Chamblee Dekalb Creative Loafing Atlanta Neighborhood Guide Joeff Davis photo
Chamblee isn’t so much a neighborhood with something for everyone as a neighborhood convenient to the ones that do. It offers affordable housing inside the Perimeter, is practically adjacent to the Buford Highway corridor of ethnic restaurants, and just a few miles south of Buckhead’s shopping districts. Families with kids will be more attracted to spacious, sleepy residential neighborhoods like Huntley Hills and Sexton Woods, which feel insulated from its more industrial areas. Chamblee’s heart lies in the Antiques Row of its historic business district, with so many shops that you can lose hours searching for the perfect vintage knickknack.
Traditional Alsatian dishes such as a superb onion tart and an equally superb berry tart. In between are a trio of tender spaetzle dishes, beef Burgundy and a slew of salmon entrees, all served in a small, charming, colorful dining room.
Originally a cotton-gin manufacturer, the Goat Farm is a Westside haven for working artists and performance companies, a frequent location for movie shoots (cough cough, Hunger Games, cough cough), and a great live music venue.
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.
Chic and casual dining room serving Italian-inspired cuisine using seasonal, farm fresh ingredients and simple wood-fired cooking techniques. Try the toasts and do not leave without ordering the meatball. If the weather's nice, try and score a seat on the patio.
This tiny, nontraditional music venue located in, yes, a former neighborhood grocery store curates and hosts intimate performances of independent singer-songwriters. Attendance is limited and RSVPs are required.
The structure at 72 Marietta St. was once home to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In recent years, Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs overhauled the building inside and out. The resulting gallery is home to a variety of rotating exhibitions and performances in the converted lobby area.
Wild Bill’s is a sanctuary for suburban cowpokes in search of line-dancing, fight nights, and concerts from such country and western stars as Pat Green and Miranda Lambert. The staff even takes down the mechanical bull for fight nights, and the venue has hosted concerts by the likes of Foreigner and Skid Row. If you’re nostalgic for the era of stone-washed jeans and ladies with bangs teased to the ceiling, welcome home.
This tiny, tiny space features cutting-edge work by a great mix of young, emerging artists with smaller pieces cleverly stored in old record crates. The exhibition openings — often with live music — are like house parties where only the cool kids show up.