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North Atlanta East / Silver Lake

The influx of immigrants to the neighboring Chamblee/Doraville area is spilling over into this section of North Atlanta. The International Farmers Market attracts people of all types who know the thrill of purchasing authentic, high-quality ingredients. Just don’t expect much of the produce to be local or hope for a large organic selection.


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Posted By:  Josh Green
Photo:  Josh Green

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
Photo:  Carrie Neal Walden

Vintage Pizzeria
Chamblee is picking up these days and one perfect example of the neighborhood's rising coolness is Vintage Pizzeria. In the front of a snazzy loft building that also attests to the area's progress, this is a place worth the drive from any part of town. Weekdays they do a busy lunch feeding everyone from local cops to 20-somethings who work nearby. On weekends, you can bring the family or, even better, sit in the "child-free" section of the restaurant--a brilliant idea from whoever thought that one up! They serve pizza by the slice at all hours (a nice change from a lot of the local places) and their enormous salads are brought to you in metal mixing bowls. The sauce-cheese-crust ratio is spot-on and among the myriad of ingredients available, you won't go wrong with any of the classics or schmancier picks from shrimp to pineapple to capers if you have more adventurous tastes. Lunch specials are a deal at $6.00 ($6.50 if you want a slice, soup and salad) for the amount of food you get, the pastas are all great, and nighttime is perfect for that cozy third date with a special someone!

Posted By:  Sara Kim
Photo:  Sara Kim

Having recently reopened after several months of renovation, I was excited to eat at the only American location of this Asian chain restaurant that serves Korean and Japanese cuisine. The day before Thanksgiving my family and I went for lunch, which is the best time to nab a deal. We all picked from the Lunch Box part of the menu, which comes with an entrée, 2 pieces of nigiri, 2 pieces of sushi, a portion of Korean chopchae (rice vermicelli), a scoop of fried rice, and 3 pieces of tempura. My brother and I chose the Chicken Teriyaki Lunch Box, while my mother had Spicy Korean Pork and my father had Spicy Fish Stew. Salad, soup, and a bowl of rice were also included in the Lunch Box meal. At no extra charge we feasted on endless banchan, the key to Korean cuisine, about 10 to fifteen small plates of side dishes that included kimchee, fish, soybeans, roots, eggs, and spinach among other foods. In the end, we spent just $50 between all of us, and took home 2 full boxes of our leftovers, which we ate for dinner that night and breakfast the next morning.

Posted By:  Jennifer Kornder
Photo:  Jennifer Kornder

Some may recall Low YoYo Stuff as the record store formerly located in Athens next to the 40-Watt Club. I recall it this way, because I never went inside in those days—instead I would furtively walk past, too intimidated by the smell of cool. Now the store has moved to a more spacious location in the environs of Atlanta’s finest suburban apocalypse neighborhood, Chamblee. It continues to cater to those with discriminating tastes, with a particular emphasis on rock of experimental and psychedelic varieties—no-wave, 20th century avant-garde, and goth. While it’s true that I am not among the record-collecting cognoscenti, I still find plenty of nice things (Ultravox!) every time I come here, but am always too desperately broke from my shameful mismanagement of my meager salary to afford anything. The owner Todd is extremely knowledgeable about records and related topics such as the mechanics of record players and speakers. Books can be found in an obscure corner of the store, as well as a section for DVDs of music videos and performances. Beware that the place has limited hours, so you are obliged to wait for Fridays and Saturdays to do the Low Yoyo.

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