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.
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.
At One Eared Stag, boldness of flavor wins out above all else. The entire menu is an exercise in boldness, in defying cliché. Chef Robert Phalen comes across as more of a creative force than a perfectionist. But any inconsistency is made up for by the sheer pleasure and originality the food inspires.
Owner Giovanni DiPalma seemingly appeared out of nowhere a few years ago and turned a nondescript building into a Neapolitan pizza mecca. Antico Pizza’s Naples-style pie is made with imported Italian ingredients in three Acunto ovens, also from Italy. If you like meat, order the San Gennaro. The Margherita here is just as impressive as its sausage-, pepper-, and onion-laden brethren. The pizzeria is just one part of DiPalma’s growing “Little Italy” empire that includes a rotisserie chicken place, sandwich and gelato nook, Italian market, and limoncello bar all on the same corner.
Authentically Japanese, from the pristine fish to the clean, spare light wood decor to the bottles of sake and sochu lined up behind the chef. Some of the best dishes are only found through word of mouth, such as the fabulous monkfish liver in ponzu sauce, or the salmon roe marinated in rice wine. The owner, Atsushi "Art" Hayakawa, is meticulous with his knife skills, slicing and dicing fish flown in daily from Japan. The restaurant only serves dinner, but stays open late — until midnight on Friday for those craving sashimi well into the night.
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.