It’s hard to imagine a time when an Atlanta neighborhood four miles from downtown was considered a suburb. It’s even harder to picture the city with bustling transit, but Virginia-Highland was founded as a streetcar suburb nearly a century ago. Now incorporated as an intown ’hood, residents can walk to restaurants, boutiques, bars, grocery stores, and even a weekly food truck event. There are few places in Virginia-Highland you can’t reach by way of a pleasant stroll along tree-shaded sidewalks or a quick bike ride. To the north, Morningside remains a dreamy — albeit pricey — destination for families.
Last Word's menu of mainly small plates features innovative Middle Eastern riffs. Dishes range from lamb belly shwarma to rabbit liver mousse to roasted dates and figs with lavender honey. The menu rotates often. The bar program at this restaurant is one of the best in the city.
Long on informality and comfortingly Americanized Mexican and Southwestern fare. It's decidedly short on glitz as guests order at the bar and carry their own drinks. Stand in line, take a seat and wait for your tacos. In Atlanta, sometimes we like our Mexican food with a little Southern flair — fried chicken taco, anyone — fun ingredients such as hatch chilies in an enchilada, and, of course, a cold beer or margarita. Visit Taqueria del Sol on the Westside and other metro Atlanta locations.
Grab locally grown organic produce, specialty groceries, and healthful food-to-go sold by members of a democratically run, politically correct co-op that you can join. Ground zero for the Birkenstock crowd.
A staple for dudes that wake up at noon and people with juror stickers on their shirts eating solo, the options are nearly endless to create gut-busting bean-based beauties. Get something jerk style and wash it down with a pitcher of one of the many different types of margaritas.
Housed in a 100-year-old church building, this antique store specializes in old enamel and neon signs, as well as unique store displays. It also maintains a prop rental business for Georgia's film industry.
Historic 13-acre facility, former home of the Bona Allen Shoe and Horse Collar Factory. Built at the turn of the century, these buildings are fully restored and listed on the Historic Register. The Tannery Row Artist Colony was formed with a multitude of paintings, pottery, figurative sculptures, mixed media, and wrought iron sculptures.