Taking MARTA? Here’s where to eat and drink at the busiest stops

Whether you’re one of the many commuters compelled to use MARTA because of the recent I-85 bridge collapse or you’re a public transit user on the regular, we have you covered if you’re looking for the best places to eat and drink within walking distance of your favorite MARTA station.

Maitake pizza at Vero. Photo courtesy of Word of Mouth Restaurant Group

NORTH TO SOUTH

BROOKHAVEN STATION | 4047 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

Terra Terroir .2 miles Sip on your favorite glass of wine or nibble on some flatbread or a burger for lunch or dinner. Don’t miss the unexpected outdoor patio and garden out back.
Brookhaven Plaza, 3974 Peachtree Road NE #C, Brookhaven. 404-841-1032, terraterroir.com/

Valenza .5 miles Check out this spot for Northern Italian fare, eschewing flashy for simple, classic hearty dishes including monkfish picatta and pappardelle.
1441 Dresden Dr. #100, Brookhaven. 404-969-3233, alenzarestaurant.com

Vero Pizzeria .6 miles The menu features eight pizzas, which range from a classic Margherita to custom pies topped with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients including the can’t-miss Maitake mushroom pie.
1441 Dresden Drive, Brookhaven. 404-869-1166 vero-pizzeria.com.

 

BUCKHEAD STATION | 3360 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
The restaurants listed here range from an upscale gastropub at the W Hotel to contemporary American eateries with lovely cocktail lists, organic burgers and even adult milkshakes.

Cook Hall .1 mile Gastropub located in the W Hotel focuses on handcrafted cocktails, local brews and fresh takes on food such as crispy duck tacos with chipotle coleslaw.
3377 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-523-3600, cookhallatlanta.com

Seven Lamps .2 miles The restaurant offers contemporary takes on American food with a seasonally rotating menu of handmade pastas, small bites and craft cocktails by rising star bartender Madison Burch. Great courtyard patio.
3400 Around Lenox Road NE, No. 217, Atlanta. 404-467-8950,  sevenlampsatl.com

Farm Burger .5 miles Fast, casual, chef-driven menu boasts grass-fed beef and chicken burgers, creative seasonal side dishes using locally grown ingredients, local brews on draft and tasty adult milkshakes. It’s close to Atlanta Tech Village, Octane Buckhead and AMC Buckhead.
3365 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. 404-816-0603, farmburger.net

 

Hopstix Tuna Tartare starter with asian pear, avocado, pine nuts, and quail egg. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

CHAMBLEE STATION | 5200 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee
Satiate your thirst for beverages of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic variety while chowing down on some solid food for happy hour and beyond.

Hopstix .7 miles The metro area’s first Asian brewpub serves up its own brews as well as beers from other local breweries. Hungry? Try items from the creative Asian fusion menu including the sushi corndog and the the Super Bowl, a layered sushi-meets-salad dish with sashimi cubes, spring mix, sushi rice, and a load of other ingredients and flavors.
3404 Pierce Drive N.E., Chamblee. 678-888-2306, hopstixbrewing.com.

Union Hill Kitchen .7 miles Chef Alexis Hernandez — who you might recognize from his winning appearance on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen (hosted by Marietta resident Alton Brown) — cooks up upscale American fare including a variety of burgers and entrees including crab cakes and portabella ravioli. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a selection off the cocktail or dessert menu.
5336 Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 770-458-6252, unionhillkitchen.com/

ZenTea Tea Bar & Meditation Room .7 miles When the word ‘meditation’ is in the name of the establishment, you know it’ll help you wind down after a long day of work. Enjoy an afternoon tea that’s as Western as it gets, from the chicken salad on croissant to the quiche to the cream-filled pastries and sherbet, or get in on the matcha trend with a matcha latte made with vanilla soy or coconut milk.
5356 Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 678-547-0877, acebook.com/zentea.atlanta

 

DORAVILLE STATION | 6000 New Peachtree Road, Doraville
If ethnic food is your bag, the choices within walking distance of the Doraville stop won’t disappoint

El Rey del Taco .6 miles Settle into a table at El Rey del Taco for some lengua tacos, a margarita and a soccer game on TV before tackling grocery shopping at some of the best ethnic markets in the area.
5288 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville. 770-986-0032, elreydeltacoatl.com/

