After you’ve done funnel cakes and turkey legs at Pride, put a few extra steps on your FitBit for a meal break from mayhem in the park.
By Mike Fleming

Atlanta Pride done right means different ways for different gays. Some plan their park days around the acts on stage. Others strategically position themselves for people-watching. And just about everyone will have a plan for food while out and about in Piedmont Park.

Festival organizers do a pretty good job offering options on festival fare. And while you may have your must-do menu item each year – the sausage dogs are amazing, beeteedubs – it won’t take long to get your fill. And take it from us: Pacing yourself on the food can also be a perfect opportunity to temper your prolonged exposure to throngs of people.

Stepping away from the park for a meal can offer the recharge you need. Luckily, there are tons of options within walking distance.

You’ve already considered Flying Biscuit, Willie’s, Park Tavern, The Nook, G’s, Campagnolo, 10th & Piedmont, Henry’s, and maybe a few others. They’re all great, but on Pride Weekend, you’ll have to walk a little bit further to momentarily escape the madding crowd. These destinations make the extra steps on your FitBit worth it.

Trace in the W

Rustic-chic reimagined. The W Atlanta Hotel is home to this elegant but approachable modern bistro with Southern-inspired meals created from farm-to-table ingredients.

188 14th Street NE

Eclectic Bistro

Contemporary and international, this will make the good grub you had in the Pride park a distant memory. A true European-style bistro with club seating and pints, as well as tables for longer stays. Everything is made fresh daily.

1425 Piedmont Ave. NE

Empire State South

After you try Hugh Acheson’s chic Southern fare, you’ll be willing to walk three times as far to eat there again. It’s a 10-minute walk to die happy from flatbread pizzas to entrées to dessert. Get the awesome Georgia-grown iced coffee to go for the walk back.

999 Peachtree Street NE


With an ever-changing menu in a slick spot, this is a welcome retreat. Do the patio, or escape completely inside. The drink menu is creative, and the staff is known for being as friendly as they are informed.

40 7th Street NE


This fun, comfortable, cavernous space in Colony Square is getting a lot of buzz. Fried oysters, gazpacho, lump crab and whole fish are just the beginning. The Bloody Mary bar and non-alcoholc specialties are worth checking out.

1197 Peachtree Street NE


This is the best fresh seafood in Midtown. “New American” means relaxed but nice, with inside and outside dining on fresh catches of the day. Don’t overlook the amazing little desserts here, just the right size after dinner.

1106 Crescent Avenue NE

The Lawrence

Known as much for its cocktails and lively atmosphere as its solid menu, come here for the food and the fun. The ambiance is upbeat like Pride itself, so stop by if not for a full meal maybe to do brunch or appetizers. You won’t be disappointed.

905 Juniper Street NE