No city in the American South escapes a reputation for darn-good eating, and Atlanta proudly carries the mantle for the state of Georgia. The latest “famously secret” spots for discovering the city’s culinary treasures include food halls and city markets, which happen to be tucked into dozens of thriving spots in almost every neighborhood. Here are a few of the best ones to check out.
Ponce City Market
The Ponce is way more than a quaint little farmer’s market of yesteryear; it spans two million feet and intersects with the bustling neighborhoods of Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey-Highland and Virginia Highland. The Central Food Hall within Ponce City Market harbors a secret collection of James Beard Award-winning chefs such as Linton Hopkins, Sean Brock and Anne Quatrano as well as bold culinary entrepreneurs dishing out everything from sizzling Georgia shrimp to grilled Carolina oysters and freshly milled Southern heirloom grain breads from Root Baking Co. The historic location has become a gathering place for foodies of all persuasions.
Krog Street Market
Dubbed one of the best food halls in America and the world by the likes of Zagat, Travel + Leisure magazine, Fodor’s and The Travel Channel, it’s hard to shrug this one off as just another flash-in-the-pan. The space it occupies is deeply rooted in the field of cooking, starting as home to the Atlanta Stove Works and its revolutionary cast-iron Barrett Range in 1889. It now overflows with produce, bakeries, coffee cafes, cheese markets, cocktail bars, breweries and award-winning restaurants. From dumplings at Gu’s to Tex Mex from Superica and cocktails inside the cozy Ticonderoga Club, it’s gourmet heaven from early morning to late night every single day.
Sweet Auburn Curb Market
This one is by no means a newbie, and it knows itself pretty well by now. A longtime fixture on Edgewood Avenue, The Curb Market started in 1924 inside the Municipal Market building. Those in-the-know jet over there for Miss D’s Pralines, fresh fish at Tilapia Express and soul food at Metro Deli. You can also pick up a 150-pound whole pig at Porky Pigs Market, double-crust pies at Panbury’s, and Mississippi sweet potatoes at Country Produce. The Learning Kitchen drop-kicks you in the past with lessons in the “Lost Arts” of cheese making, bread baking, canning, fermentation and World Heritage Cuisine cooking.
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