Hoops heads venturing to Atlanta for the Final Four may be expecting to take in the country's best college basketball, but a visit to the heart of Georgia also means a chance to take in some of the South's most excellent eats. For sure, the Big Peach has its fair share of establishments offering up old South standards, but there are plenty that take on the classics with a modern spin to wonderful effect. Fans of heaping plates of slow-cooked southern barbecue, as well as those looking for something more high-end, will have plenty of chances to get their finger licking on. Here's our picks for Atlanta's must-eat Final Six.
Centered deep within the Virginia Highlands neighborhood is DBA Barbecue, arguably Atlanta's premier spot for slow-cooked southern specialties. An expansive menu offers a hearty selection of 10 meats, including mouthwatering baby back ribs, smoked brisket, or smoked wings, but the pro move is to opt for the Whole House Platter: a generous serving of eight meats alongside four orders of DBA's homecooked sides. Don't neglect the bar and its moonshine menu of regional selections of corn whiskey from all corners of Appalachia. [1190 N. Highland Ave. NE, Suite B, (404) 249-5000; dbabarbecue.com]