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.
Longtime Watershed sous chef Steven Satterfield and Sotto Sotto manager Neal McCarthy have come together to deliver a personal-feeling, truly regional restaurant, serving Southern food without shtick or embellishment among the warehouses and train tracks of the Westside.
Part gourmet grocery, part sandwich shop, part cooking school, part neighborhood bistro. Weeknights, the restaurant feels cozy and intimate. Weekends, the place turns into a scene that feels energizing to be a part of. Chicken liver mousse, beef tartar, standout desserts from the pastry case and an exceptional beer list may prove that dinner here is just what your hungry soul needs.
In East Atlanta Village, there's a little window that shouts, "Buford Hwy EAV." The shop goes by the name We Suki Suki ("we like like"), and the proprietor, a woman named Q, packs enough energy and drive to fuel all of EAV. The premise is simple — banh mi and bubble tea worthy of Buford Highway, but with the unmistakable vibe of a vibrant intown community full of individualism. Q makes her own tapioca bubbles for the Vietnamese iced coffee "boba" or bubble tea, and features handcrafted organic tofu to boot. This crowded little take-out shop seemingly shakes with a chaotic confluence of ideas and dreams — bubble tea, banh mi, and soy simply acting as the physical manifestation of Q's desire to build something meaningful in the midst of her community.
Atlanta's best full-time option for seeing stand-up is an intimate venue tucked away in the back of Midtown's Vortex Bar & Grill. The Laughing Skull Lounge has featured Marc Maron, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, and countless other quality stand-ups.
Formerly known as Parish, the Inman Park restaurant helmed by chef Zeb Stevenson, relaunched as the Brasserie & Neighborhood Café at Parish in August 2014. The Beltline-adjacent eatery at 240 N. Highland Ave. now offers simplified, familiar flavors in the form of dishes including goat cheese and beet jam on toast; sourdough gnocchi with porcini, crimini, kale pesto, and candied lemon; and pressed pork shoulder with butter-braised vegetables, peaches, and mustard. Downstairs, the former Parish Market (branded anew as the Neighborhood Café at Parish) continues to serve coffee, breakfast pastries, sandwiches, wine, and other items. A casual patio is also available for all your relaxation needs.