With more than 700 Zagat-rated restaurants from upscale gourmet cuisine to progressive variations of Southern staples, dining is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors to Atlanta. What makes the city’s dining scene special is its unique variety of local eateries, especially on the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. This scenic two-mile stretch can be enjoyed on foot or bike while strolling through eclectic Atlanta neighborhoods. Dining options are plentiful and vary from grab-and-go to sit down meals. The guide below will highlight spots to enjoy during a day on the Atlanta BeltLine.
Breakfast: Start the day off with a hearty American breakfast at The Neighborhood Café at Parish in Inman Park, where you can enjoy your meal right on the BeltLine. For something a little lighter, grab some coffee and a pastry from The Little Tart Bakeshop located at Krog Street Market. Garden & Gun recently named this bakery one of “The South’s Best New Coffee Shops.”
Lunch: Take lunch to-go while exploring the BeltLine by grabbing a bite from Fred’s Meat & Bread, where the cheesesteak and garlic fries are must-haves. For a sit-down option, MetroFresh in Midtown has been serving fresh, local produce since 2005. The menu, consisting of soups, salads and sandwiches, constantly changes and has been recognized by Zagat, Urbanspoon, Yelp and more.
Afternoon Snack: The variety of food on the Atlanta BeltLine also includes healthy options to stay hydrated and energized during the day. Juice it Atlanta presses their fruits daily and can enhance any drink with whey protein or cayenne pepper. Arden’s Garden uses more than 20 different ingredients to create fresh juices and smoothies.
Dinner: For a complete dining experience, Ladybird Grove + Mess Hall in Old Fourth Ward serves up communal dishes than can feed a group of four like grilled North Carolina trout or spatchcock chicken. This crisp, grilled chicken is served with vegetables, salsa and tortillas and is intended to be picked clean. TWO Urban Licks specializes in wood-fired cuisine and rotating rotisseries and has a bocce ball court that overlooks the downtown Atlanta skyline.
Sweet Treat: After dinner, head to the King of Pops window, located at Bernina & Elizabeth Street, for a refreshing popsicle made with ingredients from local farmers markets. Try the Arnold Palmer or Chocolate Sea Salt, two of the most popular crowd pleasers.
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