Last month, our amazing real estate team took on some of the most popular (mainstream) spots in Decatur. They had a wonderful time and decided to go back but this time to poke around a little deeper and bring you some of the hidden gems of Decatur, GA.
By Patrick Benton
Located on the edge of the beautiful and bustling Decatur Square you will find Truman Tavern, and inside you will find good food, drinks and service!
Open since the end of August, the restaurant seems to be up to speed and well managed, which is not too shabby for such a new fixture. A few tables are available outside, but we chose to sit inside on our visit. The atmosphere is classic tavern, with a few contemporary twists. Beautiful paintings and dimly glowing Edison bulbs add to the atmosphere and the bar itself is a beautiful work of sculpture decorated with an array of various spirits. We chose a table near the rear of the restaurant and settled in for a nice dinner.
The signature cocktail menu is interesting and inspired and the “Your Last Word” drink is very tasty. For us it ended up being the “Your Next-to-Last Word” since we both ordered another round. A fairly extensive wine list is also available.
We ordered crab cakes as an appetizer, which were delicious, followed by Pink Peppercorn Crusted Salmon and a Truman Burger with Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions as main dishes. Both main dishes were generous portions, well prepared, and really hit the spot.
Other items on the menu include soups, salads, sandwiches, Vegetable Lasagne and steaks.
If you have not yet been to Truman, add it to your Decatur Square to-do list. You will be glad you did! Check out the Truman Tavern website for more information.
By Paige Stills
Located at 908 West College Avenue sits one of the best places to cure your sweet cravings: Revolution Doughnuts! They opened their doors in Decatur on National Doughnut Day, in 2012. For those of you who do not already have this all-important date on your calendar, it’s June 22nd.
They offer four basic types of doughnuts. The Yeast-Style doughnuts are light and chewy. Filled Rounds are also made of yeast dough and Nutella, Crème Brulee, Lemon Curd, and fresh fruit (when in season) are a few of the options for fillings. Krispy Kreme doughnuts were the only doughnuts that existed in my world growing up, so I prefer yeast doughnuts. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, I recommend the Caramel Bacon doughnut, and a little goes a long way! The creamy caramel and salted bacon is the perfect balance; not too sweet, not too salty.
My sidekick enjoyed his Buttermilk Bar which is a Cake-style doughnut; moist, dense, and crunchy on the outside. The Baked Caked is moist, similar to poundcake, and is perfect if you like cake and yeast textures. Coconut and Toasted Almond are a couple of the flavors that are offered. Revolution Doughnuts also offers gluten-free, vegan, and low-grain choices as well. Top it all off with a Chai Tea latte and you have the ideal trip to the doughnut shop ever. Check out their website to learn more.
By Paige Stills
Located at 105 Clairmont Road, between East Ponce de Leon Avenue and Commerce Drive is one of Decatur’s best places to grab a quick bite. I have to admit that I did not seek out K BBQ Taco. I actually stumbled upon it driving through Decatur one day looking for a place to eat lunch. It’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, and I was surprised when the friendly owner, Eun Pak, told me that she and her brother opened the restaurant two years ago.
K BBQ Taco is a perfect fusion of Korean BBQ and Mexican fare. It’s not what you would consider a restaurant for seated dining, as it only seats 6 to 8 people at the counter inside, but outdoor seating is available. I placed my order at the counter and within five minutes, I was enjoying what may be the best tacos mouth-watering tacos I have ever eaten. I ordered two Korean BBQ Soft Tacos made with beef and pulled pork marinated in their homemade BBQ sauce, and topped off with lettuce and diced tomatoes and a little guacamole. Some of the other soft tacos include tilapia, shrimp, calamari, or tofu. They also serve Bibimbop, or mixed rice, with a variety of vegetables and meats, topped off with fried eggs.
Their operating hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. I would recommend and strongly encourage you eat lunch or dinner here. It will not be your last visit and it certainly will not be mine. I have an entirely new craving for Korean BBQ tacos! Learn more at the K BBQ Taco website.
