Among the best local sources of real, hand-thrown, honest-to-Palermo pizza, this slightly bent independent in L5P is notable for fresh ingredients, homemade sauces and clever, knowing service. Wide selection of toppings and calzone fillings. Good for takeout.
Eclectic venue for hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, and up-and-coming soul artists. Home to Tuesday night jam sessions featuring a live hip-hop band and open mic.
The literally underground club features plenty of figuratively underground punk, electro, and hip-hop acts. Although connected to MJQ Concourse, it has a separate entrance. Earplugs suggested.
A diverse venue for creative arts programming.
The bohemian living room serves as the city's center of bluegrass and traditional country. The venue hosts a variety of other musical performers as well, plus diverse events, from burlesque shows to open mic nights. Food and drink available.
It's rare for a place to be so hip and so comfortable. This one has an industrial vibe, a cool-but-not-too-cool staff, locally produced art on the walls, pastries and cookies from Alon's and, of course, well-crafted coffee drinks and high-quality teas. Of particular note: Octane's French press coffees and award-winning baristas.
Urban Grind's a bit less crowded than Octane, which is just a couple of blocks up Marietta Street. The small shop hosts art shows, musical showcases and sales of albums by local musicians. Of course, there are exotic coffees, including a pumpkin-spiced latte, sandwiches and other food.
A friendly coffee shop with a certain lived-in quality in the heart of East Atlanta Village. The menu includes all the caffeinated staples, as well as a limited selection of cakes and pastries.
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 2 a.m. on Friday for those craving sashimi well into the night. Read full review...
It can be hard to find a cookie that lives up to the nostalgic memories of the ones popped fresh out of dear ol' Mom's oven. Luckily for us, the Cookie Studio has set up shop in the heart of Decatur and is churning out extra-large spheres of yummy baked goodness. With one taste of the “breakfast cookie” -- made with granola, oatmeal, coconut, cranberry and pecans -- we thought we had died and woken up in cookie heaven. So the next time you can't seem to fight the sweet-tooth urge, head over to this philanthropic (a portion of sales go to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children) shop and stock up on the next best thing to Mama's own.