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Can Avondale Become a Food and Drink Destination?


By all accounts, Pallookaville has been attracting big crowds to Avondale Village since Halloween, when corn dog king Jim Stacy opened his carnival food truck spin-off there.

Now comes word that another “neighborhood restaurant and bar” called the Bishop with open just a few doors away.

Tomorrow’s News Today reported that Luellen Marshall, an Avondale Estates resident who “has two decades of experience in the hospitality field”is the owner, and that the place is named after her son, Bishop.

With Pine Street Market already a favorite destination for great bacon and charcuterie, and Wild Heaven Craft Beers set to open its brewery early next year, can Avondale become a food and drink destination?

What do you think? What other places near Avondale do you like?

— Bob Townsend, for the AJC Food and More blog.

27 comments Add your comment

Gina Hill

November 15th, 2013
4:28 pm

I’ve lived in Avondale for 11 years. We have the people and we have the spaces. All we need are the entrepreneurs. If it’s a good restaurant, I predict it will thrive!


November 15th, 2013
4:29 pm

There was once a place over there called James Joyce’s or something similar that was ok, but I think it closed. I’m looking forward to checking out the corn dog guy’s place, but not sure I see Avondale Estates becoming a big destination. However, they do have sort of a unique streetscrape, so who knows with the right mix of places and a little luck they might attract a reasonable crowd.

Gina Hill

November 15th, 2013
4:30 pm

The James Joyce finally closed because it, well, sucked.


November 15th, 2013
4:38 pm

Decatur Resident

November 15th, 2013
5:39 pm

Avondale people are so weird.
All of them.
If something is going to do well in Avondale it needs to be weird.
Pallookaville seems to fit the bill.
But even if it is really good, eventually the Avondale people will get tired of it and it will have to close.
You can’t expect people from outside of Avondale to go to Avondale unless they absolutely have to.
Especially if they have to pass through Decatur to get there. Since there is so much good stuff in Decatur to distract them before they get to Avondale. Decatur is thriving, and Avondale is kind of like Decatur’s cute sister who wears mismatched clothes and sometimes uses the wrong word due to head trauma.
Maybe if they put a billboard on I-285 telling people to “Exit Here” at the E. Ponce exit for “good food with weird people” they can bring in some destination business.
They should move the Falcons stadium to Scotdale.


November 15th, 2013
6:48 pm

Nope! Not for Me or anyone I know. Not interested in Getting Robbed,Mugged, Car Jacked or Shot by Pookie and his host of miscreant Friends that surround entire area.

The Home of Waffle House Shall Rise Again!!,

November 15th, 2013
7:31 pm

There is no doubt that Avondale has the potential. The Tutor styled downtown combined with the plentiful space to expand behind it (old Dunlop plant, or whatever) give it a great chance to expand as a food/drink destination. Avondale also just received a grant to improve the walk ability of city, which will boost it attractiveness. I also like how the old warehouses are being converted into art hotspots/ micro breweries. James Joyce did have its flaws and lacked the creative engine to keep it going, but it did have a loyal following regardless of how bad it may have been. Places like Savage and Avondale pizza have maintained a loyal following as well. Will Avondale ever rival Decatur? No chance in hell, but that’s not the point. Avondale, like the other small downtown areas surrounding Decatur (Oakhurst, Candler Park, Emory Village, etc.) are more extensions of The Great Decatur. As far as drink is concerned, Three Taverns, Blu Tarp, and Wild Heaven are at the Decatur/Avondale border and offer a great addition to the Decatur beer scene. If I can have more options around me, especially if they are like Palookaville and all the great micro breweries, I am game!

The Home of Waffle House Shall Rise Again!!,

November 15th, 2013
7:38 pm

Bernie, do you even know where Avondale Estates is? Check out some truth …


November 15th, 2013
9:44 pm

The Home of Waffle House Shall Rise Again!!, – 7:38 pm – how Could Not Not Know? Its Located right smack in the Middle of MURDERVILLE!


November 15th, 2013
9:45 pm


The Home of Waffle House Shall Rise Again!!, – 7:38 pm – How Could I Not Know?

Its Located right smack in the Middle of MURDERVILLE!

for Decatur Resident

November 15th, 2013
10:04 pm

OMG – Decatur Resident, your above comment made me laugh so hard. Please keep commenting on stories for the world to see. You are amazing.

Buddy Grizzard

November 15th, 2013
10:59 pm

Our Way Cafe and Avondale Pizza Cafe are excellent.

(the other) Rodney

November 16th, 2013
8:05 am

By the way, Ms. Gina – James Joyce totally rocked. You know nothing of what you speak.

