Deep-frying is truly the highest form of cooking because it improves any food, so why stop at chicken or potatoes? Atlanta’s top chefs certainly don't, which is why we've rounded up the 11 most epic fried foods in the city, and why you should round up your stretchiest pair of pants and immediately go out and get some fried cheese, fried cheesecake, and more.
Pallookaville (address and info)
Behold this giant, fried wiener in three sections. It’s broken down into beef, then kielbasa, and then Italian sausage, dipped in one of their batters (we recommend cheese, of course), and then deep-fried until it's ready to be inhaled.
Frito Pie Croquette
Fox Bros Bar-B-Q (address and info)
Fox Bros takes this classic, beautiful mess of a snack and turns the chips, chili, and cheese into delicious finger-sized balls instead of something that resembles a mud puddle.
Corna di maradona
Don Antonio by Starita (address and info)
This U-shaped fried calzone is filled with fresh ricotta and pork. It’s half-Italian and half-Georgia hillbilly, so it's perfect for when your cousins visit from New Jersey (or Naples).
Fried goat cheese
Ecco (address and info)
Sometimes simple is best. Tangy goat cheese, a light batter, cracked pepper, and a drizzle of honey combine for a delicate balance of flavors and crispy creaminess. It's fancy fried food.
Chai Pani (address and info)
This Indian street food is made with fresh kale in a curried chickpea batter and served with green chutney and sweet yogurt. Next time your friend tries to foist a green smoothie on you, hit ‘em back with this.
Varuni Napoli (address and info)
Italian for “princess”, the Reginella is a fried calzone that's stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta, corbarino tomatoes, salami, cicoli, black pepper, and Romano. Then it's topped with basil and extra virgin olive oil. You may just want to marry this piece of food royalty.
Pimento cheese fritters
Del Frisco’s Grille (address and info)
Crack open one of these golden nuggets and watch a river of pimento cheese ooze forth. With your trusty chipotle ranch dipping sauce, you’ll be a regular cheese prospector.
Folk Art (address and info)
Inman Park’s new fried meat logs are strips of apple bacon that are dipped in pancake batter and drowned in bourbon maple syrup. If this isn’t the ultimate Southern food, nothing is.
Fried avocado taco
Alma Cocina (address and info)
Deep-fried avocados ride atop a platter of fried Cotija cheese, topped with some poblano pesto and roasted tomatoes. Served on corn tortillas.
Watershed on Peachtree (address and info)
You've kept that New Year’s resolution so far, but it’s time to meet it halfway. Yes, you’re going to have delicious fried food, but this is a vegetable, so it’s "healthy"!!
Genki Noodles and Sushi (address and info)
Let’s not skip dessert. Genki takes their tempura batter and a delicious slice of cheesecake, then the hot oil does the rest of the work. Yeah, it seems indulgent, but at least you’re using chopsticks, and not your bare hands, to eat it, right? Right.
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1. Fox Bros Bar-B-Q1238 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta
2. Don Antonio by Starita102 E Paces Ferry Rd NE , Atlanta
3. Ecco40 7th St NE, Atlanta
4. Chai Pani406 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta
5. Varuni Napoli1540 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta
6. Del Frisco's Grille3376 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
7. Folk Art465 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
8. Alma Cocina191 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
9. Watershed on Peachtree1820 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta
10. Genki Noodles & Sushi3186 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta
11. Pallookaville Fine Foods17N Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates
An Atlanta institution serving up solid BBQ fare like pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, Frito pie, and burnt ends. We think that Fox Bros Bar-B-Q serves up some of the best BBQ in town, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.
Antonio Starita is using Atlanta as the only expansion city for his wildly popular New York pizza masterpiece. 60 insane varieties of pie will make you swear off the greasy stuff in the cardboard box for good.
This Midtown Mediterranean spot is a guaranteed go-to for date nights. Boasting an outdoor patio littered with white-marble tabletops, a dramatically-lit dark-wooded dining room, and an expansive, artfully-ordered bar, the well-designed resto is simple and sultry in scheme. The award wining seasonal food menu offers dishes like hand-pulled rigatoni with Brussels sprouts in pancetta-mushroom cream, and grilled pork chops with a smoked kale-sweet potato-date melange, in addition to an army of small plate and charcuterie options, and a full gluten-free dinner menu. Markedly original cocktails like the "I Know You Are But What Am I?" with dry gin, alpine liqueur, Luxardo and sage syrup, help maintain the bar's public notoriety when it comes to inventive craft cocktails.
People in Atlanta love Chai Pani, and for good reason. The casual Decatur spot, whose name translates to "tea and water" -- an Indian slang term that roughly means going out for a snack -- specializes in Indian street food. The menu is like a best hits collection of chaat, and it really is impossible to mess up your order. However, we highly suggest you get the matchstick okra fries and the Maharaja lamb burgers flavored with ginger, mint, garlic, and pistachio. There are plenty of refreshing beers to balance out the food's spice factor, including Indian ones like Kingfisher and Taj Mahal.
Varuni Napoli serves up classic Neapolitan pizza and street food. It's open kitchen design lets you get right into the action and see how real, Southern Italian food is made. What makes this Morningside-Lenox Park eatery so popular are its amazing specials, which include cheap appetizers, cheese plates, pizza, and wine.
Situated in the upwardly trending Buckhead neighborhood, Del Frisco's Grille is a bustling steakhouse serving premier steaks, fresh food, and an array of other gourmet fare. And with a glass of wine from its extensive stock, you can take it all in from one of its scenic patio.
Jason Hill of Wisteria's new daily breakfast/lunchery in Inman Park.
If you've got soul, there's no shame in boasting about in your name and Alma Cocina, which translates to Soul Kitchen in Spanish, isn't shy. This upscale downtown joint is serving upscale Latin/Mexican food in a modern setting, including braised lamb tacos, roasted chicken mole, and desserts like Mexican Coke (the drink) panna cotta.
A James Beard award-winner, Watershed's a comfortable, soulful spot that's serving up locally sourced, down home, Southern grub.
Genki Noodle & Sushi is an Atlanta-based mini-chain for modern Japanese food, serving sushi, sashimi, tempura, and everything else you’d expect from a Japanese restaurant. There's also a create-your-own bowl option, which, if done correctly, will last for multiple meals. It’s like the Yaki-style gift that keeps on giving. But the real draw to the one-time food truck turned brick-and-mortar is the DJ-fueled atmosphere, bustling crowds, and an open sushi bar (if you can secure a seat) to watch the itamaes as they precisely and artfully prepare your meal.
For all of those times you're craving a ginormous corn dog, head to this retro spot that also slings boozy milkshakes. Whatever you do, don't forget to order the $6 Sea Witch, an awesome twist on a Bloody Mary made with local Batdorf & Bronson coffee and Guinness and rimmed with Old Bay seasoning.