Little Five Points is a foodie hub – there are more than 20 bars, pubs, and restaurants in less than a half mile radius. You won’t find any five-star fare in L5P; expect big portions of elevated comfort food, multiple pizza joints, and more varieties of beer than you know what to do with.
Porter Beer Bar
Porter Beer Bar, affectionately dubbed as The Porter, is one of my favorite late-night spots in Atlanta. The Porter offers a selection of over 400 beers, daily food specials, and a hair-of-the-dog weekend brunch for even the most wicked hangover.
This hip hangout is the perfect place for a few drinks and sharing small plates with friends. Some of my favorite apps include the goat cheese fritters, house-made hushpuppies, and utterly legendary mac & cheese (I’ve indulged in this one a few too many times). Food options rotate seasonally, so you can always expect new flavors in addition to classic standbys.
Cocktails range from the staples (simple twists on the margarita, White Russian, and Bloody Mary) to those unique to The Porter (a lemon gingerade, the goserita with sour beer + tequila). While I’ve enjoyed some tasty cocktails here (in addition to a rotating selection of kombucha), the star of The Porter is their extensive, eclectic beer menu. Beers are available from all over the world – you can find a local Orpheus brew right next to bottles from Spain, Finland, and Japan.
The Porter also features a beer cellar tucked into an intimate corner of the restaurant, which houses 44 beers on tap and over 800 bottles. The cellar is available for rent for private parties and events (my birthday is coming up in just a few months…)
Photo from 10best.com
Photo from Porter Beer Bar
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Wrecking Bar Brewpub is a unique restaurant and bar packed with Atlanta history. Originally built in the 20th century as a Victorian-style home, Wrecking Bar was previously a church, a dance school, and an antique store before becoming a pub in 2011.
Wrecking Bar has become known for their hearty Bavarian-style food – their corn pups (cheddarwurst deep-fried in a cornbread batter) and pastrami sandwich (smoked brisket, kimchi, and swiss on marble rye) were praised by Guy Fieri in this Triple D episode.
For those more interested in the libations, Wrecking Bar has a witty cocktail list (like the Apple Bottom, described as “pairing well with fur boots or Reeboks with the straps”), in addition to a massive list of scotch, rye, and whiskey, and bourbon.
Corn dog pups, which were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives; photo from guyfieri.com
This funky L5P pizza spot is entirely comic book themed, covered floor to ceiling in superhero memorabilia and action figures. While you might come for the decor, you’ll stay for the pizza – check out the cajun (with chicken, shrimp, and andouille sausage), deluxe mexican (ground beef, salsa, and refried beans) and my personal favorite, the white-on-red (a 5-cheese white pizza over garlic tomato sauce).
Savage Pizza is beloved by Little Five Points locals and visitors alike – one impressed Yelp reviewer said “this pizza was so good that I’m writing this review before even leaving the table. With tasty slices and cheap beer, I’m sure you’ll feel the same way.
Photo from yelp.com
Tijuana Garage is more than just your average Mexican restaurant. They not only offer a massive lunch and dinner, but an affordable brunch menu and tequila flights for sampling (or shooting).
The Garage also has a kickin’ patio, where they have live music, trivia, and specials every night of the week. With a ton of themed events (their National Burrito Day fiesta, coming up on March 7th, gets you one burrito with the second for just a penny), you can easily find a fun, affordable meal. Unique to Tijuana Garage is their rewards program – if you sign up, you’ll receive a $10 gift certificate to use on your next meal, and you’ll receive a point for every dollar you spend. That should make all those margaritas hurt just a little bit less the next morning.