N4: Midtown

Take the red or gold line three stops north of Peachtree Center to Midtown Station. Stroll past the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum to find Empire State South. This is a place you’ll want to go to linger.  It’s high-end modern Southern fare in a beautiful space. The service, food and wine are impeccable. Take your time. You can even play a game of bocce ball in the courtyard.

The Vortex is a stone’s throw and a world away from Empire State South. This bar and grill is often called the home of the best burger in town, but I think it’s their attitude that makes them famous. Their site offers “Rules” and “Bar Etiquette” and includes the warning “The Vortex is not politically correct. If you are easily offended, there is a good possibility that you will be offended here.”  You be the judge of that…

The Lawrence, a block from The Vortex, is a brand new Atlanta hotspot — the result of the combined efforts of two of Atlanta’s biggest chefs.  I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, so take a look at this recent write-up.

Here’s a map of the Arts Center Station and Midtown Station area with all the restaurant recs noted.


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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