We asked local lawyer and Oakhurst resident R. Kyle Williams to talk about his favorite  restaurants, places to shop and upcoming events in Oakhurst.

Why I Love Oakhurst
Oakhurst (oakhurstga.org) in south Decatur is a walkable close-knit neighborhood of friendly front porch visits, playgrounds and dog parks, thriving local businesses, and some of the best festivals and events in Decatur.  Oakhurst is a diverse community of past and present, shaded streets and sidewalks, and neighborhood churches and schools.  Our neighborhood is home to amazing community organizations such as the Wylde Center at the Oakhurst Community Garden (oakhurstgarden.org) and the Community Center of South Decatur (thesolarium.com). My Oakhurst neighborhood is an invitingly warm, fun, and thriving community to call home.

Where to Eat
You will never starve or go thirsty in Oakhurst.  You can enjoy a great slice of pizza at Avellino’s (avellinospizzeria.com), a burger at Universal Joint (ujointbar.com), hand-rolled tamales at Mezcalito’s Cantina (mezcalitoscantina.com), a pint at Steinbeck’s (steinbecksbar.com), and end with a donut at Revolution Doughnuts (facebook.com/RevolutionDoughnuts) or a yummy cupcake from Sugar Moon Bake Shop (sugarmoonbakeshop.com).

Where to Shop
My dog Tanner loves stopping in Taj Ma Hound (tajmahound.com) for a fresh baked doggie treat. Our local butcher at Oakhurst Market (oakhurstmarket.com) always has great dinner ideas and offers fresh local farmed produce, baked bread, and some of the best pimento cheese in town.  No shopping trip would be complete without a growler of beer from Ale Yeah! (aleyeahbeer.com).

Coming Up
Jazz Nights at Scottish Rite (oakhurstjazznights.com) kicks off in September with live music on the grounds of The Solarium at Old Scottish Rite (thesolarium.com). Oakhurst hosts the 12th annual BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival (decaturbbqfestival.com) on Aug. 28 from 4 to 10 p.m. in Harmony Park offering great barbecue, cold beer, and live music. Harmony Park will also host the Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival (oakhurstartsandmusicfestival.com) on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. offering a 5K run, artist market, and live music.

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.