By Briana Holmes
Indian street food done RIGHT! Chai Pani literally means “tea and water.” It’s slang in India for going out for a cup of tea, a tasty bite, a snack, or “a little something.” They’re located in the heart of downtown Decatur, just a few miles from Atlanta. Plus they also have parking. My friend and I didn’t reserve because this happened on whim after googling who had great street food in Decatur BUT they do take reservations if you’d like.
Now, let’s talk about the food . They have a lunch menu and well as a dinner menu (which looks amazing), but I only had lunch! My friend had the parsi chicken burger which she loved. It’s actually a mixture of ground chicken seasoned with cumin, ginger, chilies, mint & cilantro with some amazing additions. I had Chicken Pakoras because I’m a pretty picky eater and the safe choice also made me feel like I was trying new food.
It was definitely an experience that made me want to continue to try new foods. The customer service there was also great and my waitress was really helpful when I mentioned what foods I do and don’t really like. Not to mention, the other guests were also nice since the picture you see is actually of the couple next to me (presentation gets an A+). I was hungry when I went and my food literally disappeared from my plate.
All in all — GREAT restaurant with GREAT vibes. check out Chai Pani in Decatur for all your classic Indian cuisine!
By Dawn Landau
Well, I was very excited about trying out this place based on their website. The food looked and sounded great and the atmosphere appeared cozy and romantic. Sooooo….the food was very good and priced well. We tried the Brussel Sprouts which were “crispy fried” as promised with an average Buttermilk ranch. The Grit Tots were excellent and the sweet chili aioli was yummers. I used it for the brussels too.
Then we shared the Pappardelle Bolognese – without the poached egg for my picky husband The pasta was prepared well and tossed with just the right amount of sauce. All in all, the dishes were fine and worth a return trip but were not the chic and pretty dishes presented on the website.
For drinks, we tried our simple favorites: Negroni and Greyhound. The Negroni was perfect. The first Greyhound was great too but the second one was not stirred well so the vodka slapped Terry on the first sip!
Finally, I though that with the advent of programmable lighting, restaurants no longer had to worry about dimming lighting as the sun goes down. Apparently not. The lights were VERY bright, causing the small space to feel cold and vacant. There weren’t many guests on a Thursday at 9pm so maybe we were too late but the website says they’re open until 11. We were two of three left at 10pm and the bartender Jen, was cleaning up. She said she was new and poured our first and best round of drinks.
Hopefully she will take charge of the atmosphere and cozy the place up a bit… Meanwhile, check out the Pinewood Tippling Room website for more information.
By John Powell
My client Doug and I decided to meet for a working breakfast in Decatur near his home. It seems that nearly every street corner is home to one coffee shop or another and downtown Decatur is no exception, so it was a special treat to find the Dancing Goat. From the street it looks like a small cozy cafe, but it’s actually quite large and offers a fair amount of free parking which is often hard to come by.
A great industrial space with a warm comfortable feel. The seating arrangement mostly involves bar stools, individual couches, and small tables. This place is packed throughout most of the day; so keep your eyes peeled for empty seats while waiting in line and/or waiting for your drink. During our visit, there was a variety of available seating at the bar, at a table, or in one of the comfortable loveseats and chairs along the walls. They also have several tables outside on their patio which is where we decided to take advantage of this wonderful fall morning. It’s a great place for individual study or a meet-up with a friend.
We found it to be a bustling cafe full of locals enjoying a wide variety of Batdorf and Bronson roasted coffees and other delectables. I selected an Americano and perfectly toasted everything bagel with cream cheese. While Doug was a bit more adventerous going with their chocolate croissant and an organic Nicaragua Isabelia brew in one of their signature mugs -2nd cup is free!
Easy to find and even easier to recommend, Dancing Goats will remain on my go to list when seeking hot or cold beverages and a quick bite in downtown Decatur.