Atlanta >Food & Dining > Zesto Drive-In
544 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030833.773799 -84.369449
Sun - Thu, 10am - 11pm; Fri, Sat, 10am - 3am
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Midtown, Northeast
Best Fast Food for a Turkey Burger! – Everybody wants to cut loose and roll thru a fast joint for a burger and fry. Well, when you don't eat beef,it's kinda hard. And then there was Zesto's! I'm like whoa...it's like a backyard cookout burger. Grilled to perfection with all the trimmings. Best thing about it is on the weekends they're open to 3am. My husband loves their hotdogs and the lemon peppered wings. Nothing like a late night run to Zesto's!
Fast-food nostalgia has a Chubby Decker and some tater tots. – The Scene
Atomic Age, tailfin retro of the Mom-n-Dad-n-Buddy-n-Sis variety. Generously staffed by shaky Willem Dafoe lookalikes and indolent teens, with the occasional Ponce deluxe truth-seeker thrown in as a bonus. A less-imposing Varsity, but with enough localized weirdness and specialized lingo (Z's, Chubby Deckers, Nut Brown Crowns) to be a minor source of connoisseurship and partisan dissension.
A flashback to the tender youth of American fast food, with everything prepared to order, so no McRibs, Gorditos or Whalers in sight. But what you will get is a nice mix of carhop standards and updated nostalgia. Which means guilty pleasure fountain service (try an Artic Swirl or a chocolate banana shake), double-decker cheeseburgers and chili dogs. Or bust loose with the roasted chicken, teriyaki tuna, chicken salad with almonds, or tater tots. The ideal Friday lunch splurge and/or Saturday recovery.
A Must Try – Where to begin. Ah yes the Dessert! Zesto hands down has the best soft serve Icecream in the Galaxy! If you go for no other reason, go for the icecream and ITS CHEAP!!! you get a ton for a small price. If you want food you can't go wrong with much of anything. The wings are HUGE! (Not steriod scary huge) i never thought that a 6 piece would satisfy me, but i was stuffed! I've had a chili dog, but I wont hate, I'm from the north, and southerners just don't know how to do coneys right. Bottom line, is that it may look like a hole in the wall, but arent those the best places??!! Take your out of town guest, they will be impressed!
Only one in Atlanta – This is hands down some of the best fast diner food I have ever had! Where else do you get a foot long chilidog with slaw and onions where the bun is grilled! The side items keep me coming back. How could you not when they have homemade onion rings, TATER TOTS, and crinkle fries? Zesto being locally owned has more selection than the generic chain fast food such as turkey burgers, tuna steak sandwich, homemade chicken salad, wings, and great salads. You must save room for the crown jewel of Zesto old-fashioned soft serve ice cream. Whether you like Brown Cow cones, milkshakes or the tried and true banana split you will leave happy and full without empting your wallet. The building itself is a throw back to the diner days of old. A must try in Atlanta.
Forget the Big Chains – In the mood for chicken in a hurry and on the cheap? How about a yummy double burger?Perhaps a tasty Gyro is more what you had in mind. Zesto's has great variety considering the fact that its a small group of Atlanta- area- only burger shacks. No matter what you order you have to get some of the perfectly executed crinkle cut fries and one of the many flavors of milk shakes. Its inexpensive and there are many yummy reasons why its always packed with locals.
Old School – Zesto is old school and your best bet for those late night munchies...I love this place. I had never seen a ice cream cone so big! One time the whole thing feel into the chocolate dip!
Mmmm, "broasted chicken!" – I have no idea how chicken is broasted, but mam oh man, they do it right at Zesto.
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