There are certain rights of passage you have to experience when you visit Atlanta, like ending a night at the Clermont Lounge, or going to an entire museum dedicated to Coca-Cola. Getting lunch at Mary Mac’s Tea Room is another one and if you only have Southern food once while you’re here, this is where you should go. This Midtown institution opened in 1945 and has been the go-to spot for fried chicken, peach cobbler, and more than 36 sides ever since. The fried okra, fried green tomatoes, and sweet potato souffle are all classics, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them.
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Publico Kitchen and Tap
The patio at Publico in Midtown is pet-friendly, and their menu is long and varied, so everyone in your big group will be happy.
Bon Ton in Midtown is a New Orleans-inspired spot with seafood boils, Vietnamese food, and lots of fun drinks.
When you need a boost or just want to feel healthy for 30 minutes, grab a juice or a smoothie from Arden’s Garden.
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Brick Store Pub
Brick Store Pub in Downtown Decatur is a beer lover’s spot, with a long list of regional and international beers, and no TVs.
Victory Sandwich Bar
Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park is a great place to stop right off the BeltLine for a few little sandwiches, whiskey Coke slushies, and ping pong.
Murphy’s in the Virginia Highlands has a long, varied menu and is your answer when your group can’t decide where to go.
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