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East Brookhaven

Depending on whom you ask, you’ll get one of two responses: 1. Brookhaven has always been a hip pocket of town located just north of Buckhead; 2. Brookhaven is very up-and-coming with an even spread of yuppie twenty-somethings getting a foothold in the real estate market and old timers holding onto ITP property. Regardless, the enclave’s location and new construction make it an ideal place to settle down.




         



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Posted By:  Josh Green
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Buckhead Pizza Co.
There's something about a barbeque-chicken pizza with little touches of pineapple that makes my day. Among the better versions I've had lately is served brick-oven fresh at Buckhead Pizza Co., a swanky concept with three locations that, contrary to what you're thinking, are not all in Buckhead. Lest you dwellers of Buford and Cumming itch for garlic knots or the cheese-tastic "Buckhead Tower," there's a satellite restaurant near you. The decor, especially in Buford, is an homage to Atlanta architecture, complimented with rich mahoganies and daring wine racks. They do a Greek salad well and I'm never let down by the aforementioned pie; a medium ($17.50) will stuff you and a date, unless you're famished. There's a Sunday brunch from 11 to 3, and though I've admittedly not been, I'd guess it's on par with brunch at its Buckhead brethren, Brick Tops. That's a roundabout way of saying get yer ass there.



Posted By:  Carrie Neal Walden
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El Pollo Loco
"Tastes like chicken" just doesn't do El Pollo Loco justice. It's chicken taken up a notch. Perfect for a quick lunchtime stop, a take-out dinner for one or a group, and they even do catering. You've got all the usual sides to pick from, plus chips and salsa or guac and Mexican rice, but what really sets the Crazy Chicken place apart? Somehow, no matter what time of day or day of the week, whether you get it roasted or grilled, in a burrito, a sandwich or a salad, the chicken is moist, juicy and perfectly flavored. If you opt for the most popular whole chicken, be warned: forget leftovers, you'll want to eat it all, and even the dog will be drooling at your feet because he recognizes your state of gastronomic bliss.



Posted By:  Katherine Dean
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Lee's Bakery
God only knows how Lee's Bakery turns a profit, but as one of its extremely satisfied customers, I'd be crazy to complain. In fact, I selfishly debated calling attention to the bargains that hide within this unassuming sandwich/noodle/bread shop. But given the current economic plight of so many of my fellow city-dwellers, I concluded that keeping them to myself would be a crime against humanity. Lee's banh mi (read: Vietnamese sandwich stuffed with grilled meats or headcheese, if you prefer, and veggies on a crusty baguette) is exceptional and at just $3 per half-a-foot of goodness, you can enjoy lunch here every day for a week for about what you'd spend brown-baggin' it. Plus, if you buy five, you get one free, so you can afford to make your Buford Highway outing an office affair. To sweeten the already kick-ass deal, Lee and his staff throw a free tea in with you sandwich purchase. Lunch doesn’t get better or cheaper than that, my friends.



Posted By:  Sara Kim
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One of my best friends no longer lives in Atlanta, and whenever she’s back in town it’s tradition for us to head over to Buford Highway for Vietnamese Pho. Of the hundred-plus Pho restaurants in Doraville we ended up choosing Dai Loi based on a recommendation from my Asia-phile friend who happens to eat a lot of food on Buford Highway. My friend and I both had the eye round steak and flank Pho in a medium bowl (you get to choose from small, medium, or large), which came with a dish of bean sprouts, basil, jalapenos, and cilantro for the whole table to share. My other two friends split the shrimp rolls and spring rolls, but the shrimp rolls turned out to be packed with more ground pork than shrimp. In the condiment stand at each table are vinegar, a great way to add kick to your soup, and hoisin sauce, sweet sauce made from sweet potatoes. The hoisin sauce makes a great condiment to dip your meat into before devouring it. After dinner, not only was I stuffed–I was out by only $8!