Han il Kwan .3 miles Offering some of the best Korean barbecue to be had this side of Duluth, Han il Kwan also delivers on its other dishes, including the flavorful dolsot bibimbap.
5458 Buford Hwy, Doraville. 770-457-3217, facebook.com/pages/Hanil-Kwan/121217981223649

Mozart Bakery .5 miles Need something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Treat yourself to a slice of cake, pastry or dessert waffles, or take home a loaf of bread for sandwiches.
5301 Buford Hwy, Doraville. 470-375-5254, cafemozartbakery.com/

 

LENOX STATION | 955 E. Paces Ferry Road NE, Atlanta
With its proximity to both Lenox Square mall and Phipps Plaza, this station shares prime real estate with Atlanta’s most exclusive shopping and dining businesses as well as residences.

St. Cecilia .5 miles Impress your friends and your clients with fresh takes on European-inspired coastal seafood dishes rooted in Old World traditions. Try the Georges Bank scallops with favas, green beans, shallots, mint, red wine reduction or the whole roasted branzino with shaved fennel, smoked olives, charred lemon. Pair your meal with craft cocktails and curated wine list.
3455 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-554-9995, stceciliaatl.com

Bhojanic .5 miles Enjoy modern updates on classic north Indian fare and street food, including kathi rolls, lamb curry and various thalis both vegetarian and protein based. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
3400 Around Lenox Road NE, Suite 201, Atlanta. 404-841-8472, bhojanic.com/

 

 

ARTS CENTER STATION | 1255 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
Although this station is best known for its walkability to the area’s art museums, you also can take a stroll to sip cocktails made by one of Atlanta’s best bartenders or eat and lounge in luxury under the watchful eye of chef Ford Fry and his team.

Bar Margot .3 miles Located in the Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown, this restaurant offers fine dining with a twist. Enjoy plush seating and signature Ford Fry dishes of seared halibut with Georgia clams and pork belly or a Monte Cristo sandwhich with cotto ham and smoked turkey on toasted brioche. You’ll also find wine and signature cocktails.
75 14th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-5913, barmargotatl.com

Tavernpointe .5 miles Like sister restaurant Seven Lamps, this contemporary American uptown joint offers classic dishes with a global flair. Curated cocktails by beverage director Madison Burch and her team. Local brews are on draft.
1545 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 101, Atlanta. 404-549-3954, tavernpointe.com

Twelve Eighty .2 miles This restaurant nestled in the Woodruff Arts Center got a new look — and a new menu — last year. Look for dishes including ahi tuna poke with crispy wontons, a flatbread of the day, a Tuscan chicken stack, a Maine lobster roll.
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5239, twelveeightyrestaurant.com

 

MIDTOWN STATION | 41 Tenth St., Atlanta.
In the heart of it all, this station oozes walkability to the city’s best dining and recreation spots, including Piedmont Park and the BeltLine.

Atwoods Pizza Cafe .3 miles This pizzeria from the team members behind Grain and Cypress Street Tavern serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
817 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-748-9577, atwoodspizza.com.

Cypress Street Pint and Plate .3 miles Classic bar food pairs with a large selection of local and national craft beers. With sports on the TVs and a tree-covered brick patio, it’s great for large groups and late-night dining.
On the corner of Sixth and Cypress streets, 404-815-9243, cypressbar.com

Empire State South .2 miles “Top Chef” Hugh Acheson has a modern, seasonal approach to Southern food. But in addition to great dishes, enjoy craft and bottled cocktails, an impressive wine selection and even bocce ball.
999 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 140, Atlanta.  404-541-1105, empirestatesouth.com

Grain .4 miles This is the third spot in Atlanta to grab a handcrafted cocktail by rising bar star Madison Burch and her team. Enjoy charcuterie, oysters and light bites in an intimate space with street-side seating.
856 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-5377, grain-bar.com

 

NORTH AVENUE STATION | 713 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
While this station tends to cater to the business and Fox Theatre crowds, you can still walk to grab a hot dog at an Atlanta classic or fill up on grilled cheese and delicious drinks at the swanky Georgian Terrace Hotel.

