Regional Chain-

Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs-Who knows how the heck a jersey style sub became a thing down here, but here they are, since 1975


For record fanatics, stop into Criminal Records for a great selection of toys, comics and CDs but not a stitch of Vinyl (466 Moreland Ave. NE, 404-215-9511 in Little Five Points).
A true hipster can spend and entire trip in the neighborhoods Little Five Points, Virginia Highlands and East Atlanta.  Little Five Points is the true capital of Hipsterdom in ATL.
There is also a branch of Trader Vics in a fancy Hotel, the only major tiki chain
Alternative Radio-WRAS-88.5 FM

Get current info on bands playing and such in Creative Loafing. Some offbeat events are run by RowdyDowdy.


Tiki Bar-

The S.O.S. Tiki Bar-340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030(404) 377-9308 closed Monday and Tuesday maybe

More Clubs:
Halo Lounge-817 W Peachtree St Nw, Atlanta, GA
The Mark-formerly Karma-79 Popular Street NW-(404-577-6967)
513 Club-513 Edgewood Avenue-(404-223-5132) for live music (is this still open?)
Euclid Yacht Club-1136 Euclid Avenue (404-688-2582)-awesome dive bar with boiled peanuts in little five points.
The Tabernacle-152 Luckie Street-(404-659-9022) housed in an old church.

Live Music Clubs in  Atlanta:
The EARL-488 Flat Shoals Road-(404-522-3950)
The Echo Lounge-551 Flat Shoals Road-(404-681-3600)
Masquerade-695 North Avenue-404-577-2007
Smiths Olde Bar-1580 Piedmont Rd-Tel: (404) 875-1522

Terminal West-Foundry turned  venue at King Plow Arts Center, with bar/restaurant. 887 West Marietta St NW C, Atlanta, GA 30318  (404) 876-5566
Variety Playhouse-1099 Euclid Avenue in Little Five Points.
East Atlanta Flat Shoals Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30316  (404) 577-2073

The Mammal Gallery -Art Gallery with band events: 91 Broad St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303: (678) 744-7095

529 Bar // East Atlanta -full bar and music venue located in the heart of East Atlanta Village | 529 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta, Ga. 30316 | 404-228-6769.

Starlight Drive In-Old timey drive in with occasional afternoon band events, etc.2000 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, (404) 627-5786

Record Stores:
Criminal Records-466 Moreland Avenue NE, Little Five Points (404) 215-9511
Wax N Facts-432 Moreland Avenue-(404-525-2275)-Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl
Satellite Records-421 Moreland Avenue-(404-880-9746) Dance Music
Wuxtry-2096 North Decatur Road- (404-329-0020)


There is a mini chain called Grindhouse Killer burgers that serve shake shack style burgers with great onion rings and an amazing logo.
Zesto Atlanta-Mini chain of soft serve ice cream and DQ like burgers, etc.  From a tipster “Zesto is a twisty cone place and I swear there is meth or crack or metha’crack in this devlish concoction b/c I have NEVER liked twisty cones like I like these, nor wanted to tell anyone {shout from rooftops} plus it’s an icon.”

Silver Skillet-200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318  404-874-1388-Breakfast restaurant

The Greater Good BBQ-4441 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342-404-303-8525-Good Ribs
Added 8/26/07 tip from Ursula1000
Ria’s Bluebird, 404.521.3737 421 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA. 30312 
They have these pancakes w/ caramelized bananas that are to die for. I’m serious. Do yourself a favor and grab brunch there.
Eats-760 Ponce de Leon Avenue-(404-873-5002)-very unusual mini food court with all sorts of veggie and pasta dishes
Fellinis Pizza-1634 McLendon Avenue and other locations-(404-687-9190)
Mellow Mushroom-931 Monroe Drive and other locations-(404-874-2291)
Savage Pizza-484 Moreland Avenue-(404-523-0500) Yum! Garlic tomato paste!

K & K Soul Food-881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 +1 404-685-1073
Bridgetown Grill-1156 Euclid Avenue and other locations (404-653-0110) Great Carribean food.
The Colonnade, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-4923
Phone: (404) 874-5642 Old school sprawling restaurant bridging the gap between soul food and modern
The Varsity-61 North Avenue-(404-881-1706)-Gigantic, unusual, touristy burger and dog joint.  Its been featured on Food Network and the PBS hotdog special.  Chili Dogs are the Specialty of the house.
Heaping Bowl and Brew-469 Flat Shoals Avenue-ecclectic bistro where dishes are served in bowls.
Majestic-1031 Ponce de Leon-(404-875-0276)-Greasy 24 hour Diner with classic diner fare.
Flying Biscuit-1655 McLendon Avenue-Brunchy, Pseudo vegetarian fare (meaning lots of salads, etc) at this restaurant co-owned by an Indigo Girl. Now a mini chain.
Daddy D’z-264 Memorial Drive SE-404-222-0206-BBQ and Blues.  Featured on food network.
La Fonda Latina, Little Five points and other locations.  Excellent, very cheap cuban/spanish/mexican food.  Paella for less than 8 bucks!!!
The Vortex-two locations, one in little five points-“best place for tots and burgers and you can get cussed out by the servers all in one visit. They have a trailer park sandwich of pimento loaf and white bread along with The Coronary which is a fried egg upon top of one of these giant greeezy burgers (four stars **** for hangover friendly). ”
The Highlander,  931 Monroe Drive • Atlanta, Georgia 30308  (404) 872-0060 bar with super awesome bar food

Hankook Taquaria-1341 Collier Road – Atlanta, GA 30318  , 404.352.8881 Korean tacos!? and cheap 7 dollar Bi Bim Bap.Closed Sunday and only lunch monday.  Til 9 pm other days.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q -1238 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 Most days til 11PM: (404) 577-4030 Fried pickles and jalapenos and good ribs

Moe’s & Joe’s Tavern -1033 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia.Burgers and sandwiches since the 40s

Mary Mac’s Tea Room – 224 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308-southern food classic since the 40s

OK Cafe -1284 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327-Cool building

Bon Ton ATL- 674 Myrtle St. NE, Atlanta, GA-Crab boil restaurant

Stay away from the Buckhead neighborhood.  It is for khaki people.

Regional Oddity-Gigantic cups of Sweetened Ice Tea.  If you want unsweetened you have to TELL THEM!!!!

Girls Roller Derby League-

“Budget Hotels”
Worth noting for superior service and luxury at a less expensive price is the centrally located Georgian Terrace. It is located directly across the street from the historic and beautiful Fox Theater in Midtown and is itself a restored historic building. 659 Peachtree St.  404-897-1991
Rates: $120 and up

There’s a lower-end hotel/motel on nearly every corner, but few have as much character as the Highland Inn in Virginia Highlands.  “recently” renovated to attract a “higher-end” clientele-though still on the rustic side with separate hot and cold faucets in the sinks, etc. The Highland is a renovated mansion with 55 rooms that are sparsely but tastefully decorated.  You’ll see a lot of European tourists and more often than not, a rocker on the road, crashing conveniently and cheaply for the night.  644 N. Highland Dr., Phone: 404-874-5756
Rates: $71 and up. 

An alternative to hotels is a  Victorian bed and breakfast. You can stumble upon many along Midtown’s Juniper and Piedmont Avenues.

MJQ Concourse is literally an underground club  Its in a parking lot and the only visible sign is a tiny shack that leads into an underground garage.Cash-only -736 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 also hosts shows by .  The only club presence is on twitter and instagram.  Yelp has bad info.

Other bars, clubs, etc.
Argosy -470 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 -most days 5PM–2:30AM  (404) 577-0407 gastropub with occasional DJs including Fringe Factory Mod Night.
Clermont Lounge-789 Ponce De Leon Avenue-Normally I wouldn’t put a strip joint in the hipster travel listings, but this one kept coming up in my research, so I am including it. Apparantly, this is a great dive bar with cheap beer and amusing, non tradational strippers. It is very close to MJQ and the restaurant Eats. Also nearby in the Kroger shopping center is the internet cafe Innovox.
Junkmans Daughter-464 Moreland Ave, Little Five Points-toys, clothes, shoes, etc.
This tiny shack is the exterior of MJQ, a cool club
Slaw Dogs and tasty food from The Varsity, An Atlanta Classic
Alpharetta, GA
Alpha Soda is 11760 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009-since the 20s.  Southern restaurant.

Marietta, GA (Atlanta Suburbs)


The Red Eyed Mule -1405 Church St Extension, Marietta, GA 30060 (678) 809-4546, only open for breakfast and lunch til 2 pm, this is the home of “Jakes Sloppy Slaw burger” a favorite of Alton Brown.

Athens, GA Hometown of the B-52s


Clubs. GO BAR-195 Prince Ave, Athens, GA

Athens, GA

The local alternative paper is the Flagpole.  Also checkRock Athens.  Dawgfood is a local food blog.


The World Famous – 351 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601 (706) 543-4002 Apparantly the food isn’t as good as it used to be but the bar is supposed to be cool.

Flicker Theater and Bar-263 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601 (706) 546-0039 Occasional live bands too

Go Bar-195 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601  til 2AM  (706) 546-5609-small bar with occassional bands that can make the crowd flow out the door.

five & ten-1653 S. Lumpkin Street -Athens, Georgia 30606
(706) 546-7300 upscale southern food

Mamas Boy-197 OAK STREET-ATHENS, GA 30601 (706) 548-6249 -breakfast, lunch and brunch, biscuits, pork chops, etc.

The Grill-171 College Avenue  Athens, GA 30601, (706) 543-4770-24 hours a day, 7 days a week save a couple holidays.  Burgers, burgers, burgers, burgers, hot dogs, sammys, and you don’t have to have french fries, you can get salad or mashed instead.

Live music-
40 Watt Club -285 W. Washington St. -Athens GA -706.549.7871
Caledonia Lounge-256 W Clayton St.  Entrance in rear

The Max Canada – 243 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601(706) 286-0339-Dive bar with Bands

Georgia Theater-215 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601  (706) 850-7670


Record Stores-

Low Yo Yo Stuff ,261 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601
Secret Sounds 215 Commerce Boulevard in a stall market Athens, GA 30606
Wuxtry Athens-197 E. Clayton St., Athens GA 30601-2702 ,(706)-369-9428

Avondale Estates, GA (Atlanta Suburbs)


Pallookaville Fine Foods -17N Avondale Plz, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 (404) 500-1785-“gourmet” corn dog and quirky decor.

Blakely, GA
Blakely Chicken -212 N Main St, Blakely, GA 39823 (229) 723-4201 most days-10AM–10PM-Chicken shack with amazing cheap fried chicken. good fried okra too. Take out of picnic table only.

Cartersville, Ga


4 Way Lunch-E Main, Cartersville, GA 30120.  Great diner where they smother your burger in chili

Clayton, GA


Aunt B’s General Store-539 US-441, Clayton, GA 30525  706-982-9098

Columbus, GA
Ezell’s Catfish-4001 Warm Springs Rd, Columbus, GA 31909 Tin shack kind of Seafood Shack with crab claws and more
Odd Museum-The Lunchbox Museum-purported to have the largest collection of lunchboxes.
Located Inside of International Marketplace, 318 10th Ave. Columbus, GA 31901 Phone  706-332-6378
Cumming, GA
Fagan’s Biscuit Barn -1530 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA 30041-9504. Breakfast and Lunch Southern Food.  Monday-Friday   5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dillard, GA
Dillard House is a destination restaurant with a huge southern menu.  A must visit.


Augusta, GA

The local alternative paper is the Metropolitan Spirit.

Mini Chain-Wife Saver-fried chicken and Shrimp Southern sides, try the brocolli casserole and pimento cheese. 3316 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 860-2605
BBQ Barn-Only Wednesday to Saturday-10298 Atomic Rd, North Augusta, SC (803) 278-7202 THey have St Louis Gooey butter cake on the dessert menu.

Gary’s Hamburgers- 3909 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30907 most days 6AM–9PM  (706) 210-7575

Jackies M’s and Son Cafe and Catering: 3308 Milledgeville Rd, Augusta, GA 30909  (706) 738-6055 They have cheesesteaks, but you want to get a soul roll with Cucumber sauce and hot smoked turkey sandwiches.  Closed Sunday and Monday
Olde Time Burgers-1944 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904 (706) 736-4464 The kind of small burgers this site lives for. Closed Sunday, Most days 11AM–7PM Get a double

Perry’s Pig – 1957 Old Savannah Rd, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 724-2387 BBQ Closed Sunday and Monday.
Sports Center Restaurant -594 Broad St, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 724-9307 Big thick burgers and best onion rings anywhere.

Honey From the Rock Cafe-2621 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30904 1 706-434-1098


Soul Bar : 984 Broad St, Augusta, GA 30901 most nights 4PM–2AM (706) 724-8880

Brunswick, GA

Hostel in the Forest, Brunswick, GA 912-264-9738-Sleep in a treehouse for 15 bucks a night!


Tipsy McSways – homemade pretzels & live music : 1414 Newcastle St, Brunswick, GA 31520  (912) 267-9991 Most nights til 2AM

Buena Vista, GA (near Atlanta)
While visiting Atlanta, take a drive to see folk art masterpiece Pasaquan.  PLEASE CALL AHEAD BEFORE VISITING.  For an appointment to visit Pasaquan call Gwen Martin @ 912-649-9444
or Pat Connell / Connell Gallery, 333 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, GA 404-261-1712 or email:

+1 706-892-1212

Cordele, GA

Eats-Jack’s Old South BBQ is in Cordele, GA.. just off of I-75 (exit 101) in South Ga. When you exit (assuming you are going south on I-75), take a right. Look for a Liberty gas and Shoney’s restaurant. There is a little road between them that leads to a shopping center (approx. 100 yards). You will see the restaurant on the right side as you enter the shopping center.

Decatur, GA

Sites-Waffle House Museum ?-  2719 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030-first waffle house, now a museum. W-Th by appt, call 48 hrs in advance.770-326-7086  Admission:Free
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Eatonton, GA
On Highway 142 between Covington and Eatonton, you will find the Nuwaubian Pyramids of Georgia.  It is the compound of a religious organization that is founded on ancient Egyptian teaching.   404 Shady Dale Road, Eatonton, Ga., Highway 142

Gwinett, GA

The local alternative paper is the Gwinett Loaf.

Helen, GA

Muller’s Famous Fried Cheese Cafe-Chattahoochee Strasse, Helen, GA 30545

Helen, GA
An “alpine village” in northern Georgia.  You can stay at their Fantasy Inn which looks like a castle, and visit the inns “museum of the hills and Fantasy Kingdom”, before eating at the Troll tavern.  The Castle Inn, 8590 Main Street, Box 258, Helen, GA 30545, (706) 878-3140  |  Toll Free (877) 878-3140

Jackson, GA


Fresh Air Barbecue– 1164 GA-42, Jackson, GA 30233  (770) 775-3182-Since 1929.  Also a location in Macon, GA.

Kennesaw, GA


Stilesboro Biscuits -3545 Stilesboro Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152

LaGrange, GA


Eats-Charlie Joseph’s- 2238 W Point Rd, LaGrange, GA 30240  (706) 884-0379 Old timey burger and hot dog joint.  Theres a newer location Downtown too.

