Community Q BBQ has amazing barbecue. I also love Fox Bros. but Community is closer to my home & I think their sides are awesome - they have smoked sweet potatoes with kale - who knew?!? Seriously, all of the sides are so good, you'll have a hard time picking.
Intown ACE Hardware has the best gifts & for meandering.
Pea Ridge Kitchen & Bar is great for a burger or salad - I love their brunch menu too. The menu changes often & always happily surprises me.
Freedom Park - Chandler Park is my favorite place to walk the dogs & has been for years. They often have art installations too.
Georgetown Cupcakes are a caloric splurge (of course!) but worth it. Their cupcakes are not overly sweet which is win in my book.
It's hard to just window shop:
The Atlanta Beltline is super popular because it's art, food, walking, biking, running, dog walking, kid walking/strollering, music & so much more.
Shorty's Pizza is wood-fired pizza & they all have fun names (I love the "Wu Tang Clan (RIP ODB)"). They also have an awesome arugula salad with parm & lemon oil - everything is homemade - even their ranch dressing. I'm not a huge fan of ranch dressing, but I'm a little obsessed with how they make their ranch dressing.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens because you need be in beautiful places outside & it's part of Piedmont Park.
La Fonda Latina- my faves are the fish tacos (salmon or tilapia), salads (any of them), maduros (plantains), & the Reuben Cubano:
Chastain Park because concerts + outside.
Victory Sandwich Bar - the Victory at Sea sandwich is everything.
Kudzu Antiques is ginormous & a great place to find gifts & wander.
Leon's Full Service Get the goat cheese filled peppadews as a starter. Everything on the menu is great.
Taqueria Los Hermanos has one of the best shrimp tacos. The tres leches cake is worth checking out too - the menu is huge & unique.
Tres leches with fruit:
Heart of India This is our place for takeout/delivered Indian food. Fact: Most of our "tupperware" comes from Heart of India. Their containers are great for reuse. Naan being delivered to my door always makes me happy. They only offer takeout & delivery - no eat-in service.
Jalicso's is kinda old-school Mexican food - taco, burrito combos - they have great salsa. They are always busy. If you go for lunch, I recommend getting there early or after 1pm. It's unpretentious & the service is quick.
IKEA - because, it's IKEA.
Taqueria del Sol is fresh, affordable tacos & more - they have a special taco & plate that changes weekly. Be prepared to wait in line at peak times, but it's always worth the wait. Check out: the salso trio, queso, shrimp-corn-chowder, the fried chicken taco, the Memphis taco, & grab a Cheeseburger taco if it's the weekly special.
The beloved (on special some weeks) Cheesburger taco:
Farm Burger has great fries & if you are feeling healthy, you can add any patty to one of their salads - they have great, seasonal-ingredient salads.
Yeah! Burger has the best brussels sprouts of all things! They fry them up & add a dollop of amazing goat cheese. Try the onion rings as well. They also have great salads.
The Corner Cup is a newbie coffee shop - they offer local pastries, sandwiches, & of course great coffee.
Southern Sweets Bakery - oddly, I haven't had a lot of sweets from this bakery because I love their breakfast menu so much. They have the best spicy chicken sausage.
Piece of Cake is the best place to get a cake for a special event/birthday. These cakes are heavy (butter, butter, & butter) & pricey but worth every penny. If you are not sure which flavor to get (I am partial to the caramel & white chocolate) try a cupcake. Also, order ahead if you want a smaller size. It's a good idea to order ahead period because on some weekends they sell out of cakes.
Savage Pizza is a fun spot to get some pizza, salad, or sub.
Cafe Agora is the place to go if you are in Buckhead & want delicious Greek food.
Annie's Thai Castle has great lunch specials & great Thai food.
Henri's Bakery has wonderful cookies (oh, the shortbread cookies!) & great salads & sandwiches. It's a great spot for lunch.
Antico = best pizza in Atlanta. End of story.
The Greater Good Barbecue has these crazy potato skins with pimento cheese + barbecue + slaw. Yep.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream has the most unique flavors. Churro ice cream? Yes, please.
Little Bangkok - to me, this is the best Thai in Atlanta. Parking can be tricky - they stay busy, especially for dinner.
The Colonnade is the place to go to for fried chicken, fried shrimp...all the classic southern fare & a strong drink.
The Varsity for when you want a greasy cheeseburger. I love their pimento cheeseburgers, orange freezes, & a fried peach pies. Not for the health-nut, but fun & a great place to take out of town guests.
Butter & Cream because it's always good to have many ice cream options. Grab a cone & walk through downtown Decatur.
Your Dekalb Farmers Market is a crazy-fun experience (& the place is only getting bigger). You can buy bulk spices here, fresh seafood/meat, prepared meals, all-the-produce, coffee, pastries & so much more at great prices. Be prepared for crowds.
Downtown Decatur - I am just going to lump it all together because it has so many excellent independent shops & restaurants (many listed above).
Blue Moon Pizza has a really affordable lunch special. I also love their Cobb salad - great gluten free options as well.
Skips Hot Dogs - if you've never had a Chicago dog, you are missing out!
Yes, that's a pickle on a hot dog & yes, it's delicious!
King of Pops - Chocolate Sea Salt, please!
Shake Shack is fairly new(ish) to Atlanta (& a huge hit in NYC). I love their Shack burger but they have a killer chicken sandwich as well:
Krog Street Market for quirky gifts & great food. Some fun street art too:
and a tower too:
Treat Your Feet (outside the Perimeter): because hour-long foot massages for $30 are the best thing ever (so are their combo massages for $50). There is a new location in Buckhead too - prices are a little higher.