Hunger can come at any time, sometimes smack dab between lunch and dinner and sometimes in the middle of the night – usually when there’s nothing to eat at home! If you’re in Atlanta, these 24-hour restaurants have you covered. They vary in cuisine style and have something for everyone, whether they prefer sweet or savory. Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand is perfect after a night of partying as it satisfies your craving and its dishes are made with all-natural, locally sourced chicken. If you’re looking for a place to catch a bite to eat but keep the party going, the Metro Cafe Diner serves all-time favorites while you and your friends dance to the DJ or sing your heart out with open karaoke. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand
5.Metro Cafe Diner
6.R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill
Best 24-hour Restaurants in Atlanta
- Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand, Photo: Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand
- Landmark Diner, Photo: Landmark Diner
- Majestic Diner, Photo: Majestic Diner
- Mama's Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of Victority - Fotolia.com
- Metro Cafe Diner, Photo: Metro Cafe Diner
- R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill, Photo: R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill
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Attraction Spotlight: Atlanta History Center
The Atlanta History Center (AHC) is dedicated to showcasing the history of Atlanta, through interactive and immersive exhibits and experiences. Set on 33 acres in one of Atlanta’s most eclectic communities, the Atlanta History Center features enchanting gardens, historic houses, award-winning exhibitions, interactive activities, and offers a variety of year-round educational programs for adults and children.
Founded in 1926 and located in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, the Center is home to historic homes, including Tullie Smith Farm, Swan House, and the Wood Family Cabin, six permanent and the Kenan Research Center, AHC's research arm. The Center features a variety of world-class collections, including one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the country, as well as six permanent and several temporary exhibitions shown throughout the year.
The Atlanta History Center features several historic house museums on the 33-acre estate, including the Tullie Smith Farm, Swan House, and the Wood Family Cabin.
The Tullie Smith House is a beautifully preserved antebellum farmhouse that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built by the Robert Smith family as a small farm comprising 200 acres with 11 slaves, the Tullie Smith House was moved to the grounds of the Atlanta History Center in 1969. The historic property features the original farmhouse, a log cabin and barn, a smokehouse, blacksmith shop, kitchen, double corncrib, and animal barn.
Designed by Phillip Shutze in the 1920s and named for its swan motifs, the Swan House is surrounded by Italian-inspired Boxwood Gardens that were used by William Kent and Lord Burlington in 18th century England with terraced lawns and majestic cloverleaf fountains.
The Wood Family Cabin is a cozy log cottage set in the Swan House woods that echoes the design and style used by the settlers of Northern Georgia settlers and showcasing Native American life in the early 1800s. Originally situated a few miles from the Creek Indian settlement of Standing Peachtree, the cabin feature logs originally used by early settlers and was donated to the Center by descendants of the Wood family.
The Atlanta History Center is also home to the Margaret Mitchell House, a three-story Tudor Revival building from the turn of the century that was once the home of Margaret Mitchell, author of the award-winning book, Gone With the Wind. Located at Atlanta History Center's Midtown Campus near Peachtree Street, the Margaret Mitchell House provides a beautiful setting for learning all about the author and her motives for writing the novel.
The historic Goizueta Gardens of the Atlanta History Center features 22-acres of woodlands, enchanting gardens, and walking trails that highlight the history of Southeastern Horticulture. Located next to the historic houses, the gardens are made of several smaller gardens. The Swan House Boxwood and Frank A. Smith Rhododendron Gardens feature native plants, the Cherry Sims Gardens are home to native south-eastern plants and Asian plants, the Tullie Smith Farm Garden displays gardening plants used in the 1860s, such as vegetables and herbs and the Quarry Garden.
The Atlanta History Center permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibitions held throughout the year. The six permanent exhibitions include ‘Turning Point: The American Civil War’, ‘Centennial Olympic Games’, ‘Metropolitan Frontiers’, ‘Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South’, ‘ Down the Fairway with Bobby Jones’, and ‘ Philip Trammell Shutze: Atlanta Classicist, Connoisseur, and Collector.’
The Kenan Research Center features an outstanding replica of historian Franklin Garrett’s office and over 3.5 million resources.
The Atlanta History Center offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, classes, and more for visitors of all ages from adults to children.
The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW in Atlanta and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The Museum Shop sells a range of collection-inspired books, locally-made goods, and gifts, as well as a craft beer and wine selection from the local Acrobatic Goat IPA.
Souper Jenny Café offers a warm and welcoming space to enjoy a unique twist on the traditional museum dining and shopping experience, serving a delectable menu of contemporary cuisine in a stylish, independent bookstore-style atmosphere. The Swan Coach House has been serving traditional afternoon tea for over 50 years, as well as luncheons in the Swan Coach House Restaurant. The Swan Coach House is also home to a gift shop and an art gallery.
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130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-814-4000
Attraction Spotlight: Fox Theatre
One of the premiere venues in Atlanta for entertainment, the historic Fox Theatre plays host to over 150 performances every year, from movies to Broadway shows to comedy to rock. In addition to its 4,665 seat theatre, the "Fabulous Fox" includes amazing ballrooms that host a wide array of events. Situated in the heart of Atlanta, the theatre is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a beloved landmark to its thousands of visitors each year because of the memories it holds.
In addition to providing a variety of entertainment, the Fox Theatre offers 60-minute guided tours that feature the Fox's must-see intricate details, as well as its history. During the tour, guests visit more than ten locations throughout the theatre. Highlights include the orchestra pit and "Mighty Mo," the world's largest functioning Moller theatre organ. The Fox Theatre's incredible back story how citizens of Atlanta came together to save the theatre from being demolished is also told during the tour.
The story of the Fox Theatre's journey to a world-renowned venue started in an unusual way. The Fox was originally planned on as the home of the city's Shriners organization in 1928. Wanting to build a headquarters that was fit for the organization's prominent status, the group looked to the Far East's ancient temples to inspire them to create a mosque-style building. Architectural treasures such as Spain's Alhambra and the Temple of Kharnak in Egypt greatly influenced the Fox's intensely ornate and elaborate design. Features of the design included sweeping archways, minarets, brilliant gold leaf details, and soaring domes.
The design became too much though, and the Shriners could no longer afford the building. Upon nearing its completion, the organization leased their stunning auditorium to movie mogul William Fox. Fox had created an empire of theatres throughout the United States to satisfy the country's new love of moving pictures. With the financial backing from Fox, the theatre was finished, complete with addition of "Mighty Mo."
On December 25, 1929, the Fox Theatre opened to a sold-out audience. It premiered Disney's first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie. Word about the beautiful new theatre spread, and more visitors began to flock to the Fox's red-carpet entryway. The stained glass windows, a cobalt "sky" with twinkling stars, turreted ceiling, and ornate gilt work were all perfect accents for the glamorous shows the theatre hosted.
The Fox Theatre now plays host to a vast array of headlining productions, and has become a legend. Unforgettable performances from a variety of performers have been showcased at the "Fabulous Fox," such as Elvis Presley and Madonna, as well as the world premiere of the touring production of The Phantom of the Opera. Over 250 performances are shown at the theatre each year to half a million guests. The Fox has also been ranked as one on North America's top three theatres for the past decade.
660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, Phone: 404-881-2100
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Attraction Spotlight: Millennium Gate Museum
The Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta aims to preserve and interpret the culture, history, philanthropic heritage, and art of Georgia. It also seeks to showcase the state's aesthetic and historical relevence to the country, as well as to the world. The Gate, a monumental arch, helps give Atlanta its historical nickname, "The Gate City." It also contains a museum that spans 12,000 square feet that tells Georgia's history through exhibitions, period rooms, film, and interactive technology. The Millennium Gate Museum showcases world-class art throughout the state by connecting Georgia's history and art museum and sharing exhibitions.
The Glenn Gallery is located just past the museum's entrance and is a tribute to the Atlantic Station site's incredible history. Originally the home of Atlantic Steel, the Atlantic Station site was a mill that began near the end of the nineteenth century, and eventually expanded to be the one of the most powerful companies in the region. The site is now a "city within a city," an innovative community consisting of office building, apartments, home, and shops. A series of photographs are showcased in the Glenn Gallery that illustrate the site's dramatic transformation from successful steel mill to thriving town. These photographic exhibits honor the people associated with steel mill from its beginning.
The Eighteenth Century Georgia Pioneer Gallery features historical artifacts and documents dating back to Native Indian and Spanish periods, as well as British Colonial and American Revolutionary times. The gallery places an emphasis on the creation by General Oglethorpe of the Colony of Georgia, as well as the enlightenment ideals that were essential to its inception, beginning with the history of pre-Columbian Native Americans and the settlement of Georgia's coast by the Spanish in the sixteenth century.
The Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Galleries tell the story of the city's and state's early history, along with the leaders that helped them together become one of the world's most important destinations. The exhibits feature artifacts and photographs from twenty pioneering families that helped to shape Atlanta's economic, social, philanthropic, and political landscape.
Through a partnership with Georgia Tech, the Millennium Gate Museum created the Twenty-First Century Interactive Gallery. The gallery gives visitors the opportunity to explore the many neighborhoods that make up Atlanta, and how philanthropy has changed these communities, in an immersive setting using Nintendo Wii technology. The exhibition also features a projection that illustrates how the city has evolved over the last 150 years, allowing visitors to take a look back between the historic and contemporary views of Atlanta's landmarks.
The Millennium Gate Museum contains three different period rooms. The first room is a Colonial study from Lyman Hall, Georgia's Declaration of Independence signer, from the eighteenth century. The second period room is the office of Thomas K. Glenn from the nineteenth century. This office was used by the Coca-Cola magnate during his time as president of the Trust Company of Georgia and Atlantic Steel simultaneously. The third room is from the twentieth century, and is a drawing room of Pink House, a home designed by Edward Vason Jones and Philip Shutze.
395 17th Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, Phone: 404-881-0900
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