The neighborhood itself is purely residential, but a quick jaunt into the surrounding neighborhoods and the proximity to downtown Atlanta allows residents culinary options focusing on classic Southern, Caribbean, and Mexican. The price also ranges from very cheap to somewhat pricey, with the more expensive options found farther into Atlanta.
The downtown area hosts a classically Southern restaurant, Gladys Knight’s Signature Chicken and Waffles at 529 Peachtree Street NE. The friendly staff and homey décor welcome you in, and the food is guaranteed to warm your insides. Not for the gastronomically faint of heart, the signature chicken and waffles are phenomenally represented by the Midnight Train, a dish with four jumbo fried chicken wings and a waffle. Bite into the piping hot corn muffin -- served with Georgia Peach Butter -- while listening to the live music events or cheering during Thursday Night Football, which serves wing specials during every televised Atlanta Falcons game.
Atlanta’s Caribbean culinary scene is well represented by the Jamrock Jerk Center, a tiny, no-frills restaurant in southwest Atlanta.
Aromas of curried goat, melt-in-your-mouth oxtail and jerk chicken fill the air while reggae blasts from the ceiling. Friendly service, large portions and an unbeatable price-to-quality ratio for the food make the Jamrock Jerk Center a must-try for those who care more about the phenomenal chicken than the Styrofoam plates.
Elsewhere, it doesn't get much more authentic than Mezcalito’s Cocina and Tequila Bar, as the menu features recipes from the chef’s hometown of Acapulco. On the menu, the Classics section features favorite traditional dishes like the Red Pork Mole, whose warm, spicy recipe includes surprising ingredients like pumpkin and sesame seeds, raisins, cinnamon, and oranges. Also included are Southern favorites with a Mexican twist, like the Shrimp and Grits with Chipotle Cheese grits and a mushroom poblano sauce. Be sure to take advantage of the $2 taco lunch special, available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.
Aaron’s Amphitheatre fulfills the musical needs of the neighborhood, as the mostly outdoor music venue has hosted such notable talents as Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. If you can’t get a seat, the large lawn is perfect for dancing. Three liquor bars, a food truck and value meals round out an experience that is not to be missed.
For the perfect date night, motor over to the Starlight Drive-In Theater, an old-time drive in movie theater. Unlike most drive-in theaters, the Starlight shows the latest movies at the best prices – two movies for $7 a person is a price that most modern movie theaters can’t hope to beat. For a more typical night out, hit up the Ideal Sportsbar just outside of The Villages at Carver or to the Museum bar just across the street from Turner Field.