Where to eat during the Atlanta Jazz Festival

Photo credit: Tuscan Trout entree from Einstein's seasonal menu.

Credit: Carolyn Desalu

Credit: Carolyn Desalu

Photo credit: Tuscan Trout entree from Einstein's seasonal menu.

If you're heading to this weekend's Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park and don't feel like schlepping a picnic basket, especially if you park far away, don't; check out one of these five nearby restaurants where you can fuel up when you need a break from dancing.

South City Kitchen Midtown: South City Kitchen is situated just a few blocks from Piedmont Park. Here, festivalgoers will find specialties like fried green tomatoes with goat cheese; shrimp and Red Mule grits; and buttermilk fried chicken and waffles for brunch.

1144 Crescent Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-873-7358. midtown.southcitykitchen.com .

Einstein's: Fill up on food before Jazz Fest at this restaurant, located one block from Piedmont Park. For weekend brunch, arrive early; it's a popular spot that gets packed.

1077 Juniper St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-7925. einsteinsatlanta.com.

Varuni Napoli: At this eatery on the northern end of Piedmont Park, guests can load up on carbs (and dance it off later) thanks to this restaurant's wood-fired pizza. Consider the weekend deal of a  bottomless mimosa or San Marzano Bloody Mary plus a brunch pizza for $30 or $50 per couple.

1540 Monroe Dr. N.E., Atlanta. 404-709-2690. varuni.us.

Willy's Mexicana Grill: Want to eat on the run? This fast-serve taco and burrito restaurant is located in front of Piedmont Park. If you dine outside, you'll still hear those concert tunes.

1071 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-249-9054. willys.com.

Ecco: For dinner (and a short walk), swing by this European-inspired restaurant, which offers build-your-own charcuterie and cheese boards, shared plates, entrees and more. The fried goat cheese balls with honey and black pepper is a crowd favorite.

40 7th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-347-9555. ecco-atlanta.com.

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