Fall in Atlanta is special. Sure, it might take longer for the temps to drop and the leaves to change, but with the return of football season, festivals in full swing and more fall-focused activities than you can count, our little corner of the South is primed for (apple) picking.
Whether you’re sipping something seasonal on the rooftop at Up on the Roof, road tripping for ZZ & Simone’s spaghetti al limone and a spritz or taking a stroll down the BeltLine with a special stop at BoccaLupo, there is plenty of great dining to get into this fall. As things get a little cooler and more cozy, make your way down this autumn checklist and fill your belly with the best around town. Here’s our hit list of all things fall around Atlanta.
1. Soak in outdoor dining well into November.
2. Toast to the new season with fall cocktails.
Cocktail bars around Atlanta are updating their menus with seasonal takes on your favorite boozy beverage. Our pick right now? Citizen Soul in downtown Alpharetta. Click here for a few more options around town.
3. Put some time on your calendar…
… to check out the new restaurant openings across town, like Brush Sushi, an elegant upgrade from the original izakaya that comes with omakase feasts and whisky pairings.
4. Take a weekend road trip to Athens…
… and dive headfirst into Bulldog nation and championship-caliber restaurants. We’ve got the roundup of all the best places to eat and drink, whether you’re watching the game or not.
5. Or if you can’t get out of town, explore a new neighborhood.
Atlanta’s Westside has gained momentum in the last few years; find out why and hit the highlights from coffee at Brash Coffee to oxtails at Mango’s Caribbean.
6. When everyone’s back in town, gather the crew for brunch.
Go for $20 mimosa carafes and the Fellows Board at Fellows Cafe in Roswell. The board is updated seasonally and goes very nicely with a homemade sourdough cinnamon roll. Or if you can’t get up to Fellows in the morning, check them out for their Friday night S’Pizza (sourdough pizza) nights from 5-7 p.m. It’s like the homemade pizza you wish you could make.
Book your next brunch at one of these best brunch spots.
7. And once the temps start dropping, get cozy with comfort food…
8. Stroll the Eastside Beltline Trail in the late afternoon and reward yourself…
… by stopping into the palace of pasta, BoccaLupo. Order the daily pasta menu to share and split, and add an appetizer and entrée, like the ever-popular black spaghetti.
9. Attend a food-centric event.
Our pick: The Bless Their Hearts dinner on Sept. 17. Join Georgia Boy’s chef Joey Ward and four other well-known chefs as they serve up a five-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings. A portion of the proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry.
10. Or create your own event by bringing everyone together…
… around the table at Gunshow, where open seating and community dining is a whole new experience. In this interactive dinner, dishes are presented at your table by the person who prepared the dish and cocktails are prepared tableside. Menus are seasonal and creative, so you won’t have the same experience twice.