Public Health Capital of the World, Food Capital of the South
The CDC, the Carter Center, the American Cancer Society, CARE, and the list goes on and on…all of these things make Atlanta one of the best places to be if you love public health. As an MPH student being in a city rich in public health opportunities fuels my passion, but the one thing that fuels my soul is good food. Luckily, Atlanta is one of the best places be in for some good eats. Here are some of my recommendations for some of the best spots around:
Ponce City market: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308
Located in what used to be the old Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, this new mixed use space is great if you’re hungry for something but don’t quite know what that is. From Indian street food, to ramen, to Italian and gelato, to cheeseburgers, this place is great for tying a little bit of everything or just wandering around till you smell something that makes your mouth water. Located in Midtown, this is a perfect stop on the beltline to grab a bite.
Krog Street Market: 99 Krog Street, Atlanta, GA 30307
What I would call the “little sister” to Ponce City Market, Krog Street is another great place to find good food of all types and shapes. I’m a huge fan of the pho (pronounced like “fuh”) and Grand Champion BBQ’s amazing mac and cheese, but you can also find some gems like Jeni’s ice cream or Varuni Napoli pizza. Like Ponce this is an open food hall so make sure to get there early if you want a spot to sit down while you chow down.
One of the best places to get authentic international food in Atlanta, Buford highway is literally an 8 mile stretch with everything you could want. One of my favorite things about eating here is that you can have a full five-course meal and move from venue to venue satisfying every craving you have. Check out this quick food guide if you need help deciding where to go first! Buford Highway was featured on the Travel Channel as a “global food paradise” so don’t just take my word for it– lots of people love coming here!