If you're just passing through on East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Clarkston feels like Anytown, USA. But stop for a minute and you'll find a quaint borough that harbors a whole lot of ethnic diversity. Strategically positioned close to the International Rescue Committee, which helps refugees establish stable homes, Clarkston is also one of the metro area's most diverse melting pots of eastern European, African, and Middle Eastern communities. From its recently refurbished tennis courts and swimming pool to its close proximity to Your DeKalb Farmers Market, Clarkston is a cultural oasis amid Atlanta's urban sprawl.
Things to do in Clarkston
Visit Records Galore
Records Galore is a grimy, old-school record store chock-full of used vinyl along with some CDs and other bits of memorabilia. It's open pretty much when the owner feels like it (never on Sundays), and it's cash only. Prepare to get your hands dirty.
Get a taste of Nepal at Kathmandu Kitchen & Grill (formerly Pho Truc)
Kathmandu features a random assortment of live musical acts throughout the week. On any given night you could hear anything from surf to country to flamenco to traditional Nepalese music. But really, go here for the Nepalese food. Try the momos! Plenty of vegetarian options, too.
Get your fest on at Clarkston Community Center
Clarkston Community Center is the heart of the neighborhood and ground zero to the notorious Clarkston Surf Fest and WRFG (89.3 FM)'s Peachblossom Bluegrass Fest each year.
Dance at Radio Om night at Shewit Eritrean Restaurant
Excellent menu of home-style East African food that's full of flavor. It's a neighborhood institution, and home to the monthly Radio Om night: DJs spinning massive ethno-electro sounds.
Ignore the veggie dogs at Brockett Pub House & Grill
This out-of-the-way local hangout is a low-key lunch spot with a bit of a sports bar vibe. When it comes to killer pub grub this is some of the best you'll find, veggie dogs not withstanding.