A Local’s Guide to Atlanta

Tammy Cohen, PHR, SHRM-CP

April 20 2022

For years, I’ve watched Atlanta grow into the acclaimed city it is today—home to innovative tech companies, delicious food, and unparalleled nightlife. Atlanta is host to guests from all over the world, and soon we’ll be welcoming attendees of the 2022 WBENC National Conference.

Will you be in town for WBENC’s conference? Still mapping out what to do in your downtime after meeting with the nation’s premier corporations and supplier diversity professionals? Here are my recommendations for a night out in Atlanta:

For Dinner & Family Fun: Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market, located in in the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, is the city’s largest adaptive reuse project. The Central Food Hall has something for even the pickiest of eaters. Where else can you sample the city’s best cuisine, enjoy a cocktail, and play a round of mini golf?

For Breakfast: Highland Bakery

Highland Bakery is one of the fastest-growing breakfast hotspots in Atlanta. They serve breakfast, brunch, and lunch all day. It’s the perfect place to drop in for some shrimp and grits or a customized omelet.

For a Night on the Town: Red Phone Booth

Step back in time for a night of drinks, cigars, and old-fashioned elegance. The Red Phone Booth offers patrons a taste of what life was like during prohibition, where wild nights were had in secret speakeasies. Enjoy a quality cocktail in an exclusive-one-of-a-kind setting. Just make sure to befriend a local who knows how to get in— no speakeasy worth its salt allows patrons without the proper code!

For a Cup of Coffee: Condesa Coffee

Enjoy organic, fair trade Counter Culture coffee with a view of the Atlanta skyline at one of the Old Fourth Ward community’s staple businesses. From mochas made with homemade chocolate syrup to delicious homemade pastries and sandwiches, there’s something for everyone at this cozy café.

For Some Quality Southern Barbecue: Fox Bros Bar-B-Q

This is like asking me to pick a favorite child. Atlanta has some incredible barbecue restaurants to try, but you can’t miss a plate of smothered tots at Fox Bros. Want BBQ every night you’re in town? Check out the runners-up: Fat Matt’s Rib ShackD.B.A. Barbecue, and Sweet Auburn.

For a Late-Night Snack: The Metro Diner

The Metro Diner is an Atlanta staple, and it’s one of the only places around that you can get your fix 24-hours per day. Swing by late night and grab a hearty breakfast plate before going out on the town.

For the History Buff: Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center is a must if you want to get a true feel for the city and its history. It has exhibitions about everything from the Civil War to BBQ.

For Thrill Seekers: Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery may seem like a macabre choice, but their tours can’t be beat. History students can visit to learn more about the city, its inhabitants, and its famous residents. Thrill-seekers and believers in the paranormal can sign up for one of their ghost tours.

For the Sports Fan: College Football Hall of Fame

The College Football Hall of Fame is exactly what it sounds like. It features interactive and high-tech exhibits for sports fans. Host your own pre-game talk show or do a call a famous, game-changing play. It’s a must-see for any sports fans that are coming to town!

Plus, be sure to check out these local women-owned businesses:

  • Just Bakery of Atlanta: Nonprofit bakery that offers ethically sourced fresh bread – with gluten-free and vegan options.
  • Slutty Vegan: Plant-based, black-owned restaurant with soul food that vegans and non-vegans alike will love.
  • Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft: An Atlanta staple that was rated the top Thai restaurant in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
  • Cheesecaked: Gourmet cheesecake boutique that offers cheesecakes of all different sizes and flavors to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Just Add Honey: Tea shop on the Eastside Atlanta Beltline where you can choose from 40 different types of looseleaf tea.
  • Unexpected Atlanta Tours: Tour company that introduces you to local businesses and takes you on unique food and/or history tours of the city.
  • Buckhead Art & Company: Contemporary fine art gallery that features the work of talented artists from all over the country.
  • The Bombchel Factory: Shop in Ponce City Market that sells contemporary West African clothing & jewelry made by female Ebola survivors.

As a long-time business owner in metro Atlanta, I’m proud of this city and thrilled so many will become acquainted with it soon. If you’re in town for the WBENC Atlanta Conference and looking for background screening services, why not spend a few minutes grabbing coffee with one of my representatives? Reach out to schedule a meeting!

About Tammy Cohen

Tammy Cohen, an industry pioneer and expert in identity and employment screening, founded InfoMart 30 years ago. Deemed the “Queen of Screen,” she’s been a force behind industry-leading innovations. She was most recently the first-to-market with a fully compliant sanctions search, as well as a suite of identity services that modernizes talent onboarding. Tammy revolutionized the screening industry when she stepped into the field, developing the first client-facing application and a due diligence criminal search that has since become standard for all background screening companies. Cohen has received national awards and honors for her business and civic involvement, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Women-Owned Firms in Atlanta, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year award, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Kathryn Woods Racial Justice Award, and a commendation in the 152nd Congressional Record.

About InfoMart

InfoMart has been revolutionizing the global background and identity screening industry for 30 years, providing businesses the information they need to make informed hiring decisions. They develop innovative technology that modernizes talent onboarding, including a first-to-market biometric identity authentication application and a verified sanctions search. The WBENC-certified company is a founding member of the Professional Background Screening Association, and they have achieved PBSA accreditation in recognition of their consistent business practices and commitment to compliance with the FCRA. The company is dedicated to customer service, speed, and accuracy, and it has been recognized for its success, workplace culture, and corporate citizenship with over 45 industry awards. To Get the Whole Story on InfoMart, please visit, follow @InfoMartUSA, or call (770) 984-2727.

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