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City Love: Atlanta, GA.

It’s not uncommon for people in the southeast to avoid Atlanta all together. It’s not known for being hip or easy to navigate. It’s also-in my opinion-a bit underrated. I travel to Atlanta quite often for work and have been able to find some really great places to frequent. Having friends who live there sharing their hot spots with me has been wonderful. I spent a few days their last week for a photography conference and found myself really looking forward to hitting up my favorite spots! I decided I had to share them with you, that way – next time you’re in town – you can at least eat, drink, and sleep well!

 

 

Where I Eat: 

Taqueria Del Sol

There are four locations for this taco shop that stole my heart. My cousin was the first person to take me here and then another friend took me there as well. I’m so glad they did! It’s become a staple in every single trip I take to the Atlanta area. If you know me, then you know that I’m not a huge fan of mexican food. However, this place opened my eyes to the beauty that is a taco and good margarita. Everything is so fresh and made in house. The menu is simple {which I love} and the margaritas are amazing! I always get the fish taco, the carnita taco, and the veggie taco. Paired with a house margarita for only $5. This place has spoiled me when it comes to taco shops. It can’t be beat.

There is just about always a line. But, it’s well worth the wait. Also, if it’s just you or if you’re just a group of two you can skip the line and sit at the bar!

Flip Burger Boutique

Flip is the baby of chef Richard Blais {winner of season 8 top chef}. It’s a unique blend between upscale dining and a burger joint. Every dish is a unique take on a classic diner food. There are three locations: 2 in Atlanta and 1 in Birmingham. If you’re in either of those cities, get yourself to a flip burger now. You will not be disappointed in either the atmosphere or the quality of the food you ingest. I’m a personal fan of the turkey burger: monterey cheese, crushed avocado, pomegranate ketchup, and sprouts. I also recommend the adult root beer float and the brussel sprouts are to die for!

Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles

Owned by Gladys Knight, Ron Winans, and Shanga Hankerson this sweet spot of southern tradition has never let me down. It’s perfect if you’re looking to try something new or re-visit some of your favorite southern foods. The atmosphere is cozy and the food makes you feel like you’re visiting your grandmother. The hot wings are a personal favorite, along with-of course-the chicken and waffles. I recommend getting both and splitting them with a friend. You can get both of those for $19.00. This may not be the place that you can eat on a regular basis {I’m not trying to raise your cholesterol over here}, but, it’s a great spot to hit every once and a while!

Where I Drink: 

Octane Coffee Bar

Home of the world barista competition in 2009, this place is legit. The baristas are incredibly skilled and friendly on top of that. There are three locations one on the westside, one in the Bank of America plaza, and one in Grant Park. Every single one has provided excellent service and a stand up cup of coffee. I love the Grant Park location when I want a nice calm place to sit and read, I recommend the Westside location if you’re looking for somewhere to plug-in and work for a bit, the bank of america locations {the pocket bar} is great for a grab and go. Wherever you are, I recommend selecting a single-origin coffee and having a pour over. They are also some of the top barista’s in the world, so you can’t go wrong with a latte, macchiato, or any other espresso based beverage.

If you are familiar with the difficulty of latte art, you know that the smaller the cup the more tricky the pour. This guy poured this {see photo below}  into my macchiato- that’s a 3.5 oz cup! Impressive! On top of that, he remembered my name and I live 3 hours away!!! If that hasn’t sold you, I don’t know what will. O yeah-they serve beer and wine too!

Cafe Intermezzo

With their first location opening in 1979 Cafe Intermezzo has become a signature for the city of Atlanta. It’s one of those places that makes you want to create. Being there is inspiring and reminds you of the great writers and artists that came before you. They do serve a meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, however, they also have an extensive drink list. I prefer to just grab a coffee and enjoy a good book and a bit of people watching. This spot is also open fairly late on weeknights and weekends. With locations closing anywhere between 1am-3am every night of the week!

Where I Sleep:

Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown

The hotel is not only nice in atmosphere, location, and comfort, but the staff is overly friendly and accommodating. I loved my stay here and I can’t imagine ever staying anywhere else in Atlanta. From the front desk worker Stanley who not only remembered where my conference was, but, asked me if I needed directions printed as I walked out the door that morning. To Michael the bartender who remembered my name and kept the bar open 4 extra hours for just me and my friend! {even though we didn’t ask him to} On top of that, the hotel is in a great location-close to everything and walking distance to a few bars and restaurants. However, you don’t even have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to. With amazing food and drinks right there! I can’t help but brag on this place every chance I get. If you go to Atlanta, this is def. the place for you to stay. If you mention this write up to Michael at the bar, maybe he’ll even make you one of his special drinks!

{Our room}


{The Lobby}

{view from the room}

Hopefully, at this point I’ve given you some ideas of places to go!

Do any of you have places you love to frequent in the Atlanta area? Write about it in the comment box, I’d love to hear from you!

until next time-eat, drink, and sleep well,

Sarajane.

 

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