Open since 1949, Starlight Drive-In nearly always guarantees a joyous communal experience, no matter whom you’re with, what snacks you’re eating or whether you’re watching X-Men or Grindhouse. The outdoor theater switched over to digital in 2013. Also hosts swap meets on weekends from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot.
This gourmet mom-and-pop stand delivers highly inventive and inspiring ice cream creations. Traditional strawberry and chocolate are pure perfection, but flavors such as black walnut, sweet corn and coconut jalapeno are creative standouts. The salted caramel flavor is a game changer. Non-ice cream items include made-to-order crepes -- one filled with the heavenly, nutty Nutella and fresh strawberries.
East Atlanta bar with soaring ceilings, a handsome bar, and a young, hipster crowd that parties late.
Decent modern Southern fare. Your best bet is the upstairs bar with and outdoor patio overlooking the train tracks headed straight toward the skyline.
A burger joint with an emphasis on sustainability, depending on local farmers for 100 percent grass-fed beef.
The Porter delivers with a cheap, thoughtful and satisfying menu, and beer to match. Most of the food is designed to please beer drinkers, and the regular menu doesn't get much wackier than the combination of applesauce and the addictive applewood smoked bacon hushpuppies. For beer lovers, the Porter gives us a world-class list without having to drive to Decatur. The close to 200 beers range from all manner of domestic microbrews to hard-to-find Belgians to $100 bottles from Switzerland. $-$$