The picturesque road, which winds past parks, golf courses and small commercial nodes, has served as an address for mayors, ambassadors, bankers, businessmen and prominent church leaders. Although surrounded by middle-class and affluent neighborhoods, Cascade still has yet to see an influx of retail development, although local institutions like the Beautiful Restaurant and Life's Essentials Market continue to thrive.
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.
East Atlanta staple for local and up-and-coming rock bands, as well as nationally established indie acts, and grub for the hipster-PBR set. Sundays also feature a hangover-friendly live music set, 1-4 p.m.
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.
The General Muir is part New York-style deli, part French brasserie from the folks at West Egg and Bocado's former chef Todd Ginsberg. Whether it’s a saucy Reuben sandwich or a simple and beautiful piece of seared trout, this restaurant near the CDC and Emory University has been a bona fide classic since it opened. Expect some serious pastrami and matzo ball soup as well as a number of exotic dishes, as well as the best poutine this city has ever seen.Don’t forget to grab a slice of cheesecake to go.
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.
Chai Pani is an expansion from Asheville and features traditional Indian Street food with produce bought from local vendors. Go during lunch or dinner hours for a full meal, an Indian snack, "Chaat," a cup of chai or an assortment of wine, beers, and house made cocktails. Many Chai Pani foods can be made vegan and/or gluten-free friendly upon request. $
The Downtown music venue, art space, and burgeoning community center has become one of the most exciting additions to South Broad Street in recent years. On the nights when the Mammal Gallery hosts a show, the street springs to life, animated with music and modest crowds of people admiring the colorful murals from urban renewal program Elevate.
One of Atlanta's best little wine shops, Le Caveau offers an eclectic range of choices to make any wine fan happy — unless, that is, you're a fan of generic-tasting corporate wine. Le Caveau stands out when it comes to organic, biodynamic, and natural wines, with a heavy tilt to the Old World. Let owner Eric Brown be your guide. A small but well-chosen beer fridge also stands at the ready.
Atlanta's newest museum near the World of Coca-Cola is designed to pay tribute to men and women who have fought for equality and justice throughout the world. The Downtown attraction will notably house Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic collection of personal papers. In addition, it'll also feature interactive exhibits on the stories behind civil rights heroes and focus on current human rights issues from around the world.