Posted By:  Beth Malone
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I spent a year eating with chop sticks—forks weren’t even an option. Rice, noodles, chicken’s feet, Peking duck; I became a master of the chop stick. I even won the Ping Pong Ball Competition of ‘04. I could get a really tight grip on the ball with two chop sticks, and deliver it to a basket quicker than my opponent. I never dropped a single ball, not a one. I don’t remember what I won, but you can bet it was respect. Some days, to relive my time spent across the world, I’ll drive down Buford Hwy until I get to the Vietnamese section—pass little Mexico, blow by Korea until you see the endless noodle shops. Pho #1 is the most authentic Vietnamese I’ve had in the city. The place is full of Vietnamese folks (that’s always a good sign) and the first thing I look for when eating ethnic food. The service is excellent and the huge bowls of noodles cost less than a Big Mac and are filled with fresh herbs and veggies. Here’s a tip: meatballs in several Asian countries are not like those simmering on your grandma’s stove. They’re spongy balls made from powdered meat. Avoid balls.



Posted By:  Jessica Harbour
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If Plaza Fiesta sounds familiar, you must have been following the local news: it was the gathering point for Atlanta’s biggest rallies in support of greater legalization of immigration. Buford Highway’s status as the city’s spontaneous melting pot is old news by now, but if you’d seen the strip in the early 1990s, before the pre-Olympic construction rush brought a new Hispanic population to Atlanta, you’d be looking at a very different (and much less vibrant) place. Plaza Fiesta, a rundown mall that reopened in 2000, was designed to provide a safe, fun, interesting place for Spanish speakers to hang out, eat, and shop. In a tribute to the neighborhood’s multi-ethnicity, though, Plaza Fiesta also offers a Vietnamese restaurant (Pho 79), a dim-sum restaurant (Happy Valley), and a supermarket that offers Asian goods and bubble tea. It’s an interesting place to browse—though admittedly if you don’t speak Spanish your encounters with store clerks may be a little awkward—and a great place for kids, since the food court overlooks a multi-level indoor play structure.



Posted By:  Sara Cheshire
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57th Fighter Group
On Friday and Saturday nights, local DJ Alan White plays music for free dancing at the 57th Fighter Group, one of the most atmospheric restaurants in Atlanta. It is decorated as a World War II military camp, complete with jeeps and planes in the yard and sandbag walls. With its location next to the Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, you can sit by the bonfires on the patio and watch the planes take off and land, socialize with friends, or join in on the wild mix of dance music. There are two distinct groups: the dancers and the non-dancers. The dancers usually come out Fridays and swing to Billy Joel and Frank Sinatra, hustle to I Will Survive, and, as the music calls for it, cha-cha, rhumba, lindy hop, waltz, salsa, and merengue. The non-dancers are restaurant patrons who take the floor for the electric slide and the ‘80s and ‘90s dance music that you had almost forgotten. Sometimes it feels like a high school dance, but better. Sometimes it’s like an amateur dance exhibition. You don’t have to have formal training to do some shaking on the floor, but if you have taken dance classes, it is a relaxed environment for practice.



Posted By:  Mariam Qureshi
Photo:  Mariam Qureshi

Not your usual city tour, this is one of the coolest ways to see Atlanta and surrounding areas. If you’ve never been in a helicopter before, I can only describe it as a pure shot of adrenaline. My tour over the Chattahoochee River and Dean Estate with Air Atlanta Helicopters departed from Peachtree Dekalb Airport. I was warmly greeted by pilot and co-owner, Blake Moore, who reassured me that helicopters (in our case, a Robinson R44 model) are quite sound and reliable. The bottle of champagne (an additional $20) that we took aboard helped calm our nerves. The sound of the spinning blades was slightly unnerving (better that they were rotating!) but I dared to be brave, and agreed to fly with the doors removed. While the Chattahoochee looks murky at ground level, from above it is a tapestry of greens, blues, and browns. Our squeals of delight at viewing the river were followed by oohs and aahs as we flew over the exquisitely manicured gar-dens of the Dean Estate. Air Atlanta Helicopters offer a variety of tours over various Atlanta attractions, including Turner Stadium, Stone Mountain, and the Governor’s Mansion. My next aviation adventure will be to take their Discovery Flight—after thirty min-utes of ground school, I will be able to share the controls with an instructor and fly the helicopter myself!




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