Your littles may have been born here, or you may be transplants from elsewhere. But to live in Atlanta is to eat Atlanta. We know… so many restaurants, so little time. So, we’ve compiled a short list of favorite Atlanta foods every kid should try at least once. Check out our list of Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta, too.

Chili Cheese Dog and Frosted Orange at The Varsity

What’ll ya have? This institution has been serving the ATL for 90 years. A chili cheese dog and a frosted orange milkshake is a rite of passage for any true Georgia peach.

Ribs at Fox Bros BBQ 

Moist and meaty slow-roasted ribs are barbecue bliss. Mop up the sauce with fluffy white bread.

Georgia Peach Sliders at Revolution Doughnuts 

The sliders are fluffy, doughy bites stuffed with fresh, sweet peaches. And they’re vegan! When peaches aren’t in season, the bacon caramel doughnut is also worth tasting.

Cheese straws at Rhodes Family Bakery 

Cheese straws are a popular party food ‘round these parts. Melt-in-your-mouth versions of these mini cheese-filled bread sticks have been made at Rhodes Bakery for 60 years.

Triple Cheese Macaroni at OK Café

There are many versions of mac around Atlanta, but this one (arguably) has the most flavor. Sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack and parmesan, plus ranch seasoning make it unique.

 

Chicken Biscuit at Chick-fil-A 

Chick-fil-A was born here, and therefore, so was the chicken biscuit. It’s a must-eat at some point, and they’re so darn tasty.

Pimento Cheese Sandwich at Alon’s Bakery 

Creamy cheddar, pimentos and homemade mayo combine into a creamy dreamy spread. Dip into it with veggies or use it in sandwiches with soft bread.

Ramen Noodles at Lanzhou Ramen 

A culinary visit to Buford Highway is a must for Atlanta kids. Start with hand-pulled noodles here, either fried or in  a steamy bowl of flavorful broth. For more can’t-miss ethnic gems on BuHi, check out our roundup of best kid-friendly restaurants on Buford Highway.

Hash Browns at Waffle House 

It doesn’t matter if you taste them plain, scattered, smothered, or covered. Waffle House hash browns are delicious and tasty. All ages eat them at all hours.

Chocolate Sea Salt Popsicle at King of Pops 

The iconic rainbow umbrella means a taste of summer is close by. Other popsicles may try to compete, but real Atlantans go for the native Kings.

Love Cakes at Flying Biscuit 

For over 20 years, people have been lining up at the Biscuit for brunch. The biscuits here are boss, but comfort food devotees love the Love Cakes: black bean and cornmeal patties topped with salsa and sour cream.

Red Bean Bun at Sweet Hut Bakery 

Atlanta has gone crazy for the Chinese/Asian pastries and colorful drinks at this bakery café. Get a soft and chewy bun filled with sweet red bean paste for a traditional taste.

Kids Cut Slice at Fellini’s 

Fellini’s serves up huge hot slices that are foldable or criss-cross cut for easy kid pick up. The iconic white pie, made with ricotta, mozzarella, garlic and oregano, is mild but tangy.

Chicken and waffles at Nana G’s 

What says Atlanta more than chicken and waffles? This version, with bacon-infused Belgian waffle and fried chicken strips, is a great introduction to the dish.

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