17 Dec 21 Restaurant Options for Every Craving on the Highway
With well over 1000 restaurants located in the communities that border the Hospitality Highway, the area is a foodie’s delight that has been dubbed Georgia’s Culinary Corridor. Hop in the car and explore all the delicious restaurant options sure to satisfy any craving along the Hospitality Highway.
For Date Night: Buckhead is widely acclaimed as the dining room of Georgia. There are almost 300 restaurants in this community serving food and beverages, including many nationally acclaimed for excellence. New to area, and perfect for date night, is Ecco’s brand new Buckhead location in Phipps Plaza. The free-standing restaurant includes seats for 240, an 80-seat private dining room, cafe seating for 50 on the patio, and a large oval bar. You’ll certainly want to also consider one of the many Buckhead Life Restaurant Group locations. French, Italian, America, Seafood, or Diner… all part of their culinary dining experience in Buckhead.
For Healthy Eating: Centrally located in the heart of Buckhead sits Café Sunflower. This celebrated vegan restaurant offers delicious plant-based foods as well as a hand-picked selection of fine wine and rotating craft beers. because it’s all about balance, right?
For Breakfast and Brunch: Set your alarm and head over to Buttermilk Kitchen. This restaurant is so good that if you get there too late, you’ll definitely be waiting in a line. At Buttermilk kitchen you’ll find all your breakfast favorites from phenomenal chicken biscuits to pimento cheese omelets all in the comfort of a charming bright blue farm house right on Roswell Rd.
For Food You Can Feel Good About: With more than 100 unique and locally owned restaurants in the area, foodies can satisfy their appetite exploring a range of dining choices in Sandy Springs. For food that you can feel good about, stop in to the brand-new Sandy Springs’ Flower Child location. Positive vibes radiate through this bright and airy restaurant and whether you’re craving tasty bowls, grains, greens and wraps or looking to refresh with flavored lemonades, kombucha or organic wine and beer, Flower Child will take you to a happy place.
For Sushi: While there are a million sushi restaurants in Atlanta, if you’re looking for authentic Japanese fare, perfectly rolled sushi and a beautiful dining atmosphere Bishoku in Sandy Springs is the place for you. Bishoku when translated literally means “beautiful dining” so you know won’t be disappointed.
For Oaxacan-Inspired Cuisine: You might not know you’re looking for Oaxacan-inspired cuisine but trust us, after trying the new modera mixed-use restaurant Casi Cielo in Sandy Springs it might just be your new favorite cuisine. With unique flavors and dishes inspired from Oaxaca, Mexico and locally grown ingredients from Atlanta, the chefs at Casi Cielo have created a menu that reflects the combination of cultures and the new age of artisanal cuisine for your dining pleasure.
For Patio Dining: The dining scene in the bustling downtown area of Historic Roswell is constantly buzzing with new delicious dining options. One of the best features the town offers is a wide-range of patio dining options perfect for people watching. Grab some of your best gals and head to Zest on canton street where you can sit on their spacious patio, under one of their heaters and enjoy a glass of wine or a craft cocktail and what seems like an endless menu of tapas and sushi.
For Southern Cooking: Further down canton street you’ll find Table & Main, a gorgeous southern tavern with seasonal southern fare that will make your taste buds tingle. Table & Main is known for their perfectly crispy fried chicken and Charleston inspired she-crab soup. For dessert, indulge with a delicious slice of their Carrot Cake – you won’t regret it!
For Neapolitan Pizza: If you’re looking for Neapolitan style pizza that will make you feel as though you were transported to a quaint Italian pizzeria, look no further than Pizzeria Lucca in Historic Roswell. Located just a street off Canton Street, Pizzeria Lucca offers causal dining a delicious pizza you won’t want to miss.
For a Burger and a Beer: If a burger and a beer is what you’re craving, look no further than Bocado Burger. Their iconic burger stack is topped with American cheese, bread-and-butter pickles, and mayo. It’s legendary, epic and the precise bun-to-bread ratio. Cap your meal off with a handspun milkshake of the adult variety—you cannot go wrong with the vanilla soft serve-root beer liqueur combo magic that is known as the Drunken Brown Cow.
