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An Insider’s Guide to the Atlanta Beltline’s Best Restaurants & Bars

Beltline Map | Photo: beltline.org

Beltline Map | Photo: beltline.org

Summer in Atlanta means leisurely walks on the Beltline and more importantly, amazing food and drinks on the Beltline! Here’s our insider’s guide to the best that the Beltline has to offer, broken down by Eastside and Westside trail spots. 

The Beltline's Eastside Trail | Photo: beltline.org

The Beltline’s Eastside Trail | Photo: beltline.org

Eastside Trail Spots

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Buena Vida Tapas

Buena Vida Tapas is an Instagram dream with one of the cutest patios in ATL. There’s also a pretty extensive vegan/vegetarian menu for those with dietary restrictions. Insider tip: Come for brunch as well–it’s fantastic! 

Cold Beer - Cocktails | Photo: Facebook/coldbeeratl

Cold Beer – Cocktails | Photo: Facebook/coldbeeratl

Cold Beer 

Chef Kevin Gillespie’s beltline spot has all the flair and special touches of his other restaurants. Despite the name, innovative small plates are what’s on the menu at Cold Beer. They’ve recently unveiled a delightful looking spring menu featuring harissa confit wings, hot and numbing chicken, and a salted chocolate chip cookie sandwich for dessert. Yummm. Insider tip: Use the parking garage on Decatur St for easy access, and don’t skip out on their inventive cocktail menu.  

Delbar - Omani Prawns | Photo: Facebook/delbaratl

Delbar – Omani Prawns | Photo: Facebook/delbaratl

Delbar

One of the newest additions to the Beltline, Delbar brings all the flavors and flair of Middle Eastern cuisine to Atlanta. Chef/owner Fares Kargar first got his cooking chops with the Iranian recipes he grew up with from his family, and further refined them working at Rumi’s Kitchen. Now, he’s opened up an incredible debut restaurant that has diners raving. Insider tip: The adas polo might be the best thing on the menu. 

Bazati - Interior | Photo: Facebook/bazatiatl

Bazati – Interior | Photo: Facebook/bazatiatl

Estrella/Bazati 

Great rooftop vibes to be had at this somewhat hidden gem nestled right by New Realm. Bazati/The Brasserie is their downstairs location, featuring glamorous 1920s French vibes, while Estrella is their rooftop, a more intimate arrangement that depending on the night, can be a quiet place to enjoy a drink or an all-out party. 

Hawkers - Mie Goreng Noodles

Hawker’s

Named after the street food stall hawkers so common in Southeast Asia, Hawkers is serving up pan-Asian cuisine that will delight all your senses. There are so many yummy dishes and bites to try, you can visit a dozen times and not order the same thing twice. However, their salt-n-pepa ribs is one of the best things on the menu! Insider tip: For a fun drink option, try the “That’s My Bag, Baby,” a lemongrass and rum based drink served in a clear pouch. It’s basically a Capri Sun for adults!

FRED'S PHILLY CHEESE SANDWICH

Fred’s Meat & Bread – Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Krog Street Market 

Krog Street Market is perfect for when you’re in a group and just can’t come to consensus on where or what to eat. It’s always bustling and has tons of options. Fred’s Meat & Bread has all the amazing meats and sandwiches that you crave when you’re extra hungry. Gu’s Dumplings’ spicy dried eggplant is totally addicting. Yalla has a shawarma you’ll dream about for days. Or, if you’re wanting to eat healthier, pick up a delicious bowl from Recess. Insider tip: Be sure to also peruse the beer and wine selection at Hop City before heading home. 

Ladybird - Exterior Patio | Photo: Facebook/LadybirdGroveAndMessHall

Ladybird – Exterior Patio | Photo: Facebook/LadybirdGroveAndMessHall

Ladybird

The patio to end all patios! Ladybird is the best of the Beltline, featuring outdoor camp vibes but without the sweaty hike.  Have a few cocktails here–their Old Fashioned is a showstopper–or sit down for some seriously tasty eats. We dream about their burger and love their brunch offerings. Your pup will love their patio. 

 
 
 
 
 
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New Realm 

Long gone are the days where bars and breweries were just for drinks. Now, they’re culinary and dinner destinations. Anyone who has tried New Realm’s spicy buffalo chicken wings knows that New Realm knows their stuff. Those items not tickling your fancy? How about a Wagyu burger or a Southern she-crab soup? Their patio is also always perfect for warmer weather days! Insider tip: their cheddar crusted mac and cheese is a can’t miss. 

 

Nina & Rafi 

Nina & Rafi on the Beltline serves a Detroit-style pie, a sort of deep dish cousin, that will most definitely satisfy your cheese and carb cravings. You’ll love the sauciness and the thick and crispy yet chewy crust. Insider tip: You can get some of their pizzas at Pour Taproom next door if the wait is too crazy at Nina & Rafi. 

Ponce City Market Skyline Charcuterie

9 Mile Station – Charcuterie

Ponce City Market

Atlanta’s biggest tourist attraction! Ponce City Market, modeled after Chelsea Market in New York City, houses some of the city’s tastiest eats and boutique shopping.You can pick up a mouthwatering and cake-y donut from Nashville import Five Daughters Bakery, enjoy a charcuterie board at 9 Mile Station, see why folks say H&F Burger has the best burger in the city, feast on tacos at Minero, or pick up a bucket of crunchy fried chicken from Hop’s Chicken. Insider tip: Make a stop by Honeysuckle Gelato for an ice cream sandwich or double scoop of gelato to end your culinary trip.

Two Urban Licks - Steak

TWO Urban licks

It’s lit! TWO Urban Licks is always a party and a happening date night spot. Dine on the patio for some fair weather fun and try their brisket and eggs for brunch. Insider tip: They’re famous for their salmon chips, a can’t miss menu item. 

Westside Trail Spots

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Best End Brewing

Best End Brewing is out to prove that the West End is the Best End, and they’re doing a damn good job of it. Their outdoor/backyard set-up is perfect for group hangs, and their brews are equally tantalizing. The food menu they have is small, but insider tip: their wings are crispy and pretty solid! 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Monday Night Garage

Popular Atlanta brewery Monday Night Brewing has opened up a second location in the West End, one of the first breweries to set up shop in this rapidly changing neighborhood. What makes this spot different than their other location is the focus on small batch sours, so sour lovers can rejoice in this new ATL addition. Insider tip: Try to time your visit when The Real Mexican Vittles food truck is there, their tacos are phenomenal! 

Wild Heaven Beer - Emergency Drinking Beer | Photo: Facebook/beerwildheaven

Wild Heaven Beer – Emergency Drinking Beer | Photo: Facebook/beerwildheaven

Wild Heaven Beer

Wild Heaven, makers of those very popular Emergency Drinking Beers, has also opened up shop on the Westside trail of the Beltline. We love the spaced out and shady pup-friendly patio tables and the beer on tap at Wild Heaven. Insider tip: their food menu is pretty limited, so you might be better off picking up something from a food truck next door. 

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