Last weekend, I ventured to Atlanta to meet up with some friends. I’ve really been trying to escape the cold of New England, flying to only warm + southern places so far this year. And it’s been working out pretty well I gotta say.
I didn’t really know what to expect with Hotlanta [for example, does anyone even say that?] as I didn’t know too much about the city, but I knew that recently there’s been a lot of development/growth. Half the city seems brand new, really, with those classic new boxy lofts and quasi-hip restaurants. We rented a car, which I highly recommend, as ATL is definitely a driving city.
First, the best true Southern food I ate was at Mary Mac’s Tea Room. Corn bread, rolls, cheesy grits, slaw, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, mac and cheese, and endless other sides. My favorite was the tomato pie. I had never even heard of this before but holy.. It’s so good. Like baked mac and cheese.. but with tomatoes. I need to try and make this myself, or find some place that does it right, because I am going to consistently need it in my life. Of course we topped off our meal with a bloody, spiked sweet tea, and a mint julep, respectively.
My next favorite meal was at the Krog Street Market. This is an indoor market full of different restaurant stands. There’s everything from BBQ to falafel to a juice bar to a bakery to tacos and more. It was fun to mix and match a bunch of different things, because who ever knows what they really want. And there is legit an incredible bar right there in the open with dozens of beers on tap. Sold.
Of course, we couldn’t be true tourists in Atlanta and NOT go to the Varsity. So, we did. Yes, I got the copycat creamsicle shake. And the chili cheese fries. I wanted the fried peach pie but I just could not muster the energy to eat it. Shoulda gotten one for the road.
Honorable mentions: Dancing Goats coffee bar, Cypress Street Pint & Plate, and Grain. In terms of sites, we loved the botanical gardens [so cool with the Chihuly pieces mixed in!], the BeltLine, and Old Fourth Ward Park.