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Best pub grub

The Dogzilla from Manuel's Tavern, an Atlanta institution for more than 50 years. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The Dogzilla from Manuel's Tavern, an Atlanta institution for more than 50 years. Photo: Becky Stein / Special


1) Manuel’s Tavern

You say, “Manuel’s hands down. REAL pub food. Gastropub? Please” and “It’s the real deal.”

2) Brockett Pub House and Grill

3) Brick Store Pub

4) The Porter Beer Bar

5) George’s

The meat locker and a view of the bar at Holeman & Finch. Photo Becky Stein / Special

The meat locker and a view of the bar at Holeman & Finch. Photo: Becky Stein / Special


1) Holeman & Finch Public House

Food and beverage writer Bob Townsend says, “A sanctuary of cocktail art, recently named among Esquire magazine’s ‘Best Bars in America,’ H&F boasts one of Atlanta’s best chefs, Linton Hopkins, who favors manly, meaty stuff, such as pig’s ear bologna and pepper-crusted veal hearts. A cult following has grown up around H&F’s strict practice of serving only 24 double patty cheeseburgers each night at 10 p.m.

2) The Porter Beer Bar

3) Leon’s Full Service

4) Young Augustine’s

5) Ormsby’s

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June 14th, 2010
11:26 am

Brockett Pub, In clarkston has the best food and spirts with reasonable prices! the brockett wings are simply the best!


June 14th, 2010
12:26 pm

The food at HobNob is great for a bar. The prosciutto and arugula pizza is amazing!


June 14th, 2010
12:31 pm

I’m a small-plates kind of man more than a burger-and-fries type. Bearing that in mind, I think 5 Seasons is where it’s at. In particular, I dig the housemade pretzel, which is a perfect accompaniment to their maltier beers. But all of them are great, really. Can’t comment on Westside, but Prado and Alpharetta are both solid in this department (though Prado has the better beer).

Honorable mention goes to Brick Store Pub for their pretzel, their AMAZING bratwurst, and their cheese plates.


June 14th, 2010
12:34 pm

Oh, I forgot something. When I DO want a burger, then I think Cypress Street Pint and Plate is where it’s at. Forget Taco Mac and Wild Wing. They have competent burgers, I guess. But Cypress St.’s version of the Luther (with two, count them, TWO, Sublime Doughnuts) is the most over the top thing you’ll ever try. But it tastes great. All of their burgers do, really. The appetizers are all quite good, too.

Buford Highway Exile

June 14th, 2010
1:02 pm

To me a chicken wing is a chicken wing….

For drinks and grub at a reasonable price, SIX FEET UNDER.

My favorite Gastro Pub though is The Porter!! The beer and the food are excellent!!


June 14th, 2010
1:21 pm

Gotta admit, if you want it fried, Six Feet Under is your place. Great chicken fingers, onion rings, and hush puppies. Spiny–that’s what comes to mind when I think of their food. Super battered goodness.

Their shrimp and grits are great, too.


June 14th, 2010
2:06 pm

the Porter is bomb


June 14th, 2010
2:15 pm

Somebody beat me to it but… Six Feet Under has serious good pub grub. Best bar with food in town. (actually, Rosebud is THE best food with a bar but its really a restaurant) Will give kudos to the loaded nachos at Twain’s in Decatur too.


June 14th, 2010
2:48 pm

P’cheen International Bistro and Pub takes pub grub to the next level.

J Jones

June 14th, 2010
2:58 pm

P’Cheen International Bistro and Pub is the best pub food, hands down!

smoke dope!

June 14th, 2010
3:20 pm

gotta vote against the porters food. man, i hate the food at that place. maybe they’ve changed it (since i’ve stopped eating there) but everything seems over greasy, or whack… i just don’t like the food there. feel y’all can’t objectively evaluate it’s offerings.;

Jim R

June 14th, 2010
4:00 pm

Gotta be Manuels Tavern..Or Georges,,,No it’s Manuels…But Georges is good….But I sure like Manuel’s…To Heck with it…I’m off to do more…ahhh..research. Cheers!

Major Payne

June 14th, 2010
4:48 pm


June 14th, 2010
6:21 pm

Went to HobNob for the first time on Saturday. Loved it. Best pub food I’ve had in a long while


June 14th, 2010
6:22 pm

Porter’s in Little Five Points. Nothing even close.


June 14th, 2010
6:22 pm


June 14th, 2010
6:30 pm

Best pub food….Steinbeck’s in oakhurst…amazing smoked wings and blue cheese Bacon fries…awesome!!!!


June 14th, 2010
6:32 pm

Manuel’s hands down. REAL pub food. Gastropub? Please.

A close second in Brick Store in Decatur. The fish and chips with that romoulade is the best.


