Inman Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Atlanta – it’s super walkable with easy access to the BeltLine, has fantastic coffee shops and restaurants, and is trendy without feeling stuffy. This community loves good food – which is probably why I like it so much.
I live just down the street from Inman Park, so I have the opportunity to spend a lot of time here. There is a bite for every palate and occasion – I’ll outline my top spots in the neighborhood, as well as the best setting to visit, whether its for after-dinner drinks, snacks, or a leisurely brunch.
Best time to visit – weekend brunch
Photo from Parish’s Facebook page
Parish, located at beginning of the strip of restaurants and shops in Inman Park, is a combination Brasserie + Neighborhood Cafe. The Brasserie upstairs serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday, as well as weekend brunch. The Neighborhood Cafe downstairs offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch Wednesday-Sunday as well.
While I haven’t spent much time in Parish’s upstairs portion, I’m obsessed with the look and feel of the downstairs cafe. With a huge central family-style wooden table, comfy armchairs, and delicate details, the cafe is an inviting French-style bistro perfect for a quiet morning of food and relaxation.
The cafe has a full menu of coffee and tea, as well as breakfast items (the Croque Monsieur is a favorite), pastries, salads, and sandwiches.
Parish also has an outdoor patio that looks right out on the BeltLine – the patio is dog friendly, so bring your pup along for brunch!
Best time to visit – a weekday dinner with friends
Image from Fritti’s Facebook page
One of famed Atlanta chef Riccardo Ullio’s 3 area Italian restaurants, Fritti is a local neighborhood favorite known for its crispy Neapolitan style pizza. The pie here is authentic – Fritti is even certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association (who knew there was such a group?)
Fritti’s menu is simple and easily navigable – choose from a selection of salads and antipasti, a few steak and fish dishes, and about 30 different pizza options. The food is affordable for the exceptional quality – having met Chef Ullio myself, it’s a joy to see how much heart and soul he puts into his food and the experience of his guests.
I love the relaxed elegance of Fritti – it feels just a tad upscale, but still down-to-earth. The covered outdoor patio provides a place to people-watch no matter the weather. Typically very crowded on weekends, especially on a sunny Saturday, I’ve found that the best time to visit Fritti is on a weekday with a small group of friends. A very attentive staff and quick service make a weeknight meal at Fritti an enjoyable, casual night out.
Fritti has one of the best deals around for upcoming Inman Park Restaurant Week – a salad, pizza, and dessert for only $15.
Best time to visit – after dinner drinks and bar snacks
Both photos from thelovelist.com
Y’all – you’ve gotta try BeetleCat. Upstairs- swanky yacht feel. Downstairs – 70s boat lounge. Pictured – Baked oysters (bacon, Parmesan, Swiss chard, and butternut squash) + Fish House Punch #inmanpark #beetlecat #atlanta #atladventurer #fordfry #oysters #eatatlanta #atlantafood #atlantaeats #atl #weloveatl
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As a major admirer of Ford Fry, I was pumped to visit one of the latest additions to his Atlanta empire, BeetleCat. Named after a ship (just like sister restaurant The Optimist), the upstairs space is themed like a luxury yacht, while the downstairs makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a lounge party on a funky 70s ship.
Because I’m such a big fan of strong restaurant concepts, I loved the decor and small details of BeetleCat – the atmosphere is so spot on, you barely feel as if you’re in Atlanta once you venture inside.
I was also impressed by the craft cocktails (a small selection, but strong pours with an upscale nautical vibe) and apps that my group fashioned into a late-night bar snack (killer baked oysters with bacon, swiss chard, parmesan, and butternut squash).
Best time to visit – date night, or when the parents are visiting!
Photos from Atlanta Magazine
Barcelona’s seafood paella
One of the crown jewels in Inman Park’s food scene, Barcelona is beloved by Atlantans from every corner of the city for their Spanish-style tapas, massive wine menu, and perfect patio that wraps around the length of the restaurant.
Don’t forget the restaurant’s interior – floor-to-ceiling wood paneling and stunning artwork make Barcelona the dramatic spin on the rustic countryside space of your dreams.
Snack on charcuterie and cheese, tapas, and shareable plates. The paella is wildly popular, as well as the “game of the week” offerings (think venison, wild boar, and hen dishes).
Some of my favorite tapas include the chorizo with sweet and sour figs, manchego + jamon croquetas, and patatas bravas. Vegetarians and carnivores alike will be in heaven at Barcelona – the menu is diverse, and you might need to Google a few things to understand exactly what you’re ordering (piquillo confit, anyone?)
Reservations are a must for Barcelona – you’ll often see crowds lined up by the patio waiting for a seat. Don’t make the mistake of taking a date here with a reservation – secure your spot here.
Best time to visit – weekend dinner with friends
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If you’re looking for the place to see and be seen in Inman Park, bartaco is it. Opened in mid 2015, bartaco’s third Atlanta location in Inman Park is uber popular and always packed, no matter the night of the week.
The atmosphere here is a blast – there are huge gold lamps and art scattered throughout the interior for a sultry vibe; the patio is beautiful and more relaxed, with a massive fireplace and seating overlooking the bustling street.
bartaco is great for a ladies night dinner with drinks + shareable plates. The menu primarily features a mix of tacos (my faves are the pork belly and baja fish), rice bowls, and apps and sides (the guac here is to die for). The ordering system is unique – your table will order as a big group on a menu card, and food is served on family-style platters. Drinks are a must – I recommend the Granada (the bartaco equivalent of a skinny pomegranate margarita!)