With new restaurants popping up in Atlanta at lighting-speed, our delicious city is one of the best for eating out and enjoying an unbeatable selection of cuisines. However, there are some oldies that’ve been around for generations and we’re here to break them down for you. Keep these historic ATL eats alive and drop a pin on these institutional Atlantan restaurants.
1. Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar
Where: Atkins Park
Originally opened as a deli in 1922, this Atkins Park gem is now home to an all-American fare, serving up tempting comfort dishes and drinks. It’s the oldest licensed tavern in Atlanta, so soak up the history with a tipple and a bite. Whatever you do, never skip dessert at this iconic ATL eat, and their weekend brunch is not to be missed!
2. The Colonnade Restaurant
Where: Morningside-Lenox Park
Since 1927, this legendary eatery has been welcoming Atlantans for their beloved fried chicken and other Southern staples. A true family-affair, you can’t leave Colonnade without trying something from the cocktail menu, in order to truly channel the retro vibes.
3. Majestic Diner
Where: Poncey Highland
With the iconic lights luring many ATLiens into this institutional diner located in the heart of Atlanta, this is your sign to visit Majestic Diner if you haven’t yet! Known for their addictive grits, the diner has been serving up classic dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1929.
4. The Busy Bee
Where: Downtown Atlanta
In 1947, this adored restaurant opened its doors and the rest is quite literally, history! With an endless amount of accolades and famous fans, The Busy Bee is a must-visit for every Atlanta local and visitors alike. Serving up a Southern fare, you’re going to want to take someone with you and order a feast to sample as many dishes as possible!
5. George’s Bar & Restaurant
Where: Virginia Highland
For unbeatable pub-grub that’s been a beloved part of ViHi since 1961, head to George’s Bar & Restaurant. We suggest trying out one of their tempting burgers out on the killer side-walk patio.