The historic neighborhood of Oakhurst in a hidden gem in the City of Decatur. This small community of approximately 5,000 has a flavor all its own, seamlessly blending hipster elements with family-friendly charm. The recently-revitalized Oakhurst Village is the neighborhood hub and is home to excellent bars and restaurants that cater to every mood and fancy.
Check out this list of the best places to dine and drink in Oakhurst:
This Tex-Mex restaurant has been an Oakhurst favorite since 2006. The menu includes popular cuisine staples, such as quesadillas, ensaladas, and tacos, but given the chef’s unique touch. Guests are welcomed by a large concrete bar fully stocked with tequilas, mezcals, and other alcoholic beverages. Festive Mexican décor, complete with colored lanterns, give the intimate space added spice. And speaking of spice, this restaurant’s signature drink, the Devil’s Water tequila, gives “hot” an entirely new meaning.
Better known as U-Joint, this neighborhood bar is the locals’ favorite watering hole. The laidback atmosphere, delicious comfort food, and large screen TV make it the perfect spot to unwind after a busy day. Outdoor seating is also available at the large patio at the back.
Oakhurst residents go to Matador Cantina for a casual night of tacos, chips, and margaritas. This restaurant serves all your Tex-Mex favorites and a wide selection of drinks, including the best Tequilas you can find. The vibe is friendly and cozy, and becomes even livelier on trivia nights and other special events.
This neighborhood hub serves New York-style pizza, along with other everyday favorites like sandwiches, pastas, salads, and more. Customers come here for the wide variety of pizza flavors, ranging from classic to one-of-a-kind, as well as for the build-your-own-pizza experience. It’s also vegan-friendly, with an option for dairy-free cheese, and the large patio seating is dog-friendly as well.
If you’re in the mood for upscale bar food, great beer, and live music, this is the place to go. The menu has delicious staple items, but people also come for the daily specials, which depends on the fresh ingredients available for the day. The restaurant’s unique draft beer selection keeps the place packed every night.
707B East Lake Drive
This neighborhood coffee shop is everyone’s favorite meeting place. By day, customers come here for the coffee and baked goodies, and by night, they come for the wine, beer, and live music. Kavarna is not just a music venue, though. It welcomes performers of other genres, including literature, dance, and others. Local art is also displayed here on a rotating basis.
Opened only in 2016, Scout is located at the historic Old Scottish Rite Hospital – a setting that goes well with its traditional American theme and concept. The restaurant serves its own take on all-time American favorites using fresh ingredients from local and regional farms. Scout also has a bar that’s fully-stocked with a wide range of beers and other spirits.