Where to Get a Bite Near the Lights

By Alexandria Campbell, Atlanta Eats


Thanksgiving is here! Which means, so are the holiday decorations both at home and around the town. But nothing ruins carols and Christmas trees like an empty stomach! Here are our favorite places to fill up while taking in the sights:

Atlanta Botanical Gardens – 
Go Classic for Classic this time of year. If you’re checking out the historic Botanical Garden’s installment in midtown, head over to McCray’s Tavern for some historic eats as well! Cozy up with the Grizzly Burger or the pimento cheese dip. But let’s be honest, you came to warm up with one of those delicious beers on tap!
Christmas at Stone Mountain – Magnolia Room Cafeteria
Stone Mountain might be the most well known winter wonderland attraction in the state. If you’re visiting this familiar place, stop by Magnolia Room to get a taste of the good stuff – down home, good to the last drop, soul food. A continuation of the Embry Hills favorite, S & S, Magnolia Room has everything you love about the holidays all under one roof – cozy atmosphere, warm smiles and friendly faces, and amazing comfort food.
Winter Wonderland at Fernbank – Double Zero
The Wonderland at Fernbank will leave you jaw dropped at all those incredibly decorated trees but hungry near Decatur. Check out Double Zero, your new favorite (real) pizza spot. Using finely ground, double zero grade flour (hence the name), and their imported pizza ovens from Naples, Double Zero’s pizzas come out fresh and hot covered with inspired toppings. Pair it with a signature cocktail and the swanky neon lights, and you’ll find the wonderland you can visit all year round.
Magical Nights of Lights at Lanier Islands – Branchwater
Nestled in Vickory Village, this Best of Forsyth winner is the perfect pit stop when visiting Magical nights of Lights. It offers high quality steaks, seafood and cocktails. Pop in for the fresh fish special, or dine on the old faithful, surf and turf.
Santa’s Fantastical in Sandy Springs – Il Giallo
The immersive experience was great, but wait til you see the pasta station! Il Giallo is Sandy Spring’s neighborhood Italian eatery with the pasta station right in the middle of the dining room. Warm up with the spaghetti and meatballs in their signature marinara sauce or the veal chop parmesan, a favorite among the regulars. And nothing goes better with pasta than wine! Happy Holidays to our tummies!
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