Buckhead is no longer the epicenter of Atlanta’s once buck-wild nightclub scene — and that’s the way most residents like it. Although we’re still waiting on the ritzy Streets of Buckhead development, the cranes they are a craning, and the growing agglomeration of Buckhead’s glittering high-rises has only further solidified this hood’s status as Atlanta’s other skyline. With two high-end malls and countless swanky boutiques and salons, it’s easy to forget that Buckhead is also home to many neighborhood-supported small businesses. Just dodge that shiny Range Rover and venture beyond Peachtree Road to find them. While still a bastion of luxury and old-school fine dining, a crop of hip, new restaurants and chefs have revitalized Buckhead’s culinary scene in recent years. These days, Buckhead is a culture clash of new and old, progress and tradition. If you don’t live there, it’s absolutely destination-worthy — if you can stand the soul-crushing, cross-town traffic to get there, that is.
No Southern breakfast is complete without biscuits, but the Flying Biscuit has made the biscuit -- cakey, oversized and with a touch of buttermilk -- the cornerstone of all its meals, even its lunch menu items and dinner entrees. Next door to the restaurant, there's a small to-go shop that's always crowded where you can get your biscuits, sold by the dozen, to go with your morning coffee. Street and lot parking available.
Elegant urban setting for a menu that is kind of international and kind of Caribbean. The chocolate chicken wings are spicy, slightly hot and not too sweet. For an entree the jerk chicken with pineapple and mango salsa and side of rice and black beans will have you cleaning your plate.
Floataway is a place you come to be chill. To feel chill. To eat chill. With the walls painted vibrant blue, assorted glass bottles lining the bar and vintage fire-engine-red accents, it's as if owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison splashed the essence of hipster indie craft aesthetic over the place and then toned it down just enough to feel fancy. This approach to the decor is similar to the way the kitchen approaches food: ramp up ingredient quality, then tone down dishes to the absolute essentials. The restaurant excels at a seemingly forgotten aspect of service, and that’s pacing. Meals at Floataway are languid affairs — never slow, but gloriously unrushed.
The paneled Southern seafood shack decor works (think wooden booths, long tables, a horseshoe bar). And so does the food. Shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crab legs, clams, scallops, mussels, catfish and po'boys are all fresh and tasty. All in all, Six Feet Under fills the gap of the disappearing inexpensive seafood shack.
Perched on the edge of Decatur Square and swimming in Spanish romanticism — dark wood, twinkling lights, and wine bottles as decor — the Iberian Pig exudes charm. As do the owners, members of the Castellucci family, who roam the dining room dishing out stories of their family's five generations of restaurant ownership. And the menu's nods to Spanish flavors and presentations are often delicious, regardless of the lack of authenticity or modernity.
Eclectic venue for hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, and up-and-coming soul artists. Home to Wednesday night jam sessions featuring a live band and open mic for vocalists to join in. Street parking available.
No sneaker store in town can compete with the 62-year legacy of Walter's Clothing. Being the old man on the block hasn't kept it from staying hip. Try squeezing in on a Saturday and you'll see why. Walls of Adidas, Nike, Fila, Reebok, and Converse have kept customers fresh-to-death for decades. If you can't find your footing here, you're probably lost.
The once-doomed strip mall now houses more than 200 shops that offer everything from cowboy hats and ornate belt buckles to frilly dresses, cheap shoes, and chili-flavored lollipops. It's really got something for everyone.
The longest-running African-American comedy club in Atlanta, Uptown Comedy Corner has featured Chris Rock, the Wayans Brothers, Steve Harvey, and Chris Tucker in the more than 20 years it's served Atlanta's Westside.