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A Few Of My Favorite Things In SW Atlanta
One of my favorite New Year rituals is to read "The Best Of [ insert topic here ]". Usually I have never heard of any of the places or movies or songs or restaurants or exotic coffee bean or whatever over the course of the year. How can this be the best ever if I haven't heard of it? Who are these people? How was this discovered? Who can say. Maybe it's the best because nobody knows about it. That's how the hipsters do it and it works fine for them.
I thought I would make my own lists for different categories around Georgia. Most will be in Atlanta but there are some sweet spots that I've been to that will demand recognition. For this post I'm going to highlight the perks of my side of town. In the era of hipster and all that is cool and unknown a lot of people I've met haven't left midtown to venture over to the SWATS / SWATL / SWAT. Whatever you call it, I call it home. Here we go:
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
THE ART SCENE - My grandparents lived in the 'burb of Williamsburg in Brooklyn before it was cool to live there. They always said to follow the artists, they'll take you to great places. Lord, were they right. There is a vibrant artist community in SW Atlanta. The newly renovated warehouse on the Beltline, The Bakery, houses local artists and hosts a galore of events. Just a couple miles over you'll find The Metropolitan that houses local Art Businesses like Dangerpress, and the infamous Mutiny Artworks.
THE FOOD - I LOVE eating. LOVE. When we bought our home in Venetian Hills I couldn't get out of the house fast enough to give my taste buds a tour of my new found hood. The Beautiful Restaurant, located on Cascade Road is not one to be missed. Don't let the bright colors chase you away. The service is kind and the meals are rich. Westview Commercial District houses another spot owned by quite possibly the most hospitable woman I've ever met. D's Cafe, owned by Ms. D, is super quaint, unpretentious and the grits are most definitely made with love. For the nights I want to stay in and cooking seems impossible I always order the veggie pizza from Bakaris Pizza & Kava Lounge. Finally, the barbecue. It is a crucial part of being in the south. We have a new place tucked away on Cascade called Mustard Seed BBQ. It's quaint, the hours are Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm, and you MUST try it.
THE CEMETARIES - This may seem a little morbid to folks outside of Atlanta, it seemed strange to me when I first moved here. As it turns out, they're so serene. I'm ready for the warm weather to come back so I can go on my strolls. I'm fortunate enough to be sandwiched around a bunch of historical cemeteries that have been preserved. Utoy Cemetery is in my neighborhood of Venetian Hills and has buried soldiers that date as far back as the Revolutionary war. Not to far down the road is Greenwood Cemetery which houses the Six Million Jewish Martyrs monument. Finally, there's Westview Cemetery, home to many great leaders of Atlanta and Georgia and also one of my favorite places to run.
THE PEOPLE - I'm not going to highlight my neighbors one by one, you'll be reading this post for days. I will tell you they are spectacular and if you are so lucky to meet them you will feel the same way.
THE PLACES - Of course there's The Beltline. It's a constant development, it connects the neighborhoods, and, to be honest, it makes for a pretty easy bike ride. SW Atlanta is pretty fortunate in that it's new so our side is not overly crowded. It's also enticing new businesses to venture southward so every few months we have something opening to be excited about. Good news, there are incentives other than The Beltline to visit. The Cascade Springs Nature Preserve is on the top of my list. The beautiful wooded area is the place to be for a hike, a meditation, or a quick getaway. Once I was there and I found a woman sitting on a rock singing so beautifully I sat down and I had a private concert for about 10 minutes. You never know what can happen! We all know Piedmont Park, but have you heard of Perkeson Park? This enormous park is split between the Capital View and Sylvan Hills neighborhoods. There's a splash pad, disc golf, tennis, the works. It's enormous! It's also gorgeous.
If you feel like exploring, I seriously recommend you head Southwest. You don't know what you're missing. If you'd like a tour guide, you know where to reach me!