- Cailin O'Brien The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Considering a move to Decatur?
Not only is the area New York Times certified as "trendsetting," it's peppered with eateries you won't be sorry to have in your backyard.
Craving a quirky sandwich? Need some tapas in your life? Have a few picky kids you need to feed? Decatur's dining scene can help you out.
So, while you're checking out homes in Decatur, take a moment to check out these notable spots, too.
186 Rio Cir., Decatur, Ga. 30030, www.southernsweets.com/bakery.html
They call themselves "Atlanta's Homemade Secret for 20 years." Stop by Southern Sweets for a quick lunch or take one of their ridiculously good cakes to go. Southern Sweets sources their product to many Atlanta restaurants.
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga. 30030, www.leonsfullservice.com/food
If you're looking for the perfect patio experience, it's happening at Leon's. The bocce ball court is perfect for family fun and your kids will flip over their French fries.
Already addicted to Leon's Full Service Warm Chickpea Salad? We've got the recipe for you here.
340 Church St., Decatur, Ga. 30030, www.vicsandwich.com
For a quickly assembled, high quality sandwich, you need to try Victory. Almost all of their sandwiches are $4, so feel free to order two or three. If you want to upgrade your afternoon, try one of their boozy slushies and challenge your date to Ping-Pong.
121 Sycamore St., Decatur, Ga. 30030, www.theiberianpigatl.com/index
For authentic Spanish tapas in a sexy atmosphere, Iberian Pig is the place to be. Hit this hot spot right on the square for their killer charcuterie program and fabulous cheeses.
406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga. 30030, www.chaipanidecatur.com
Decatur is full of authentic Indian food, but for a truly amazing experience, go to Chai Pani. This funky spot features chaat, Indian street sandwiches, unique salads and thali platters (special of the day). Many Decatur establishments are kid-friendly and Chai Pani is no exception. They have an excellent kids menu that is perfect for less adventurous eaters. But word on the street is Chai Pani makes a good cocktail for adult nights out, too.
155 Sycamore Street, Decatur, Ga 30030, http://www.cakesandalerestaurant.com
It doesn't sound like it, but you can get a mean salad at Cakes and Ale. The lentil-vegetable salad includes marinated red beets, haricots verts and shaved radish deftly dressed with a subdued vin. Were you actually expecting cake? No worries -- this spot also serves up apple crumb tarts, chocolate flourless cakes and, of course, a cake of the day.
129 Church Street Decatur, Ga. 30030, http://www.revivaldecatur.com/
If you're moving a family to Decatur, you need to plan a dinner at Revival. The restaurant offers family-style meals in an atmosphere designed to bring everybody together around the table, kind of like in the "good old days." Be prepared for gourmet southern cooking (the fried chicken is a must-order).
129 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga. 30030, http://www.no246.com/
Here's your new pizza date-night spot. With all that downtown Decatur offers, a date night that starts at No. 246 is a great gateway to fun. You can also eat away your weekday stress with the restaurant's Lasagna dinner Tuesdays.
303 East Howard Avenue, Decatur, Ga. 30030, http://www.kimball-house.com/
You're going to want to visit Kimball House's raw bar during its happy hours Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. It features anywhere between 15 to more than 20 varieties of fresh oysters depending on the time of year.
254 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga 30030
Pinewood has a laid-back cool vibe that makes it perfect for those who want a hip place to enoy a well-made after work cocktail. Try snacking on some mini Logan turnpike cheese grit cakes with sweet chili aioli while you sip your drink.View full experience