When the Western and Atlantic Railroad reached its terminus, there was only one small town called Terminus. With its very uninspired name, it eventually became known as Atlanta, and finally, in 1847, it was a fully absorbed city. Due to its position as a railway hub, the city grew exponentially and even during the war it became an important center for trade and production. Strategically, Atlanta was an important place during the Civil War, and although it burned to the ground, it was not the end for Atlanta.
Atlanta has been a city that Kati and I go through, drive and drive a lot. With friends in Atlanta, we visited them. Travel from Florida to our country in North Carolina, we pass through Atlanta. And driving to other destinations, we drive around Atlanta. We connect and fly in and out of Atlanta several times in Europe. We visit parks and other sites in and around. And we try to avoid the seemingly endless road construction. But in general, Atlanta is undeniable and a destination in itself.
The city of Atlanta is the encapsulation of the new and the old. After the Civil War, the city essentially rose from the dead and became a modern metropolitan center, and from the 1920s the city was economically prosperous. The classic Southern cuisine not only inspires Atlanta’s restaurant chefs, but its modern and diverse ethnic makeup brings an international touch and fusion to the city’s culinary landscape. Check out some of Atlanta’s best restaurants
# The wings of L T #
When it comes to deciding where in the city you can get the best of wings, you get a different answer from everyone who asks you. Honestly, it’s impossible to get a consensus on where is best, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it means you have a lot of options to consider. Of all the best places to get wings in the city, L T wings is always among the best. When it comes to chicken wings and Southern fried chicken L T wings are a local favorite with even the city mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms agrees that L T wings is not just a restaurant, it is an institution.
The wings of L T rely on simplicity and if you are deliberately looking for even the place, it is not so hard to miss. The small white and red restaurant has nothing but a sign in front of the door indicating the name. Homemade style simplicity is the name of the game here with simple ingredients, homemade sauces and wings coated and cooked to perfection. L T’s wings bring locals, regulars and tourists to enjoy their cheeky goodness.
You don’t need tickets to this gun show, but you need your appetite. The restaurant is not really a place to bring a date and spend a relaxing evening it is a bit the opposite. The restaurant is noisy, noisy and crowded. Everything you know about dining in a restaurant does not apply here. The owner is a former Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie, and the main point is that the food and drinks in the restaurant, and you just have to stop the person and choose what you want to eat. Drinks and cocktails here are plentiful and also tableside makes right in front of you. The food driven around is more tapas style rather than plates or full dishes, but of course you can order plates for yourself. The kitchen is practically open air, so you can see what’s going on inside. The atmosphere is loud and rough with shouts of music and loud sounds from the kitchen. Eating here is more like going to a concert than going out to dinner.
O4W owner Anthony Spina moved from New Jersey to Atlanta and opened a pizza restaurant. This is not a big deal, as there have been plenty of great pizzas serving everything from classic New York style to authentic Neapolitan style, but back and saw a hole in pizza and landscape, Atlanta, New Jersey style pizza and more. So what is New Jersey-style pizza? According to Spina, Jersey-style pizza is a 16-inch thick, square crust made with marinara and sprinkled with mozzarella. Looks like a Neapolitan, but the difference is in the dough.
Spina grew up in a family of pizzerias where if it wasn’t handmade it wasn’t worth serving and he brought that mentality with him. O4W only serves homemade pizzas with homemade dough, homemade sauce and locally produced cheese. Despite all the hard work that goes into making pizza, the restaurant is a no-frills place that is very casual. There are brick walls, wooden tables, and a small bar that lacks pretentiousness. Because it is outside the city, pizza lovers in the center make the pilgrimage here because it is so good.
Located in Westside, Miller Union is such a popular restaurant that people often need to store their luggage somewhere as they come here directly from the airport. Miller Union is a relatively new location and currently occupies a large warehouse space converted into a kitchen and dining room. The restaurant gives a very industrial and agricultural feel to the experience and should come as no surprise as Miller Union’s food relies heavily on farm food and vegetarian options.
The owner and founder of Miller Union are Steven Satterfield, who is an award-winning James Beard chef who has practically dedicated the restaurant to the love of vegetables. However, even meat eaters will still enjoy dinner at Miller Union, but with so many plates and dishes dedicated to preparing and serving the best vegetables, you’d be wrong if you didn’t order their famous vegetable-centric plates. Miller Union also offers a wide list of craft beers and cocktails. This is the kind of place that is not too stuffy, but always full of people who will enjoy every bite.
Heritage Market Barbecue
Just outside the center, Heirloom Market BBQ is the small BBQ with a big heart. When people talk about Atlanta is a mix of modern and old, this restaurant is an example. Heirloom Market BBQ is the brainchild of self-described “hillbilly chef” Cody, Taylor and Jiyeon Lee, a child music prodigy turned expat. Despite coming from two very different culinary backgrounds, they together offer some of the best BARBECUE in Atlanta; Heirloom Market BBQ. The restaurant is small with very minimal table seats, so you’d better take a takeaway box too that way, you don’t have to have people staring at you while you devour the naughty, meaty goodness that will definitely cover your face while you eat. Try a bit of everything from southern – style ribs or barbecue pork sandwich with kimchi coleslaw.