For Taco Tuesday: There are many new dining options arriving in the growing city of Alpharetta but there are a few longtime favorites that never go out of style. Ceviche Taqueria and Margarita Bar in downtown Alpharetta serves up the best of tacos, tequila and other tasty Mexican dishes you crave every day of the week! Best known for their tacos and ceviche, the locals love coming back for the shrimp ceviche and signature poblano tacos. Top off your thirst craving with a handcrafted marg or ice cold cerveza.
For Seafood and Sushi: When it comes to fresh seafood, Atlantic Seafood embodies a sea-to-table take on each dish, guaranteeing fresh flavors with refreshing creativity. Treat yourself to the briny delights of oysters on the half shell. Complement your oyster slurping with sips of house-favorite the Hickory-Smoked Old Fashioned, then follow up with main course selections like Soy Honey-Glazed Chilean Seabass or the Surf N Turf roll.
For Dinner and a Show: If you didn’t know you were looking for it you might drive right by Tam’s Backstage. Located in the basement of the historical Cumming Public School building in the heart of downtown Cumming, Tam’s Backstage is a local gem you must see to believe. Tam’s Backstage has a cozy, vintage atmosphere that builds off its close connection with the Cumming Playhouse, located just upstairs. The scratch kitchen offers a flavorful blend of American cuisines punctuated with a northern Italian flair.
For Traditional German Fare: For a truly unique dining experience, make your way up the highway to Gasthaus Tirol, Cumming’s very own authentic German restaurant. Enjoy fresh stollen bread made daily, free strudel on Wednesday’s and delicious German draft beer in the restaurants Bier Garden.
For Cajun Cooking: The Cumming-Forsyth community has dining options for every taste as well as a number of award-winning restaurants easily accessible off the Hospitality Highway. For a menu that touches on your inner Cajun, make sure to stop by Tam’s Tupelo Cajun Restaurant. With an amazing menu featuring an American-Cajun style cuisine that is sure to please, you’ll be happy you stopped by.
For French Cuisine: If you’re looking for a place where you can relax, reflect and rejoice in the company of your favorite dining companions, The Blue Bicycle in Dawsonville is the place for you. An upscale French bistro which offers seasonal variety and regular menu items of French-style cuisine with a Southern accent, The Blue Bicycle is a hidden gem for foodies.
For Finger licking BBQ: Looking for award winning BBQ? Big D’s BBQ will show you southern hospitality and the best BBQ around. Dry rubbed, smoked over hickory and never served with BBQ sauce on the meat are a few items on the menu at Big D’s.
For a Meal with a View: For a meal with a view, visit the Maple Restaurant at Amicalola Falls Lodge. Stop in for their great buffet or order of the menu and enjoy the view of changing seasons and mountain serenity.
For Date Night in the Mountains: Dahlonega truly is a food lovers delight. Imagine nearly 20 restaurants in a town of 7,000, all walkable from a central Historic Public Square. All independently owned, with wide diversity and having earned resounding praise from publications like Southern Living and the AJC the town makes a perfect date night getaway. Stop into Gustavo’s for traditional Italian fare and specialty pasta dishes. Enjoy dimly lit tables and a large selection of craft beers, specialty cocktails and local wines.
For Traditional Irish Fare: If you’re looking for traditional Irish fare, Guinness and good times Shenanigans pub is the place for you. Shenanigans has the largest draft selection in town and a huge selection of bottled microbrews (featuring a rotating tap!) and signature cocktails to pair with any plate. It has also been voted the “best Irish pub in all of Georgia” so you know its worth the drive.
For Coffee and Dessert: Top off your night in downtown Dahlonega with a stop at the Picnic Cafe. Picnic Cafe and Dahlonega Dessertery is one of a kind. It’s locally owned by Sam and Julia Norton, who started Picnic using their very own family recipes that they still use today! Sip on a rich cup of hot coco or dive into a delicatessen slice of cake.