Castleberry Hill is set deep in the pocket of Atlanta’s history scene, beginning with its reconstruction after the Civil War, when it was one of the first to rebuild and entice the resettlement of laborers, blacksmiths, and tradespeople. During the Civil Rights Era, Castleberry Hill became the home front for Civil Rights leaders as they gathered to fortify their bodies and spirits with good food and good company.
Today, Castleberry Hill is still home to the movers and shakers of Atlanta. Just northeast from famed HBCU’s Morehouse and Spellman, the storied streets of Castleberry Hill welcome those seeking an inspired arts scene buoyed by refreshing food and drinks.
Whether you’re new to Atlanta, or a long-time resident, Castleberry Hill offers foodies a plethora of not-to-be-missed hot spots.
People have been coming to Paschal’s in Atlanta since 1947, when James and Robert Paschal opened the first location at 831 West Hunter Street and started serving up filling favorites, like fried chicken, braised short ribs, and smothered pork chops. People came for the food and stayed for the company. Paschal’s Restaurant soon became the meeting place for politicians, entertainers, and civil rights leaders.
Paschal’s food has staying power and is still a Castleberry Hill spot that can’t be missed. Their fried chicken and crispy catfish are still menu favorites. For dessert, Paschal’s doesn’t steer far from the southern classics, and for good reason. One recent diner stated that Paschal’s peach cobbler is “the truth.”
Paschal’s is still in the business of supporting community with student discounts on home cooked meals.
Location: 180 Northside Dr.; Website: paschalsatlanta.com; Contact: 404-835-0833
Fellaship Cigar and Cocktail Bar is everything its name suggests and more. Open Thursday through Sunday, this sexy weekend spot offers comfort food, like ponzu-glazed Scottish salmon and bone-in lamb chops with mac n cheese, alongside knowledgeable bartenders and cigar assistants, who can you find you the perfect drink and smoke. People come back to Fellaship again and again for the upscale atmosphere and incredible food.
If you are hoping for smokeless dining options, skip Fellaship’s, as the restaurant is made with cigar smokers in mind.
Location: 110 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. Suite 102-104; Website: fellashipatl.com; Contact: 404-254-4970
Old Lady Gang
This southern eatery, owned by the original Old Lady Gang (OLG), Joyce Jones, Bertha Jones, and Nora Wilcox of Kandi’s RHOA fame, serves up southern flair in a clean, upbeat atmosphere. Expect friendly service and delicious food, including blackened salmon and yams, deep fried deviled eggs, and sweet cornbread with honey butter. The OLG drink menu offers craft beers, wine, and sweet cocktails.
Be sure to come early to avoid the lines or long wait times.
Location: 177 Peters St. SW; Website: oldladygang.com; Contact: 404-748-9689
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not give it the love and attention it deserves? ADios Café at 180 Walker Street is located inside No Mas! Cantina, a vibrant Mexican restaurant that serves a full menu (don’t miss the spicy mango margarita with tajin habenero and jalapeños.)
ADios Café offerings include favorites like the blue corn pancakes and southwest omelet. If you need a little pick-me-up, consider the Mayan Mocha that adds a little ‘chile de arbol’ spice. Don’t forget to save a few minutes to browse their shop, that features arts and crafts from over 500 Mexican artisans.
Location: 180 Walker St SW ste d; Website: adioscafe.com; Contact: 404-574-5679
Elliott Street Deli & Pub
The Elliott Street Deli & Pub is a local well-lit saloon owned by the Jakob brothers, and is located right across from the Mercedes Benz Stadium at 51 Elliott Street SW, Atlanta. Whether you’re in the area for an Atlanta United Soccer game or walking Castleberry Hill just to find a bite to eat, stop in and find out why Elliott Street Deli & Pub is known for the best sandwich in town.
Every sandwich starts with fresh, local artisan breads. The sandwiches are crafted with quality and taste in mind. From their Famous French Dip, that features Londonport roast beef and imported swiss cheese, to the deli’s take on the reuben—The Rachel—that combines warm pastrami with sauerkraut, imported swiss cheese, and 1000 island dressing all hot pressed to crispy perfection, you’ll be sure to find something tasty.
Location: 51 Elliott Street SW; Website: elliottstreet.com; Contact: 404-523-2174
Bottle Rocket Fine Food and Beverage
This trendy spot located right next to No Mas! Cantina offers an intimate gathering place for sushi and unique drinks. From the friendly bartender that greets guests like family to the unpretentious way they serve up sushi, Bottle Rocket gets everything right.
Menu favorites include the Bottle Rocket roll that features shrimp tempura, avocado, cream cheese, and of course that spicy mayo and eel sauce. If you’re feeling in the mood for a burger, don’t fret. Bottle Rocket also offers a black angus burger marinated in their in-house Korean bbq sauce.
Location: 180 Walker St. SW; Website: bottlerocketatl.com; Contact: 404-574-5680
Dat Fire Jerk Chicken
There’s nothing fancy about Dat Fire Jerk Chicken. And sometimes that’s just what we’re in the mood for—authentic, delicious food. Expect to find flavorful Jamaican food that comes out piping hot. Order from their chalkboard menu, where you’ll find favorites like oxtails with peas and rice and jerk chicken tacos.
You can expect generous portions and just enough spice to give your tastebuds something to salivate over. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the mango sauce with any of their curries or tacos.
Location: 226 Northside Dr. SW; Website: datfirejerkchicken.com; Contact: 404-254-4494
If you’re looking for an excuse to visit Castleberry Hill, come for the art stroll, recently named one of the top 10 art strolls in the country. The self-guided tour occurs the second Friday of every month from 6-10 p.m. Info sheets and maps are posted on the Castleberry Hill website the week of the event, and are available the night of the stroll at 180 Walker St., in front of Bottle Rocket. Once you’re done strolling and soaking up the art, be sure to stick around a little longer for the food and fun.