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AMALFI PIZZA— Pizza. En­joy de­lec­ta­ble Neapoli­tan-style piz­zas that stay true to re­gional Ital­ian tra­di­tions. Fresh in­gre­di­ents—like truf­fles, porcini mush­rooms, broc­coli rabe and sausage—top the thin-crust pies. The menu also in­cludes cal­zones, sal­ads, br­uschetta, meat­balls and more. L&D (daily). www.amal­fip­iz­za­atl.com. 17 An­drew Young Int’l Blvd. NE, 2nd Floor, 404.228.7528. $$ Map3/I5 AG— Steak. This restau­rant in­side The Ritz-Carl­ton At­lanta ex­udes warmth with plush leather seat­ing and a gor­geous, well-stocked bar. The menu fea­tures steaks, chops and seafood, along with South­ern-in­spired cui­sine. An out­door ve­randa over­looks Peachtree Street. B, L&D (daily). Break­fast buf­fet served Sa-Su. www.ritz­carl­ton.com/at­lanta. 181 Peachtree St., Down­town, 404.659.0400. $$$ Map3/I4 GOOGIE BURGER— Burg­ers. This walk-up burger joint is lo­cated in Cen­ten­nial Olympic Park next to the Foun­tain of Rings—and it’s the only restau­rant lo­cated in­side the park. The nos­tal­gic menu fea­tures hand-formed burg­ers, fresh-cut fries, grilled hot dogs, hand-spun milk­shakes and more. L (daily), open F&Sa un­til 5 pm. www.goo­gieburger. com. 190 Marietta St., 404.223.4664. $ Map3/H4 HARD ROCK CAFE— The At­lanta lo­ca­tion of this world-fa­mous chain fea­tures an in­ti­mate live mu­sic stage show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing from singer-song­writ­ers to rock bands. Check web­site for up­com­ing shows. Live mu­sic Su&Sa 6 pm-2 am. A full menu is also of­fered. L&D (daily). www.hardrock.com/ cafes/at­lanta/. 215 Peachtree St., 404.688.7625. $$ Map3/I5 LEGAL SEA FOODS— Seafood. Named “Best Seafood Restau­rant in Amer­ica” by “The To­day Show,” the famed Bos­ton restau­rant is known for qual­ity seafood, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional fish and chips, red onion jam sword­fish, New Eng­land clam chow­der and Legal lob­sters, avail­able by the pound. L&D (daily). www.legalseafoods.com. 275 Baker St., 678.500.3700. $$$ Map3/H3 NIKO­LAI’S ROOF— Con­ti­nen­tal. For 40 years, Niko­lai’s Roof has of­fered stun­ning down­town views and a lux­u­ri­ous menu that draws in­flu­ence from French and Rus­sian recipes. Daz­zle your taste buds with the Ber­gundy es­car­got tart, herb-crusted lamb chops and sweet corn lob­ster bisque. Fin­ish strong with the glo­ri­ous Grand Marnier souf­flé. D (Tu-Sa). www.niko­lais­roof.com. Hil­ton At­lanta, 255 Court­land St., 404.221.6362. $$$$ Map3/H5 STATS— Amer­i­can. This ul­ti­mate sports bar fea­tures Amer­i­can fa­vorites and over 70 hi-def TVs. High­light: the beer tap sys­tem that al­lows guests to pour their own brews. L&D (daily). www.stat­satl. com. 300 Marietta St., Luckie-Marietta Dis­trict, 404.885.1472. $$ Map3/H3 SUN DIAL RESTAU­RANT, BAR & VIEW— Amer­i­can. A glass el­e­va­tor takes you up 71 sto­ries to a tri-level din­ing com­plex, fea­tur­ing a re­volv­ing restau­rant, a re­volv­ing bar and a sta­tion­ary view­ing level. Live jazz W&Th from 6-11 pm. L (M-Sa), D (daily), Br (Su). www.sun­di­al­restau­rant.com. Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree St. NE, 404.589.7506. $$$ Map3/I5 SWEET GE­OR­GIA’S JUKE JOINT— South­ern. En­joy live mu­sic nightly, sa­vory food and South­ern charm. Menu high­lights in­clude from-scratch crispy craw­fish tails, house-smoked meats and jam­bal­aya pasta. D (daily), Br (Su). www.sweet­ge­or­giasjuke­joint.com. 200 Peachtree St., 404.230.5853. $$ Map3/I5 THE VAR­SITY— Amer­i­can. The iconic drive-in, the world’s largest, is an es­sen­tial At­lanta ex­pe­ri­ence. Step up to the 150-foot counter to or­der chili dogs, naked dogs, burg­ers, fries, fried ap­ple pie and FOs (frosted or­ange drinks). No reser­va­tions. L&D (daily). Ad­di­tional lo­ca­tions in Nor­cross and Ken­nes­saw. www.the­var­sity.com. 61 North Ave. NW, 404.881.1706 Map3/F4; 11556 Rain­wa­ter Drive, Alpharetta, 770.777.4004 $ Map1/E3 THUMBS UP DINER— Diner. This beloved all-day break­fast joint serves house-smoked salmon, omelettes, fresh-squeezed OJ, stone-ground grits, burg­ers, melts and more. Cash only. B&L (daily). www.thumb­supdiner.com. 1617 White Way, East Point, 404.768.3776. $ Map1/C8; 826 Marietta St., Down­town, 404.745.4233 Map3/E2 TRADER VIC’S— South Pa­cific. This stal­wart South Pa­cific restau­rant in the Hil­ton At­lanta fea­tures a Poly­ne­sian theme that car­ries over into trop­i­cal cock­tails and a tiki-in­spired at­mos­phere. D

(M-Sa). www.trader­vics.com. 255 Court­land St., 404.221.6339. $$$ Map3/H5

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