3 of the Best Diners in Georgia

Jennifer Bradley Franklin
| January 25, 2024 | 1 Minute Read
Strawberry milkshake, topped with whipped cream and a cherry,  and a burger and french fries iStock

Fenders Diner, Cornelia

The building that now houses this local diner was built more than 100 years ago, originally as a market. Russ and Judie Vinson purchased the property, restored it and opened Fenders in 1996. The restaurant was relaunched in 2020 with a fresh spin on the menu. These days, breakfast dishes are offered all day, along with daily specials and unique favorites such as fried lasagna, crispy fried deviled eggs and a brownie tower. The environment may be casual, but Chef Jason Vullo (who has a fine dining background in the Atlanta restaurant scene) keeps the presentation elevated. Music lovers will enjoy the adjacent venue for live tunes. 

Landmark Diner, Atlanta

Twenty-four hour dining and a massive menu is the name of the game at this two-location diner in Atlanta. Whether you’re in downtown or Buckhead, guests enjoy the New York-inspired diner experience designed by local owners Tom and Carolyn Lambrou, who opened the first location nearly 30 years ago. More than 100 items span burgers, breakfast dishes, Italian and Greek platters, seafood, steaks and more. The downtown location—adjacent to Georgia State University—is open 24/7, so whenever the craving for fried shrimp, a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon, or eggplant Parmesan hits, the friendly staff has you covered.  

The Grill, Athens

Hand-spun milkshakes, freshly cut french fries with signature feta cheese dip, and creative hamburgers are perennial favorites at this 1950s-style diner in downtown Athens. The throwback eatery sets the scene with black and white tiles and neon lights. Since it’s located right across the street from the University of Georgia’s famous arch, you’re likely to find hungry students, off-duty professors and Classic City visitors looking for some college town charm. Operating since 1981 in the 1892 Myers Building, it’s open until 4 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday for those needing to fuel up late at night. The restaurant lives up to its motto of “hamburgers, shakes and fries the way they used to be.”

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