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.
The food is worth the wait at these casual spots that offer from-scratch Mexican and Southwestern cuisine including tacos (we like the hickory-smoked pork and fried chicken), carnitas-style pork with salsa frita, enchiladas, rotisserie chicken and more. A full bar includes margaritas, liquor and bottled beer.
Created by husband-and-wife team Meherwan and Molly Irani (they also have a location in Asheville, North Carolina), the restaurant offers authentic Indian street food specialties as diverse as India’s own culture. Enjoy chaat (street snacks), Indian street sandwiches or uttapam (Indian crepes) and thalis (regional entrées).
Billy and Kristin Allin own this eclectic spot named one of “The Top Ten Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appetit. The restaurant serves fresh and seasonal fare; check the blackboard for specials and don’t miss the The Bakery at Cakes & Ale serving breakfast, lunch, dessert and coffee. D (Tu-Sa).
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, punch bowls and a limited food menu. Open W-Sa 6 pm-late, sometimes Su.