Welcome to the Eater Atlanta food crawl, a collection wherein Eater’s editor and contributors take readers on a tour of assorted eating places and meals round metro Atlanta. When Eater dines out, it’s typically achieved as a crew with a selected dish, drink, type of delicacies, or neighborhood in thoughts with a number of stops. These crawls are supposed to be comparatively walkable or simply pushed, and the quantity of meals manageable sufficient for the common urge for food of roughly two folks. In different phrases, deliver buddies.
For this crawl version, Atlanta-based meals and beverage author Laura Scholz explored a handful of eating places alongside Cheshire Bridge Highway within the Lindridge-Martin Manor neighborhood, east of Buckhead.
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Bordered by the Morningside neighborhood to its south and the worldwide meals thoroughfare of Buford Highway to the north, Cheshire Bridge Highway, with its intercourse outlets and lively nightlife scene (in addition to its eating places,) has remained largely untouched by mixed-use complexes and over-development, which appear to be stripping town of its character over the past decade.
Beginning with $2 tacos in the back of a Mexican market and ending with stomach dancing and baklava at a conventional Greek tavern, right here’s how one might spend a day crawling the eating places alongside this basic Atlanta strip.
Tacos at Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria
No have to drive to Buford Freeway for a taco repair because of a small Mexican market positioned at 2179 Cheshire Bridge, simply south of the intersection of Woodland Avenue. Stroll to the counter in the back of the shop and place an order for carne asada, al pastor, and different assorted tacos, all served on contemporary corn tortillas garnished with cilantro, onion, and lime and selection of pink or inexperienced salsa (or each). There are a couple of tables for eating in, too. Head in on weekends for a bowl of spicy menudo, which could be made hotter by including the market’s fiery pink salsa to the combination. Open day by day at 9 a.m.
Tip: Name forward to have meals ready upon arrival.
Ginger Tea and Lunch at Embilta Cafe & Restaurant
Head 1 / 4 mile down the road to this tiny, all-day Ethiopian cafe for kitfo (beef tartare with clarified butter and spices), lamb wot (a hearty stew), and the can’t-miss veggie particular — spicy cut up lentils, yellow peas, greens, cabbage, and chickpeas. It’s served with 4 to 5 items of injera, a fermented sourdough flatbread. End with a digestif — the home ginger tea, served heat with a contact of honey earlier than heading to the following cease.
Tip: The restaurant is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. so, go to on off hours to keep away from the lunch and dinner crowds.
Martinis with a Aspect of Fried Rooster at The Colonnade
No Cheshire Bridge meals tour could be full with out this subsequent iconic Atlanta restaurant on the checklist. Drive a half mile down the street from Embilta Cafe and step again in time at this basic “meat and three” serving beneficiant platters of rooster fried rooster (sure, it’s a factor), pot roast, and Southern sides like macaroni and cheese and collards. Want to save lots of room for the following a part of the crawl? Skip the heavy entrees and go for shrimp cocktail as a substitute. Wash it down with one of many restaurant’s ice chilly martinis. Like its fried rooster, the martinis on the Colonnade are legendary and likewise generously poured.
Tip: At $13, the early fowl particular (out there Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. to six:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 12 p.m. to four p.m.) contains an entree plus two sides, a drink, and dessert. It’s top-of-the-line bargains on the town.
Outdated Faculty Italian Dinner at Nino’s Cucina Italiana
Atlanta doesn’t have a “Little Italy” however, it does have Nino’s; a captivating, family-owned and operated classic red sauce restaurant that opened in 1968. It’s only a quick stroll from the Colonnade, too. As town’s longest working Italian restaurant, the vibe is heat, the parts beneficiant, and the pasta contemporary. The order? Begin with the baked clams oreganata or hearty minestrone soup, each holdovers from the unique menu, then transfer on to the gnocchi (pillowy potato dumplings served in basic bolognese sauce), adopted by the veal parmesan, butchered on web site, sautéed, and swimming in marinara and mozzarella.
Tip: Ask for an appetizer-sized order of the pasta dishes, a few of that are additionally out there gluten free. Reservations could also be mandatory on Friday and Saturday nights.
Dessert and Dancing at Taverna Plaka
End up the night at Taverna Plaka, a Greek tavern a half mile up the street from Nino’s. Break up a conventional Greek dessert like baklava or karithopita (walnut cake), down a glass or two of ouzo (anise-flavored aperitif), and put together to bop the night time away. The DJ begins spinning Mediterranean tunes at 10 p.m., when friends are invited to affix the stomach dancers, employees, and different patrons on the dance flooring, and even on the tables.
Tip: Bringing a gaggle? Make a reservation upfront for bigger events.