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.
A good alternative to greasy fast foods, Zesto offers healthier meals, such as a perfectly cooked tuna steak. Fresh salads also distance the restaurant from other fast food joints. The popular Greek salad comes with mouth-watering feta, pepperoncini, and black olives. If you want more fat in your diet, try their heavenly soft-serve ice cream or the typical fast food fare of burgers and fries.
Owner Nicholas Quinones keeps the standards high with a menu that changes daily. Yes, daily. The team at Woodfire Grill aspires to create recipes based on seasonal, local produce. Farms, artisans, and ranchers it uses include Crystal Organics, Mary's Gourmet Gardens, Dillwood Farms, and more. Come for a special occasion, because Woodfire serves up first, second, and main courses for dinner.
The new location is relatively larger than their old shack that made them so famous. There still isn't much in the way of decor, but the ambiance is inviting. Their menu has grown to a full four pages of specialties built on a foundation of core dishes that made the former location a hot spot.
You can't miss the big skull with psychedelic eyes on Moreland Avenue. Walk through the gaping mouth, and you'll find some of the city's best burgers, excellent chili, and even good vegetarian bar fare. The food overshadows the servers' often surly attitudes.
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 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.
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. $