Atlantic Station Dining is Diverse and Delish

Progress has been the name of the game in regards to Atlantic Station dining. With several new additions to the Atlantic Station culinary scene, and several to bow out, the tides are turning to make Atlantic Station a more established player for destination dining in Atlanta. With obvious emphasis added to attracting notable chefs and unique dining concepts, Atlantic Station is now one of the burgeoning burrows of Atlanta to offer its own namesake restaurant week.

The Atlanta shopping and neighborhood district in the heart of Midtown gives patrons the ability to spend extended time and dollars in one spot. Whether you come for special events on the central lawn or are looking for a place to stroll on an ideal Atlanta day, there is food to fit every mood.

Diner answers the call for the first meal of the day. In fact, at Ron Eyester's latest concept you can have breakfast all day. Centrally located, Strip provides the perfect place to sip a martini and eat sushi while people watching the day away.

Whether your intention is for a multi-course dinner or a meeting place for light bites and drinks, try one of the following restaurants for the best of Atlantic Station.



What are you? A fan of chicken? If you're looking at a menu at Chick-a-Biddy, the answer's most likely yes. This poultry-centered restaurant makes for an easy-going dining experience ideal for a quick lunch, brunch or mid-week dinner. Go for wings, wood-grilled chicken, fried chicken, small plates (called Itty Biddies) or the entrees (Big 'Ol Biddies). All entree options are available as gluten-free and include such dishes as the fried chicken sandwich, the fried chicken and waffles, wood-grilled tacos and a falafal wrap. Children's menu items and big leafy salads are also available. Side items, like the roasted Brussels sprouts, are especially tasty.

Recommended for Atlantic Station because: All of Chick-A-Biddy's chicken is 100% gluten free. Even their macaroni and cheese is available gluten free, upon request.

Kelly's expert tip: Take a photo of where you parked. Atlantic Station's parking garage is a labyrinth you can get lost in if you're not careful.

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IKEA is known for giving more for your money, and their restaurant is no different. This cafeteria-style diner offers an unexpected amount of healthy choices as well as Scandinavian comfort foods, such as Swedish meatballs. For under $10 you can get a surprising amount of food. Breakfast specials can be had for $1 and lunch specials for $2. While not a destination restaurant, it is a perfect excuse for an impromptu shopping trip. Those with kids should check their website for "Kids eat free" days where two kids meals are included with each adult meal. No need to wait for a babysitter when you factor in their free supervised kids play area for potty-trained kids between 37" and 54" tall.

Recommended for Atlantic Station because: The family-friendly atmosphere, affordability and quality make this a perfect choice for breakfast or lunch. Go for drinks off-site once your mission is complete.

Lori's expert tip: Sign up for an IKEA Family membership card to get free beverage opportunities and discounts on food.

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Atlantic Grill
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A mountain of nachos, complete with pulled pork, chili, cheese and sour cream could be the perfect appetizer (or meal) for you and your friends. If you think that you can eat the kitchen sink, try the Kitchen Sink salad. It comes complete with bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, egg, tomatoes, ham, chicken and beans. Other salad selections, burgers, and sandwiches complete the menu. This is the perfect choice when you feel like beer and bar food. Compared to neighboring pub-style eateries, Atlantic Grill is smaller and more intimate in size. Located across from the movie theater, outside seating is available.

Recommended for Atlantic Station because: This is a modern day Cheers with no-fluff bar food. Go here for a local feel where the bartenders know the names of regular patrons.

Claudine's expert tip: Are you on a low carb diet? Try the lo carb burger. It comes without a bun.

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The Pig & The Pearl
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At first glance, your mind has a hard time making sense of the menu- pork belly and smoked brisket appear in the same Atlantic Station restaurant as octopus salad, and sashimi served with flying fish roe. Details are important at The Pig & The Pearl. Briskets and ribs are cooked using a dry smoke method, and an ordered Manhattan is never shaken, but muddled to perfection. The poultry is sourced from North Georgia, Spring Mountain Farms, and brined before cooking to ensure a more tender and juicy plate. Don't assume that garnishments are just for window dressing; the seasonal pickled peaches, served with the Pimento Cheese Croquettes, are the unsung hero. A more intimate feel exists here. Daily happy hour offers $1 oysters and day specific specials, such as Wednesday's $1 wings and half-priced bottles of wine on Sundays.

Recommended for Atlantic Station because: Individuality and uniqueness define The Pig & The Pearl. The oddness that causes you pause is the quality that ensures your experience to be authentic.

Lori's expert tip: While not on the menu, you can order a half or full dozen order of oysters grilled with compound butter.

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Yard House
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The fun and eccentric nature of a gastropub meets the comfort and welcomeness of a neighborhood bar and grill. Nothing is done in moderation here- from a full oval bar with an overwhelming draught beer selection, to a menu that has something for any disposition. A multitude of televisions make this a prime choice for game day hangouts. While the environment is ripe for adult-vibe dinners, it still maintains a family-friendly appeal. Food is not a second fiddle to the abundance of libation choices. The worldly feel and influences seep into their kids menu, which features Korean Barbeque Beef alongside favorites such as mac and cheese. Vegetarian options, pizzas, tacos and burgers are all offered in more classic and exotic forms. Chicken will no longer be your buffalo favorite once the Crispy Duck Wings touch your lips. The drink menu will challenge your decisiveness.

Recommended for Atlantic Station because: Yard House puts the "fun" in eating out. The extensive menu that delivers consistent quality makes this a perfect choice for any taste and situation.

Lori's expert tip: If Yard House is your primary destination in Atlantic Station, opt for valet parking located just steps outside their door.

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Meet Lori M Brown

Lori's roots are in Atlanta, but her wings take her anywhere there is heavenly pimento cheese. You'll hear her before you see her, usually chatting up a local. For Lori, the soul of a...  More About Lori