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Georgia

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8ARM
710 Ponce De Leon, NE; Poncey Highland
This café is one of those places that you could happily while away the entire day, starting with your morning coffee and Egg McMuff sandwich (soft scramble, cheddar, cilantro-Tabasco mayo, avocado—the works), which can be ordered at the counter. Pastry chef Sarah Dodge is something of a local hero: her breads—including her famous biscuit—and cinnamon rolls fly out the door every morning. Come evening, the outdoor patio turns into a lively spot for cheap Nicaraguan beer and strong mixed drinks—and, starting at 10 p.m., a late night menu of burgers and oysters.
Talat Market
1660 McLendon Ave., NE; Candler Park
Tucked into a barebones diner in Candler Park, Talat Market is not-so-quietly serving up some of the best Thai south of the Mason Dixon line. (A James Beard nomination doesn’t hurt, either.) Every Friday afternoon, Chef Parnass Lim Savang snaps an Instagram of the menu, and people line-up around the block to add their name to a list posted on the door just as the restaurant opens at 6. Regulars will grab a six-pack or bottle of wine next door at Candler Market and hang out on the sidewalk. Inside, chef serves up his take on "Georgian Thai"—recreating traditional dishes from his childhood using ingredients from local farms like Woodland Gardens or Review Farms. Dishes change regularly, but often include crispy seafood pancakes, a five spice tofu stew, or red curry beef. Everything is meant to be shared. For dessert, don’t pass up the vanilla ice cream sandwich made with sweet sticky rice, which is as crazy good as it sounds.
Storico Fresco Alimentari
3167 Peachtree Rd., NE; Buckhead
Come here for a cacio e pepe that rivals anything you’d get in Italian trattoria. It probably has something to do with the fact that chef Michael Patrick not only makes all his own pasta but he also sources his own meat from local farms and grows his own herbs. Those adept in the kitchen will be happy to know that many of the ingredients—the olive oil, the tuna, the dried pasta from a factory south of Naples, as well as meats and cheeses—are for sale in their adjacent storefront. Take note: Wooden tables and bare walls mean it gets noisy pretty fast.
Mashburn
1198 Howell Mill Rd., suite 109; West Midtown
Husband-and-wife shopkeeping duo Sid and Ann Mashburn have had their finger on the pulse of how Atlantans want to dress for more than a decade. They recently opened a dedicated space for home goods, books, and a line for littles—affectionately dubbed Kid Mashburn. The light-filled 1,600-square foot space mimics the Mashburns others, in the sense that it feels personal and never overwhelming: in the kids section, for example, there’s a basket of toys on the floor meant to be played with and a table piled high with a rotating assortment of books.
Flora Bar
945 Madison Ave., Midtown
On the ground floor of the still-buzzy Met Breuer (the contemporary art annex of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, several blocks away from the main building), Flora Bar is the latest project from the team behind downtown favorites Estela and Café Altro Paradiso. But here’s the real reason it’s great: Flora Bar is the opposite from the sterile, often mediocre restaurants that are typical at many of the big museums. The space itself is striking: soaring ceilings, huge windows that overlook the expansive outdoor seating area and the modest garden. The menu is a mix of Japanese- and Spanish-influenced tapas, like scallop crudo with Asian pear and ramps, snow crab with miso mayonnaise, and lamb ribs with yogurt and mojo verde (a mixture of garlic, cumin, cilantro, and olive oil).
Modern Mystic
675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Historic Fourth Ward
Shop owner Kelley Knight's warm, positive vibe is imparted throughout her boutique—a modern metaphysical shop that focuses on ritual tools like crystals, candles, tarot decks, and apothecary items all intentionally crafted by female makers. In this light-filled space, located in the hip Ponce City Market, you can get a palm, tarot, or psychic reading, or, best yet, book a more in-depth spiritual counseling session with Knight herself (so worth it). If you're not in Atlanta but still looking for some spiritual goods, Kelley stocks mostly all of her curated assortment online.
Sugarcoat Nail Spa
4300 Paces Ferry Rd., Ste 230, Vinings
Sugarcoat gets bonus points for their interiors, which are high-ceilinged and airy, with color-coordinated polish walls and poppy glass bulbs hung sculpturally from the ceiling. We also love their intense commitment to keeping everything clean—each new client gets a kit of nail files buffers, toe separators, and pumice stones to keep, as those products are never used on two different clients. They also have specially designed porcelain sinks with fresh running water, so bacteria from soaking tubs is never recirculated from one client to the next, and you never have to worry about the ick-factor that comes with regular soaking tubs. You can also find them in Buckhead and Virginia Highland.
Sugarcoat Nail Spa
1062 St. Charles Ave. NE
, Virginia Highland
Sugarcoat gets bonus points for their interiors, which are high-ceilinged and airy, with color-coordinated polish walls and poppy glass bulbs hung sculpturally from the ceiling. We also love their intense commitment to keeping everything clean—each new client gets a kit of nail files buffers, toe separators, and pumice stones to keep, as those products are never used on two different clients. They also have specially designed porcelain sinks with fresh running water, so bacteria from soaking tubs is never recirculated from one client to the next, and you never have to worry about the ick-factor that comes with regular soaking tubs. You can also find them in Buckhead and Vinings.
Sugarcoat Nail Spa
256 Pharr Rd. NE, Buckhead
Sugarcoat gets bonus points for their interiors, which are high-ceilinged and airy, with color-coordinated polish walls and poppy glass bulbs hung sculpturally from the ceiling. We also love their intense commitment to keeping everything clean—each new client gets a kit of nail files buffers, toe separators, and pumice stones to keep, as those products are never used on two different clients. They also have specially designed porcelain sinks with fresh running water, so bacteria from soaking tubs is never recirculated from one client to the next, and you never have to worry about the ick-factor that comes with regular soaking tubs. You can also find them in Virginia Highland and Vinings.
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