421 Memorial Dr., Grant Park
Ria Pell, the original owner of this cozy neighborhood breakfast joint, was something of a local hero—not only for her insanely good pancakes, but for the diverse, welcoming community she created at the diner. When she suddenly passed away a few years ago, ownership of the restaurant transferred to long-time manager Julie Pender, who operates the place in honor of Pell’s memory, serving her famous pancake recipe unchanged. Lines can get long here on Saturday and Sunday mornings, but the wait is more than worth it.
248 Oakland Ave., Grant Park
While we wouldn’t normally put a cemetery on the top of our must-see list, Oakland is a solid exception. Founded in 1850 and designed in the style of the 19th-century rural garden movement, it’s full of gorgeous trees and immaculate landscaping, plus it’s home to plenty of famous Atlantans, including golfer Bobby Jones and Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. There are guided tours year-round, and you can also download their app for the self-guided version.
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