Atlanta is already the Queen of The South, it has been for decades now. However, the city at large is making some serious moves. For its denizens the grind is hard, but worthwhile to make the A-Town as bustling a metropolis as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. One family is doing just that by infusing a little Caribbean swag into the mix of the city’s restaurant and night life. Tonight, on behalf of Kontrol Magazine I visited one of Downtown Atlanta’s jewels in restaurant form–Negril Village! This amazing restaurant is located off of North Avenue, next door to North Avenue MARTA Train Station and across from The Bank of America skyscraper. Here, it serves as a nexus for true Atlanta city life. I laughed, I mingled, but most of all dined–FINE!
Many Southern city boys are find themselves comfortable and somewhat complacent with the restaurants they frequent. Fast food is convenient and familiar, and the only real foreign food you eat comes from a food court, Taco Bell, or China Cafeteria. Sad right? Well there’s an answer to this and all you have to do is turn your senses–all five of them to the islands–and try Caribbean food. Sure, when you think of the few Caribbean restaurants in Atlanta they all appear to be holes in the wall. I assure you Negril Village is anything but that. The restaurant is beautiful inside and out, decorated with art from the West Indies, has a professional and attentive staff, and has two floors. Downstairs is primarily the dining area with a motif of fancy castle meets the islands; meanwhile the upstairs is great for mingling and hosting events. In fact just a few weeks ago ABC hosted an advanced screening party for its new comedy “black-ish.” The mood is set with adjustable lighting and popular music with reggae remixes. Eclectic and inviting, the restaurant even serves brunch in addition to lunch and dinner.