Inman Park is where members of the city’s creative class go when they hit the big time — or where those seeking the refuge of quaint coach houses or partitioned Victorians go to fake it. It’s the perfect mix of resplendence and cool.
The funky run-down shack is packed with crowds looking for 'cue. Blue collar, white collar and no collar at all — folks gather to dive into plates piled high with sweet, savory barbecue (beef, pork, ribs and chicken) and traditional sides.
Long on informality and comfortingly Americanized Mexican and Southwestern fare. It's decidedly short on glitz as guests order at the bar and carry their own drinks. Stand in line, take a seat and wait for your tacos. In Atlanta, sometimes we like our Mexican food with a little Southern flair — fried chicken taco, anyone — fun ingredients such as hatch chilies in an enchilada, and, of course, a cold beer or margarita. Visit Taqueria del Sol on the Westside and other metro Atlanta locations.
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.
A staple for dudes that wake up at noon and people with juror stickers on their shirts eating solo, the options are nearly endless to create gut-busting bean-based beauties. Get something jerk style and wash it down with a pitcher of one of the many different types of margaritas.
Housed in a 100-year-old church building, this antique store specializes in old enamel and neon signs, as well as unique store displays. It also maintains a prop rental business for Georgia's film industry.
Historic 13-acre facility, former home of the Bona Allen Shoe and Horse Collar Factory. Built at the turn of the century, these buildings are fully restored and listed on the Historic Register. The Tannery Row Artist Colony was formed with a multitude of paintings, pottery, figurative sculptures, mixed media, and wrought iron sculptures.
At One Eared Stag, boldness of flavor wins out above all else. The entire menu is an exercise in boldness, in defying cliché. Chef Robert Phalen comes across as more of a creative force than a perfectionist. But any inconsistency is made up for by the sheer pleasure and originality the food inspires.
The Antique Factory is a lot like Chamblee's version of Paris on Ponce - a vast expanse of the unusual and curious and decidedly not traditional. The ever-rotating collection features mostly 20th-century collectibles, furnishings, and oddities, with plenty of Art Deco and Art Nouveau style, specializing in art deco chrome, arts and crafts furniture, and works by such modern designers as Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames.