Top Ten Bites in Atlanta, Georgia

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Food lovers rejoice, Atlanta is a food mecca! The city has everything from classic Southern cooking to haute cuisine. The greater Atlanta metro area has some of the best food in the state, if not the country. Keep reading to discover our top ten picks for the best places to grab a bite to eat in Atlanta. 

10. The Varsity
A blast from the past. The Varsity’s claim to fame is that it is the World’s Largest Drive-in Restaurant. The restaurant can park up to 600 cars, but if you don’t want to eat in your car, the restaurant can hold more than 800 people inside. What should you order? The most popular dishes are their hot dogs and homemade fried pies. Wash it all down with an orange shake and you’ll be in retro heaven. 

9. Cibo e Beve
While Cibo e Beve has only been open for two years, it’s quickly become a favorite among Roswell residents. The restaurant serves up classic Italian food and is popular for its traditional style pizzas. Monday is a great night to visit, as the restaurant’s bar tenders will teach you how to make a classic cocktail.

8. Waffle House
The Waffle House is a cultural icon of the south eastern United States. While there are Waffle Houses in many states, the original is from Georgia and the company’s headquarters are located in Gwinnett County.  You won’t find anything fancy at the Waffle House, but you will enjoy comfort food like waffles, steak and eggs and smothered hash browns. Every Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. 

7. Bacchanalia
If you’re planning on splurging on a meal while in Atlanta, be sure to make a reservation at Bacchanalia. Bacchanalia serves contemporary American style cuisine. While dishes can be ordered a la carte, most diners choose to order the 5 course, pre-fix menu for $85. The menu changes frequently, but local meats, seafood and produce are always highlighted. You can’t go wrong with any of their scallop dishes.

6. Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine
Tucked away in the suburbs of Duluth, you’ll find some of the best Vietnamese in the state. The prices can’t be beat and the portion sizes are huge – a win-win! If it’s your first visit, we recommend trying the Pho Ga. Don’t miss the Vietnamese coffee either!

5. World of Coke
So it’s not a ‘bite’ exactly, but the World of Coke is a must visit for anyone visiting Atlanta. The World of Coke is part of Coca-Cola headquarters and is open to the public. You can visit interactive exhibits and the best part is that you can sample Coke products from around the world. You’ll be able to find out if the Coke in Mexico really tastes better and see what unique flavors of soda the French are drinking.

4. Disco Latino Panaderia and Bakery
This bakery makes some of the best Latin baked goods in the city. It’s worth making an early morning visit to this Roswell bakery for their delicious churros which are only available before noon. In addition to baked good, you can also choose from Mexican classics like tamales, and chicharron pupusa.

3. The Porter Beer Bar
In addition to providing great, local craft beer, the Porter Beer Bar also has some fantastic food. There are some great mains like Shrimp n’ Grits but we recommend ordering a bunch of the starters and sharing them with your dining companions. The Salt and Vinegar Popcorn is a must order!

2. Busy Bee Café
Craving some traditional Southern Soul Food? Head on down to the Busy Bee Café. You’ll have a tough time choosing from home-style dishes like fried chicken, ham hocks and BBQ ribs. While you can eat inside, most people take out.

1. Farmer’s Markets
Going out to eat is great, but to truly enjoy some of the best food Atlanta has to offer, you’ll have to visit a farmer’s market. There are a number of markets across the city selling fresh local produce and artisan foods. Spend a morning wandering through the stalls. Many booths provide samples, making it easy to find new favorites. Then pick up what you need to make a wonderful meal and bring it back to your InTown Suite’s kitchen where you can prepare a flavorful dinner. Whether you cook up an elaborate 3-course meal, or just choose a couple of blocks of gourmet cheese to go with some crackers, you’re sure to have a delicious meal! If you’re visiting in season, be sure to pick up some of Georgia’s world famous peaches.

Escape Winter in West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach

If it’s cold and snowy where you live, think about escaping winter for a week or two, with a trip to West Palm Beach, Florida.  Winter and early Spring are great times to visit West Palm, as it’s the driest season and average highs are in the upper 70’s and low 80’s. In addition to warm weather, the waters of West Palm Beach are warm year round, making visits to the beach possible any time of year. Many of the beaches around West Palm provide great snorkeling, so remember to pack a mask and some fins.

InTown Suites West Palm Beach property is conveniently located close to downtown and is only 3 miles from the ocean. Rates start at only $359.99 per week, (which comes to less than $55 a night!), which helps make a visit to West Palm Beach be an affordable vacation option.

While beautiful beaches are usually the main draw of West Palm Beach, there is plenty more that the city has to offer. If you prefer freshwater to seawater, West Palm and the surrounding areas are also home to many lakes and waterways where you can enjoy a day of paddling, fishing or sailing.

Are you a baseball fan? In March, the Saint Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins start getting ready for their season with Spring Training at the Roger Dean Stadium in nearby Jupiter. It’s worth a trip to see if you can pick out which players are shaping up to have an amazing season of major league baseball.

From February 24-March 2nd, you can watch some of the world’s best golfers as they play the PGA Tour Honda Classic, held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach.

Lion Country Safari, one of the world’s best zoos can be found in the Palm Beach area. Unlike regular zoos where you walk by animals cooped up in tiny cages, at the Lion Country Safari the animals are free to roam in wide open areas and you drive through the exhibits, just like you would do on a real African safari.

West Palm Beach is home to Celebration Cruises, a cruise line that does extremely affordable 2-day cruises to the Bahamas. This is a great option for people who haven’t cruised before and want to test it out before committing to a longer cruise and for those who just want a quick and cheap Caribbean getaway. Since your InTown Suites room is yours for the week, you can head out on the cruise without having to worry about checking in and checking out of accommodations and you’ll only have to repack what you need for two days.

If you’re looking to experience the West Palm Beach nightlife, head over to the City Place entertainment complex. There, you’ll find a number of night clubs and restaurants. You can even dine al-fresco and make your friends at home in the cold jealous!

We look forward to seeing you in West Palm Beach soon!

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