Ned Ludd

November 16th, 2013
8:52 am

Henslers Bar-B-Que —Bring it back and I will be there!

FM Fats

November 16th, 2013
1:02 pm

Sweet ‘n’ Sinful bakery next to Pine Street Market is a vital part of the nascent Avondale food scene. And Skip’s has been serving up fine Chicago style hot dogs since forever.

Bee Hive Haired cashier at Dooleys Den

November 17th, 2013
11:27 am

James Joyce was far from good. Service and food were uneven at best. Being that close to Decatur, they had to do better.

The remaining restaurants include a Waffle House, Skips, Avondale Pizza, Our Way Cafe and Savage Pizza. Of all those, Savage is the only one worth a regular visit. Skips will soon fall with Palookaville just blocks away. Avondale Pizza is a cop hangout, so I will never go back. Our Way Cafe is just a cafeteria style cafe.

For Avondale to be a restaurant destination, they need way more than a vacant James Joyce, a typical Waffle House and a cop hangout.

david c

November 17th, 2013
6:09 pm

Decatur would be a great destination without the Peoples Republic of Dacaturites. I don’t think I’ve ever met an Avondalian, But I did used to like Skip’s.

Eat at Joe's

November 17th, 2013
10:08 pm

I remember when Decaturd was nothing! It is very impressive now. However, it is crowded, maybe a somewhat successful Avondale Estates could take some pressure off Decaturd


November 17th, 2013
11:50 pm

I love Jim Stacy’s spirit. His PBS offerings as well as his amazing corn dogs point to a spirit of creativity that I am banking on. As Eddie brought the Attic that strangely transformed Decatur, perhaps Palookaville will be the spark in Avondale. I would not bet against Mr. Stacy!


November 18th, 2013
9:17 am

Decatur’s a great place to go if you’re on a bike. In a car, not so good.


November 18th, 2013
11:39 am

Haven’t been there in years, but sure..why not? If people will go to O4W for good restaurants, why not Avondale?

I would dearly love to know if old Bernie works for the City of Atlanta – or any other place that pays him. He spends alllllll day commenting on AJC articles like someone in serious need of medication. Which is it Bernie – you’re being endless persecuted because you’re black or you don’t want to go eat in Murdertown?

I hope Ford Fry also contines to give me reaon to enjoy my diabeetus by not ever darkening a door at one of his establishments, “Decatur Resident.”

Typical Redneck

November 18th, 2013
2:34 pm

I see you removed my post Townsend. Sissy AJC “journalists”.

Anthony G.

November 18th, 2013
4:46 pm

Avondale has a long way to go before it becomes a destination for dining. I’m not sure it can compete with the Decatur food scene.

Avondale Resident

November 18th, 2013
4:47 pm

I have been in the Avondale Area since 1984….I have adored it….it is close to everything artistic, creative and inspirational and includes many resident artists and writers. The Pizza Cafe is awesome from it’s fantastic white pizza’s, to it’s fabulous Hamburger and Fries…..The Our Way Cafe, is really fabulous, they have the BEST MEATLOAF ever with fantastic tomato chutney, it’s veggies are the bomb, with great corn bread, biscuits and rolls…and the desserts, oh my goodness…heaven!!! So, if you like good food…come to Avondale, I have tried so many other restaurants in the surrounding area that are touted as “great” and yet I continue to be thrilled by the food and the friendly atmosphere of Our Way and the Avondale Pizza Cafe’….come with a smile and receive the gift of wonderful food and friendly service!!!!

Avondale Zoning Board

November 18th, 2013
5:03 pm

Absolutely no love on this board for Coyotes?


AE Resident

November 19th, 2013
8:46 am

I am a relative new-comer to Avondale Estates having lived there only since 2006, many residents have been around a lot longer than that and there’s a reason. It’s one of the few truly tightly knit neighborhoods in ATL that has gone through many changes, but has managed to retain it’s small town feel. One person wrote that folks are “weird” in AE, which may be true, but that’s a good thing from my point of view. Cities like Austin, TX celebrate it and try to hang-on to their off-center atmosphere that tends to attract creative people in hords. Avondale Estates is just beginning to recover from some questionable planning decisions made worse by the current recession. Ultimately, it may be that a funky corndog place will end up being the fire-starter for a bunch of new development. When the right developer, with deep pockets mind you, finds the vacant area where the Dunlop plant used to be… look out! Hopefully we’ll be smart and keep AE resident friendly while also allowing for extensive development because it’s only a matter of time.


November 20th, 2013
11:41 am

It is a refreshing change from the endless consignment and car repair shops that dominate the main drag now.