Illegal Food

Founded in 2013 by Chef Steven Lingenfelter and Laurie Dominguez, Illegal Food is located in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood after gaining popularity in the Old Fourth Ward with a successful pop-up restaurant. Focused on fresh, local ingredients, Illegal Food is more than just an incredible burger. Boasting the kind of dishes that put standard menus to shame, Illegal Food features unique specials which rotate nightly depending on seasonal ingredients and daring combinations that Atlanta has grown to love from Chef Steven.

Hours of operation:

Wednesday 5pm-10pm

Thursday 5pm-11pm

Friday  5pm-11pm

Saturday 11am-11pm

Sunday 11am-4pm (Brunch)

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays  (effective 6/20/17)


RESERVATIONS: Illegal Food is now taking reservations for parties of any size!  Please contact us via email at with your party's details to set up arrangements.  Please include a telephone number so we may confirm your reservation.

LARGE PARTIES: The check can be split among a maximum of six credit cards, gratuity is added for parties of 6 or more.

KIDS MENU: Children 12 and under can choose from a grilled cheese, house chicken nuggets, hamburger or cheeseburger.  Kids meals are just $5 all the time and come with side of our hand cut fries and house made catsup.  

DELIVERY: Want to enjoy our delicious food without having to leave your home? Try us out at UberEats and Zifty, where you can have our award-winning burgers and fries delivered at your doorstep!

PARKING:  Park on Street (some free) or Parking Lot ($3-5)  On Sundays, the parking is free on the street and in the surrounding lots.

CATERING & PRIVATE EVENTS: Contact us at with details on your upcoming event and the type of cuisine you'd like.  We can also cook whole/half hogs on location or bring it to you!