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Good Stadium Food Exists: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Sets the New Standard

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As I watch the first football games of the season and see b-roll images of people eating popcorn and drinking sodas, I couldn’t help but think about how much money those people must have spent on their mediocre snacks. They obviously aren’t at the new Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta. The home of the Falcons is seriously changing the game when it comes to stadium entertainment, and the MVP awards go to the revamped food and beverage.

Imagine walking into a stadium and smelling pretzels, popcorn, hot dogs, brats, and… tacos, fried chicken, hot chicken, and veg and vegan options like a Portobello mushroom burger or fresh Cobb salad. The new stadium food and beverage service is something to talk about. You can either choose to eat healthy or…not, which is usually the only option at stadiums. And here’s the thing, the prices match what one would expect to pay outside the stadium. Grab a $2 pretzel, $2 popcorn, $2 hot dog, $3 waffle fries, $3 pizza, $5 cheeseburger, $5 beer and water bottles are $2, too. And the food tastes good, like real food should. Another fun fact: sodas are also two bucks and refills are unlimited.

To make this investment, the team behind this $1.5 billion dollar stadium used data from fan research and fan feedback. We imagine the conversation to go something like this:

Fans: Hey we want the food to be great and it just isn’t.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Let’s partner with the amazing food already here in Atlanta and bring it into the stadium.

Will more stadiums follow suit? We sure hope so.

The technology inside the stadium is advanced as well. While watching the games, there’s a 360-degree video halo board – totaling 1,100 linear feet – ringing the stadium. It’s the largest in the world.

When on a snack run during a timeout, there are now 650 points of sale throughout, so no waiting in line forever. And when it comes to beer taps, they have 1,264! The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is all encompassing, especially when it comes to food and beverage. Read what happened to Sports Illustrated while waiting in line at the best barbecue joint inside the Mercedes-Benz stadium:

“Atlanta has some great barbecue, and Fox Bros. is among the best. I arrived at the Fox Bros. stand and found a line commensurate with the esteem in which the place is held. But even though I was probably 30th in line, I was at a register within five minutes. I ordered smoked wings ($9 for six at the store, $12 for eight at the stadium) and a pulled pork sandwich ($10 with chips at the store, $8 with no chips at the stadium). Both dishes tasted just as good at the stadium as they did at the flagship. The wings were crispy and drizzled with a spicy sauce. (So invest in one of those $2 drinks.) The sandwich passed the ultimate test. It didn’t require one drop of sauce. The pork was juicy and rubbed beautifully.”

With the world’s largest video board and bird sculpture (obviously a falcon), creative use of art and design including the one of a kind retractable roof modeled after the Roman Pantheon, plus affordable food and drink, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium has many “firsts” and optimistically will be the first of many.

Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is opening its roof this Sunday for the first time, providing the weather cooperates, when the Falcons take on the Green Bay Packers. And it’ll be first open-air game since 1991, when the Falcons moved into the closed Georgia Dome, officials recently announced.


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Atlanta for Super Bowl Weekend

We asked the experts for their best recommendations, from world-class restaurants to divey bars to secret BBQ joints.

As Brady/Belichick aim to win their sixth Super Bowl ring together, Atlanta is hosting The Show for a third time. The ATL has changed plenty since that "One Yard Short" game in 2000&ndashhell, that was four OutKast albums ago. Instead of Ye Olde Georgia Dome, this one will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (of Transformer-esque-retractable-roof fame). But some local traditions stand strong, including three killer Bs: Beer prices at the game ($5), rapper Big Boi on stage, and Bacchanalia (still topping Best-Of lists twenty-five years in).

Atlanta is regularly touted as the epicenter of cool down South, but it belongs in any conversation about the best U.S. cities, period. It&rsquos an art and design hub with creativity spilling into the streets. It&rsquos an LGBTQ stronghold below the Bible Belt. It owns hip-hop&rsquos heavyweight division and serves as Hollywood East for indie and blockbuster filmmaking. It thrives as the black capital of America with a hearty triumvirate of universities, home ownership, and high median income. And we haven&rsquot even gotten to the food. Yeah, there&rsquos soul-crushing traffic and no beaches in sight, but that&rsquos like bitching about Chicago for being cold. Deal with it. Besides, from the World&rsquos Busiest Airport, you can jet anywhere, or you can take a car up Springer Mountain to the starting line of the Appalachian Trail in under two hours.

For the insider&rsquos POV on the best of what the city has to offer, we pinged twenty Atlanta experts with actual boots on the ground for their recommendations on where to eat, where to drink, and where to explore.

Our Roster of Contributors

Kevin Gillespie (Chef/Owner, Gunshow), Gina Hopkins (Founder/CEO, Resurgens Hospitality Group), Nick Leahy (Chef/Owner, AIX), Bart Sasso (Partner, Ticonderoga Club), Steven Satterfield (Owner, Miller Union)

Drink

Tiffanie Barriere (The Drinking Coach), Philip Burrus (Head Judge, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Eric Crane (Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors, Inc.), Jacob Gragg (President, Southeastern Sommelier Society), Kacey Jane Ivey (Certified Sommelier, Quality Wine & Spirits)

Creatives

Dan Bush (Filmmaker, Psychopia Pictures), Caroline Dieter (Owner, Southeast Costume Company), Mx. Alli Royce Soble (Artist/Photographer)

Tastemakers

Dominique Love (Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival), Tara Murphy (Owner, 360 Media), Ray Murray, Rico Wade, and Sleepy Brown (Organized Noize), Angela Hansberger (Spirits Writer/Culture Journalist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Cathy Huyghe (Wine Columnist, Forbes.com)

Start at the top of this list when polled, the crowd shouted these picks like a Greek chorus.

