Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Fun for all ages. You do not have to be a dog lover to enjoy bluegrass music, a parade, and dachshund races.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Free event with lots of give aways.
Kiosco Restaurant owners Eddie Bermudez invite mouths on a transcendent voyage to their native Colombia, using a celebration of traditional dishes packed with unexpected herbs and spices. The meat-centric menu pivots on seven steak entrees, including flank steak simmered with green onions and sautéed shredded beef with thick slices of fried plantain. Other delicacies include colombian sausage and fried slices of yucca and andean potatoes. Guests can enjoy these with tall pitchers of housemade sangria, sipping on a shaded sidewalk patio or inside where sunlight pours through stained-glass windows to cast a warm glow on vibrant paintings and enable patrons to act out their orders with shadow puppets on the muted yellow walls.
After Al Boyce retired from playing football for the Kansas City Chiefs, a new world was calling to him: the rib-sticking world of soul food. After starting his first venture in Kansas City, Boyce began populating the Atlanta area with southern cooking in the form of Chazz’s Place, a pair of eateries named after his son. Al’s Barbeque is his fourth restaurant, where the scent of slow-smoked boneless meat sluices through the air and induces salivation like a rabbit placed in front of Elmer Fudd. Heaping plates of shrimp and grits compete for attention with barbecue ribs, pork chops, and chicken that’s grilled or southern-fried with buttermilk. Housemade sides of collard greens, baked beans, and black-eyed peas round out each meal.
Blu Greek Taverna imports many of its ingredients straight from Greece, instantly transporting the stomachs of diners to this Mediterranean mainstay. Plant a meal seed with an appetizer like the feta and olive plate ($6) or the loukaniko, imported Cyprus sausage links filled with beef and marinated in homemade wine sauce ($7). Move on to a stacked stick kebab ($12–$15) like the vegetarian-friendly vegan souvlaki with eggplant, green pepper, tomato, zucchini, onions, and squash pieces marinated in Ladolemono ($12). House specialties include lamb youvetsi (lamb tenderloin cubes slow-stewed in tomato sauce, $19) or grilled xifias (marinated swordfish filet, $21). Blu Greek also offers a kids menu and a notable wine list for grown-ups.
A CityVoter award-winning gift store, doodle bugz hosts an array of gifts perfect for almost every occasion. Sweet-smelling bath products and baby items nuzzle up to hostess gifts, personalized products, home décor items, and stylish jewelry in this eclectically arranged shop, which groups gift ideas together so browsers can make their own thrilling goody discoveries. Pick up a soft-fabric worry doll to squeeze when work gets stressful ($12.50), or get out of helping a host dry dishes with an Atlanta dish towel ($20) offering. Gifters can tickle the fancy of a favorite baby with a sweet and soft Angel Dear blanket ($15.75), or frame a photo of the last-known acromantula sighting with a Glory Haus frame ($25). The cheerful, vibrant shop beckons shoppers with pots of flowers outside, gift-wrapping services, and a fleet of gift-wrapping ponies trained to tie bows with their lips.
Ye Olde Christmas and Candy Shoppe, nestled in historic Marietta Square, stocks a selection of nostalgic candies and festive gifts. Saunter up to the candy bar to tempt taste buds with homestyle fudge, imported Belgian chocolates, and sugar-, gluten-, and nut-free chocolates. Retro candy, such as rock candy, Necco wafers, and Gold Rocks nugget gum, brings back the sweet taste of childhood and the memories of watching the other kids eat the candy their parents gave them to show them their love.
The Christmas Shoppe prepares shoppers for upcoming holidays with folk-art Santas by Pat Siskin and Marietta ornaments designed by local artists. Its shelves also house collegiate items and gifts for special occasions such as anniversaries and imaginary friends’ weddings.