Old Fourth Ward: One of the Best Neighborhoods for Food in Atlanta

Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward is a hotbed of great food, drinks, and activities. It boasts the Atlanta BeltLine, Ponce City Market, the lively Edgewood Ave., and tons of history.

If you plan to move to Old Fourth Ward, or simply wish to explore the neighborhood, here are a few of our favorite Old Fourth Ward restaurants to put on your list. From the leisurely Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, to a Bon Appétit favorite, don’t miss out on these eastside favorites.

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Best Old Fourth Ward Restaurants in Atlanta 

a mano

Address:  587 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $$

What Makes this Place Special: 

In short, a mano feels like pulling up a seat at a friend’s home with a stomach aching for lovingly prepared Italian dishes and delectable drinks.

With seasonal fare and a focus on traditional cooking methods, a mano offers exactly what it promises, a simple and timeless approach to dining. It’s dreamy in every season, from summer nights on the patio to winter evenings cozied up inside with the warm, ambient lighting. A mano ranks high as a local favorite.

What to Order: 

You can’t go wrong with the classic cacio e pepe. It’s creamy, flavorful, and feels like a warm hug. Pair it with a glass or bottle of wine from their solid list. 


Address: 541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $$

What Makes this Place Special: 

Bon Appétit once named Staplehouse the best new restaurant in America, an incredibly well-deserved and accurate title. The team initially offered a luxe prix-fixe dinner that could lull you into a delightful dreamlike state.

But, like many other restaurants and bars, Staplehouse pivoted during the pandemic. Now, they offer a casual market concept with a tight menu designed for al fresco dining. Think: Burrata salad, heaping sandwiches, piquant small bites, a charcuterie board, and other items sure to please.

Pop in to order your food, grab a bottle of wine (always the move!), and head out to the hidden garden around back to indulge. Idyllic only scratches the surface.

What to Order: 

The menu changes often. They typically offer a salad and a sandwich, and we’ve yet to eat one we didn’t absolutely love. Also, grab the charcuterie board.

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall

Address: 684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $$

What Makes this Place Special: 

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is a BeltLine staple, especially as fall makes its long-awaited appearance. Cozied up to the trail with direct access to their outdoor space, this place sprawls in comparison to some other BeltLine-adjacent restaurants.

The eatery offers elevated campfire cuisine via shareable dishes and tasty bevs. With plentiful seating, Ladybird is a great pick for a group of friends looking for a spot to lounge for a while.

What to Order: 

Ladybird boasts one of the most delectable salads in town. Truly! Order the Bibb Lettuce Salad, the Smoked Chicken Fritters, and some smoked meats for the table. You can’t go wrong.

Krog Street Market

Address: 99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $-$$

What Makes this Place Special: 

Krog Street Market has been a must-visit food hall for years, and it’s in the midst of some major upgrades as it transitions into Krog District, a larger collection of properties with added retail and office spaces. However, despite this rapid transformation, one thing remains steady: the quality of the food at the market is top-notch.

With a handful of our favorite Old Fourth Ward restaurants tucked inside, Krog is an ideal crowd-pleaser. Unless you pop into a traditional sit-down spot (hi, Superica and Ticonderoga Club!), everyone can grab their own meal and meet back at the community-style tables to enjoy it.

Another plus, Hop City graces the market with its presence, meaning you can grab a glass of beer, wine, or a cocktail and sip on that while you dine.

What to Order: Everything is delightful at Krog, although our current favorites are the Sabich on Pita at Yalla, the Korean Cheesesteak from Fred’s Meat and Bread, and the Pork Belly Bao (hello, pecan sugar!!) at Suzy Siu’s Baos.

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Gabriella LePage

Gabriella LePage is a photographer, writer, and mentor to entrepreneurial women. She currently calls Atlanta home. Learn more at www.bygabriella.co.