My recent trip to Atlanta was so inspiring. Every one was incredibly friendly, the city was bustling and I can’t forget about the amazing food! OH MY GOODNESS. The amount of restaurants and the variety of options was almost overwhelming to say the least. Shawn and I only had about 48 hours to spend in the city so we packed as many things as we could in the time frame.
We didn’t want to go do the typical touristy things. Although I have heard amazing reviews on the aquarium, I honestly didn’t want to spend $35 on an individual ticket. Instead, we ate our way through town and walked around the Ponce City Market.
My favorite neighborhood in Atlanta was Inman Park. The Main Street is home to a ton of restaurants with varying cuisine. We spent a majority of our time here. It is also a mile away from the Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market.
Ponce City Market is something that I have never experienced before. What was once and old factory, it is now a “mall” equipped with shops, a dining hall, winery, a trail loop, and a cool rooftop. I love me a good rooftop but this one in particular was completely different from the rest.
You have to pay to go up ( $10 adult, $7 kids), kids are allowed up to a certain time I believe. There are carnival games ( skeeball, basketball, etc), mini golf, a giant slide, two bars, ton’s of games like jenga and corn hole) and a restaurant/ beer garden with sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline. Shawn and I played some games and then had some cocktails and fries at 9 Mile Station.
Below are the restaurants that we visited.
BeetleCat: This was the first restaurant we went to. It has a cool nautical vibe with seafood being their specialized cuisine. Seating is very limited so I recommend making reservations beforehand. We were lucky in that we only had a half hour wait so we just walked down the strip and checked out other restaurants. There is dining on the lower level if you are wanting a quick, relaxed bite. It has more of a bar vibe so it can get loud and rowdy. Shawn and I both had oysters for an app and lobster rolls for our main. I kid you not, the lobster rolls here are probably the best lobster rolls I have ever had. This roll is currently the best thing I have tasted in 2019 and let me tell you why.
First of all, you get a massive portion of succulent lobster. Each chunk of lobster was about the size of a quarter that just melted in your mouth. The lobster was placed on a soft toasted brioche bun and was seasoned to perfection. The dish came with a side of house made chips that were also delish! The cocktails however, weren’t as good. I had two and they were honestly awful. I’d stick to wines, beers and cocktails that you are familiar with.
BarTaco: We first discovered BarTaco while living in Colorado and we were so happy to see one literally right next door to BeetleCat. BarTaco has amazing tacos for the price ( $2.50-$3.50 per taco) and we both love their drinks. My favorite taco’s are the pork belly, chicken pastor and shrimp. Shawn loves the duck and chicken pastor.
Atlanta Breakfast Club: I had high expectations for this place and honestly it fell short. We chose this place to go to brunch because it was two blocks away from our hotel and we could join the waitlist on yelp beforehand. It is extremely busy and just know you’ll be sitting pretty close to the next patron. We got the Pepper Chicken Biscuit and their famous Chicken and Waffles. Both dishes were good but lacked in seasoning/ salt. We had to add salt to both of our dishes and we aren’t even salty people… The food was light compared to the traditional heavy southern cuisine. We both left without feeling gross and lethargic so that was a plus.
These are the places that we wanted to visit but will be saving for next time:
Atlanta now holds a special part in my heart and I hope that my recommendations can be some use to you! Thank you so much for reading. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!