In Your Neighborhood: Downtown Decatur

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Decatur, just ten minutes from downtown Atlanta, feels like a small town in the middle of a big city. But it ain’t just any ol’ town – it is jammed packed with some of the best places to eat and drink in all of metro Atlanta. Here, we have suggested a few places in the heart of Decatur for you to get you started.  But, this is just the tip of the iceberg folks.  There are many others within a two mile radius that we suggest you take a day or two to explore.

Oh, and worried about parking? MARTA spits you out right in the center of everything!

Thumbs Up Diner –  Thumbs Up is a classic, American diner-style breakfast joint. With a build-your-own breakfast plate, there is no way you can go wrong here! If you’re not keen on the traditional American breakfast, you can head to Cake’s and Ale Bakery to grab a pastry and coffee, true European-style .

Sweet Melissa’s – Family owned and operated since 1989, this place delivers a fantastic brunch any day you would like (that’s right, 7 days a week folks). Great variety and items such as their “famous yogurt pancakes” make this laid-back brunch spot a hit for any brunch aficionado.

Twain’s – Serving up some really awesome bar food, Twain’s is a great place to grab a casual lunch. It is also a brewery, so you can enjoy your meal there with a house-brewed beer. Offering billiards, darts and shuffleboard, Twain’s makes a good brunch spot (on the weekends only) or late night option.

Java Monkey – One of hippest coffee bistros around!  Java Monkey delivers on every aspect you could want – great coffee and bites, free wifi – and much more. Java Monkey opens early and stays open late, featuring open mic nights that include music, comedy and poetry.

Take the Kids
Raging Burrito – Great food (including a kids menu), laid back atmosphere, TONS of patio room to enjoy and TVs to watch the games insure that RB will be a hit with everyone in the family, and with your bank account!

Take a Date
Cakes and Ale – Cakes and Ale offers an intimate, yet chic and trendy, place to take a date. The food and beverage (especially wine) selections are sure to impress you and your date and to provide a memorable evening.

Take the Boss
Iberian Pig – With a masculine, but still modern, grandiose feel, the Pig is a great place to entertain your boss for either business or pleasure. Grab a drink and charcuterie plate at the bar or enjoy a full Spanish-inspired meal complete with a good bottle of vino.

After Work Cocktails
Leon’s Full Service – Whether you’re going there to blow off some steam or to enjoy the company of your work cohorts, Leon’s will not let you down!  The crew and the cocktails at Leon’s are the best town! Hint: they are currently offering their winter cocktail menu, including their uber-famous Gutter Pop… go, go now.

No. 246 – Serving Italian fare with a modern twist, Chef Drew Belline and company are consistently dishing out delicious food that’ll keep you coming back again and again (see: the meatball). The wine list is expansive and reasonable and the bar cranks out some killer house-created cocktails.

After Hours
Brick Store Pub – The nation’s second largest beer bar, the BSP offers upwards of 200 beers and stays open late. And man, do these people know their beer! BSP space is reminiscent of a traditional english pub and the vibe is friendly and casual. If you’re more into cocktails, you can head back to Leon’s… or you could mosey on over to Twain’s to shoot some pool – both are open late. No shortage of late-night spots in this town!

Eddie’s Attic – A live music venue, Eddie’s features a small, intimate music listening room that attracts local and regional music acts alike. The likes of John Mayer and Sugarland have gotten their starts here, so you know they’re doing something right.

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  1. Dana F. Blankenhorn:Most people think Oakhurst is in Decatur, too.
  2. FM Fats:No editor? "Family ran and operated"? Amazing. Ungrammatical and redundant in just three words.
    And I think you've got your Brick Store facts a bit twisted. Beer Advocate rated the BSP as the 2nd Best Beer Bar in the US in 2009, and #6 in the world in 2010. It's probably not even the biggest beer bar in Atlanta, much less the US.