REYNOLDSTOWN & CABBAGETOWN
If you feel like…
Throwing calorie-counting caution to the wind: Home Grown
Three words, y’all: Comfy. Chicken. Biscuit. It’s a thing, and at this down home breakfast, lunch and brunch joint, the Southern breakfast staple is served open-faced and smothered in sausage gravy. Can’t solve the sweet-or-savory debate? Don’t worry. Just order up the Billy Boy, a stack of three chocolate chip pancakes served with homemade whip cream, a side of home fries and a Coke. Enjoy funky art and thrift-store style decor while you wait for it to arrive.
968 Memorial Dr. SE, 30316
Mixing your love of canines and caffeine: ParkGrounds
A coffee shop that doubles as a dog park, complete with WiFi—genius concept, right? That’s what you’ll find at this Reynoldstown neighborhood joint. Let Fido make new furry friends while you get your java fix, get into a good book or try to make a dent in that overflowing inbox.
142 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, 30316
Grabbing a late-night bite: Cabbage Pie
A low-key Italian bistro of sorts, this pizzeria is bursting with unique slice and pie options (even omnivores will love the flavorful vegan pizza topped with soy pepperoni, vegan mozzarella, caramelized onions, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes). If you’re not in a pizza mood, check out the impressive roster of sandwiches, salads, soups and brunch dishes (duck confit over waffles? Yes, please!) that’ll please almost any palate.
186 Carroll St. SE, 30312
Flirting: Carroll St. Cafe (pictured above)
There’s little not to love about this European-style cafe. It’s got solid menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus plenty of weekly wine and tapas specials so you can spend quality, romantic time with your sweetie without breaking the bank in the process.
208 Carroll St. SE, 30312
Finding balance: Mystic Lotus
Calm your mind while improving your body at “om” emporium Mystic Lotus Yoga. Class ops include Core Restore to strengthen your core, Deep Stretch to improve flexibility, Vastu to meditate and relax, and Candlelight Meditation to reduce stress and, in their words, “guide you to stillness.” Mystic Lotus’s talented, experienced teachers aim to keep class sizes small in order to ensure students receive the proper care and attention to get the most out of each session. For those newer to yogi life, they store mats that can be used if you don’t have your own, and instructors will generally offer modifications for trickier moves or poses. Along with its wide range of class times (from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekly, depending on the day) that work for almost any schedule, its flexible price points allow students to simply drop in ($14) or score a monthly unlimited package ($110). For best results, wear stretchy clothes and don’t eat less than an hour before class. You also can keep track of the studio on social media (@mysticlotusyoga) for a heads up on workshops, special sessions and inspiration galore. Namaste, y’all.
97 Estoria St. SE, 30316
Photo: Sandra Platten