Sentral West Midtown is part of the Star Metals master planned community, the city’s coolest new live-work-play destination that’s within walking distance of exciting retail and great restaurants. Photo courtesy of Star Metals.
The Insider Guide to Atlanta’s West Midtown
By Giannina Bedford
Once an industrial quarter, West Midtown has transformed itself into a bustling center for retail and restaurants, many housed in restored warehouses and factories. Close to downtown and Buckhead and easily accessible to Atlanta’s major highways, it’s a sought-after area for urbanites to live and work. From exciting eateries and one-of-a-kind shops to late night bars and live music venues, it offers tastes of Atlanta’s many offerings in one spot.
The newest addition to the neighborhood,
Sentral West Midtown at Star Metals
, makes it easy to move in and feel immediately at home in West Midtown, thanks to designer-furnished units and any-length-of-stay leases. Amenities like bike shares, pet daycare, and an on-site fitness studio mean you can find everything you need in one place — and the stylish interiors and community spaces are the perfect starting point for exploring the neighborhood, which offers endless discoveries within walking distance. Residents also live within
, the city’s coolest new live-work-play destination, where exciting retail and great restaurants are moments from your home.
Read on for our local guide to West Midtown’s best spots, no matter what you’re looking for.
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EAT LIKE AN ATLANTA LOCAL
Star Provisions is a delicious all-day destination for locally sourced, fresh Southern food. Photo courtesy of Bacchanalia - Star Provisions.
Whether you’re looking to impress a date over a gourmet meal or meeting friends for margaritas and Mexican food, West Midtown serves it up in the tastiest way possible. With brand new spots opening alongside longtime foodie destinations, you won’t be disappointed by the creativity and panache of West Midtown’s chefs.
ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA
A once nondescript building near Georgia Tech is now Giovanni di Palma’s sought-after spot for authentic Naples-style pizza. Prepare to BYOB and wait in line, then grab a seat at a communal table to watch the pizza slingers work their magic by the brick oven. Once you bite into the Margherita D.O.P or spicy Diavola, you’ll realize every second of the wait was worth it.
littleitalia.com, 1093 Hemphill Ave.
The creation of Israeli-born Tal Baum, Aziza serves modern Israeli cuisine in a chic West Midtown dining room with warm lighting, velvet banquettes, and walls plastered in earthy colors. Share plates of wood-fired shrimp and octopus or opt for the “full experience,” a prix fixe menu highlighting the restaurant’s best dishes ($85 per person). Aziza is a great choice for vegetarians, who’ll enjoy veg-forward dishes highlighting local produce, like okra with shisito peppers. Whatever your appetite, linger post-meal over a Turkish coffee.
aziza-restaurant.com, 1170 Howell Mill Rd. NW
BACCHANALIA AND STAR PROVISIONS
Crowds have flocked to West Midtown since 1993 for Bacchanalia’s inventive four-course, prix fixe menu ($95 per person). Chef-owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison offer a contemporary American menu of changing small plates that relies on organic ingredients, many sourced from their farm, Summerland. They also do a vegetarian prix-fixe that features inventive takes on local produce. This high-end dining room shares real estate with Star Provisions, a busy daytime café selling breakfast and lunch as well as gourmet food items, gifts, and cookware.
starprovisions.com, 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd.
FLORAL PARK MARKET
Part flower shop, part grocery, part gift store, this hidden West Midtown gem sits above the Howell Mill Road reservoirs. The eclectic mix of offerings includes baked goods, jarred jams, and pickles alongside health food items created by local entrepreneurs. There is also a plethora of frozen home-cooked meals ready to heat up and serve. After selecting dinner, meander out back to check out the flowers and fresh produce.
floralparkmarket.com, 775 Trabert Ave. NW.
From the faded plaster façade to the classic Roman dishes — cacio e pepe
, carbonara, bolognese, much of it on pasta rolled in-house — the Italian-owned Forza Storico is like a corner of the Piazza Navona transported to West Midtown Atlanta. It’s been a hit since opening in 2019, not least due to its wine list of nearly 60 finds from across Italy, with quite a few available by the glass.
storico.com, 1198 Howell Mill Rd.
