Druid Hills, a vibrant neighbourhood in Atlanta, is a home to a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Elegant mansions, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, stand as a testament to the grandeur of the past of Atlanta. The main campus of Emory University, which relocated to Atlanta in 1914, is also located in Druid Hills. Originally designed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, known for his iconic creations such as New York City’s Central Park, Druid Hills embodies his vision of a coexistence between nature and urban living. Its parks, churches and many more attractions make this neighbourhood a perfect sightseeing destination. However, you don’t want to roam the city on an empty stomach – and here is our list for the “not to miss” food places.
Wisteria Restaurant, housed in a building nearly a century old, serves contemporary American cuisine. It offers an intimate atmosphere that’s cozy and inviting. Wisteria has been serving modern Southern food since 2001. Many locals and visitors enjoy Chef Jason Hill’s seasonal menu which features meals like the all natural iron skillet fried half chicken and cornmeal dusted Icelandic cod. Wisteria prides itself on its diverse and extensive wine list served by its knowledgeable staff. Next time you’re in Atlanta treat yourself to a delicious meal here.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q began as a friendly backyard gathering with plenty of people eating tasty barbecue food and listening to live music. Texan twins Jonathan and Justin Fox developed a passion for cooking. Though they had no professional training, their backyard cooking appealed to over 250 people. In 2004 the Fox brothers went from barbecuing in the backyard to cooking seven days a week at Smith’s Olde Bar. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q opened in 2007. The restaurant’s slow-roast ribs, pulled pork and Southern sides are unbeatable, providing a taste that can’t be found anywhere else.
Rosebud is an energetic restaurant with great food, staff, and music. Their flavors and lively atmosphere are unique to this spot, making each customer glad they stopped by. Rosebud is open seven days a week, serving brunch on Fridays and the weekend, and dinner Monday through Friday. They prepare creative American cuisine dishes with a little Southern inspiration, and all their dishes feature local and regional ingredients. Rosebud also offers its menu items for special occasions. Guests can take advantage of the private dining area, furnished with custom made mahogany tables and chairs.
TWO urban licks
Two urban licks is one of the best places to visit in Atlanta. In addition to the wood-fired cuisine they have rotating rotisseries, a 26 foot wine on tap barrel wall, live music, wonderful downtown skyline views, and a floor to ceiling Todd Murphy painting lit by a gas lamp wall. These amazing features make this a one-of-a-kind restaurant. It’s also been nominated year after year as ‘best restaurant scene’ and ‘best place to take an out of towner.’
Murphy’s is one of Atlanta’s most loved restaurants, and has been for more than 30 years. The acclaimed restaurant brings in crowds of locals and visitors with their perfect combination of high quality food, amazing service, and comfortable atmosphere. Their chefs successfully create American contemporary food that focuses on fresh and local ingredients. The menu is packed with classic fan favorites like shrimp and grits and the Murphy’s burger. Murphy’s offers weekend brunch which is a must-try, as it features some of the best meals in town.
Goin’ Coastal provides guests with sustainable seafood. They feature only the highest quality seafood from sources that can exist over the long term without compromising species’ survival or the health of the ecosystem. This helps the restaurant stand apart from the rest because they believe the choices they make will help to enhance the seafood marketplace for all consumers, and sustainable fishing practices also yield the highest quality seafood. Visit Goin’ Coastal and enjoy a variety of meals from crab cakes to lobster mac and cheese while supporting the sustainable seafood market.
Wahoo! Grill is a casual European-influenced neighborhood restaurant with an elegant interior and a glass-walled dining room surrounded by a garden outside. The wonderful design was created to accommodate intimate dinners, gatherings of friends and party celebrations. Wahoo! Grill offers a creative menu featuring daily specials of pasta, steak and seafood dishes all prepared with the freshest local and organic ingredients. The knowledgeable and friendly staff provide guests with a warm and memorable dining experience.
Osteria is an Italian word for a neighborhood restaurant serving up wine and made-from-scratch food prepared with simplicity. Osteria 832 is the local go-to restaurant for Italian food at reasonable prices. Their thin-crust pizzas, pastas, and made-from-scratch sauces are delicious, and their brunch specialties can be enjoyed in the cozy dining room or under the beautiful patio lights. When guests dine at Osteria, they’re supporting a local restaurant that helps make the community a better place. They also host events and dine-outs to raise money for local schools, firehouse and organizations.
Il Localino is a classy restaurant that serves mouthwatering appetizers, entrees, and desserts. They offer a variety of meals from sliced medallions of filet mignon to spaghetti and meatballs. The restaurant features a welcoming and lively main dining room, yet for more quiet and intimate meals guests can ask to be served in the library atmosphere of The Venetian Room. No matter where you’re seated, be sure to look over the extensive wine and cocktail list to enjoy a drink with your meal. Il Localino was voted Best Italian Restaurant 2012 by Access Atlanta.
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