With the Sigma Tau Delta 2022 International Convention in Atlanta, GA, fast approaching, it’s time to start planning how you will spend some of your downtime and where you will go to eat with all the great new friends you’re about to meet. Naturally, health and safety both are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, particularly as it relates to attending the Atlanta Convention. In addition to our own COVID-19 FAQ, please refer to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau Health and Safety Procedures Regarding COVID-19 site for more on Atlanta’s response to the pandemic and visiting the city as a tourist.


The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel offers two dining options for guests. The Market coffee house is located on the third floor and features individually packaged meals, continental grab-and-go options, and Starbucks coffee, specialty, and blended drinks. Fandangles Bar, also located on the third floor, features American cuisine, serving a lite fare bar menu featuring smash burgers, wings, salads, and flatbreads. While the hotel currently is not offering room service, food can be taken to-go to be eaten in your room. A wide variety of restaurants are located within walking distance of the convention hotel and if dining out at restaurants falls outside your pandemic comfort zone, delivery options such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub all service the Atlanta area and will deliver to the hotel—there is a table in the lobby near the front desk designated as the “meeting spot” for people to meet the drivers. Below is a highlight of the diverse dining options in Atlanta, most of which are within easy walking distance of the Sheraton. If you have access to a vehicle, there are also cool local dining spots in the nearby neighborhoods of Midtown and Old Fourth Ward.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
The Mall at, 231 W Peachtree St NW Suite A-05, Atlanta, GA 30303
Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken. At Gus’s we’re all about the food! Over 60 years ago in the small community of Mason, Tennessee, Napoleon “Na” Vanderbilt created something amazing—fried chicken that could unite a community. In an era of divisive racial attitudes the residents of Mason found that they could all—black and white—agree on how much they loved Na’s fried chicken.

Landmark Diner
60 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Tom and Carolyn Lambrou were inspired to bring the New York diner experience to the Atlanta, GA, market. Since then, Landmark Diner has established Four popular restaurants. We are proud to have served the Atlanta area for almost three decades. Our friendly staff is happy to continue offering the best food in town. So, stop by and enjoy it for yourself, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Krog Street Market
99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Krog Street Market was designed to be as authentic as the 1920s warehouse it occupies. With market stalls to sell produce, goods, and prepared food, along with a few southern-grown restaurants and retailers, the market offers Atlantans a gathering place for taking in an extraordinary meal or picking up a few inspiring ingredients—a west-coast-style market, right in the heart of Inman Park.

182 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Street food, not fast food. At CrazyAtlanta we offer the most popular dishes from around the globe, including our flavorful southern wings, New York Style Pizzas, Philadelphia Cheese Steaks, Empanadas, and a wide variety of Tex-Mex. We like to keep it Crazy here at CrazyAtlanta, so our menu will often change, offering the most diverse Street Cuisine in Atlanta!

Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
26 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Tin Lizzy’s menu breaks the rules and pushes the envelope with creative tacos like buttermilk fried chicken, korean barbecue, philly cheesesteak and grilled mahi-mahi, along with ultra-fresh salads, house-made salsas and hearty skillets. We’re also known for our well-crafted margaritas—always juicy, balanced, made-to-order and served with a smile. Some of our flavors are unexpected, while others are familiar, so there’s something for everyone.

Amalfi Pizza
17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Amalfi Pizza is a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria centered around two 6000 pound wood-burning brick ovens imported from Italy. Authentic Italian menu that includes Neapolitan-style pizzas as well as appetizers, salads, pasta dishes and traditional desserts made from simple fresh quality ingredients from the Campania region of Italy and cooked at temperatures in excess of 900 degrees in approximately 70 seconds.

842 North Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA, 30303
Considered by the locals as the city’s hidden gem, here at Truva we strive to make each visit a memorable one. We are committed to providing each customer with a one-of-a-kind dining experience. We aim to provide you with the finest, fusion-inspired Mediterranean cuisine, prepared with the freshest ingredients, by our executive chef born and raised in Turkey.

Aviva by Kameel
225 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
Aviva means: “spring, fresh, renewal” and at Aviva, healthy = tasty. Aviva by Kameel has been the culmination of a life’s work that is now growing into the next generation. Born in Nazareth, as the youngest of 11 children, Kameel Srouji’s passion for food began at an early age. His mother instilled culinary principles in Kameel that he has carried throughout his career as a Chef and Restaurateur. These principles include the exclusive use of premium ingredients and Olive Oil, a meticulous attention to cleanliness, and the utilization of generational family recipes. A commitment to these principles has shaped Kameel into the Chef he is and led to his crowning achievement: Aviva by Kameel.

