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.
Rare is the burger joint that even fiddles with terms like "natural" and "organic," much less adopting as earnest a slogan as "Keeping Food Real." Yeah! Burger's slate of cooked-to-order patties aspire to such lofty goals and as such are free of antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, and a host of other manufactured no-nos – and yet is more wide-ranging than any of the competition. Customers construct their sandwiches from the ground up, first selecting their meats – chicken, bison and veggie burgers are also available – before adding any number of toppings, from lettuce and tomato to chili and sunflower sprouts. Make sure to finish off your burger with in-house Yeah! Sauce and a basket of seasoned fries or onion rings. [1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E, 404-496-4292, yeahburger.com]