If you had to choose an ATL neighborhood to live in based solely on food and drink options, then you’ve stumbled on the most important cheat sheet you’ll likely read ALL DAY. We’ve picked 10 of the best ‘hoods and dutifully ranked them for you based on food & drink... and if you think Buckhead got the No. 1 spot, think again.
The restaurant selection in this part of town is as eclectic as the people who live there. You don’t simply order a cup of coffee from Starbucks here -- you order a small-batch, in-house, Japanese-style iced coffee from Taproom Coffee. The craft cocktail scene is also on point. You can sip on an Orpheus Transmigration Of Souls while people-watching at Kirkyard Public House, get good and soused at The Pullman, or get yourself some of the killer, largely under-the-radar ‘cue at Anna’s BBQ. Any morning you find yourself hungover, stop off at Arden’s Garden and get a fresh, hydrating smoothie or juice before hoofing it across the street for a fabulous brunch at Le Petit Marché. We’re also big fans of food and drinks on the patio at Elmyriachi during the warmer months of the year.
7. Westside/Home Park
Westside/Home Park has blown up in the past few years. Having three of chef Ford Fry’s restaurants (Marcel, JCT Kitchen, and The Optimist) here would easily earn it a spot on the list, but when you factor in standouts like Miller Union, Oddbird, Little Trouble, Cooks & Soldiers, and too many others to list -- all of which take up residence here -- it’s almost a wonder that other neighborhoods get any attention at all.
Long regarded as one of the city's up-and-coming neighborhoods, the Old Fourth Ward can’t claim its outsider status anymore thanks to the arrival of Ponce City Market. Nowadays, it’s one of the city's premier destinations for those looking for a good time. There’s so much more to it than Ponce City Market (but don’t tell the tourists that). For progressive yet unpretentious farm-to-table fare, 4th & Swift delivers, Ammazza tosses some of the city’s best pizzas, and Venkman’s proves you can get live music and great food in Atlanta... together. There’s also no shortage of bars deserving of your time and money, like MOTHER, Bantam Pub, The Sound Table, and Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium.