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.
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 such as 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.
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 pool 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.
The Colonnade Restaurant is located on the unique Cheshire Bridge stretch of Atlanta that's a mix of popular restaurants and edgier spots, such as adult film stores. A fixture in the diner scene for more than 75 years, the Colonnade Restaurant is always filled with a variety of characters, young and old. Like many other restaurants on the Atlanta Diners, Drive-ins and Dives list, this 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.
The Silver Skillet Restaurant, 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 Restaurant 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 restaurant has been featured on other TV shows and movies. 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? and The Real McCoy.
The restaurant has also appeared in various commercials, ads, and even music videos. It's basically a local celebrity.