Home Grown GA

"Best breakfast in the country. Period." &ndashEric Crane

"Either go with the Comfy Chicken Biscuit, or if you feel like a beast, go with my signature item, the Kagefighter: two pancakes, filled with sausage, butter, and syrup, topped with fried chicken and covered in gravy." &ndashKevin Gillespie

Tiny Lou&rsquos

"Beautiful spaces, memorable French-inspired dishes, solid cocktails, and little details that tell the story of the Hotel's infamous past. Maitre d&rsquo William Bubier serves up unflagging enthusiasm here. The stairway leading down to Tiny Lou&rsquos is a secret scenic viewpoint. If you didn't come into the restaurant in a good mood, you will leave in one." &ndashAngela Hansberger

"Bar on roof with skyline! Everybody is going." &ndashMx. Alli Royce Soble

All the Restaurants Along Buford Highway

Just northeast of the city, sprinkled along a five-mile stretch of dollar stores, auto parts dealers, and check cashers, is Atlanta&rsquos hub for global cuisine.

"Korean, Colombian, Mexican, Ethiopian&hellip my favorites are Phở Bắc and Las Delicias de la Abuela Restaurante for an arepa. Buford Highway Farmer&rsquos Market is next-door. The aisles are categorized by country it is such a cool experience." &ndashKacey Jane Ivey

"Sushi Hayakawa, in an unassuming strip mall, is hands down the best sushi spot in the city. Make a reservation yesterday, though, it fills up quick!" &ndashJacob Gragg

"Hae Woon Dae has twenty-four-hour Korean BBQ." &ndashNick Leahy

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

"The brisket from these two Texas brothers is damn good, and their smoked chicken wings are ridiculous." &ndashLeahy

Eat Me, Speak Me

"It's a Jewish-Chinese mash-up pop-up inside S.O.S. Tiki Bar. Really interesting food, and it's their last month. They're about to go brick and mortar. Atlanta is every race, every gender. We celebrate good food done by good people. The rest doesn&rsquot matter." &ndashLeahy

Kimball House

"The best soundtrack around is the symphony of shucking oysters, the shaking of riffs on classic cocktails, the chatter of regulars at the bar, the whoosh of the library ladder rolling by so a far-up spirit can be reached, and the occasional train." &ndashHansberger

"Order the caviar. Incredible presentation with pickled lemon. Even if you don't like caviar, it's what you need to get. Also, sit at the bar." &ndashTara Murphy

AIX & Tin Tin

At this Provençal restaurant and wine bar, look for the pissaladière amuse bouche, a classic tart of the region topped with caramelized onions, briny black olives, and anchovies.

"I spent time growing up there. Had lots of friends and family there. ATL had lots of Parisian brasseries and bistro, but nothing Provençal. We&rsquore less about heavy cream, butter, and Bordeaux more about seafood, garlic, lemon, and lesser-known AOCs." &ndashLeahy

Gunshow

"The late Josh Ozersky described it as &lsquoan abandoned factory, or meth lab,&rsquo which I take as a compliment! It&rsquos a madhouse all the time, and it&rsquos all communal seating, so if you can make it in, then great." &ndashGillespie

Miller Union

"Everyone knows we are always slammed for dinner, but a lesser known fact is our lunch rocks, too. And we have a killer drink list." &ndashSatterfield

Restaurant Eugene

This posh spot was among the first in the region to employ full-time sommeliers, and their pairings are as provocative as the food. If you believe that sea-fresh langoustine or cellar-aged Burgundy can change your day, go for dinner.

"Mother Nature writes the menu. We just execute it." &ndashGina Hopkins

Bazati

"Bazati's art deco rooftop bar, Estrella, brings a Latin vibe, while The Brasserie is a perfect mix of modern elegance and the welcoming energy of Atlanta&rsquos intown neighborhoods. Sweeping views of the city and excellent people watching." &ndashDominique Love

Lloyd&rsquos Restaurant and Lounge

&ldquoIt looks a lot like your grandpa's basement bar, and a little like the shaggin' wagon van your dad drove in the '70s with cut-out diamond shaped windows.&rdquo &ndashHansberger

Northside Tavern

Right next to AIX, this dive has serious blues played by amazing musicians and a cheap cover. As long as you can&rsquot be bothered by cigarettes.

"Favorite hole-in-the-wall, of course. The music is great, and while they still allow smoking, it is a very entertaining venue." &ndashHopkins

Ticonderoga Club

"For first timers, I always recommend starting with a Ticonderoga Cup, the only cocktail that never leaves our menu. For food, Poh&rsquos Eggplant is an incredibly unique dish. Chef David Bies&rsquo Indonesian grandmother passed it down to him and is a must." &ndash Bart Sasso

KR SteakBar's Speakeasy, The Bureau

Through an unmarked black door to the left of the main entrance, look for the red lightbulbs.

