NFT Atlanta Edgewood / Candler Park / Lake Claire

Edgewood / Candler Park / Lake Claire

Overshadowed by Inman Park, but actually older, Candler Park continues to attract a colorful and diverse community. Fancifully painted houses of all styles dot the landscape, as do quirky businesses. The public Candler Park Golf Course is family-friendly and cheap—perfect for those curious about that strange sport. Bonus feature: nice picnic spots are usually in abundance.




         


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'Que Crazy

By Josh Green
Join Josh Green on a meticulously itemized journey 'cross the dusty Georgian badlands in pious search of the best barbecue, the finest fixings, the friendliest waitstaff and the deadliest catch. Underrated, Overly-Smoked, Texas-Style and Hard-to-Find. Josh Green has seen it all. And now he's ready to dole out his blessings and curse the rest of the BBQ joints to hell.

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Posted By:  Josh Green
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Arizona Pub
The long-awaited Arizona Pub, tucked in a former industrial yard near the Candler Park MARTA Station, will be one hell of a rocking place once these two things happen: people figure out where the hell it is, and the menu gets, I don't know, bustier. To call the place modernistic is to call an Aston Martin sporty-looking. It's got more right angles than the High Museum, more flatscreens than Michael Turner's basement. Yet there's cheap beer--an impressive amount of it on tap--and the sort of howdy-y'all, corner-tavern warmth that always accompanies that. The slim-pickings menu has that work-in-progress feel to it, but it sports a killer chili bowl and Caesar wrap. Our lunch for two with Diet Cokes (hey, it was pre-noon) set me back a mere $16. Rumor has it the menu will be more sophisticated with scallops and such in the near future. Cheers to scallops.



Posted By:  Josh Green
Photo:  Josh Green

Kirkwood Public House
Kirkwood Public House, formerly Vinocity, occupies an eclectic corner of its namesake neighborhood, and it's worth a visit for the venue alone. Curtains large enough to blanket city buses soar around you. The music is loud and cool, pumped in through two concert-ready speakers high on the walls. I went for sandwiches, had no trouble being seated at high-tide Friday night. The black bean veggie burger ($9) lurks some netherworld between tasty and downright pasty/weird. There's 50 aught beers to choose from, but less available on tap than you'd expect from a joint proclaiming itself a pub house (rumor holds that more brews are on the way). The blackened cod sandwich ($9) was dynamite, though it might be better served on a bun in lieu of whole grain bread. My advice is to splurge a little on dinners, though nothing is unreasonably priced. I once had an astonishing barbecue sandwich at Vinocity, so good I had to call people, to pay homage to it. Let's hope that stuff finds a home at the House.



Posted By:  Katherine Dean
Photo:  J.E. Kemp

Ann's Snack Bar
If you want even one bite of her legendary Ghetto Burger, you better bring your manners and do what cranky old Miss Ann says. Otherwise you're likely to get a reprimand, or worse, you'll be kicked out of her snack shack altogether. Hang up your cell phone, speak when spoken to, and don't even think about entering if all eight of the stools are full or she'll growl at you to wait outside. And wait you will, anywhere from 20 minutes to three hours, depending on how many other folks are craving Atlanta's largest (and one of its tastiest) burgers. Once Miss Ann gives you the nod to enter and takes your order, sit back and enjoy the show. Everything is made to order. She hand-forms each hulking burger patty just before it hits the flat top; smears mayonnaise onto rows of soft buns, slices onions as needed; and deep fries--yes, deep fries--bacon to crispy perfection. The Ghetto Burger, with its cult-like following, is always the plat du jour, and, if you order it, you're in for (easily) a two-pound, chili-slathered, bacon-topped gut bomb. If you're actually able to finish it, you won't need to eat for days.



