Iconic Atlanta food near MARTA

Want to make the most of your trip to Atlanta? Be sure eat at one of the city’s iconic food spots or enjoy cuisine that Atlanta does best, including soul food, barbecue, Asian and American gastropub. Here are the top restaurants to check out that are in walking distance of MARTA stations for a car-free commute.

Landmark Restaurants

The below iconic restaurants have a long history in Atlanta if you’re looking for a unique dining experience or want to explore past city culture.

  • The Varsity (1928 drive-in near the North Avenue station)
  • Silver Skillet (1967 diner near the Arts Center station)
  • Sun Dial (amazing skyline views of Atlanta near Peachtree Center)
  • Polaris (in John Portman-designed blue dome near Peachtree Center)
  • Paschal’s (soul food enjoyed by civil rights activists, exit at Vine City station)
  • Busy Bee Cafe (1947 soul food kitchen near the Ashby station)
  • Mary Mac’s Tea Room (1945 tea room near the North Avenue station)
  • Manuel’s Tavern (ride bus 816 from downtown to this 1956 democratic party tavern)
  • Waffle House (exit at Georgia State, Decatur, Brookhaven, Midtown, North Avenue, East Point or Lindbergh Center stations)


Atlanta is in the land of grits, collards, fried chicken and other Southern specialties. You won’t go hungry with a soul food meal at one of these restaurants in walking distance of MARTA:


BBQ joints are all around Atlanta with food you don’t want to miss. Check out the list of barbecue restaurants closest to MARTA along with activities and sights to combine with your outing.

Buford Highway

A visit to Buford Highway is a must for international cuisine. Many of Atlanta’s best Asian restaurants can be found here. Board bus 39 at the Lindbergh Center or Doraville MARTA station on the gold line for an amazing foodie adventure. It’s free to ride the bus if you are transferring from a train. See How to Ride MARTA Buses to learn more and see Yelp’s list of top restaurants to check out.


Atlanta is way into craft beer and pub food up a notch. Drink and dine at these transit-friendly restaurants:

Restaurants in Historic Buildings

Last, but not least, visit a restaurant in one of Atlanta’s old buildings for a historic atmosphere:

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