You do not have to eat airport food in the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta. Here are some options including Italian, Southern, British, and Barbecue.
There are many things to do around the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. More than that, there are many restaurants to have a wonderful meal. So whether you are experiencing a delay or layover, or at a convention near the airport, here are some good local dining experiences you just will not want to miss.
Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
The Atlanta Airport, as it is called locally, is the busiest airport in the world. It is located seven miles south of the Atlanta business district. The cities of Atlanta, College Park, and Hapeville boundaries extend to the airport grounds, which is located in Fulton and Clayton counties. The city of East Point is nearby.
Pecan on Main Street in College Park, Georgia
The Pecan on Main Street restaurant is located just minutes from airport hotels, the Hartsfield Jackson Airport itself, Fort McPherson, and the Georgia International Convention Center. This is a southern fusion restaurant, fusing classic southern cuisine with modern eclectic influences. The Pecan is located in historic College Park, with a contemporary style and southern elegance. The Pecan is open for lunch, dinner and has a Sunday Brunch.
The Pecan on Main Street, 3725 Main Street; College Park, GA 30337; 404-762-8444; ThePecanOnline.com
Manchester Arms Genuine British Pub in College Park, Georgia
This authentic British pub will wet your whistle while in the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport area. Located just one-half mile from I-85, the Manchester Arms features fine wines and a wide variety of beer on tap.
The Manchester Arms, 1795 Virginia Avenue; College Park, GA; 404-763-9980; TheManchesterArms.com
Giovanna’s Italian Kitchen in East Point, Georgia
Giovanna’s is an Italian restaurant featuring made from scratch Lasagna, rosemary-infused steaks, veal, and seafood specialties. They also have many Italian pasta dishes. One specialty of Giovanna’s is Pizza Napolitano, which is freshly prepared in their 700° oven. The menu is also complemented by a large selection of Italian and American wines.
Giovanna’s Italian Kitchen, 1375 Virginia Avenue; East Point, GA 30344; 404-762-6755; GiovannasItalianKitchen.com
Hambones Southern BBQ in Hapeville, Georgia
Hambones is a local favorite and is known for its delicious, Southern-Style, pit-cooked barbecue. One of the specialties that draw in the crowds is the Beef Brisket. There is a full bar with extended drink hours on the weekend.
Hambones Southern Pit Barbecue, 811 Virginia Avenue; Hapeville, GA 30354; 404-767-0888; Hambones-BBQ.com
Grown Folks Café in College Park, Georgia
The Grown Folks Café advertises itself as a hangout for the “30 and Up Crowd.” Sit on honey white sofas, listen to music that does not cater to the teenage crowd, and eat on real china plates. There is a cover charge of $5.00 and this has become a favorite of both locals and travelers who want a little class with their drinks, which are not watered down. Comedy on Thursday nights is featured and drink specials are offered on Fridays.
Grown Folks Café, 5495 Old National Highway; College Park, GA 30349; 404-767-9011
Certainly, there are so many options in the area that you never have to settle for airport food. There are shuttles available from the airport, area hotels, and convention sites.