"Open a little later, they serve high-end wine, a great bourbon selection, and play all hip-hop, which is awesome because this is Atlanta. You can hear Kendrick Lamar and ATCQ, but also Migos and Gucci." &ndashIvey

"This restaurant has been around for nearly two decades, but it has the very best selection of Greek wine anywhere, over 100 selections. It&rsquos my personal favorite place to go and order bottles I&rsquove never had before. Pro tip: Sundays they offer every bottle on the list at 50 percent off. And their grilled octopus dish is legendary." &ndashGragg

Holy Sip

Stop by this beverage studio near the stadium in historically weird Castleberry Hill.

&ldquoBy-appointment, ninety-minute tasting sessions that use spirits to tell stories. Experiences change monthly, and are only open to six people at a time.&rdquo &ndashLove

The Porter Beer Bar

"One of the best beer bars in the country. The only spot in Atlanta to be honored with hosting a Zwanze day event from the illustrious Cantillon Brewery in Belgium, it&rsquos a must-stop for beer lovers. Semi-secret tip: One of the best private rooms I&rsquove ever seen, it's a single large table set inside their semi-underground beer cellar." &ndashCrane

Elmyr

"While you&rsquore in that Little Five Points district, peek down the block from Porter. The weirdest street art in Atlanta can be found around Elmyr." &ndashRay Murray

Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is an opulent time capsule of the Victorian era with huge oaks and gorgeous monuments. It&rsquos an easy walk from the King Memorial MARTA Station, and along the way you can hit Nick&rsquos Food to Go (a little Greek sandwich shop), Daddy D&rsquoz, the BBQ Joynt (a stupendous, hickory-smoked, divey gem), and Ria&rsquos Bluebird.

"Right there, too, is a public labyrinth at a private home just a block to two in. When you need more headspace, Doll&rsquos Head Trail is weirder and still inside the Perimeter." &mdashDan Bush

Atlanta BeltLine

With its photogenic murals and city views, this one&rsquos obvious.

&ldquoStart near Krog Street Market for Richard&rsquos Southern Fried Hot Chicken (Pro tip: It&rsquos excellent cold the next day), stop along at Nina & Rafi, Ticonderoga Club, Ladybird, and then spill out into Piedmont Park.&rdquo &ndashSatterfield

&ldquoMust-stop along the BeltLine: Ponce City Market, another huge urban renewal project. Used to be the Sears Roebuck manufacturing facility, 12 million square feet of industrial space, now cool shops, restaurants, local artisans, etc.&rdquo &ndashCathy Huyghe

Trap Music Museum & Escape Room

For Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta is unveiling its inaugural Trap Music Museum Hall of Fame Exhibit honoring Gucci Mane, Jeezy, and T.I. with original exhibits dedicated to 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. An expanded "Escape the Trap"-room experience awaits. Check out the reel for Southern hip hop&rsquos living monument here.

Manuel's Tavern

"Everyone who has ever run for office makes some announcement here. Get some kind of dark beer, some jalapeño poppers, and a Reuben. Then ask if anyone likes Trump." &ndashPhilip Burrus

Soul Vegetarian No. 2

Right around the corner from Manuel&rsquos, this vegan soul-food restaurant is run by an Atlanta chapter of the African Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. Barbecue kalebone, collard greens, corn bread. Do it. And don&rsquot skip the non-dairy vanilla pecan ice cream.

Sotto Sotto

This longstanding Italian restaurant in the Inman Park neighborhood is just perfect.

&ldquoThe dining room is cozy, and while it can be buzzy, it's never loud you can unwind and have a conversation. Menu doesn&rsquot change a whole lot and it doesn&rsquot have to. Perfectly al dente pasta and a wine list with fun surprises, my standard go-to is the Spaghetti a la Bottarga and a crisp white, but their veal chop is killer.&rdquo &ndashSasso

One Eared Stag

"Something for everyone, from a delicate egg dish to a substantial burger." &ndashSatterfield

Revolution Donuts

"Grant Park, with its historic homes, never disappoints on a morning run. Bonus, run on Sunday and hit the GP Farmers Market for a Buttermilk Bar from Revolution." &ndashCaroline Dieter

The Busy Bee Cafe

&ldquoThe best hole-in-the-wall spot to eat at in Atlanta. Has been for years. Soul food at its best." &ndashRico Wade

"This place is a landmark on Ponce. They&rsquove been serving blackened chicken plates and pasta for EVER. Still good, still cheap, and a stupid-good insider secret." &ndashBurrus

Olive Bistro Meze and Wine Bar

Come for small-plates Mediterranean (and free parking!) in Midtown.

&ldquoThe chef, Sari Masri, came from Israel and opened his first shop back in 1997. If you need a garlic fix, this is the place to get it. There is a fried cauliflower plate that is not on the on-line menu that is absolutely delicious.&rdquo &ndashBurrus


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