If you’re not a student and can afford to live there, the Emory University/North Druid Hills area provides a kind of middle ground to the landscaped estates of Buckhead and the casual atmosphere of Decatur. Druid Hills features such lovely neighborhoods and large homes, it provided the location for the title character’s mansion in Driving Miss Daisy. Plus, a variety of funky shops and restaurants, conveniently located to Emory’s staff and student body, offer such necessities as inexpensive books and savory falafel.
The funky run-down shack is packed with crowds looking for 'cue. Blue collar, white collar and no collar at all — folks gather to dive into plates piled high with sweet, savory barbecue (beef, pork, ribs and chicken) and traditional sides.
The folks behind Rathbun's opened Krog Bar in a tiny building in the parking lot of the Stove Works complex. It's the closest thing to a genuine tapas bar's ambiance our city has ever seen: The interior is tiny and you'll likely be forced, just as you are in tapas bars in Sevilla, to sit at long tables with strangers. Cured meat and other nibbles comprise the menu, to be consumed alongside vino from an astutely composed list.
Founded in 1975 by members of the Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church from Detroit, the shrine's services combine elements of the Roman Catholic Church with African traditions. Today, the bookstore is the neighborhood's best bet for finding books devoted to African-American art and culture.
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 tiny, shacklike entrance reveals an eclectic and loyal late-night crowd. Music at this underground clubber’s club ranges from hip-hop and Brit-pop to downtempo and rare grooves. The dim basement space feels like the most happenin’ speakeasy in town.