As most know, Atlanta is the peach of my eye as far as cities go. It is a booming city rich with diversity and culture, and it’s the one place I can identify with as home. If you haven’t made a weekend getaway to the ATL, then you need to schedule one ASAP (and get it in before the hot summer months). The best part about the city is the abundance of things to do in each neighborhood. Each time I go back (which is approximately every two months) I continuously find new things to do, see and eat. I do have some regular places I enjoy going to, but mostly I am knocking items off of my #ATLbucketlist that I started over four years ago.
This was my first time back in 2017 and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend in the city where the players play. My trip was highlighted with good weather, better food and the best company.
Since I have not found a sushi establishment that meets my standards in Milwaukee, I often request to roll into one of many restaurants specializing in the Japanese cuisine. This time we opted for Eight Sushi Lounge, but other favorites include Doraku, Umi, Harry & Sons, Craft Izakaya and Miso.
One of my most favorite spots in my old neighborhood of Inman Park is Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall. It is a must when the temperature hits 65 and sunny. The camp-lodge theme with big communal tables is perfect for socializing and brunching. And their Bloody Marys are actually known as the fountain of youth (cheers to living forever!).
Nine Mile Station
Nine Mile Station is the newest heavy hitter at Ponce City Market. And did I mention it’s a rooftop beer garden? The space has both indoor and outdoor seating with sweeping views of the Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown skylines. It is also conveniently located right next door to the ever-popular Skyline Park which boasts a carnival like space with putt putt, corn dogs and cocktails.
1KEPT has been on my bucketlist for a long time and it’s disappointing that I just now had the opportunity to try it. And let me just tell you, I was blown away. The dim lighting, rustic yet modern decor and contemporary music made for a unique, upscale atmosphere. Supporting the seasonal nature of the local agriculture, the menu is constantly changing which means this wonderful restaurant can continuously be on my list.
When you have the perfect weather, it’s a shame not to be outside. Piedmont Park is essentially the Central Park of Atlanta, and ironically enough, back in the early 1900s the redesign of the park was led by the sons of New York Central Park architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. We spent the day with the dogs, eating appetizers at Park Tavern and enjoying views of Midtown.
Krog Street Market
Krog Street Market is part of the renovated Atlanta Stove Works site, a former pot-belly stove and iron-pan factory that was founded in 1889. The area is an in-town treasure that has some of the city’s best restaurants. My favorites include Superica, Gu’s Dumplings, The Luminary and Jeni’s Ice Cream. I also love shopping at The Merchant where I can find trinkets and gifts unique to Atlanta.
Until next time, ATL. XO
Got any favorite places in Atlanta? Leave them in the comments section and I’ll be sure to check them out the next time around!