Posted By:  Mark Rogers
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Once upon a time, some jerk told me that my photographs looked like R.E.M. cover art and he wasn’t giving me a compliment. Then again, he thought the pictures at Abu Ghraib were funny. True, anyone who takes pictures in Georgia runs the risk of getting carried away with kudzu and railroads. But here in Atlanta, we have Cabbagetown, Little Five Points, and the East Atlanta Village—the post-industrial, urban hipster antidotes for the apocalyptic Finster-isms that appealed to the brooding, swishy boys in Athens. We’ve got old factories, ultra-modern architecture, and lots of pretty people to feed our muse. At the Composition Gallery, you’ll see how fellow Atlantans (be they artists or accountants) see the same things you rush by every day. Reborn in an unused commercial outcropping between L5P and Candler Park, the Composition Gallery shows today’s impressionistic love letters to the “Dirty South.” Various forms of media are offered and each is decidedly post-9/11: introspective, battered, and disillusioned—an artist’s response to “truthy” swagger. Also, the openings are a great way to get to know the community, meet free-spirited arty-types, and swill complimentary wine. Picture perfect.



Posted By:  Beth Malone
Photo:  Beth Malone

Gato Bizco Café
I think Deb is the short-order cook at Gato Bizco (Cat Bizco). If it is her, then I can tell you that she’s in Hope for Agoldensummer, an excellent Athens folk band you should go see. I was too big a puss to ask though, so we’ll leave it alone. Gato is across the street from Flying Biscuit in Candler Park. When the Biscuit is over-flowing with people, you can squeeze in fairly easily at the Bizco. The menu is like most brunch places in the city—fresh veggie/meat omelets, BLT’s, sandwiches, and burgers. However, they also offer sweet potato pancakes, a huge tofu scramble, and the option to turn any signature omelet into an OMELETTE-A-DILLA!! I chose this option. I’m a gluttonous ass. Deb stuffed a 12” tortilla with the Bizco omelet—spinach, mushrooms & cheese. I had to unbutton my pants. Gato Bizco is a slow-paced, southern cafe. No one is in a hurry, so you can relax all morning as you watch the hostess at Flying Biscuit yell the names from her very long list.



Posted By:  Mark Rogers
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Once, there was a neighborhood greengrocer. Our old neighborhoods still show signs of the food market on the corner—as well as the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. But then Winn-Dixie came, then Kroger, and—now—Whole “Paycheck.” Independent shops (once well-paid, middle-class trades) were largely abandoned in favor of the streamlined supermarket. Nevertheless, I am pleased to report that the Candler Park Market serves the neighborhood—a community committed to a unique identity. The hilly terrain of Candler Park/Lake Claire has always seemed to be Atlanta’s Aspen; faded Volvos with bumper stickers that say “Ski Lake Claire” are parked outside ski lodge-inspired houses. Along its main drag at McClendon Avenue, there’s a New Age mural, funky shops, and granola-serving eateries. It’s a little bit of “Northern Exposure” with some Haight-Ashbury in the heart of Atlanta. So when you walk into the Candler Park Market, you get an eyeful of—what else?—fine wine, Trappist beer, and dessert wines. Isn’t it great when a grocer is also a sommelier? The market offers selections of imported meats, cheeses, fine chocolates, olive oils, organic staples, and environmentally friendly toiletries. “There’s gold in them thar hills.”



Posted By:  Lauren Begnaud
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Radial Café
The atmosphere is very bright and cozy at Radial, and many a morning I find myself there for their delicious breakfast menu. Tables are smooshed together, so you might bump elbows with someone sitting next to you, but if you don't mind the crowd, Radial never fails to please with their morning fixins. Or grab a booth, and enjoy their more spacious seating, and admire the high ceilings and local art on the walls. Radial offers up several morning specials which range from omelettes to french toast, or pancakes. A personal favorite of mine is their bagel with salmon and cream cheese. Lunch is also an option there, and they have a fantastic variety of sandwiches and salads sure to please every person in your group. The portabella sandwich is another of my favorites. If this sounds like your cup of tea, make sure you get there before lunch is early: Radial is strictly a breakfast and lunch joint.



