This will be old news for some of you, but for everyone else – if you aren’t spending time in the Old Fourth Ward, you should be.
This part of town certainly isn’t for everyone. If, for example, seeing a homeless person on the street will make you clutch your purse, break into a slow jog, and whisper a quick prayer of thanks once they have passed you by, it might put you a little outside of your comfort zone. But due to a steady flow of new restaurants and bars that have been infiltrating the neighborhood over the last few years, the Old Fourth Ward/Edgewood area is quickly becoming a destination area for a night out.
Most of my friends live closer to the midtown/Buckhead area, and even though I generally consider them to be adventurous, and I’m always dragging them to new restaurants with me, getting down to the Edgewood area can sometimes be like pulling teeth. And I wish that wasn’t the case.
What I love about this area is the proximity of great dinner choices so close to perfect follow up bars. For my money, a night that begins with a group of friends splitting crispy duck buns and fencing chopsticks over hunks of Hamachi kama at Miso Izakaya followed by cocktails and ping pong at Sister Louisa’s Church right down the street is tough to beat. And while I seriously lament the passing of Dynamic Dish, the nerd in me jumps for joy as I’m sipping a Manhattan while playing Mortal Kombat II at Joystick Game Bar.
Also, quite of few of the restaurants in this area walk that line between dining and late-night destination. The old guard of this model in the O4W is The Sound Table, and still a great place to start and end a long night out. After sharing a slew of small plates, continue ordering from the excellent selection of cocktails and the DJs take over and this restaurant turns club. Ammazza, the pizza-slinging newcomer to the block, followed a similar path, bringing in a DJ and keeping the drinks and pies coming until 2 AM on weekends.
There are so few neighborhoods in Atlanta that offer a concentration of dining and drinking destinations within walking distance of each other. With the beltline set to run right through this area, expect to see the O4W continue to boom. If not already, you can expect this up and coming neighborhood to soon be one of the best destination areas in town.
- By Jon Watson, Food and More blog