The Varsity .1 mile For more than 87 years, The Varsity has been serving up chili dogs, double bacon cheeseburgers, onion rings and its delicious frosted orange milkshakes. “What’ll ya have?”
61 North Ave. NW, Atlanta. 404-881-1706, thevarsity.com

Proof and Provision .2 miles This sexy speakeasy is hidden beneath the Georgian Terrace Hotel. It serves up boozy drinks and bar snacks such as grilled cheese with fontina cheese and truffle butter, deviled eggs and pimento cheese French bread pizza. It’s great before and after a show at The Fox.
659 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-897-5045, proofandprovision.com

 

The guacamole and salsa tasting at Alma Cocina features three types each of guacamole and salsa with a basket of plantain chips and tortilla chips. / Photo by Fifth Group Restaurants

PEACHTREE CENTER STATION | 216 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
Downtown isn’t just tourists, the Tabernacle and CNN. There’s Southern and authentic Mexican fare with a rotating restaurant and a spectacular view, too.

Alma Cocina .1 mile Pair authentic Mexican flavors and dishes with Latin-inspired cocktails and wine. Try the fried avocado tacos or roasted chicken mole oaxaca with a classic margarita.
191 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-968-966,  alma-atlanta.com

The Sun Dial .1 mile
Get a panoramic view of Atlanta at this rotating restaurant on the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree. This special occasion destination offers contemporary American fare.
210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-589-7506, sundialrestaurant.com

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails .2 miles
This restaurant offers fresh, seasonal Southern cuisine in a beautiful setting with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bustling downtown corner of Peachtree and Baker. It’s great for date night or special occasions.
270 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta.  404-524-7200, whiteoakkitchen.com

 

EAST TO WEST

Revival fried chicken, mac n’ cheese and the Gillespie family iron skillet corn bread. (Becky Stein Photography)

DECATUR STATION | 400 Church St., Decatur
This is MARTA’s most walkable station to some of the area’s best and brightest restaurants and bars.

Cakes and Ale .1 mile
This is fine dining with a casual approach. Enjoy fresh, seasonal, local ingredients and an extensive wine list by the bottle or the glass. Even better, there’s a bakery and cafe/wine bar adjacent.
155 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-377-7994, cakesandalerestaurant.com

Leon’s Full Service .1 mile Classic neighborhood hangout serves craft cocktails and local brews as well as seasonal bar fare complete with a bocce court and people-watching patio.
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-687-0500, leonsfullservice.com

Pinewood Tippling Room .3 miles
Award-winning cocktail bar serves up house-curated and classic cocktails. Seasonal, reimagined comfort and bar food includes burrata cheese ravioli, chicken and waffles, and addictive grit tots.
254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-373-5507,  pinewoodtr.com

Revival and Conmmunion .2 miles Chefs Kevin Gillespie and Andreas Mueller serve up Southern staples — including some of the best fried chicken around — inside at Revival, while German food and beers are served outside at Communion (which is turning into the Mexican-inspired Communion Cantina for the summer).
129 Church Street, Decatur. 470-225-6770, revivaldecatur.com/communion

 

FIVE POINTS STATION | 30 Alabama St. SW, Atlanta

This hub station has plenty of chains within walking distance, but why not check a local spot for lunch? Broad Street and Sweet Auburn Market have tons of options, from pho to hand pies and beyond.

 

INMAN PARK STATION – 1055 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta
Deep in the heart of Atlanta’s happening east side, this station is home to the city’s hottest and hippest restaurants, bars and food halls.

One Eared Stag .1 mile
One of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets, this restaurant dishes up quirky, innovative, seasonal food. This under-the-radar brunch destination boasts house-cured meats and pickled vegetables along with a great wine list and boozy cocktails.
1029 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-525-4479, oneearedstagatl.com

Fox Bros Bar-B-Q .4 miles Texas-inspired with a bit of Southern spice makes for near-perfect barbecue. This national award-winning restaurant has some of the best smoked wings in the city, and it’s the official barbecue of the Atlanta Falcons. There are seven brews on draft.
1238 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta.  404-577-4030, foxbrosbbq.com

BoccaLupo . 7 miles
Take a beautiful stroll through historic Inman Park for a playful Italian meal of handmade pastas and fresh takes on classic Old World dishes. Ever-changing menu uses only what’s in season. Enjoy an extensive wine list and boozy cocktails in an intimate setting.
753 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta.  404-577-2332, boccalupoatl.com

 

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