Hungry for breakfast? Or maybe seafood or pizza? The East Lake MARTA station has all that and more, even though it’s hard to tell there’s much to eat nearby when you’re traveling through on the train. See below for the list of restaurants closest to the station to plan your next foodie adventure or stop along your commute.
The closest restaurant to the East Lake station is Dish Dive, a small neighborhood “five and dime” with fresh food and a few basics like hot dogs, gourmet fries and chicken wings. Take the South Parking/College Avenue exit out of the station and at street level at the bottom of the stairs, immediately turn left through the bus bay to reach College Avenue that runs under the station. Turn left on College and walk about two minutes (see map). You can also veer right through the parking as another option.
In the opposite direction along College Avenue is Wahoo! Grill that specializes in seafood and Southern cuisine. There’s also a monthly wine club and large outdoor patio great for date night. Take the South Parking/College Avenue exit out of the station and at street level immediate turn left through the bus bay to reach the stairs to College Avenue. Turn right and walk about four minutes (see map).
Sun in My Belly
If brunch up a notch or lunch/dinner in a quaint neighborhood setting is what you’re after, head to Sun in My Belly in the historic Bailey’s Hardware building. Enjoy jazz music the first Sunday of the month. Also on College Avenue, turn left on College from the South Parking exit. The restaurant is about a block past Dish Dive (see above).
An international food gem, Lawrence’s Cafe serves Lebanese cuisine a few doors down from Wahoo! Grill. There’s all sorts of Middle Eastern favorites including kebobs, falafel, lentil soup and gyros.
Doughnuts and coffee more along the lines of your ideal morning? Revolution Doughnuts has handmade goodies for your sweet tooth. The shop is next to Lawrence’s Cafe (see directions above).
In the same building as Revolution Doughnuts and Lawrence’s Cafe, Avellino’s Pizzeria serves imported Italian and local food. Choose from salads, pizza and pasta.
The Cask Room
Next to Avellino’s is the Cask Room, a wine and beer tasting room with a food menu that includes small plates, soups, grilled paninis and crepes. Yum. Don’t miss Tasting Tuesdays and other events.
The Imperial is a neighborhood bar with pub food and trivia on Monday nights. The bar is about a block away from Avellino’s Pizza on West College. Walking time is about eight minutes (see map).
Thinking Man Tavern
The only restaurant nearby that’s on the north side of the MARTA station, Thinking Man Tavern serves pub food and craft beers in a casual environment. Some of the food is sourced from local farmer’s markets and homemade items are on the menu. Take the North Parking/Dekalb Avenue exit out of the station and at street level turn left on Dekalb Avenue, the busy road next to the station. Walk about 10 minutes to reach the tavern.
A number of other restaurants are in the Oakhurst Village, about a 15-minute walk from the station. Choose from Universal Joint, Saba, Mojo Pizza, Matador Mexican Cantina, Steinbeck Ale House and more. Take the South Parking exit out of the station and turn right at the bottom of the stairs to walk through the parking lot to Park Place. Turn left then make a quick right on East Lake Drive (see map).