Atlanta Magazine - December 2009 - Best of the Neighborhoods
 
December 2009

Neighborhood Faves

Sometimes, what makes a place really special is that it's close to home. Here are some of our picks for neighborhood bests, from the 2009 Best of Atlanta issue.

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Chamblee/Brookhaven
Coffee Shop Get Coffee
Strong brews, fresh pastries, friendly service, free Wi-Fi, dog-friendly patio. 5336 Peachtree Road, 678-580-2263, getcoffee.com

Cheap Eat Vintage Pizzeria
Casual enough for workout wear, polished enough for a date. 5434 Peachtree Road, Ste 103, 678-646-0400, vintagepizzeria.com

Gym Adrenaline Fitness
State-of-the-art cardio, weight room, full roster of classes. 5251 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, 770-458-3859, adrenalinewellness.com

Bakery La Suprema Bakery
Grab a basket and pick from an entire wall of Mexican pastries. 4054 Buford Highway, A-2, 404-325-5147

Bar Pub 71
A warm, dimly lit escape with a long beer list and solid pub fare. 4058 Peachtree Road, 404-467-8271, pub71.com

Takeout Mint Chinese and Thai Cuisine
Order from the Thai or Chinese menu (or both). 3683 Clairmont Road, Chamblee, 770-451-8898

Wild Card Chamblee Rail Trail
Opened in June, the mile-long walking trail and linear park runs along an old rail spur.

Decatur
Coffee Shop Dancing Goats
Batdorf & Bronson’s single-origin coffees headline. 419 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, 404-687-1100, dancinggoats.com

Cheap Eat Saba
Moved from the square to Oakhurst—with a waitstaff rather than counter service, hooray! 350 Mead Road, 404-377-9266, saba-restaurant.com

Gym DeKalb Medical Wellness Center
Bargain rates keep your wallet fit too. 2665 North Decatur Road, 404-501-2222, dekalbmedicalcenter.org

Bakery Southern Sweets
A rich variety of homey sweets and many vegan options. 186 Rio Circle, 404-373-8752, southernsweets.com

Bar Brick Store Pub
An astounding beer list and effervescent vibe win national accolades. 125 East Court Square, 404-687-0990, brickstorepub.com

Takeout Las Brasas
Smoky aromas from the Peruvian rotisserie chicken may compel you to eat in the car. 310 East Howard Avenue, 404-377-9121

Wild Card Hoopla
Find stocking stuffers for everyone on your list at this toy store. 414 Church Street, 404-371-9485, hooplakids.com

Highlands (Poncey and Virginia)
Coffee Shop San Francisco Coffee Roasting Company
Imported coffee beans (roasted on-site), plentiful seating, and enticing desserts. mysfcoffee.com

Cheap Eat George’s
One of the city’s best burgers. 1041 North Highland Avenue, 404-892-3648, georgesbarandrestaurant.com

Gym BTB CrossFit & BootCamp
Home of the CrossFit method as well as grueling but effective boot camps. 696-A Cleburne Terrace, 404-688-0100, btbfitness.com

Bakery The Atlanta Cupcake Factory
Adorable cupcakes in inspired flavors. 624 North Highland Avenue, 678-358-9195, theatlantacupcakefactory.com

Bar Fontaine’s Oyster House
A fully loaded jukebox and high-profile outdoor patio. 1026 1/2 North Highland Avenue, 404-872-0869, nnnwcorp.com

Takeout Alon’s Bakery and Market
Best known for baked goods, this mainstay also offers great to-go choices. 1394 North Highland Avenue, 404-872-6000, alons.com

Wild Card Armour & Co
Modern furniture and swanky gifts. 1198 North Highland Avenue, 404-817-3725, armourandco.com

Inman Park/Little Five Points
Coffee Shop Inman Perk
Plenty of outlets for your laptop, great natural lighting, and the best chai latte in town. 240 North Highland Avenue, 678-705-4545, inmanperkcoffee.com

Cheap Eat Parish Foods & Goods
Eat your po’boy at the community table. Repeat. 240 North Highland Avenue, 404-681-4434, parishatl.com/home.php

Gym Snap Fitness
Pay month-to-month and get access to a gym 24/7. Perfect for night owls. 245 North Highland Avenue, 404-584-9669, snapfitness.com/atlanta2

Bakery Highland Bakery
Real bagels? In Atlanta? Even better, peanut butter French toast. 655 Highland Avenue, 404-586-0772, highlandbakery.com

Bar The Five Spot
Friendly servers, a cool art gallery, live music, and excellent pub fare. 1123 Euclid Avenue, 404-223-1100, fivespot-atl.com

Takeout Alibaba
Come to pick up gyros and hummus, but be tempted to nosh in the cute hookah bar. 1099 Euclid Avenue, 678-508-9811, alibabaatlanta.com

Wild Card Junkman’s Daughter
A quarter-century Little Five Points institution. 464 Moreland Avenue, 404-577-3188, myspace.com/junkmansdaughteratlanta

Midtown
Coffee Shop Octane
Fresh sandwiches, exotic beer on tap, and, of course, coffee. 1009-B Marietta Street, 404-815-9886, octanecoffee.com

Cheap Eat Las Palmeras
The fried plaintains are sublime. 366 Fifth Street, 404-872-0846

Gym LA Fitness, Atlantic Station
Child care for only $20 per month extra. 261 Nineteenth Street, Suite 1140, 404-810-9015

Bakery Matty Cakes
Three words: red velvet cake. 1830 Piedmont Avenue, 404-917-2253, mattycakes.com

Bar Ri Ra Irish Pub
Built with wood from an old pub in Ireland. 1080 Peachtree Street, 404-477-1700, rira.com

Takeout The Tenth Thai
Remember to order mango sticky rice for dessert. 132 Tenth Street, 404-748-1491, thetenththai.com

Wild Card Green Market at Piedmont Park
Saturday mornings, May to December. piedmontpark.org

Smyrna/Vinings/Mableton
Coffee Shop Rev Coffee
This industrial-chic spot hosts events from comedy to yoga. 1680-B Spring Road, Smyrna, 770-573-4434, revcoffee.com

Cheap Eat New York Pizza Exchange
Local favorite for more than twenty-five years. 2810 Paces Ferry Road, 770-434-9000, nypizzaexchange.com

Gym World Gym
Extras include a cardio movie theater and a boxing room. 4425 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, 770-801-0006, worldgymsmyrna.com

Bakery McEntyre’s Bakery
A Jonquil Plaza fixture now in a new spot. 1184 Concord Road, Smyrna, 770-434-3115, mcentyresbakery.com

Bar Social Vinings
Patrick (son of Paul) Albrecht’s suburban outpost. 3621 Vinings Slope Drive, 770-432-9772, greatfoodinc.com

Takeout LowCountry Barbecue
Pick up small quantities at this caterer’s headquarters. 2000 South Pioneer Drive, Smyrna, 404-352-1121, lowcountrybbq.com

Wild Card Mable House Amphitheatre
Cobb’s Chastain. 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, 770-819-3285, mablehouse.org