Macon, GA


Nu-Way Weiners –  founded in Macon, Georgia in 1916, is America’s second-oldest hot dog chain and has world-famous chili dogs that are bright red.  Also hot dogs-430 Cotton Ave  Macon, GA 31201
(478) 743-1368

The Rookery -543 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-8658-Sorta looks like a TGIFridays knock off but actually good burgers and mind blowing onion rings.

Music and Misc

Golden Bough Bookshop, 371 Cotton Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31201
478-744-2446-at the time of this writing they had tuesday night concerts are free and start around 9ish

Roasted – Cafe and Lounge-442 Second Street, Macon, Georgia 31201 


North Atlanta, GA

The local alternative paper is the Topside Loaf.

Perry, GA


Oil Lamp Restaurant -401 General Courtney Hodges Blvd, Perry, GA 31069-soul food buffet

Plains, GA


Buffalo Cafe at the Old Bank-118 Main St, Plains, GA 31780,  229-824-4520

Savannah, GA

The local alternative paper is Creative Loafing Savannah.

Savannah, GA Local Specialty-Shrimp and Grits

Annual Festival in March –Savannah Stopover Music Festival

Candy Store-

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is located at 225 East River Street. Savannah also has a location at 318 West Saint Julian Street at City Market, or you can visit us in Charleston at 32 North Market Street. Pralines and Divinity

Live Music-
Velvet Elvis-127 West Congress Street in Savannah’s Downtown Historic District.  Local indie bands.
Guitar Bar-348 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd-Savannah, GA 31401
The Jinx – 127 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401 most nights til 3AM  (912) 236-2281
You can also find music across the border in Charleston, SC.
El-Rocko Lounge- 117 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401 closes 3 am
Eats-lady & Sons Restaurant – 102 W. Congress St.  Famous Buffet of southern food.
Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House-(912) 232-5997, 107 West Jones St.-THE place to eat in Savannah.  Down home cooking in an old rooming house.  Feature from tourist info site.
The Crab Shack-912-786-9857-At Chimney Creek on Tybee Island.  Said to be the best seafood in Savannah.

Breakfast Club-1500 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328  912-786-5984-fools wait in line for boring breakfast, but us smarties come later for an amazing burger, one option is a burger between grilled cheese.

Sly’s Sliders and Fries -1710 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401 912-239-4219

The Pirates House-Really old building that houses a tacky tourist pirate theme and buffet.  Locals love to hate it.
20 East Broad Street | Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 233-5757
Savannah has a famous candy store on River street in the historic district and they do mail order and catalog sales as well.
Stores-Graveface Recprds– 5 W 40th St , Savannah, Georgia 31401
Toccoa, GA
Bell’s Drive-In Restaurant-1013 GA 17Alt, Toccoa, GA 30577 1 706-886-5933-Great burger drive in.  Bad fries though

Townsend, GA

Eats-the Old School Diner -1080 Jesse Grant Rd NE, Townsend, GA 31331
+1 912-832-2136

Tucker, GA

Eats-Old Hickory House -Country-style American fare, barbecued meats & more : 2202 Northlake Pkwy, Tucker, GA 30084-Last restaurant of a former chain.  Great looking Baby Back ribs, brunswick stew

Matthews Cafeteria -2299 Main St, Tucker, GA

Valdosta, GA

Amusement Park-
Wild Adventures Theme Park, 3766 Old Clyattville Road,  Valdosta, GA  This is a real amusement park with multiple coasters, about 1.5 hours from Jacksonville, FL  I-75, exit 13

Whittier, NC

Lodging-Starlight Motel- next to a small mountain stream with a small picnic area with grills, horseshoe pits. Rooms include an “Elvis room” with Jacuzzi. From $35 to 8682 Hwy 74W, Whittier NC Phone 704-497-5936 or the area code may be 828 due to recent changes.