Go South, The Southern Foodie Tour 2018, Atlanta
Atlanta has no scarcity of good eating. But some of the city’s quintessential dishes hide in plain sight on residential streets and in barely-marked buildings. These hole-in-the-wall joints don’t need much in the way of marketing though; word of mouth and loyal eaters keep these no-fuss restaurants running. Here’s to the often overlooked and under-hyped restaurants in Atlanta.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, foxbrosbbq.com
Good things take time. Great barbecue takes time, smoke, seasoning, and a killer sauce. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has mastered that process. Even tucked away behind the train tracks, crowds gather every day to get a taste of the tender backyard-style barbecue.
Nick’s Food To Go, nicksfood.com
Take a moment to admire the 90s-cartoon nostalgia street art on the exterior of Nick’s, but don’t miss out on the food being served inside. Some of the most authentic Greek food in the city is served behind those walls. It’s the perfect stop for a gyro fix.
Home Grown, homegrownga.com
Find the most literal local taste of Atlanta at Home Grown, with daily meals curated from vegetables grown right in the garden or locally sourced. The trademark dish, the comfy biscuit, is a mess of buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken, and sausage gravy that comes together in perfect Southern cooking harmony.
Little Bangkok, littlebangkokatlanta.com
Little Bangkok is short on parking (plan for a brief walk), but not on dumplings, pad thai, and curry. If you’re able to grab a seat, order the Tom Ka Soup, a thai dish served in a fiery hot pot right at the table. Savory chicken, sweet coconut, and spicy seasonings form a medley that warms and nourishes the body, for under $10.
Ann’s Snack Bar, 404.687.9207
A colony within a colony is what Charleston is Atlanta’s decades-old legendary burger is still at home in its humble white-bricked building. Though founder Ann Price passed away in 2015, her legacy “The Ghetto Burger” lives on in its chili-covered, bacon-laden glory. The city-famous sandwich was once voted the best burger in the nation.