probably the BEST pork chop I've ever to this date. It was cooked to perfection, exactly the perfect temperature, and paired with brown butter mashed sweet potatoes and apple-brussel sprout hash with pancetta. Both of those sides were extremely good! One of the best dishes I've ever had," says one Yelp reviewer.
Even if you aren't feeling like a large meal and perhaps want a simple lunch, Glenn's Kitchen offers a delicious salad called Honeycomb Bibb consisting of Bibb lettuce, arugula, mint chevre, topped off with honeycomb-champagne vinaigrette. If you're really wanting a southern flare, order their Fried Georgia Chicken served with sauteed okra & tomatoes, cheddar grits, and hot honey sorghum.
Not sure what you're hungry for? Glenn's Kitchen has some large-portioned appetizers that could easily be fooled for an entree. One delicious appetizer is the Southern Sampler which comes with their fried oysters, pimento cheese, smoked trout dip, and lavosh. Even if you aren't a southern food fan, you will love the combinations of flavors Glenn's Kitchen has to offer!
Address: 110 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30303
Monday-Friday 6am to 11am
Saturday-Sunday 7am – 11:00am
Monday-Sunday 11:30am to 2pm
Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm to 10pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30pm to 11pm
Living Room Lounge
Monday-Sunday 12pm to 11pm
3. Alma Cocina
Alma Cocina, which translates to 'Soul Kitchen' is a great restaurant for Latin-inspired food in every bite. Offering a variety of food and even serving several gluten-free options, Alma Cocina's menu ranges from their Chicken Breast Milanesa Torta to their Masa Fried Shrimp Taquitos to Spice Rubbed Duck Breast.
Besides the food, the service is phenomenal, even if Alma Cocina does get crowded at times: "When you combine the ambiance, food quality, service and price points, Alma Cocina really is a gem that makes it worth 5 stars in relation to the points mentioned. I will absolutely pay a visit upon my next visit to Atlanta!," says one Yelp reviewer.
One delicious dish you have to try at Alma Cocina, and a customer favorite, is their Corvina Sea Bass Ceviche consisting of pomegranate, hearts of palm, cucumber, coconut, and avocado-coconut puree. Other modern Mexican-style dishes, and very tasty ones, is their Octopus & Shrimp Cocktail, Braised Goat Huarache, and their Fried Avocado Tacos.
Have room for dessert? No problem. Alma Cocina has a great selection of tastiest treats: Coconut Tres Leches, Pumpkin Flan, and of course their popular Churros that come with salted cajeta and ancho-chocolate.
Alma Cocina may be a bit more upscale for lunch, but if you find yourself craving a good Mexican dish, this restaurant is a great one to visit especially if you're looking for a tasty alcoholic beverage, which is another thing customers love about this joint.
Address: 191 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Monday-Friday 11am to 3pm
Monday-Thursday 5pm to 10pm
Friday-Saturday 5pm to 11pm
Sunday 5pm to 10pm
4. Atlanta Braves All Star Grill
"All Star Grill" is right! This yummy sports bar restaurant has a menu full of dishes you can't resist, anything from their ball park burgers to their homemade soups, double play sandwiches, and their delicious cocktails. A popularly ordered item is their New York Deli Reuben, a toasted rye sandwich with corned beef or turkey, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and a drizzle of thousand island dressing.
One Braves All Star Grill Yelp reviewer says, "The sweet tea is phenomenal and some of the best we've ever had. We had chicken wings as an appetizer and sandwiches for our meal. The Reuben was perfectly done, and the sauce was great! Even our sides of coleslaw and potato salad were amazing. We were so impressed and will definitely be back!" Good burgers are also a must at this joint: their Baja Burger, Veggie Burger, Breakfast Burger, and their Ultimate Cheeseburger that has blue cheese, aged cheese, candied bacon, crispy onion rings, and a spicy kick of Hotlanta sauce. Also order All Star Grill's dogs, homemade soups, flatbreads, or their other yummy entrees, especially the Lobster Mac and Cheese. Delicious!
Being a sports bar, alcohol is a must at this joint. Care for a few drinks? Try their Tomahawk Chop, Georgia Peach, or Strike Out Bloody Mary cocktails. If you're more of a beer person, they also have a huge selection of draft and bottled beers, along with various wines including Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Whether you come here for a large entree and a few drinks or just a simple salad, All Star Grill is a great place for both lunch and dinner in Downtown Atlanta.
Address: 200 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Express Lunch Menu
Monday-Friday 11am to 3pm
Happy Hour Specials
Monday-Friday 4pm to 7pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am to 2pm
5. Pacific Rim Bistro
Craving Asian Food? Downtown Atlanta has the perfect restaurant for you: Pacific Rim Bistro! This joint serves delicious rice and noodle bowls, sushi, and seafood or meat bento boxes. Known for their sushi, a whole menu is dedicated to just that.
Customers recommend trying the Funky Buddha Roll, the Firecracker for a spicy kick, Volcano Roll, and the well-known Spicy Tuna Roll. Pick from either nigiri sushi or rolled sushi from over 40 options to choose from. Picking between them all can be difficult, but luckily, you can choose from one of three sushi combos that contain four different sushis. Aside from sushi, other must-haves include Lemon Grass Crusted Salmon, Jumbo Shrimp & Scallops, Wasabi Bleu Cheese Crusted Filet, Chicken Coconut Soup, and their Spicy Tom Yum Seafood Noodle Soup.
As starters, order their Pan Seared Crab Cakes, Grilled Dumplings, or their Tempura Sampling Plate. Prices are overall semi-high, but the food and service makes it very worthwhile: "Service was good and professional, our tea glasses never went unfilled, and plates were always pre-bussed," says one reviewer via Yelp. Best part is, Pacific Rim Bistro is located in a spot convenient for tourists visiting the area as it's very close to many Downtown hotels. Be sure to stop by whether you are a resident or staying at an Atlanta hotel nearby. This joint will not disappoint!
Address: 303 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Monday-Friday 11:30am to 2:30pm
Monday-Sunday 5pm to 10pm
6. Paschal's Restaurant
For fine southern cuisine, Paschal's Restaurant is the place to go. Fill your stomach with their Boca Veggie Burger, Colossal Onion Rings, Slow Cooked St. Louis Style Ribs, Sweet Gulf Shrimp Skewers, or their Low Country Shrimp & Grits. Their side dishes are comforting and offer a great southern flare, from collard greens to candied yams to black-eyed peas. So many great things to eat!
A Yelp reviewer who loves Paschal's side dishes says, "The collard greens are perfectly seasoned, the candied yams were the perfect consistency and not overly sweet." Stop by Paschal's for a sunday brunch buffet style with an omelette and salad bar, fried or baked chicken, and lemon herb tilapia to pair up with your scrambled eggs, French toast, creamy cheese grits, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and of course, you can't forget Paschal's assorted desserts!
This restaurant isn't your typical fancy restaurant, but don't assume that the food isn't upscale because it is: "It's a fast food atmosphere, but it was clean and the food is quite good. Had breakfast during a layover and the eggs were creamy and flavorful, the biscuits tasted fresh, and the turkey sausage did not make me wish it were pork," a Paschal's reviewer says. Paschal's Restaurant is a must-go if you want a casual joint with great southern food, especially if you're craving it for breakfast!
Address: 80-B Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30313
Monday-Thursday: 11am to 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am to 4pm
Sunday Dinner: 5pm to 9pm
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