Posted By:  Lauren Gunderson
Photo:  Lauren Gunderson

Perhaps the coolest art project I’ve ever seen in Atlanta is big, free, and out in the open. Stretching 340 feet along DeKalb Avenue, the Watershed Mural tells the stunningly colorful story of Atlanta’s environmental infrastructure. The mural was painted by Boston artist David Fitcher and was made possible by local volunteer supporters and donors. I’m telling you, this thing is awesome: sea turtles, herons, huge trees, winding streams, and people of all shapes and sizes grace this once sickly white concrete wall. Since the rest of DeKalb Avenue is trying to resuscitate itself from a post-industrial fatigue, this public shock of color and meaningful environmental message is invaluable. On your way to Decatur to for brunch? Enjoy this delightful, uniquely Atlantan public art experience.



Posted By:  Josh Spilker
Photo:  Josh Spilker

Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party
There are certain retail establishments that transcend the notion of a business and reach to the comfort of home. Maybe it’s a friend that works there or the proverbial comfort food. At Bombay’s, I think it’s the close atmosphere. A narrow stall of sorts comes off the Candler Park sidewalks to reveal mismatched furniture with hundreds of books lining the walls. The books are cheap to benefit various local causes, but the sweets towards the back include carrot cake, red velvet, and various chocolate pies. The ice cream has pretty standard flavors, but the coffee is rich, including “A Shot in the Eye,” a potent extra-shot espresso drink that literally makes your eyes twitch. This coffee shop combines studiousness (books on the wall) with family friendliness (kids books and toys), so a light perusal of the newspaper or a travel guidebook off the shelf is probably the best bet. If you want your coffee with loud signs and slyly mentioned up-sells, Dr. Bombay’s will not do.



Posted By:  Josh Spilker
Photo:  Josh Spilker

La Fonda Latina
In city development, one of the most seemingly necessary elements of modern growth, the gas station, often turn up empty. Maybe it’s the high cost of modern gasoline, or the heavy reliance on juicy refreshments, but gas stations in older neighborhoods are often shut. La Fonda in Candler Park took a former garage and gas station and put its Latin menu on the block. This isn’t the new Caribbean (Zocalo’s) or a standard Mexi-Cali hangout (El Azteca), but really a Cuban diner of sorts. They have a healthy number of salsas, queso, and avocados to mix with your chips along with a lot of excellent Cuban sandwiches. My wife picked up a salad that mixed mango with pork, and I chose the typical Cuban Latino that also came with yellow rice and black beans. One of the best Latin-infused meals I’ve had since a trip to Costa Rica. There should be a moral obligation to fill up at La Fonda.



Posted By:  Beth Malone
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Candler Park
If you think you can’t strike out in kickball, you’re wrong! My team, Red Rub, is comprised of 18 folks whose kickball skills make us look like The Bad News Bears. The World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) is a national organization bringing kickballers together all over the country. To join a team, just go to www.kickball.com, find your region, and sign up. Sixty-five bucks gets you a t-shirt and pays some random fees that I don’t care to investigate. I haven’t played kickball since fifth grade when I was still going steady with Jeff Gibson. I was pleasantly surprised at how little the game and attitude of participants has changed. Quick tips: always take the cheap shot and peg the runner a foot in front of you, foul balls count as STRIKES, and the MVP of the day brings beer for the next game.



Posted By:  Jessica Harbour
Photo:  Jessica Harbour

Flying Biscuit Cafe
There’s a reason both Biscuits —the Candler Park one is the original—open at 7 am: breakfast is the best meal of the day here. (The Midtown location is a special favorite of nearby employees who want a networking breakfast on the patio.) Vegetarians can be easily accommodated, but do not take friends with gluten allergies, as they will cry at their inability to sample the fist-sized, fluffy, warm biscuits that will arrive at your table in big piles. Or you can just grab a box of a dozen biscuits and make your co-workers happy. The biscuits are available all day, so you can go for lunch or dinner and have one as a side with a green salad, ostrich tenderloin, black bean quesadillas, or turkey meatloaf and pudge. (Yes, “pudge.” It’s a variation on mashed potatoes, and no, it was not named after Ivan Rodriguez.) Both locations can be extremely busy on Saturday mornings, so if you don’t want to wait, call ahead and check.




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