Restaurants In Little Five Points, Atlanta's Hip Neighborhood

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Heather Hamblin

This eastside Atlanta neighborhood has become the alternative scene to eat, unwind, and shop at eclectic thrift shops and bookstores. Historic buildings stand as a backdrop for edgy restaurants and offbeat art. Record stores, live music venues, and offices of two independent record labels make this neighborhood popular for young crowds looking for an alternative music scene. Little Five Points’ restaurant scene is a unique blend of bars, coffee shops, and dives, serving up good food with a side of attitude.

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The Vortex Bar & Grill

Though this place might seem kitschy, The Vortex is a local favorite. The burger joint has been in business for 20 years, and has an unapologetic approach that customers love. Consistently heralded as the best burger in Atlanta, patrons enter the restaurant via the cold white jaws of a giant skull. Inside, the decor is an eclectic mix of indie art, old car parts, Christmas lights, and junk. The Vortex is serious about having fun, and is not interested in customers that aren’t. Keep in mind that this is a bar, so you’ll have to be 21 to dine or drink here.


Brewhouse Cafe is a no-nonsense place for diners looking for a spot to watch the game and get a bite to eat. If you’re not interested in sports, take a seat on the upstairs patio and enjoy a view of Atlanta’s city skyline, or people-watch the locals walking by below. Fan favorites on the menu include the Scottish sausage rolls and the Bavarian pretzels. As odd as it sounds, customers also repeatedly come back for their tater tots. This cafeteria staple gets an update for a more mature audience, and Brewhouse lovers totally dig it.

The Porter Beer Bar

With a menu containing over 800 beer selections, The Porter Beer Bar is the perfect place for enthusiasts. Both draft and bottled brews are offered from local breweries and every imaginable corner of the earth. The food is also surprisingly good here. Customers constantly rave about the Georgia wild shrimp and grits, Reuben sandwich, and salt and vinegar popcorn appetizer. The atmosphere at The Porter Beer Bar is laid-back and genuine, keeping locals both happy and hydrated.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

The flavor and texture of boiled peanuts is unique and not to everyone’s taste, but it’s a must-try if you’re new to the South. Wrecking Bar Brewpub likes to serve theirs boiled in an IPA, naturally, since their business is based on a love for beer and upscale pub food. Diners can enjoy a glass of locally brewed beer alongside pork osso bucco, or pan-seared scallops. This brewpub is housed in a dramatically beautiful Victorian home, and provides guests with good food, great drinks, and a heaping dose of southern charm.

Arden’s Garden

Though not exactly a sit-down restaurant, Arden’s Garden has earned its place as a solid Atlanta establishment in its own right. The natural food joint now has multiple locations throughout the city. The Little Five Points location is small, but serves up fresh juices and smoothies that customers love. Start your day with the Beet it Better, the green Veg-a-holic, or the Cocoa Carrot. Arden’s also offers several juice cleanses and detox plans that you can purchase and take home for a health re-boot.

Zesto Drive-In

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Zesto is all-American classic, dripping with nostalgia. There are five locations throughout the metro Atlanta area, but the one in Little Five Points has become iconic to the neighborhood due to its charm and atmosphere. Customers can relive days gone by with a menu that includes juicy hamburgers, jumbo hot dogs, and old-fashioned malts. There really is no guesswork involved when ordering at Zesto. They simply do American drive-in food right, and on a level far above any fast-food counterpart.

El Myr

El Myr is a restaurant with a decidedly different vibe. It is smoker-friendly, and gives off more of a lounge or bar-like feel. The staff and owners here are serious about humor and having a good time. Their funky menu consists of specialities like the broccoli and mushroom burrito, or a spinach and jalapeno quesadilla. If you’re feeling less adventurous, go for the classic steak nachos. Either way, you’ll be leaving El Myr with a full belly and a smile on your face.

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