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.
The tiny, shacklike entrance reveals an eclectic and loyal late-night crowd. Music at this underground clubber’s club ranges from hip-hop and Brit-pop to downtempo and rare grooves. The dim basement space feels like the most happenin’ speakeasy in town.
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.
Kevin Rathbun Steak serves food perfectly suited to the modern business dinner. Steaks and sides are excellent, as they should be. But where Rathbun really impresses is with his other dishes, and particularly with seafood.
This 26-acre urban nature preserve includes about 2 miles of trails, as well as a team-building ropes course, and a children’s nature-themed playground. Among the learning facilities are a tree house classroom, a 650-gallon freshwater aquarium, and a multipurpose building. Adjacent to the facility is a community-run vegetable garden.
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.
Eclectic venue for hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, and up-and-coming soul artists. Home to Wednesday night jam sessions featuring a live band and open mic for vocalists to join in. Street parking available.
A local blues, jazz, and roots institution that's been around for more than 25 years. The North Highland Avenue storefront, with its signature guitar-wielding neon alligator, has persevered through an unpredictable economy on the strength of the roots-based music that regularly fills the dimly lit room.
Established in 1979 with city, state and federal funds, the 120-acre woodland and former Creek Indian settlement features steep inclines, a babbling creek, a waterfall, and is home to deer and more than 150 native plant species. It includes an old spring house where tourists once bathed and the remains of a quarry that produced materials to build nearby homes.