Housed in a refurbished warehouse where the Miller Union Stockyards once stood, this rustic/modern eatery is an Atlanta mainstay. Helmed by Steven Satterfield and Neal McCarthy, Miller Union offers a menu inspired by the harvest of the seasons and heavily features heirloom and local vegetables — in fact, one of their entrees is a seasonal vegetable plate that rotates with the season. The Southern-leaning dishes are paired with a wine list that focuses on small producers with sustainable growing practices.
millerunion.com, 999 Brady Ave. NW.
TAQUERIA DEL SOL
Sip margaritas while waiting in line to order tacos that won’t break the bank. Eddie Hernandez’s cross-cultural menu mixes Mexican favorites with Southern classics — such as the Memphis taco with chopped smoked pork and tequila barbecue sauce, or sides like turnip greens and jalapeno coleslaw. It’s all served up in a lively ambience of steel tabletops and blue-and-white checkered floors.
taqueriadelsol.com, 1200-B Howell Mill Rd.
Chef Ford Fry has captured the spirit of a seaside fish camp at this bustling restaurant in an old West Midtown ham-aging house. From raw oysters to wood-hearth roasted fish to a Maine lobster roll, seafood favorites from every coast abound. Wash it all down with The Yucatan (tequila blanco, agricole rhum blanc, green tea, agave, lime) and you can almost
smell the salty air.
theoptimistrestaurant.com, 914 Howell Mill Rd.
This vegan-friendly cafe focuses on healthy-yet-satisfying salads, hearty grain bowls, and fresh smoothies. You can customize your own or go with one of their tried-and-true favorites, many of which are raw-diet compatible and gluten-free. Just a few minutes’ walk from Star Metals, Upbeet is great for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up, especially one of their superfood lattes or peanut butter bliss bowls.
upbeet.com, 1071 Howell Mill Rd.
SNACK AND SIP
Take in a birds-eye view of West Midtown from the expansive JCT. Kitchen & Bar Rooftop. Photo by Sentral.
Whether you’re up early or up late, West Midtown is awash with welcoming spots to grab a high-quality cup of coffee or a happy hour drink and snack — many of them within strolling distance of
Sentral West Midtown at Star Metals
. The perfect latte, locally brewed pint, or inventive cocktail are never far away when you’re staying here.
This flagship coffee shop is housed in two repurposed shipping containers in the midst of the trendy Westside Provisions District. Order brewed coffee sourced from single farms and a locally baked bagel or gluten-free muffin, before snagging a seat outdoors in view of the boutique shopping and eateries.
brashcoffee.com, 1168 Howell Mill Rd. #0516.
CHATTAHOOCHEE COFFEE COMPANY - WESTSIDE
Catch up on emails or meet a friend for a pour-over at this friendly coffeehouse tucked at the bottom of a Huff Road apartment complex . Sustainable grinds from Counter Culture Coffee and loose-leaf Rishi Tea are paired with milk sourced from Georgia’s Mountain Fresh Creamery and pastries from H&F Bread and Ratio Bakeshop. Choose from a table in the brick-clad, woodsy interior or an Adirondack chair outdoors facing the cityscape.
chattahoocheecoffee.com, 790 Huff Rd. NW.
Perched atop Atlanta legend Ford Fry’s first restaurant, this laid-back rooftop bar in West Midtown serves drinks and bites with a stunning view of the Atlanta skyline. Sip on an old fashioned and listen to live tunes on weekends. If you get hungry, snack on melt-in-your-mouth parmesan truffle fries or feast on the 10-ounce dry-aged burger.
jctkitchen.com, 1198 Howell Mill Rd.
What begins as happy hour often extends into an all-night affair at this neon-lit enclave serving creative cocktails, Japanese whisky, and sake. Pair the spirits with Asian bites, from lobster Rangoon and pork dumplings to bowls of fried rice or japchae
noodles. Don’t leave without snapping a silhouette selfie in the entry tunnel!
little-trouble.com, 1170 Howell Mill Rd.
