REVIEW: Arcadia, Little Five Points L5P, Atlanta
Little Five Points has been the hangout for hippies for more than fifty years and Arcadia celebrates that 60s/70s vibe everywhere you turn. If you remember what the word hippie means, you’ll definitely appreciate the authenticity and attention to detail that went into the design and décor of Arcadia. In fact, you might just have flashbacks that rival a Jimi Hendrix experience.
Of course, we didn’t come just for the retro trip and the far out music (yes, “far out” was a word back in the day), we came for the awesome comfort food that we’d been hearing about. Remember the days when your mom cooked for you? Imagine that you’re a kid again and mom is there to serve you dinner – grilled cheese sandwiches, meatloaf, fried chicken, mac n cheese, chicken pot pie… yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
In Little Five Points, parking is highly coveted. But parking is free at Arcadia, which sits above Cameli’s Pizza. We came on a Sunday afternoon after a visit to Ponce City Market and a walk on The Beltline. Arcadia was a welcome sight since we were starving by the time we arrived.
There’s a stairwell right up to Arcadia from the parking lot, or you can also enter through Cameli’s Pizza and go up the stairs inside. Set on the rooftop, you get some tremendous views of Atlanta‘s skyline and our timing was perfect with a fantastic sunset over the city.
We got started with the Deviled Eggs. Now we almost always order these if they’re on the menu and I love to see the variety of how each place does it a little different. The Arcadia Deviled Eggs were very traditional but really delicious. They had a wonderful flavor and a very nice texture.
If you’re wondering about that cool looking Arcadia logo, that’s actually a 45 adapter for the record player. Back when you had two sizes of records, 33 1/3 for albums and 45s for singles (of course if you flip the record over there’s a side B). The adapter inserted into the larger hole so you could then place it onto the spindle. Yes, it’s a bit mechanical for those of you from a purely digital generation!
Melanie got the Burger and Fries, while Laurie decided to go with the Chicken Pot Pie and a Side Salad. I ordered the Boneless Fried Chicken that is served with Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and I got the Mac n Cheese for my side. While we waited for the food, I could help but notice the drink menu printed on a 45 record. Way cool. I still remember wearing out a 45 titled “Indian Reservation” by Paul Revere and the Raiders (1971).
Arcadia is one of the coolest spots in Little Five Points. The food is great, the service was exceptional and the only thing missing is orange shag carpet and a bean bag chair. We had a blast and think that Arcadia makes a really groovy (there, I said it) place to hang out. Guten appetit!
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Awesome rooftop views from Arcadia in #L5P #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA