6 Local Atlanta Eats Worth Visiting While Attending CounterPoint Music Festival
Atlanta is known for its rich history and vibrant culture that, in recent decades, have spawned from bustling artist communities. Atlantans like their music loud, their art colorful, and their dinner with a bib and sweatpants, so it is no surprise that the North Georgia city is now home to three major EDM festivals. With the dance music community ascending on Atlanta this weekend for CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival, we would be doing a disservice to this city if we didn't mention some of the best and most affordable eateries in the A.
1. Lee's Bakery
4005 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
Atlanta’s Buford Highway is a national treasure comprised of many international delights. Bon Appetit Magazine credits the North Atlanta stretch of highway as where you can “Eat the World (Yes, the Entire World).” No trip up Buford Highway is complete without a stop at the pho and banh mi capitol, Lee’s Bakery. This incredibly affordable ($3 per sandwich) eatery is well-known in the area for their dine-in service as well as their traditional Vietnamese bakery. Don’t forget to grab some of their day-old bread on the way out!
2. Fox Bros BBQ
1238 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
From a regular family and friends backyard BBQ to an established Atlanta staple, Fox Bros was conceived out of the desire to entertain with smokey goodness and traditional southern favorites. We recommend you take a tour-de-BBQ when it comes to their various protein offerings, however, the Frito pie, brunswick stew brisket chili, and fried okra are a must. Right after you loosen your belt to leave, make sure to bring home some of their smoked wings, which make the perfect edible tailgating accessory.
3. The Porter
1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Nestled in Atlanta’s eclectic Little 5 Points neighborhood, The Porter is the best spot to spend an afternoon combing through the expansive beer menu and southern gastropub-style dining options. Their Belgian fries with charred-onion mayo are the perfect first course to build a foundation meant to support layers of beers in varying caramel coloring and bitterness. Next, try one of their daily specials, which touch on various cuisines yet maintain the semblance of southern comfort food.
519 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Antico brings a little taste of Napoli to the Georgia Tech area of Midtown Atlanta. For authentic brick-oven pizza, there is no better place to go, and the communal seating adds to the old-time ambiance. Make sure you get there early though; the word has been out on Antico for quite some time.
5. The Vortex
438 Moreland Ave NE
For over 20 years, The Vortex has been flipping some of the juiciest burgers in the city. Located around the corner from The Porter in Little 5 Points, this hipster hideout is another great spot to get your fill of local beers then soak them up with its iconic menu. The signature burgers stand out, and if you are feeling adventurous, roll the dice on the Triple Coronary Bypass: three burger patties, three fried eggs, and fourteen slices of cheese all held up between two grilled cheese sandwiches. This one has been imitated over and over, but if you want the real deal, The Vortex can’t be beat.
6. El Rey del Taco
Pinetree West Shopping Center, 5288 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340
You could spend a week visiting every Latin restaurant along Atlanta’s Buford Highway, but El Rey del Taco stands out as the premiere location for authentic Mexican. The homemade tortillas are worth the extra cost and set the taqueria far ahead of the competition. Traditional Mexican favorites are available as well in this renowned Atlanta hot spot.