If any city in Metro Atlanta is an example of urban renewal and progress, it’s Decatur. Technically a separate city, but looked upon more like an intown neighborhood, Decatur earned the slogan “Where it’s greater” for good reason—some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and schools make a cozy home for themselves in this peaceful area, which manages to embody the best of suburban life (great schools, manicured lawns, beautiful homes) with metropolitan glitz (excellent eateries, boutique shops and bustling nightlife). Downtown Decatur is the heart of the area and the historic Decatur Square is its main artery. Surrounding the square is a melange of locally-owned restaurants, shops and watering holes that lend an electric energy and eclectic spirit to the quaint town.
This burger joint represents the nation's new age of fast food—local ingredients, hormone-free, grass-fed and humanely raised beef, and plentiful options for those who live meat- and gluten-free. The Farm Burger in Decatur is the company's first location, which opened in 2010 and later sprouted locations in Buckhead and Dunwoody.
This local fast-casual chain is a Tex-Mex dream thanks to its ultra-fresh, locally sourced ingredients and killer margaritas. Try the fried chicken tacos, brisket enchiladas, jalapeño cole slaw, shrimp corn chowder or cheese dip. Don't forget to quench your thirst with a margarita, beer or cocktail from the full bar.
You can't help but fall in love with this Indian street-food hotspot thanks to open-concept seating and colorful, artistic decor. The menu is a roll call of jaw-droppingly good food with everything from Indian classic like uttapam and samosa chaat to fusion dishes like the sloppy jai (a take on the classic American sloppy joe).
The staff at this restaurant and bar sports Atlanta's finest facial hair, but this local watering hole has even more to offer thanks to a killer menu and creative cocktail list. Here, cocktails are indeed a craft—expect your drink order to take 10 minutes to prepare; trust us, it's a worthwhile wait. Don't miss the famous pub frites.
Considered one of Atlanta's best restaurants, Cakes & Ale manages to offer an extraordinary, gourmet meal in a relaxed, unpretentious setting. Sitting on Decatur Square, the restaurant's barnyard vibe fits its farm-to-table menu perfectly. Start with wellfleet clams then try the whole-roasted trout with bacon mayo and greens.
Find your inner Spaniard at this fantastic tapas restaurant. Here, traditional Spanish dishes—like morcilla (sausage), pulpo (octopus) and albondigas (meatballs)—intermingle with modern counterparts inspired by contemporary American flavors and techniques. Expect cured meats, Spanish cheeses, tapas, salads and cocas (flatbreads).
This train depot-turned-restaurant serves up stellar farm-to-table food, craft drinks and one of the city's best oyster bars. The industrial-chic bar will quench your thirst with everything from absinthe service and a wide array of classic cocktails (some are even on tap) to wine and drought beers.
Peruse Boogaloos for a stunning array of independent-label women’s clothing and accessories—like Bailey 44, Hanky Panky, Kerisma and Sanctuary—that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. This gorgeous boutique also carries a variety of home accessories, including Lollia, Creative Co-Op and Illume, Voluspa and Paddy Wax Candles.
Walk through Victory Sandwich Bar and through an inconspicuous door to access this small tiki temple. Here, you'll find a menu of Polynesian-inspired cocktails, including rum-filled punches, mai tais, frozen cocktails and punch bowls for larger groups.