One of the most compelling factors in regards to Skyland Brookhaven’s location is its proximity to the hustle and bustle of the notorious Buford Highway. A melting pot of diversity, the street offers a taste of international heritage through its restaurants, markets, shopping and more.
Buford Highway originated as a means to connect Midtown Atlanta to railroad towns in the northeastern part of the city, including Doraville and Chamblee. The road now extends well outside of the perimeter and is densely populated with apartment homes as well as commercial spaces. Varying in width from four to seven lanes, the busy thoroughfare does not have the infrastructure most would desire. The absence of medians to separate traffic and ease pedestrian access coupled with the sparse presence of sidewalks can make Buford Highway a treacherous road to navigate on foot. This has gotten the attention of some heavy hitters in the urban development world, namely Ryan Gravel of Beltline fame. His upcoming project aims to preserve and protect the international integrity of the community as well as address issues such as transportation and gentrification. The anticipation of the project is growing by the day, drawing attention of investors and retailers alike.
Commonly referred to by regulars, Buford Highway has adopted the nickname “BuHi” and even has nonprofits using the moniker. Since its birth in 2015, nonprofit We Love BuHi has operated with their website boasting their mission “to bring individuals and communities together for multicultural experiences shared through our people, places, and stories to create connection, awareness, and belonging within Buford Highway’s international corridor.” They will partner with Ryan Gravel in his upcoming Buford Highway project.
It would be remiss to discuss the corridor without mentioning some of the well-known restauranteurs that call the road home. Lee’s Bakery has been a staple of Buford Highway and popular destination for Bahn Mi sandwiches, soul warming Pho and other traditional Vietnamese dishes. Other than the consistent delicious flavor of the dishes, a huge draw to the restaurant is its affordability. With Bahn Mi’s, Spring Rolls, and Bubble Tea all offered for less the $3 a piece, it is nearly impossible to break the bank when you stop in for lunch or dinner.
Just down the road at El Rey del Taco, discover some of the tastiest Mexican cuisine you’ll find in the city. The authenticity and depth of flavor in each and every dish has had Atlantans making a special trip to Doraville for years. Their mantra of “our casa es su casa”, translating to our house is your house, is part of the charm of this family owned and operated restaurant. With offerings from tacos to traditional Mexican seafood soup, there is definitely something on the menu for everyone.
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