April in Atlanta

April 2016 finds me in Atlanta, Georgia for work and I’m fortunate to stay, play, and explore for the long weekend. To say I ate well in Atlanta is a gross underestimate. While the downtown left a bit to be desired, we found plenty of fabulous food, charming markets, and walked at least 8 miles a day in an unexpectedly chilly weekend.

Downtown:

Alma Cocina: 191 Peachtree Street NE – Three cheers for scallop ceviche and lamb barbacoa tacos with a great indoor / outdoor atmosphere.

Pittypat’s Porch25 Andrew Young International Blvd NW – A surprisingly large and unsurprisingly Southern spot that lays the charm on thick. We accepted a kind biscuit donation for the next day’s breakfast and enjoyed awesome shrimp and grits, and fried chicken on separate visits.

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint: 200 Peachtree St NW L05 – How much barbecue can I eat in one week? Took a timeout here for excellent fried green tomatoes.

Meehan’s Public House: 5 locations – An easy walk from our conference hotel, I was expecting standard pub grub and was wildly impressed with a grilled feta sandwich with chicken and out of this world brussel sprouts.

Around:

Ponce City Market is a gem near the Old Fourth Ward. Skip the Wholefoods a few blocks away and focus on H and F burger and Hops chicken.

The Atlanta BeltLine is an awesome project. Per their website, “a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other.”

Sweet Auburn Curb Market, gave us a cookie break, and showcased huge bags of collard greens, pork in all ways, including a whole pig for sale (tempting.)

MLK Historic Site is a must do while in Atlanta. Recognized as a US National Park, you can view the Ebenezer Church, MLK’s home, and the grave site.

Oakland Cemetery -boasts “oldest” and “largest” superlatives in Atlanta. We made an unsuccessful attempt to visit at the end of a hot day. Don’t come down from the MLK site and go left. We had to walk 3/4 around before we saw a gate, and then didn’t end up going in due to timing.

Sugar Shack was a schlep from our dinner location but worth the haul via MARTA (Atlanta’s public transportation.) We opted for cheesecake and key lime pie (the winner.)

Coca Cola World was worth the tourism, if only for the world café of carbonated drinks toward the end of the exhibit. And we took a photo with the polar bear, of course.

Swan House at the Atlanta History Center, a “classically styled mansion built in 1928 for the Edward H. Inman family” also boasts film fame for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While we didn’t see President Snow (thankfully) we did enjoy the self guided tour and elegant space.

Fan favorites:

Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Inman Park was a Food Network find that we turned into a destination for our trip. In the hassle of MARTA we got turned around and arrived too late for the brewery tour, or so we thought. Our hostess said game over, but our waitress said, “No problem!” and walked us outside and downstairs into the cellar. There we met Justin an Air Force veteran, our age with an engineering degree who happily spoke to us about beer for almost an hour. We were impressed and grateful by his kindness and knowledge, and even more so later when we treated ourselves to a flight of their beers and outrageous crispy pig ears, pulled pork and “corn pups.” We would happily return to this area for another round.

Joy Café in Buckhead was also a Food Network find, and we were terrified by the line of customers for Sunday brunch but were quickly shepherded to a table for two in the tiny space. We were spoiled for choice and settled on biscuits and gravy with chorizo (have mercy) and an Argentinian steak and egg sandwich to die for. Our sincere compliments to the chef!

 Next time: A Braves game!

 

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