Decatur’s best eats

Emmie Poth-Nebel

Find the most high-schooler-friendly restaurants around Decatur. Each review takes into account a “high-schooler’s budget” and the most appropriate atmosphere and is rated on a 1 (bad)-5 (great) scale.



319 W Ponce de Leon Ave #40

Mon-Sat 11a.m.-9p.m.

Sun 11a.m.-8p.m.

  • Rating: ⅘ (price ⅘, atmosphere 5/5)

Finally, a greek restaurant in Decatur. Not only are the employees friendly, the entire restaurant gives off a friendly vibe. Taziki’s is perfect for those who want good, fast Mediterranean food or just something a little more upbeat.

What to order: Greek salad gyro, dolmades plate




Thumbs Up

174 W Ponce de Leon Ave

Mon – Sat 11a.m. – 9p.m.

Sun 11a.m. – 8p.m.

Rating: ⅘ (price ⅘, atmosphere ⅘)

Perfect for a quick bite or a full on sit-down meal. The Thumbs Up staff knows how to make their customers feel welcome and the old southern diner atmosphere only accentuates the feeling of true southern hospitality.

What to order: Try any “build your own” omelette combination



IMG_0880Sushi Avenue

308 W Ponce de Leon Ave

Mon – Fri 11:30a.m. – 2:30p.m. and 5-10p.m.

Sat 5-10p.m.

Sun 5-9:30p.m.

Rating ⅗ (price ⅘, atmosphere ⅗)

While the atmosphere requires maturity, the prices are feasible and the staff is always welcoming. Sushi Avenue serves the perfect portions, and no worries vegetarians, the menu offers a ton of non-marinelife options.

What to order: Tofu salad and gyoza



IMG_0914Calle Latina

406 Church St, Decatur

Mon-Thurs 11:30a.m.-10p.m.

Fri-Sat 11:30a.m-11p.m.

Sun 12-10p.m.

Rating 5/5 (price 5/5, atmosphere 5/5)

The authentic feel of this little cafe is undoubtedly thanks to the chefs, whose “generations of heart go into every item we make,” and welcoming decor. Located on the Square, Calle serves as a prime high schooler hangout.

What to order: Tomate Verde taco


IMG_0909Las Brasas

614 Church St, Decatur

Mon-Thus 11:30a.m.–2:30p.m. and 4:30–10p.m.

Fri 11:30a.m.–2:30p.m. and 4:30–11p.m.

Sat 10:30a.m.-11p.m.

Sun 11:30a.m.-9p.m.

Rating ⅘ (price ⅘, atmosphere 5/5)

This small Peruvian restaurant packs a whole lot of flavor into every dish. Each employee brings something amazing to the table, literally. Though a little pricey, the food is unlike anything else in Decatur and never fails to amaze.

What to order: Vegetable Mixto, Las Brasas salad with chicken