Cuts Steakhouse
68 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Enjoy an unforgettable meal at the hottest steakhouse in Atlanta. Cuts serve up irresistible short ribs, succulent steaks, and southern classics—such as shrimp and grits in Atlanta and fried lobster tail. Cuts is a Southern-style steakhouse and bar located in the heart of Atlanta’s downtown dining district, just a short walk from many of the city’s top hotels and convention centers. We offer a fine dining experience with full table service in a business-casual setting.

Ponce City Market
675 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Located at the nexus of Atlanta’s most established neighborhoods, Ponce City Market is the latest incarnation of a long legacy of community-centered built environments along this iconic stretch of Ponce de Leon Avenue. The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes Ponce City Market as “History in the Making,” and part of a plan “to move Atlanta forward while maintaining and emphasizing the city’s unique history and culture.” From ground-floor retail and restaurants, to the Flats’ amenity-rich residences, to creative office space, to an amusement park on the Roof, Ponce City Market is the culmination of its history.

Atlantic Station
1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30363
Atlantic Station is an upscale commercial and residential area. At its heart is the open-air Atlantic Station mall, with popular fashion and home decor stores. Cultural institutions include the Millennium Gate Museum, with temporary art exhibitions, and the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum. Near the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, old-school diners serve breakfast and burgers.


The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a wide variety of entertainment options for tourists including information on the distinct Atlanta Neighborhoods and Atlanta’s Food Story, Atlanta’s Black Travel Guide, and Atlanta’s LGBTQ Community. Other noteworthy entertainment categories include 50 Fun Things to Do, Arts and Culture, Outdoor Activities, and History & Heritage. Convention Chair Leigh Dillard highlights several attractions that may be of particular interest to convention attendees.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth Home Tour
501 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Visiting the home where Dr. King was born and lived the first twelve years of his life is a highlight of any trip to Atlanta. The National Park Service ranger-led tour is free and lasts approximately 30 minutes, during which time you will learn about the life of a young M. L. King. The home is open for tours on a daily basis, with the first tour at 10:00 am and the last tour at 4:00 p.m. Tours are limited to 15 people are filled on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour. No advanced registration or phone reservations are accepted. Tours fill quickly; to increase your chances of getting a tour spot visit early in the day and be prepared to wait several hours for the next available tour. For the best chance, visit early in the week or Sunday morning.

Ebenezer Baptist Church
101 Jackson St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Throughout its long history, Ebenezer Baptist Church, located in Atlanta, GA, has been a spiritual home to many citizens of the “Sweet Auburn” community. Ebenezer was founded in 1886, nine years after reconstruction ended. As pastor of Ebenezer, Rev. A.D. Williams promoted Black businesses, urged his congregation to become homeowners, and “get a piece of the turf.” He led them in the battle for adequate public accommodations for Black people, despite Jim Crow segregation laws. Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., known as “Daddy King,” served as assistant pastor to Rev. Williams from 1927 to 1930. Rev. King, Sr. became pastor of Ebenezer in 1931, following the death of Rev. Williams. During the tenure of Rev. King, Sr., he had three co-pastors. In 1960 his oldest son, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., joined his father as co-pastor, giving Ebenezer international stature. As a final farewell to his spiritual home Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral was held in the church.

Atlanta History Center
130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
The Atlanta Historical Society was founded in 1926 to preserve and study Atlanta history. What began as a small, archival-focused historical society grew over the decades to encompass 33 acres of curated Goizueta Gardens, four historic houses, varied programming, and a range of signature and temporary exhibitions housed in the Atlanta History Museum. Atlanta History Center is open Tuesday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; historic houses open at 11am.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
441 John Lewis Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia houses U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s papers and other material relating to the Carter Administration and the Carter family’s life. Shortly after taking office as President, Jimmy Carter expressed interest in building a Presidential Library “someplace in Georgia.” The National Archives and Records Administration was invited to establish an office in the Old Executive Building to be staffed by archivists who could advise the White House staff on the preservation and arrangement of the twenty-seven million pages and other historical materials from the Carter presidency, prior to their movement to Georgia. The Museum of the Jimmy Carter Library provides a unique experience for the visitor. Through immersive exhibitions of objects, documents, and photographs, videos, and beautiful gifts from world leaders, visitors can get a close-up view of the modern American Presidency.

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