Guide to Atlanta Restaurants for NAA Attendees

With the NAA Education Conference only a little over a week away, you’re probably beginning to more closely plan your itinerary for June 21st through 24th. As you make your plans, we encourage you to check out some of Atlanta’s best eats. Atlanta has a plethora of amazing restaurants to try, but of course, with a busy conference, you may not get to venture out too far from the convention center. Luckily, Atlanta has a wide variety of options in the downtown district for NAA attendees to pick from. Best of all, these restaurants are in close walking distance from the Georgia World Congress Center, where NAA is taking place. When you have a break from the conference, you can head out on foot to explore Atlanta’s booming culinary scene.

Dantanna’s

Dantanna’s downtown location is right inside the CNN Center and is perfect for an affordable bite to eat and watch your favorite sports teams. An upscale sports bar experience, Dantanna’s has a full menu of burgers, salmon, crab cake, steak, sandwiches, salads, and more. Made from scratch, the food is high quality and in easy walking distance of the convention center. While you’re there, make sure to go on a studio tour of CNN for a behind-the-scenes look at how the network produces its news.

Address: 1 CNN Center #269

Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria

In the mood for pizza? You won’t want to go anywhere but Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria. Here you can get authentic, New York style pizza, as well as pasta, sandwiches, and wings. NAA attendees can also find sangria and cocktails like Max’s Margarita, Max’s Dragonfly, and Max Palmer. Stop by Max’s to unwind with some Italian eats and a refreshing, cool beverage. Want to see more? Max’s offers a virtual tour online here.

Address: 300 Marietta St NW

Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Hudson Grille

A well-known and respected Atlanta chain, Hudson Grille is also convenient to the GWCC and provides a quality sports bar environment. Try the Hudson Sliders, Bavarian Pretzels, or Tuna Tacos as a tasty appetizer. For your main entrée, check out the Shrimp and Grits, Peach BBQ Baby Back Ribs, or the Apricot Glazed Grilled Salmon. The bar also has a full selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Hudson Grille is sure to serve many hungry NAA attendees during their visit to Atlanta.

Address: 120 Marietta St NW

Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Park Bar

Looking for a taste of Atlanta’s nightlife? Head on over to Park Bar, where you can find food, bourbon, and craft beer. If you’re just doing a quick visit, you can get a glass of smooth bourbon and an appetizer, like the Savannah Spuds or Edamame. Have time for a longer visit? Get the New York Strip Steak, Short Ribs, or Cuban Frita. Top off the meal with an Ice Cream Sandwich Cake or Brownie Meltdown. You’ll want to check out Park Bar’s comfort food after a productive day at NAA.

Address: 150 Walton St NW

Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Café Lucia

Looking for a soothing environment to unwind and maybe catch up on work? We recommend Café Lucia, a coffee shop in downtown Atlanta. Located inside the Healey building, Café Lucia offers fresh coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lattes, and more. Their specials include the Banana Split, made of banana, strawberry, and chocolate, and the Peanut Brandy, made of peanut and chocolate. You can easily satisfy your sweet tooth when you head over to Café Lucia.

Address: 57 Forsyth St NW

Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sidebar

If you like Park Bar, you’ll also like Sidebar, which are both owned by the same management. First opened in 2003, Sidebar has a neighborhood bar feel with a full menu and drinks. Try their Beer Battered Onion Rings, Wings, or Double Down burger. Along with its relaxing atmosphere, Sidebar is also known for its selection of Cuban sandwiches. Try the Authentic Sidebar Cuban, the Super Cuban, or the Red Falcon. With Sidebar’s many sandwich options, you can’t go wrong.

Address: 79 Poplar St

Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Sweet Georgia Juke Joint

Looking for some soul food during your visit? You’re in the right place! Sweet Georgia Juke Joint offers a savory Southern menu with dishes like Chicken and Waffles, Crawfish Tails, Freshwater Rock Shrimp, and more. Come hungry to the Juke Joint to get their delicious chicken and southern sides like mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes, and collard greens. Top off your meal with one of their desserts like Peach Cobbler, Banana Pudding, or Bourbon Pecan Pie. When you’re done, you can explore Peachtree Center and the surrounding area, which has plenty of shops, hotels, and activities for you to check out.

Address: 200 Peachtree St

Hours: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Alma Cocina

If you’re craving Mexican food, you have to visit Alma Cocina. Considered some of the best authentic Mexican food in the area, Alma Cocina serves up modern Mexican and Latin cuisine for lunch and dinner. Try any of the delicious types of guacamole as your appetizer before getting their signature tacos. Famous dishes include the Mexican White Shrimp Huarache, Carnita Tacos, and Roasted Chicken Mole Oaxaca Tacos. Be sure to complement your meal with their cocktails, wine, or beer to cool off from the hot Atlanta heat.

Address: 191 Peachtree St NE

Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 – 10 p.m.

STATS

If you want to go to the ultimate sports bar, visit STATS, a restaurant right next door to Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria. Whether you just want a drink or a full meal, STATS offers both in a relaxing, friendly environment. A fun and social environment, STATS is ideal for bringing along other NAA attendees. Grab a sandwich like the Tropy Chicken, Old 88 Veggie Burger, or El Santo to fit your appetite. Popular entrées include the Tour De France, Touchdown Tacos, and The Angler.

Address: 300 Marietta St NW

Hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Pittypat’s Porch

While you’re in Atlanta, you won’t want to miss out on its famous Southern cuisine. That can be found at Pittypat’s Porch, a Southern restaurant named after Scarlett O’Hara’s aunt in “Gone with the Wind”. Opened in 1967, Pittypat’s Porch is a staple of the Atlanta dining scene and perfect for NAA attendees. Start off with a cocktail like Scarlett’s Passion or Pittypat’s Peach Margarita. For dinner, you can get fried chicken, filet, catfish, shrimp and grits, and much more. Make sure to make reservations before you go! Pittypat’s Porch is only open for dinner hours each night.

Address: 25 Andrew Young International Blvd

Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Game X

Brand new to downtown Atlanta, Game X is a unique arcade and bar right near the Georgia Aquarium. With fast-casual options for an NAA attendee, Game X has salads, wraps, club sandwiches, and burgers. Feel like playing games? Stop by to play air hockey, shoot hoops, play simulation games, and more. You can even pick up a prize while you’re there.

Address: 275 Baker St

Hours: 3 – 10 p.m.

After dinner, you may want to also check out one of Atlanta’s many breweries. Many are located just a short drive away. We recommend Monday Night Brewing, Orpheus Brewing, or SweetWater Brewing Company. Not much of a beer person? There’s also Urban Tree Cidery, where you can try out several types of custom hard cider.

With any one of these restaurants, you can’t go wrong at the NAA Education Conference. Each one offers up a unique dining experience only found in downtown Atlanta. Another fun fact? Each restaurant also has pens and coasters with InfoTycoon’s information during the week of NAA. InfoTycoon’s team will be at booth 2238 on June 22 and 23. Be sure to stop by to meet the team, see our solutions, and enter our iPad and single license giveaway. We’ll see you in Atlanta!

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