Underwood Hills unleashed: Play and indulge in this thriving Atlanta neighborhood

Chattahoochee Food Works outside seating area at The Works on November 17, 2022
Brandon McKeown

Originally conceived in 1902 as Northside Park, Underwood Hills has always been a largely residential and industrial district. Full of single-family homes that once housed workers of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad, this district — nestled between the old CSX rail yards, I-75, and Howell Mill Road — is experiencing a boom in trendy new activities as the Westside resurgence spreads north. But this neighborhood is anything but sleepy and has a bounty of activities and cuisines for all tastes.

What can I do for fun in Underwood Hills?

Billed as a place to make connections through a social dining experience, Your 3rd Spot offers small plates and drinks alongside games and other group activities. Drop in after work with your coworkers and play some Jenga or battle a friend in shuffleboard as you sip on signature cocktails. Coming solo? Your 3rd Spot is launching an app with a connection feature to make new friends, and the space hosts frequent events for groups based on interests.

Grab a pint at these cool breweries. Underwood Hills is the perfect neighborhood for beer lovers, with a bevy of breweries to choose from. If you’re in the mood for Belgian brews and lagers, check out Bold Monk Brewing Co. Their space has a restaurant, brewery, bookstore, and coffee house in a venue that blends modern and Renaissance.

If you’re looking for German-style beer, head over to Round Trip Brewing Company. Can’t find a babysitter? This brewhouse has a kid’s play area on-site and a spacious outdoor patio that is pet-friendly.

For IPA and pale ale fans, check out Firemaker Brewing Company. Ranked highly by USA Today, this brewery has over 30 taps with a variety of beverage options. When the weather is nice, hang on the patio or step through their dragon-guarded gates to an expansive outdoor beer garden. If you get hungry, they partner with Scoville Hot Chicken for lunch and dinner.

Where are the best places to eat and drink in Underwood Hills?


Sometimes you just need some good old-fashioned BBQ. Leaning into a classic vibe, Das BBQ has you covered with a selection of barrel-smoked meats, wings, and sandwiches. Add a side of their Das cream corn, cole slaw, or mac and cheese. Grab a seat on their dog-friendly patio and enjoy the summer weather with a smoky sandwich!

Location: 1203 Collier Rd NW; Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; Website: dasbbq.com

Hankook Taqueria

Before Yumbii roamed the food truck scene, there was Hankook Taqueria. Nestled off Collier Road, this unassuming diner serves Korean-Mexican fusion quick bites. Pick a bowl, taco, or burrito and fill it with bulgogi beef, shrimp, crispy chicken, tofu, and more. Or if you lean toward the Mexican side of things, order some Korean-flavored nachos or a quesadilla. Don’t forget to grab a side of their signature sesame fries with a sweet and spicy crisp.

Location: 1341 Collier Rd NW; Hours: Mondays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Website: mytakorea.com

TydeTate Kitchen

The food hall at Chattahoochee Food Works has a smorgasbord of fantastic food options, but a standout is this family-owned Thai food stall. They have the classics such as pad thai and panang curry, but also delicious salads, stir fries, and spicy basil with your choice of proteins. Not in the mood for a full meal? Grab a chicken curry puff or a cheese roll.

Location: 1235 Chattahoochee Ave, Suite 130; Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Website: tydetatekitchen.com

Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Popular among the business lunch crowd (but open all day), Nuevo Laredo has an array of home-cooked Mexican dishes to add a little zest to your day. Upgrade from your grab-and-go Chipotle bowl by relaxing in Nuevo Laredo’s cozy family diner setting and pick from a wide selection of dishes such as tortas, tamales, enchiladas, fajitas, and more. You’ll want to grab a margarita or horchata to wash down their generous portions, too.

Location: 1495 Chattahoochee Ave NW; Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.; Website: nuevolaredocantina.com


There are sandwiches, and then there are the giant hoagies from Zunzi’s, a South African-inspired sandwich shop. This eclectic, off-color spot offers cheeky sandwiches such as the Godfather, a meat- and veggie-packed roll with a zesty sauce, or the Bird Island, filled with curry chicken and their own “dank sauce”. (For those with smaller stomachs, you can also get pita sandwiches or wings.) No matter what you order, you’re guaranteed to get loads of flavor that live up to their NSFW motto.

Location: 1971 Howell Mill Road; Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; Website: zunzis.com

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