The Best Restaurants In Atlanta, Georgia

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Stephanie Chang Avila

Atlanta, once the beating heart of the antebellum South, is now home to an exciting array of restaurants, diners and foodie spots which bring America’s culinary diversity to the fore. We offer our picks for the best of Atlanta dining, from Jewish delicatessens to K-town upstarts and the best seafood spot in town.

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CentralAmerica

GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini
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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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CentralAmerica

BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

5 days . Mini
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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

5 days . Mini
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3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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SouthAmerica

ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

8 days . Epic
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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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Europe

SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

10 days . Epic
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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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Africa

EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic
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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

8 days . Epic
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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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Empire State South

Empire State South returns to Atlanta’s Georgian roots, serving up Southern-style comfort food with a modern twist. The chef/partner of Empire State South is celebrated Canadian chef Hugh Acheson, who won the 2012 James Beard Award for Best Chef, Southeast. All of the heart-warming classics of Southern cuisine are here, from collard greens to grits, catfish po’boy and Benton’s country ham. On a sunny weekend, grab a seat on the outdoor patio overlooking the bocce ball court and order a lovely portion of pimento cheese with bacon marmalade followed by your choice of ESS’ deliciously meaty dishes, you can hardly go wrong with this menu. Simple, authentically Southern and full of flavor, ESS is the place to go to experience the modern South.

Home Grown

Packed with flavor and shamelessly hearty, a good home-style Southern breakfast is the best way to start the day. Home Grown’s specialty is its ‘Comfy’ chicken biscuit, an open-faced Southern style biscuit sandwich topped with crispy-but-juicy chunks of fried chicken drowned in delicious sausage gravy.

The General Muir

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The General Muir pays homage to the classic New York Jewish deli and is named after the transport ship that brought owner Jennifer Johnson’s family, who had survived the Holocaust, to New York in 1949. Everything is made by hand in the shop, from pastrami cured and smoked in-house to hand rolled bagels to its freshly made desserts. In classic New York style, The General Muir specializes in bagels and sandwiches, its version of the Reuben comes with a heaped pile of corned beef, sauerkraut, Gruyère cheese on buttered rye. The pastrami poutine, a plate of fries, mixed with cheese curds, doused in chicken gravy and sprinkled with copious amounts of pastrami, also comes highly recommended.

Hankook Taqueria

Hankook Taqueria received Alton Brown’s enthusiastic seal of approval for ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Bang for the Buck’ for its Bibimbap. A rice-based dish with marinated mushrooms, zucchini, mung beans, spinach, marinated rib-eye, fried egg and topped with a healthy dose of Hankook’s house red pepper chili sauce full of heat with a tinge of sweet. A true hole-in-the-wall cheap dining spot, Hankook Taqueria has built a loyal following for its Korean-Mexican fusion menu which, in addition to the bibimbap, also includes sesame fries, gogi-nachos (chips, jack cheese, Korean rib eye beef) and Korean BBQ tacos.

The Optimist

The Optimist exposes the breadth of Atlanta’s food, which is no longer limited to hearty Southern comfort. Catch a whiff of Boston’s wharves whilst downing a steaming bowl of She-crab soup or munching at a Maine lobster roll. Though land-locked, The Optimist shows that where there’s a will, there’s a way, bringing a classic seafood dining experience to Atlanta with an eye on sustainability and freshness.

Honey Pig

Atlanta boasts of one of the largest Korean communities in the US, and that rich Korean presence is making its way into Atlanta’s signature dishes as wonderful culinary fusions are created. Honey Pig is a major factor on the Korean side of this culinary equation, bringing authentic Korean dishes to Atlanta. The centerpiece of each table is the communal grill on which anything from Honey Pig’s signature pork belly (samgyupsal) to assorted mushrooms and baby octopus can be infused with flavor. Be sure to save room for the tofu soup and kimchi fried rice to finish off the meal.

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