From special celebration destinations to late-night snack spots, the best restaurants in the Old Fourth Ward serve up delicious food, Atlanta-style. Grab a bite or make a date for dining in this hip neighborhood near the heart of Atlanta. Here are 10 great places to try.
Serpas True Food
659 Auburn Ave. NE, Ste 501, Atlanta; 404-688-0040
South Louisiana native and executive chef Scott Serpas showcases Southern food with Louisiana flair at this fine food establishment in the Old Fourth Ward. Look for fresh local ingredients and special dishes like bacon-wrapped duck breast or beignets with mocha cream sauce.
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta; 404-223-0690
Best known for a funky mix of breakfast originals, including housemade multigrain biscuits, Thumbs Up Diner also serves lunch favorites including burgers and house-smoked chicken and turkey sandwiches. The diner also does tasty vegan options.
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655 Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta; 404-586-0772
One of 10 restaurants in this local franchise, the Old Fourth Ward location of Highland Bakery has an expansive menu, from muffins and breads to "radical" pastries and decorative cakes and lattes and coffees galore. Its a nice place to grab more substantial fare, too, with a full menu stretching from ricotta pancakes to crabcake benedict.
Across the Street
668 Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta; 404-781-0931
The Mexican spot of choice in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward, Across the Street strives for an easy-going atmosphere with funky art and patio dining right on Freedom Park. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. A few standouts on the menu include a ceviche martini, goat cheese enchiladas and jalapeno mac & brisket. And yes, that patio is pup-friendly.
600 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta; 404-888-9149
"Home of the jerk chicken plate" is the motto at Eats, which is technically just outside Old Fourth Ward's limits. It's Caribbean-ish soul food and very affordable menu of meat and threes with cornbread have made it a local favorite for years. Named "Best Cheap Eats" by Creative Loafing 10 times since its inception in 1993, Eats is also known for its ginger beer, chicken chili and fresh vegetable options.
Two Urban Licks
820 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta; 404-522-4622
Beloved by the Yelp community, Two Urban Licks is open for upscale dinners and luscious brunches. The motto is "Fiery American Cooking" and the small plates come ready to share or savor alone. Just a few of the many popular menu highlights include lamb lollipops, bronzed sea scallops and smoked gouda grits. Live music, usually blues, and a wine barrel program unique to the U.S. make Two Urban Licks a standout among Old Fourth Ward restaurants.
701 Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta; 404-522-2872
In the mood for Asian food? Enjoy lunch and dinner at this Old Fourth Ward eatery. Some of the most popular items include edamame and a Southern Sundown roll, and it's also possible to order from Zuma online via Grub Hub.
590 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta; 404-588-0857
Fresh cut fruit cups, 14 varieties in five combinations, along with smoothies and Latin-style grilled sandwiches make this a must-visit healthy eating spot in Atlanta. It opens at noon, closes at 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
Aloha Asian Cuisine & Sushi
550 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta; 404-810-9128
This is the Old Fourth Ward locale for fresh and tasty Asian cuisine favorites like pot stickers and General Tso's chicken.
For even more Old Fourth Ward restaurant options, check out the food hall at Ponce City Market, where you can find hip and trendy restaurants serving up everything from fried chicken to Indian street food and gourmet coffee shops.
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