often, when driving to the beach, we stop in atlanta. we love the bigger city feel and checking out new places. the super southern vibe is intoxicating and there are always new ideas to be found. i love the southern cuisine and the alfresco dining. you can enjoy great weather here almost all year. these are a few of my favorite neighborhoods and fun dining options that are kid friendly as well. check out these super fun and chic shopping options while you are there! happy travels!
Virginia Highland / www.virginiahighland.com / The people are pretty preppy and it is a safe place / It is all very walkable / Be sure to go ahead and pay to park in the hardware store lot / All the on street parking is by permit only and there are no signs, so avoid the $25 ticket / This is where all the craftsman bungalows are too
Yeah! Burger / www.yeahburger.com / 1017 north highland avenue / malbec / veggie burger on a whole grain bun with pimento cheese, plum tomatoes, jalapenos, sunflower sprouts and hot alabama relish / hand battered onion rings / the veggie burger is pretty close to a religious experience, i almost stomped on the floor it was so good! / Bon Appetit voted them one of the top ten burgers!
Osteria 832 / www.osteria832.com / 832 north highland road / cabernet / fried cheese ravioli with pomodoro sauce / eggplant parmigiana / yummy italian and kid friendly too!
fritti pizza / www.urestaurants.com / 309 north highland avenue / isalata di rucola - arugula, parmigiano, olive oil and lemon / carciofi e olive pizza - tomato sauce, mozzarella, artichokes and black olives / this hip pizza bar is especially fun on a nice evening when the doors are open
Taco Mac / www.tacomac.com / 1006 north highland avenue / chardonnay / chips and salsa / bean street tacos / this is a fun place to watch sports! / my kids love the coca cola freestyle machine that make an insane number of soda flavors!
festivity / www.festivityonline.com / 1039 north highland avenue / super cute gift ware and a great selection of judith march dresses!
paper source / www.paper-source.com / 1052-54 north highland avenue / yes, this is a chain, but it’s my family’s go-to creation station. we exchange letterpress cards for every occasion and save them as keepsakes / we love the giftwrap and super creative gifts!
stanton home furnishings / www.stantonhomefurnishings.com / 1050 north highland avenue / the lighting here is just insane / they are spot on for interiors!
Westside Provosions District / www.westsidepd.com / howell mill at 14th street / this outdoor shopping plaza is the hippest spot in the city / you’ll find cool restarants and chic shops here / jonathan adler, room and board, calypso st barthe, billy reid, anthropologie, lululemon, kayce hughes, and more!
The West Egg / 1100 howell mill road / www.westeggcafe.com / iced tea / the fried green tomato wrap - fried green tomato, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, horseradish dill sauce in a whole wheat tortilla / the most insane southern breakfast food (served all day) / The interior is super cool too!
Star Provisions / www.starprovisons.com / 1198 howell mill road / is a super upscale gourmet market / gourmet carryout / home goods store / it rambles on and on with for the kitchen deliciousness!
ann mashburn / www.annmashburn.com / 1198 howell mill road / ann’s mix of preppy chic pieces is lovely / look for a j crew hipster vibe / her signature line of oxfords and shirt dresses are stunners
sid mashburn / www,sidmashburn.com / 1198 howell mill road / sid mashburn knows how to outfit a gentleman / his signature line of suits, oxfords and ties is simply dashing / his line of footware is sumptuous as well / also for sale is a collection of well edited basic including levi’s, tretorn, and more
The Ritz Carlton / www.ritzcarlton.com/buckhead / 3434 peachtree road, northeast / they have great jazz in the lobby bar from 9-12 on weekends and there is no cover / The bar snacks are yummy and the brunch is fantastic! / You can always find a special for a two king room with brunch and valet parking included for under $250 per night, and considering the price of brunch, that is pretty good / They also have a great indoor pool, that the kids love!
Phipps plaza / www.simon.com/mall/phipps-plaza / 3500 peachtree road, northeast / full of super designer window shopping and wonderful fashions / saks, gucci, lilly pulitzer, jack rogers, henri bendel, tiffany & co and more / For a treat lunch at Neiman Marcus is pretty special!
fellini’s pizza / www.fellinisatlanta.com / 2809 peachtree road / a slice with garlic, spinach, tomatoes, black olives and broccoli / sit outside and enjoy a casual evening
la fonda / www.fellinisatlanta.com / 2813 peachtree road / margarita / chips and salsa / veggie tacos – Two soft tacos filled with grilled squash, mushrooms, broccoli, onions, peppers and pimentos, with fresh spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar and Monterey jack cheese and a mojo-mustard dressing / authentic mexican in a fun, casual setting
Other than that…
Little 5 Points / www.atlanta-midtown.com/business/l5p / Little 5 Points is totally gritty and has a hip hop/hippie vibe / Lots of patchouli and American Apparel / There are a ton of cool brunch spots down here and it can be a cool scene / A lot like Bardstown Road or Germantown / Maybe even over the rhine in Cincinnati, kind of punk rock
georgia aquarium / www.georgiaaquarium.org / 225 baker street, northwest / this aquarium is actually the best I have been to / it’s a Must see!! / belugas, jellies, a coral reef and more!
Piedmont Park / www.piedmontpark.org / 1320 monroe drive, northeast / the Botanical Gardens are such an oasis / There and fantastic wine nights and concerts there too!! / they also have a great recreation and fitness program!