N3: North Avenue

Take the red or gold line two stops north of Peachtree Center to get to North Avenue. The North Avenue Station is located at the corner of West Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue (say: “Ponts d’LEE-on”).  All of the restaurant recs below are on Peachtree Street, which is not connected to West Peachtree Street. They are two different streets that run parallel to each other.  And we natives of Atlanta don’t know why this is so darn hard for y’all!

Make your way up Ponce de Leon to Peachtree Street and find these restaurants clustered around the historic Fabulous Fox Theater.

Here’s a map of the area with all the restaurants below marked.

Publik Draft House*, at the corner of Peachtree and Ponce right next-door to the Fox, is a modern pub where you can eat dinner at high-top tables or at the bar.  In addition to burgers and entree salads, you’ll find typical pub fare like fish & chips and shepherd’s pie alongside Southern classics like shrimp ‘n’ grits and country fried chicken. Casual, friendly atmosphere.

The Livingston* at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, across from Publik and the Fox, is a gorgeous restaurant and lounge located inside the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel.  Eat in the lounge, the restaurant, or on the patio on bustling Peachtree St. It’s worth going in for just one drink so that you can spend a few minutes in this beautiful space.

Baraonda, highly regarded by locals, is an Italian restaurant and wine bar specializing in brick oven pizzas.

Escorpión* is a tequila bar with great Mexican food. It’s a fun, but crowded, bar scene. Has a nice small patio on Peachtree Street.

And if you want to just throw coronary caution to the wind, The Varsity, is truly an Atlanta institution. It’s greasy fast food at its best…which is when it’s worst, I think. Legend has it that the guy who started this place stormed out of class at Georgia Tech, his professor chiding him, “You’ll never amount to a dime,” and he started selling hotdogs and Cokes from a cart across the street, where you’ll now find what is supposedly “The World’s Largest Drive-In.” It’s worth going in just to hear the folks behind the counter calling out orders like auctioneers. Whadayahave?Whadayahave?Whadayahave? Maybe you could have just one teeny tiny French fry or just a teensy sip of  a frosted orange….

*Also a bar. No need to order food.

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About sonyalcollins
Sonya Collins is an independent journalist whose stories about public health, medicine and biomedical research have appeared in publications including WebMD.com, Scientific American, Yale Medicine, Georgia Health News, and publications served by the Georgia Public Health News Bureau. She is the editor of Primary Care Progress Notes, the guest-written blog of a primary care advocacy group, and editor of the Georgia Public Health News Bureau. She holds an M.A. in Health & Medical Journalism, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and she is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese.

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