We asked frequent contributor, foodie, professor and poet Karen Head to share some of the goodness of her neighborhood, Kirkwood.

Why I Love It

Moving to Kirkwood was one of the best decisions of my life. The community here is diverse and interactive. Neighbors know each other. People are always out and about, especially in our parks and in our community garden. We are invested in making the community the kind of place that welcomes and respects everyone. As one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, we are central to everything the city has to offer.

Where to Eat

Le Petit Marché (lepetitmarche.net) is Kirkwood’s answer to an amazing breakfast, brunch, or lunch. The loaded oatmeal will make you weep with joy (that or it is just your body’s way of saying thanks for the great the combination of oatmeal, fruit and praline sauce), and the grits stack, topped with shrimp, bacon, and cheese, is amazing. The staff is friendly and attentive, and this is also a family friendly restaurant. Dulce Vegan (dulcevegan.com) to vegans and other bakery fans. Even without the butter and eggs, these treats are wonderful. Urban Pie (urbanpieatl.com) is local pizza at its best. The signature pie, with roasted garlic, spinach, roasted red peppers, red onions, feta and mozzarella cheese is fantastic, and for you meat lovers you can always add some prosciutto. Ann’s Snack Bar is the best burger shop in America! Just check with the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and many other national and international news sources. Get there early if you don’t want to wait (owner Ann Price only serves 7 people at a time), but even if you have to wait, it will be worth it. There’s no website or phone to call, just show up at 1615 Memorial Drive.

Where to Shop

Kirkwood Bark and Lounge (barkandlounge.net) is your one stop shop for all your pets’ needs. They also offer grooming and boarding. Gitche Yah Yah (gitcheyahyah.com) is full of whimsical gifts for your home and is a full-service florist, with original and awe-inspiring designs. You can also pick up your “antique” Kirkwood sign here. The Mission Motif (missionmotif.com) carries gorgeous home furnishings – all from the Mission Arts style. If you want to outfit your home to the Mission period, this is the place to shop. Jazmin Spa (jazminspa.com) is an oasis in the city. They offer complete spa services with one of the friendliest staffs in the business. Augusta Designs (augustadesigns.com) and PB&J Gallery (pbjart.com) are next door to each other and offer custom designed jewelry and artwork.

What to Do

The Kirkwood Spring Fling (kirkwoodfling.com) happens mid-May each year. There is an artists’ market, local food trucks, and live music. The Kirkwood Wine Stroll is the best fun on two feet. In September you can visit the local businesses and sample many great wines on a terrific wine stroll – each location also features excellent hors d’oeuvres. Don’t miss the Kirkwood Car Wash, which transforms into the Kirkwood Lounge for this event.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.