Welcome to Atlanta, Y’all!!

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The pollen has finally abated. The flowers are showing off. Temperatures are damned near perfect. Down south, all this means one thing—spring has officially sprung.

The Indigo Girls (two Atlanta ladies) said it best, there’s something ’bout the southland in the springtime. Next week, Romantic Times Booklovers (myself included) will discover why over 5 million people choose to work, stay and play in the “Empire City of the South”. For a hot minute Atlanta was my home, too. It’s a foodie’s paradise, a shopper’s dream, an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, and a whole lotta awesome. If you know where to find it.

While I don’t miss the snarling beast that is Atlanta traffic (download the Uber App now, my friends), I must say, I’m stoked to be heading back.

For starters, I FINALLY get to meet my tribe – a fervent group of like-minded book lovers who consider a hot cuppa and a happily-ever-after among life’s greatest pleasures. (I’m a RT virgin, guys, so take it easy.) Outside of conference hours, I cannot wait for a chance to eat at a few of the places I used to love and now crave.

And because sharing is caring, I thought I’d spread the love. You should, too. Your tastebuds will thank you!

What do I miss the most? Hands down, without a second thought —Alon’s. The Morningside location was my neighborhood market for years. There is nothing on the menu or in the market capable of being anything less than delicious. My faves – gruyere panini, chopped tuna salad, and, for the love, treat yo self to a box of their salted chocolate caramels. I would walk through fire for these things!!

If you’re looking for AH-mazing deep dish pizza check out Nancy’s. Better still – they deliver!

Put a little south in your mouth at Fox’s Brothers BBQ. I cannot begin to list all the ways this Atlanta establishment has been featured. Most recently, it was on an episode of Diners, Drive – Ins and Dives. People travel hours for a plate of their perfect ‘Que.

If you want to break the bank on a badass steak try Hal’s (known for their filet) or Bone’s (known for everything and rated best steak house in America by Zagat 2016). Both located in Buckhead.

For celebristalking (my favorite past time) check out The St. Regis Bar or The Lobster Bar @ Chops. Extra cool points awarded if you sneak into The Club @ Chop’s— a member’s only, back room cigar bar:)! There are currently 18 feature films shooting in Georgia !!

For the most mouthwatering vegetable plate ever (and about a bazillion other to-die-for dishes) it’s gotta be Watershed on Peachtree.

The Star Provisions Restaurant Group: Holy moly, if you have any free time it will not be wasted eating at any of these “sister” restaurants.

Bacchanalia has been Atlanta’s premier dining experience for years. It’s arguably the most expensive dinner in town, but there’s a reason for that.

Star Provisions Market is an upscale culinary store and lunch spot.

Floataway Cafe will forever hold a special place in my heart. This out-of-the-way gem was mine and The Mister’s special spot back when we were newly weds and date nights were the regular. DO NOT skip dessert.

Empire State South is a Hugh Acheson restaurant. In Atlanta, you need say no more. Pre-game dinner on the Bocce court veranda with one of their potent Pimm’s Cups:) It’s the official drink of spring, y’all!

The Optimist has the best lobster roll outside of Maine. It’s a Ford Fry restaurant. As with Hugh, in Atlanta, you need say no more.

Six Feet Under has a rooftop bar, upscale pub grub (try the blacked shrimp tacos with avocado) and lots of awesome people watching. You can visit Margret Mitchell’s grave at Historic Oakland Cemetery right across the street. Get it??? Six Feet Under???

The Varsity is an Atlanta icon. If you like your grease with a side of food, slide on in. Smother everything in chili and wash it down with a Frosted Orange. Don’t forget to pick up Alka-Seltzer on the way home.

If you want to try it all: The Food Hall @ Ponce City Market or Krog Street Market. These are the trendy new dining/shopping meccas with tons of fast casual options from Atlanta’s power house chefs. There’s something for everyone here!! Bonus points for buying all those souvenirs you want to take home:)

Looking for something different? Shoot me a message. EvieClaireWrites@gmail.com I’ll do my best to help you find what you’re looking for.

*Names in BOLD print will redirect you to restaurant’s website.