Many consider Atlanta to be the “capital” of the South, and while others might argue the title belongs to older cities like Charleston or New Orleans, few would deny that the A has become the region’s dominant cultural—and culinary—force in recent years. That’s right, the restaurant scene in Hotlanta is on fire, and foodies across the country have discovered the city’s ever-growing array of delectable dining options (Travel+Leisure ranked it No. 4 on their 2015 list of America’s Best Cities for Foodies).
If you’re in town for a big concert or basketball playoff game at Philips Arena, you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best menus. To help you pick the perfect place, Zagat has put together a guide to great eats near Philips Arena that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palates. From seasonal Mexican cooking to authentic Southern fare like pulled pork and fried green tomatoes, the world is your (fried) oyster when it comes to Atlanta dining.
After the event, don’t miss nearby historic sites like the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the sleek World of Coca-Cola museum (Coke debuted here in 1886). And for a taste of old Atlanta, head downtown to the Fairlie-Poplar Historic District for a peek at the city’s past—in addition to great shopping and dining, the neighborhood contains grand architectural landmarks like the Flatiron, Healy, and Rhodes-Haverty buildings.
Want seconds? Check out Zagat’s guide to the foodie haven of New Orleans, and stay tuned for more great eats in popular event destinations like Nashville.