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.
No Southern breakfast is complete without biscuits, but the Flying Biscuit has made the biscuit -- cakey, oversized and with a touch of buttermilk -- the cornerstone of all its meals, even its lunch menu items and dinner entrees. Next door to the restaurant, there's a small to-go shop that's always crowded where you can get your biscuits, sold by the dozen, to go with your morning coffee. Street and lot parking available.
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.
Perched on the edge of Decatur Square and swimming in Spanish romanticism — dark wood, twinkling lights, and wine bottles as decor — the Iberian Pig exudes charm. As do the owners, members of the Castellucci family, who roam the dining room dishing out stories of their family's five generations of restaurant ownership. And the menu's nods to Spanish flavors and presentations are often delicious, regardless of the lack of authenticity or modernity.
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.
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.
Atlanta's best full-time option for seeing stand-up is an intimate venue tucked away in the back of Midtown's Vortex Bar & Grill. The Laughing Skull Lounge has featured Marc Maron, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, and countless other quality stand-ups.
Formerly known as Parish, the Inman Park restaurant helmed by chef Zeb Stevenson, relaunched as the Brasserie & Neighborhood Café at Parish in August 2014. The Beltline-adjacent eatery at 240 N. Highland Ave. now offers simplified, familiar flavors in the form of dishes including goat cheese and beet jam on toast; sourdough gnocchi with porcini, crimini, kale pesto, and candied lemon; and pressed pork shoulder with butter-braised vegetables, peaches, and mustard. Downstairs, the former Parish Market (branded anew as the Neighborhood Café at Parish) continues to serve coffee, breakfast pastries, sandwiches, wine, and other items. A casual patio is also available for all your relaxation needs.