Sitting four miles from Downtown Atlanta on the city's eastern border with Decatur, East Lake and Kirkwood are historic in-town neighborhoods that developed alongside the original Atlanta Street Car line. Filled with beautiful Craftsman houses sitting beneath Atlanta’s famous tree canopy, East Lake and Kirkwood have blossomed into diverse communities with cozy hangouts and inviting eateries. The anchor of East Lake is the historic East Lake Golf Club, the home course of world-renowned golfer Bobby Jones. In 2004, East Lake became the permanent home of the PGA TOUR Championship; the tournament where Tiger Woods emerged victorious in 2018. In addition to Bobby Jones, notable residents from East Lake and Kirkwood include Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, civil rights activist Hosea Williams, politician Stacey Abrams and Atlanta rapper Future.
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If you are on the Eastside of Atlanta for the PGA Tour Championship or notable neighborhood events like Kirkwood Spring Fling, Kirkwood Wine Stroll or the East Lake Tour of Homes be sure to explore the best places to eat and drink in these notable in-town neighborhoods.
Striking the perfect balance between upscale and casual, Poor Hendrix offers patrons two very different dining experiences with a full-service sit-down restaurant on the left side of the establishment and an easygoing neighborhood bar on the right side. The seated dining room offers an ever-changing menu with European-inspired small plates and entrees like smoked trout, grilled hanger streak and sorghum country ham. On the bar side, sit among East Lake locals while you sip the hometown Wild Heaven beer and enjoy Atlanta staples, chicken wings and fries.
Sun in my Belly
Located next to the East Lake Marta Station, Sun in my Belly offers seasonally fresh, local fare for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a classic “Kirkwood Breakfast” with softly scrambled eggs, house-made Boursin cheese, honey-glazed bacon and lavender biscuit. Plus, the restaurant serves some of Atlanta’s best French Toast.
Arden Zinn began this Atlanta-based juice company out of her kitchen in 1995. Today, it is an institution with 13 stores across the city that offer the freshest juices and smoothies. Be sure to visit the downtown Kirkwood location to try favorites like Hotshot, Green Energy Machine, Paradise, and Sunrise.
Greater Good BBQ
No trip to the South is complete without stopping at the local BBQ joint. Greater Good BBQ specializes in mouthwatering meats that fall off the bone and into your belly. Enjoy huge portions of ribs and brisket at this East Lake mainstay.
Tap Room Coffee and Beer
A community hub in Kirkwood, Tap Room Coffee and Beer is a neighborhood favorite whether you are looking for an espresso to pick you up or want to knock back a brew from Atlanta’s exploding craft beer scene. Pair that with food offerings from Atlanta-based H&F Bread Co. and Ratio Bakeshop and you are in for a good day.
Located in the heart of Kirkwood’s downtown, Urban Pie specializes in hand-tossed thin crust pizza that has earned the name “Kirkwood Style Pizza.” With an endless collection of fresh toppings, everyone will leave this neighborhood haunt satisfied and yearning to come back.
Born and reared in the shadow of the Midtown skyline, Cameron Haldin lives in East Atlanta and works for the Atlanta CVB Sales team. You can follow him on twitter @Cameron_Haldin for the city's latest happenings.