Atlanta Restaurants on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'

Eat where the Food Network filmed

Atlanta has a lot to offer when it comes to food, and many Atlanta restaurants have been featured on the hit show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" hosted by "The Next Food Network Star" winner Guy Fieri. Here's the inside scoop on the Atlanta restaurants ​that have been featured on Food Network.

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    Marietta Diner

    Marietta Diner
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    Marietta Diner has been a long-standing Atlanta-area favorite when it comes to great value and seriously tasty plates of food. Located on Cobb Parkway just a short drive from The Big Chicken, this diner gets packed at all hours of the day and night.

    This is one of the closest things Atlanta has to the classic diners found in the Northeast. Food is homestyle and includes Greek specialties often found in true diners. The portion sizes are huge and the cake display will make you drool. Every meal starts with unforgettable, flaky spinach pie.

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    Matthew's Cafeteria

    Located on Main Street (does it get any more classic?) in Tucker, Georgia, Matthew's Cafeteria serves down-home cooking with true Southern style.

    Meat and vegetable options vary daily and include stick-to-your-bones items like fried chicken, pot roast, and country fried steak. Matthew's also serves more than a dozen types of pie. Its slogan: "Good food, like you remember." Matthew's also offers catering. For something special, look for the seasonal menu. 

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    The Highlander

    The Highlander is a local bar in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. A popular biker haunt, the walls are covered in crazy art and memorabilia. Settle in a table in the front room, grab a spot on the small but welcoming patio or hit up the large back room that is filled with pools tables, air hockey, and other games.

    The Highlander serves up fried bar food goodness, including its famed pasta-rella sticks: mozzarella sticks wrapped in pasta and deep fried. Once you've finished that fried frenzy of a starter, chow down on burgers, steaks and more. 

    Note: Because it's a bar, only adults over the age of 21 are allowed. 

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    Colonnade is located on the unique Cheshire Bridge stretch of Atlanta that's a mix of popular restaurants and edgier spots, like adult film stores. A fixture in the diner scene for more than 75 years, Colonnade is always filled with a variety of characters, young and old. Like many other restaurants on the Atlanta "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" list, the family-run restaurant dishes out big plates of Southern food, including many fried features. It also has a huge selection of seafood, both fried and not.

    Note: Only cash is accepted here.

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    The Silver Skillet

    The Silver Skillet, located on Atlanta's west side near Atlantic Station, is frequently cited by food shows as a must-stop spot in Atlanta. Around since the 1950s, The Silver Skillet isn't the prettiest of places (it feels authentically like you've traveled back in time), but it is famous for its breakfasts and Southern diner dishes. Stop in for the biscuits and some red-eye gravy.

    The Silver Skillet has been featured on other TV shows and in other movies, too. The list is long but includes "Anchorman 2," "Remember the Titans," HBO's "Traveling Man," "The Founder" (starring Michael Keaton), ABC's "What Would You Do?", "The Real McCoy."  

    The restaurant has also appeared in various commercials and ads, and even music videos. It's basically a local celebrity.