Food & Drink

You can't finish that: Atlanta's 9 most epic foods

Published On 08/20/2014 Published On 08/20/2014
Sebastian Davis
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BOCADO Atlanta
Big Pie In The Sky Pizzeria
LoriBell's Frozen Custard Creations
The Square Pub
Chuy's - Atlanta
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Sebastian Davis
Ann's Snack Bar
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1. So Ba East Atlanta Village 560 Gresham Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316

This Vietnamese resto has some great eats, including the Pho King Challenge, which isn't for the faint of heart. This monstrosity is the equivalent of three pho bowls all in one.

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2. Bocado 887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Bocado's burger -- two patties of blended short rib, brisket, and ground chuck, topped with American cheese and butter pickles -- is one of the best in Atlanta. You may very well come here for the burger but end up more than satisfied with the rest of the contemporary dishes, like deviled eggs that'll rival your grandmother's, a grilled cheese & bacon sandwich that's near impossible to recreate at home, and a lobster roll special that'll transport you to Cape Cod on first bite.

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3. Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria 2090 Baker Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144

If you're "hungry for pizza" you should be "starving for Big Pie in the Sky." You and your buddy COULD get single slices that're a reasonable size, or you could take on an 11lb behemoth that looks like it should be attached to the axle of a Hummer.

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4. LoriBell's Frozen Custard 3221 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152

They've got some of the best custard in Georgia. If you're really adventerous, try the Big Dog Challenge: a dog bowl full of custard that you have 5 minutes to down (it's 30oz of creaminess all together).

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5. Chuy's 118 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, GA 30346

Doing more for the community than Trudy Campbell’s boobs is Chuy's, an Austin-based casa de Tex Mex, which tasked the same local artisans who handled the original to design this one, which gets steel palm trees made by a guy they found living on a beach (for reals), an infinity-mirrored Elvis shrine inspired by a painting bought in a shop near the flagship, and 1000 ceiling-dangling wooden fish hand-carved in a Mexican village El Guapo apparently hasn’t heard about and begun terrorizing yet.

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6. The Square Pub 115 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

The Square Pub is a neighborhood staple, serving Decatur’s bar goers high-quality pub food with a Southwestern bent. The craft beer list is sizeable, with nearly 20 selections on draft (offered in both pints and shortys, so you can taste through the list) and twice that in bottles. The menu is Tex Mex adjacent, with items like green chile queso, pork belly mac and cheese, and Aztec veggie quesadillas. There’s also a fully loaded, 1.5lb triple-decker bacon cheeseburger, and if you can finish it in under 30 minutes, it’s free (disclaimer: not for the faint of heart). But the reason you should go to The Square Pub, to validate your trip to Decatur, we’ll leave you with these two final words: Frito pie.

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7. Vinny’s NY Pizza & Grill 6590 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30045

NYC comes to the ATL in the form of pizza. Try the Big Slice Challenge if you're up to it. It's an entire baking sheet full of pizza (in the shape of an actual slice) that's full of toppings.

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8. The Vortex 438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

This sibling-owned bar and restaurant in Little Five Points is a self-proclaimed "Official Idiot-Free Zone," and they're notorious for kicking out rude or high-maintenance customers to create a laid-back and fun crowd (they're usually pretty young, too). It's hard to imagine why anyone here would be picky with their food when they've got such a massive selection of whopping, diverse signature burgers like the Hawaiian-themed Freaky Tiki and the Holy Guacamole (self-explanatory), along with a hefty selection of local draft beers (and beer cocktails), cocktails and shooters.

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9. Ann's Snack Bar 1615 Memorial Dr, Atlanta, GA 30317

The burgers at Ann's snack bar, some of the best in Atlanta, could qualify the Kirkwood spot as the eighth wonder of the world. The voluptuous, hand-pressed Ghetto Burgers bring chili sauce, bacon, a super-secret seasoning, fat pieces of onion, and fried bacon together in a burger that's admittedly difficult to eat but so worth the mess (you've just gotta dive right into this one). There isn't ample seating, but after a short wait you can sit along the bar and watch it get made right in front of you, which, trust us, will work up an appetite large enough to tackle it on your own.