Five great Atlanta restaurants
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The single place I recommend to Atlanta visitors more than any other is The Varsity. Located in Midtown, adjacent to the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology (also known as Georgia Tech), The Varsity is the world’s largest drive-in restaurant. The place has its own lingo for just about everything on the menu. I usually order two chili slaw dogs with greasy onion rings, and a Jumbo F-O (that stands for Frosted Orange: Think, drinkable orange Creamsicle). But you don’t go to The Varsity for its food. You go to The Varsity for the experience. When you step up to the counter, be prepared to answer the question, “What’ll ya have?” Some of the cashiers remind the crowds to “Have your order on your mind and your money in your hand!” This Atlanta institution is a cultural melting pot as it has served a mix of locals, tourists, college students, school children, business executives, athletes, celebrities, politicians, and even presidents. To me, this place is Atlanta.
Six Feet Under Pub and Fish House
Six Feet Under is located in the Grant Park neighborhood across the street from the historic Oakland Cemetery. Though the rooftop bar offers amazing views of the cemetery and Atlanta skyline, my favorite thing about Six Feet Under is the food. Some of my regular selections are the catfish tacos, oysters Rockefeller, crab cake sliders, and Spicy Rat Toes. Yes, I said Spicy Rat Toes. They’re not real rat toes (of course), they are an addicting appetizer comprising jalapeños stuffed with shrimp and wrapped with bacon. After dinner, I recommend taking a stroll through the famous cemetery that serves as the final resting place for Gone With the Wind author, Margaret Mitchell; golf legend, Bobby Jones; 25 former Atlanta mayors; six former Georgia governors, and a slew of Confederate soldiers.
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