Ponce City Market (PCM) dominates the landscape between Ponce De Leon and North avenues in the Old Fourth Ward. The historic factory and warehouse set along the Eastside Beltline was once home to Sears, Roebuck and Co., and later the headquarters for Atlanta’s City Hall East. In 2011, Jamestown Properties purchased the 2.1 million-square-foot building for a cool $27 million in order to transform it into the largest captive-reuse complex in the Southeast. Nearly a decade later, Ponce City Market now includes pricy apartments, creative and tech studios, a number of retail shops, and a large central food hall offering restaurants and stalls from some of Atlanta’s most well-known chefs.
Walking in from street level to Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall feels like stepping into updated history—only more fun, especially when you’re hungry.
As one of Atlanta’s most iconic and important renovated landmarks, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this former Sears & Roebuck Co. distribution center is full of corporate offices, retail shops, and random experiences. But it’s the food and drink that keeps folks coming back.
By the time we reached the Ponce City Market we had worked up a bit of a thirst and were ready for lunch. Ponce City is housed in a large, historic brick building and has a cool industrial vibe. Top end home decor stores bookend a variety of restaurants and an excellent craft beer store. The Tap has a huge variety of beer available, as well as wine, cider and non-alcoholic options. In the food hall I grabbed a perfectly zesty shrimp taco from Minero to go with my lager and it was the perfect end to our Atlanta visit, reflecting the great food and vibes we had come to expect.
To create this cocktail, Patrick Schultz of Minero in Atlanta’s Ponce City Market looked further South, drawing inspiration from a traditional hibiscus tea. “Agua de Jamaica is a perfect, thirst-quenching drink you find all over Mexico,” he says. “Adding it to vodka’s friends of lemon, honey, and mint makes perfect sense for a Southern summer.”
Once wings started showing up everywhere in Atlanta, wing eaters in the ATL had to come to terms with the fact that it’s impossible to agree on who has the best. While there are dozens of great establishments offering flats, drums, and even that tiny extra part that some people eat as if it actually held meat, some restaurants are leading the wing pack. From smoked to fried, sweet and sour to extra-sauced, including the quintessential Atlanta wing flavor, lemon pepper, here’s a guide to the best wings currently found in metro Atlanta.
It’s Super Bowl Week, and everyone from Patriots fans to Rams fans (they exist!) to football fans in general are heading to Atlanta to take in the big game. We wanted to know the best places to dine right now in the city, so we called on James Beard Award–winning chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union to give a guided tour of Atlanta’s culinary gems.
I recently attended a progressive dinner through Ponce City Market’s food hall. The dinner made stops at Biltong Bar (absolutely one of the ATL’s top five bars,) W.H. Stiles Fish Camp (“Dub’s”,) Minero for tacos and margaritas, and finally ending at Bellina Alimentari for grappa and desserts. Obviously, there’s not a lot of secret stuff happening in one of Atlanta’s most popular eating destinations — Ponce City Market. But, I want to commend the work of Dub’s executive chef Eaksuree Poonsiripukdeekul, who made what has to be the best oyster shooter I’ve had in the city. Poonsiripukdeekul, who hails from Thailand, created an insanely addictive, super-citrusy shooter using bivalves chef-owner Anne Quatrano’s team source for the restaurant’s raw bar. And, if you haven’t had the shrimp po’boy, I highly recommend ordering that, too — if you don’t overdose on those oyster shooters first. 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta
No need to wing it when it comes to one of Atlanta’s signature foods.
Last week’s Best of Atlanta poll discovered where you chow down on the best chicken wings in town.
Hosted by Executive Chef Nicholas Anderson of City Winery, the event will benefit Giving Kitchen and feature a five-course dinner created by the combined talent of chefs: Hector Santiago of El Super Pan; Andre Gomez of Porch Light; George Brooks of Botiwalla; Brad Smallwood of The Mercury; Jonathan McDowell of Nine Mile Station; Andy Gonzales of Steinbeck’s Ale House; Woody Back of Table & Main; Chris Wilkins of Root Baking Co.; Arnaldo Castillo of Minero; Christian Perez of City Pharmacy; and Shay Lavi of Rozina Bake House and Coffee.
I have lived in Georgia for the vast majority of my life, but I lived in Orlando from August 2014 – July 2017. As soon as I moved back, everyone kept telling me about Ponce City Market. When I would say that I hadn’t been there yet, the reaction was always the same. “You have to go! It’s amazing!” I went for the first time a few weeks after moving back, and it really was and is amazing. The old Sears & Roebuck building is absolutely stunning. The selection of stores is awesome, and it’s always fun to go on the weekends with your friends or significant other. One of the best parts of Ponce City Market is the wide variety of food options. You can pretty much eat anything you want, no matter what kind of cuisine you’re looking for! Before you head out, check out this list of the top food vendors in Ponce City Market!