June 14th, 2010
6:38 pm

Enter your comments hereKeegan’s Public House in Kennesaw has won two “Taste of Marietta” awards. Great place and great food.


June 14th, 2010
6:45 pm

Charlie G’s in Midtown


June 14th, 2010
6:53 pm

For east side, Marlay House (formerly the Grange) in Decatur – real pub food, although the ploughman’s lunch still needs work – w/ Brockett Pub a close second.


June 14th, 2010
6:55 pm

Young Augustine’s is a real up-and-comer in the pub grub arena. Great pimiento cheese, and you gotta try the brisket tacos with radish kim chi. Good stuff.

Foster Keats

June 14th, 2010
7:06 pm

The Glenwood in East Atlanta
The Midway in East Atlanta

Wozzo the Wonder Dog

June 14th, 2010
7:20 pm

Melton’s App & Tap.

Melton’s App & Tap.

Town Drunk

June 14th, 2010
7:35 pm

Varners, in Smyrna.


June 14th, 2010
7:37 pm

George’s for burgers..Six Feet Under for fish..shrimp..etc tacos

Soupy Sales

June 14th, 2010
7:40 pm

(1) Holeman & Finch (and nothing comes close – seriously);
(2) The Porter;
(3) Tap

Traditional Pub/Bar Food:
(1) Manuel’s (sentimental favorite; best place to watch a game; surprisingly good Brunswick stew; great onion rings);
(2) George’s;
(3) P’Cheen;
(4) The Albert


June 14th, 2010
7:47 pm

Six Feet Under is not a “pub.” Best pub grub AND best beer is at Brickstore in Decatur.


June 14th, 2010
7:53 pm

Love, love, love Mazzy’s Sports Bar on Holcomb Bridge/Jimmy Carter; LOTS of TV’s, their grub is the best bar food for sure and the drinks make you smile…cheers to you Mazzy’s!


June 14th, 2010
8:20 pm

I don’t think any other pub comes close to Porter. Brickstore has great beer/good food and Hob Nob’s food is better than Brick Store but Porter is way ahead of everyone.


June 14th, 2010
8:20 pm


June 14th, 2010
8:22 pm

Max Lager’s is amazingly good….best around.


June 14th, 2010
8:31 pm

Melton’s App & Tap.


June 14th, 2010
8:35 pm

Vortex for sure! Get your doube cardiac bypass.


June 14th, 2010
8:42 pm

Engine 11 on North Ave has great food!


June 14th, 2010
8:44 pm

Howard Johnson’s or Shoney’s has good bar food and so does dairy queen and waffle hut.

Johnny 5

June 14th, 2010
8:45 pm

Dennys at 2am is pretty good.

louis lovinggood

June 14th, 2010
8:48 pm

rocco”s in marietta the greatest place you can enjoy yourself and the food is a wow factor also voted the best chili in chili cook offs. They have more awards for there chili than Carter has peanuts.


June 14th, 2010
8:51 pm

Porter. Hands down. There isn’t a pub in Atlanta that serves food with the quality and creativity that place does. I can get a good beer in a lot of places, but not food like that…and it is the same cost as most pub-grub. Stick with the specials as the regular menu more closely resembles that of typical pubs.


June 14th, 2010
9:02 pm

You can barely call the food at The Porter “pub grub” it is so outstanding.
Twains has an excellent selection as well.


June 14th, 2010
9:04 pm

Big Jon

June 14th, 2010
9:07 pm

George’s Hamburgers in the Highlands, Hands Down!! Go GI GI


June 14th, 2010
9:21 pm

Brockett Pub ! Good Food and Great Service


June 14th, 2010
9:24 pm

Diesel Filling Station in Virginia-Highlands is the best by far.


June 14th, 2010
9:56 pm

The Porter in L5P. Great regular menu, but the ever changing specials menu keeps it interesting.

Todd O

June 14th, 2010
9:57 pm

I think Brockett Pub in Clarkston has great food. The Rueben is fantastic and so are the burgers.


June 14th, 2010
10:11 pm

Brick Store Pub is the bomb! Try the fish ‘n chips or the roasted red pepper hummus, they’re frighteningly good!! I drive from Woodstock to go there and it’s worth every drop of gas!

North Ave Trade School Hater

June 14th, 2010
10:22 pm

Mac Mghee in Decatur

GT Grad

June 14th, 2010
10:35 pm

1) George’s – best burger in town. No contest.

2) Melton’s App & Tap. That hot chicken sandwich is hard to beat.


June 14th, 2010
11:45 pm

This is a tough one! So many choices…for more “gastropubby”, I’d go with Steinbeck’s. For more traditional pub grub I’d go with Melton’s. Yum!