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Going Native

by Austin Holt | Jezebel magazine | April 25, 2013

Everyone’s a native of somewhere. In proprietor John Mathews’ case, it’s Decatur. In the case of chef Chris Gould, it’s NOLA (where he worked as sous chef to some fella named Paul Prudhomme—aka Cajun royalty, you might’ve heard of him). You get the idea.

So, with Mathews in the driver’s seat, and Gould manning the kitchen, downtown Decatur is proud to present Native - A Local Joint. With a name like that, your mind might make the jump to clever marketing: After all, who doesn’t want to have a neighborhood pub—where the gang greets you by name when you walk in the door—on their list of go-to hot spots?

That’s the, ahem, name of the game at Native. Boasting an eclectic vibe, an uberfriendly staff, a kickin’ seasonal menu (get in soon for the jalapeno and bacon duck popper app) and a bar that serves up some mean summer sippers (ideal for hydrating on the sprawling Ponce-front patio), it’s the perfect hangout spot—and just what Mathews had in mind. With a lot of pubs within walking distance, he wanted to open something different that was totally chill. “We just wanted to create a place where people could relax and hang out—we don’t want to rush people out the door,” he says. “Kick your feet up. Drink. Eat.”

Sounds like a plan. In that case, bring another plate of poppers.

Native - A Local Joint
340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.