My favorite restaurant in Decatur depends on which “hat” I am wearing that day. Kimball House, located in an historic train depot, offers an engaging atmosphere and creative menu that makes it stand out in a town with no shortage of interesting restaurants. A perfect gathering place for cocktails at its bustling bar, or a special dinner, Kimball House offers an impressive beer and wine menu. Their distinct creativity and attention to quality ingredients comes through with their cocktails. They also know how to treat the classics, such as the Sazerac, which takes me back to my years in New Orleans. The dinner menu changes daily, focusing on local products, many of which are grown in the garden adjacent to the restaurant. They always feature several steak and seafood items, as well as an extensive caviar menu. It is most enjoyable to share a few appetizers, such as grilled oysters or duck foie gras, and some sides. They make it exciting to eat your vegetables! This is also the kind of place where you should linger and enjoy a dessert with coffee or an after dinner drink. Everything they serve here surprises as to quality and inventiveness.
Kimball-house.com | 303 E. Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030
When I want to let my hair down and go somewhere the kids will enjoy, my go-to is Universal Joint, a classic neighborhood hang-out in the heart of Oakhurst Village. This is the perfect patio for beautiful weather, offering you a front row seat to Harmony Park, where you can watch the kids play while you enjoy a draft beer. The menu features family friendly fare, with some innovations and healthy choices for those who want to go beyond classic bar food. They offer especially good burgers, an assortment of quesadillas, and my favorite Southern chicken salad sandwich. A meal can be made of appetizers such as the spicy eggrolls (chicken, cream cheese, grapes, jalapenos, and mango chutney) or Universal Fries (cheddar, smoked bacon, jalapenos, scallions,and homemade ranch).
Ujointbar.com | 906 Oakview Road, Decatur 30030.