MONDAY NIGHT BREWING
Born from a Monday night beer-brewing Bible study, this craft brewery opened its West Midtown location in 2013. The warehouse, situated on a dead-end street, brews the brand’s core beer production and small-batch hoppy beers. It also offers a tasting room, tours, an IPA-focused Hop Hu, and an Instagrammable necktie wall.
mondaynightbrewing.com, 670 Trabert Ave. NW.
There is never a dull moment at this subterranean tavern that entertains with classic games: backgammon, bocce, darts, billiards, shuffleboard, you name it. Grab a local beer or unfussy cocktail and head downstairs to let the games begin. On the pub menu find everything from boiled peanuts and a German pretzel to a New York strip.
ormsbysatlanta.com, 1170 Howell Mill Rd.
THE PAINTED DUCK
Coined a “distinguished drinkery, duckpin bowling and gaming parlour,” the Painted Duck is located at Stockyards Atlanta, a West Midtown retail and residential development. It features 16 full service duckpin bowling lanes, two Belgian feather bowling lanes, two indoor horseshoe pits, a 22-foot shuffleboard table, and much more. Settle into a leather banquette to peruse the curated list of cocktails, artisanal wines, and local beers. Shareable small plates include Duck Phat Fries and beef jerky as well as skewered wood-fired meats.
thepaintedduckatl.com, 976 Brady Ave.
Handmade regional pottery in East Fork’s sunny space. Photo by East Fork.
Design aficionados will delight in the selection of homewares and furnishings found nearby, providing countless ways to add personality to your pad. West Midtown’s distinctive shops offer unique home goods, locally made art, and curated fashion and accessories with a distinctive Atlanta flair. Grab a coffee and stroll the neighborhood looking for unique finds to dress up your home — or your wardrobe.
BRICK + MORTAR
Created out of the founder’s passion for treasure hunting at estate and yard sales, Brick + Mortar sells vintage art, books, and accessories as well as hand-poured candles and wall décor. Keep an eye out for their regular in-store pop ups by individual designers.
thisisbrickandmortar.com, 1170 Howell Mill Rd, #109.
Highlighting the works of local artists and designers, this collective is the place to pick up Atlanta-centric gifts, art and jewelry. The Peach State is featured in coasters, T-shirts, and paper goods, which are artfully arranged in the industrial interior, prompting shoppers to take their time exploring.
craftedwestside.com, 1100 Howell Mill Rd, Suite A06.
This Southern-inspired home store takes up real estate in a renovated 1940s building at the Westside Ironworks. Beneath a cavernous wood ceiling, find vintage, original, and repurposed furnishings and accessories. There is also a textile shop, lighting collection, and interior design studio allowing buyers to outfit their homes from start to finish.
dixonrye.com, 1085 Howell Mill Rd. NW.
EAST FORK POTTERY
East Fork Pottery designs, manufactures, and sells ceramic dishware created in its factory in Asheville, North Carolina. Pots are made of iron-rich clays dug from the Southeast and colored with glazes formulated and mixed in-house. The Atlanta shop showcases a collection of pantry, kitchen, and other goods. It also stocks imperfect pottery sold at a discount.
eastfork.com, 1170 Howell Mill Rd., Suite P12B.
SID MASHBURN & ANN MASHBURN
These connected men’s and women’s clothing stores are the Atlanta-grown creation of husband-and-wife team Sid and Ann Mashburn. Offering a combination of designed-and-produced clothing as well as curated pieces, each store is designed in a unique style: The men’s shop has a gentleman’s club feel with leather seating and mounted deer heads, while Ann’s shop is light and airy with pops of color.
annmashburn.com, 1198 Howell Mill Rd., Suites 110 & 112
TAKE IT OUTSIDE (AND BRING A FURRY FRIEND)
Piedmont Park is a quiet place to reflect or explore — and it’s pup-friendly, too! Photo by Piedmont Park Conservancy.
When it’s time to get some fresh air, head to one of the many greenspaces or trails within the vicinity of West Midtown. Walk for miles along the scenic Atlanta BeltLine or picnic with your pooch at Piedmont Park. The newest addition to the landscape, the Westside Park — Bellwood Quarry, is poised to become the city’s largest park, offering miles worth of walking and running trails.
Once complete, this 22-mile loop of multi-use trails will connect 45 in-town neighborhoods. Based on railroad corridors that once encircled Atlanta, the BeltLine’s completed segments include the nature-centric Northside Trail traversing Tanyard Creek Park and the bustling Eastside Trail, which is dotted with art installations, colorful murals, bars, and restaurants.
Situated in the heart of Midtown, this sprawling green space boasts a three-acre dog park, aquatic pool, playgrounds, and much more. It hosts a Saturday morning Green Market from March to November as well as numerous festivals and outdoor concerts throughout the year.
This 80-acre development in Underwood Hills is home to a food hall, brewery, and retail shops. Dogs aren’t allowed inside, but the 13 acres of green space provides plenty of pet-friendly lounge areas. Plus, The Works will soon open Fetch Park, a bar-meets-dog-park complete with refreshments, bites, and a turf field for Fido.
theworksatl.com; 1295 Chattahoochee Ave. NW.
WESTSIDE PARK—BELLWOOD QUARRY
The $44 million redevelopment is transforming a Westside quarry into a 280-acre park that will be the largest in Atlanta. Phase 1 is open already, with tons of walking trails, panoramic views of the reservoir and the Atlanta skyline, as well as a playground for kiddos. Don’t leave without checking out the entry gate, which was sculpted to evoke the “skeletal remains of a mythical creature."
SOAK UP SOME CULTURE
Showing eye-catching art in an airy space, the High Museum of Art is also a hub for community events. Photo by Cat Max Photography.
Art enthusiasts can fulfill their passion in and around West Midtown, exploring the collections of a leading art museum or purchasing a contemporary work from a local gallery. If live music is more your speed, take your pick of sound and scene, ranging from a dive bar hosting nightly blues to an intimate concert venue headlining known names.
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART
Midtown’s renowned art institution, The High features a collection of more than 18,000 works of historic and contemporary art, including American, European, African, decorative, and folk art as well as a collection of photography and contemporary works. The eye-catching facility, designed by architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, also hosts weekend happy hours and special events for all ages.
high.org, 1280 Peachtree St. NE.
JENNIFER BALCOS GALLERY
This high-end gallery run by an interior designer turned art dealer features more than 25 artists, including emerging locals and internationally recognized names. Inside the light-filled, 4,490-square-foot space you’ll find contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography, and ceramics.
jenniferbalcosgallery.com, 1183 Howell Mill Rd.
For good music, cheap beer — and no frills — this is the place.
Churning out live blues every night since 1972, Northside Tavern makes every visit memorable. Check it out for free on a weeknight or pay $10 cover on the weekends. Once a grocery store and gas station, this West Midtown landmark retains its historical character and dive bar vibe.
northsidetavern.com, 1058 Howell Mill Rd. NW.
Located inside the King Plow Arts Center, this former iron smelting room is now an intimate concert venue, which has hosted the likes of The Killers, Imagine Dragons, and Charlie Puth. Walk into an up-close-and-personal view of the stage. When you need some fresh air, head to the outside deck, which overlooks the railroad.
terminalwestatl.com, 887 West Marietta St. NW.
WESTSIDE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
A modern special event space and gallery, the Westside Cultural Arts Center’s industrial interior serves as a blank canvas for artistic exhibitions. Its “living gallery” supports a rotating collection of local, regional, and internationally recognized artists.
westsideartscenter.com, 760 10th St. NW.
EXPLORE STAR METALS
When you call
home, there’s so much to explore before you even venture further into the West Midtown neighborhood.
Prevail Union Coffee
ethically sources incredible beans from around the world and roasts them locally, and this central location has made them a go-to stop for locals. Keep an eye out for some exciting upcoming additions, including
, Atlanta’s premier omakase restaurant;
, a sprawling bar focused on darts;
, a plant store and terrarium workshop coming this winter; gourmet market
; and an outpost of the U.K. sensation
, offering ramen, curries, and more.
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