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.
Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles
The Empress of Soul's soul food joint has been a favored destination for Atlanta natives since its opening in 1996. The menu includes a handful of savory breakfast combinations like Fish and Grits, but the star here, listed notably under "Headliners," is the Midnight Train: four jumbo fried chicken wings alongside an original waffle. Like all the world's best dining spots, Gladys Knight's stays open until 4:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, when the line between dinner and breakfast is always suitably blurry. [529 Peachtree Street NE, 404-874-9393, gladysandron.net]