Ice CreamHigh Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet
When chef Keith Schroeder of Roswell launched High Road in 2010, he planned to sell only to restaurants. But after Food Network’s Alton Brown called it the best ice cream in America, it ended up in retail markets everywhere. Flavors like pistachio-honey-ricotta, bourbon–burnt sugar, and Mr. Butterpants (chocolate–peanut butter) highlight a sweet
and savory balance.
Frozen CustardVintage Frozen Custard
Vintage is one of the only vendors in Atlanta that serves this smooth Midwestern specialty, made by churning eggs into ice cream. Kelly and Malik Wilder, who launched with a food truck in 2012, expanded to a Westside brick-and-mortar this year. Try the jammy blueberry cobbler with vanilla custard, blueberry compote, and handmade shortbread cookies.
Frozen YogurtYogurt Tap
Most froyo joints feature interiors that resemble a box of highlighters and flavors that smack of chemicals. But Decatur’s Yogurt Tap churns out honest froyo that champions fruit over additives. Owner Lindsey Phillips and her husband, Stanford, opened the store—one of our first and only local options—in 2009. A recent favorite was Super Fruit, made with pomegranate and berries.
Paolo’s in Virginia-Highland has been a mainstay since it started serving gelato (ice cream with less butterfat) in 1999. The cash-only broom closet of a store closes on weekdays in the off-season, but in summer, crowds rush in for flavors like dulce de leche, stracciatella, and cool mint chocolate chip.
It is Liza Dunning’s job to seek out unique products. She’s one of the founders of Scoutmob, the Atlanta-based startup known for mobile deals, now in thirteen cities. As “editor in chiefness,” she helped develop the company’s quirky voice and mustached image. With last summer’s launch of Scoutmob Shoppe, an e-commerce marketplace for indie craftsmen and designers, her latest role is shop curator. She’s currently focusing on home goods, which often end up in her own Cabbagetown abode. “I like all my things to have a story,” she says, “whether they had a past life or I know the person who created them.”
This story originally appeared in our October 2013 issue.
You inhale the scent of hickory before you spy Betty Hamilton’s converted single-wide trailer with red trim and the picturesque smokehouse behind it. The barbecue choices at this East Atlanta staple are concise: ribs (including rib tips) or smoked chicken. Order any of it, but with a caveat and some advice: When the meats are done, staff members typically wrap them in plastic to keep them warm. It’s a common practice, but here the texture can steam to mush, so call ahead and request a batch pulled fresh from the grill. The team happily obliges, and then, ahh, you can savor the deep saturation of smoke as well as the agreeable tug to the meat. The Boss Sauce alongside fascinates: It’s more sweet than savory, with the consistency of syrup. I prefer the mustard sauce option, and sides of the dreamy mac and cheese and dusky collard greens. Ms. Betty’s mostly does takeout, but grab one of two tables in the trailer if you’re raring to feast on the premises. 1281 Bouldercrest Drive, 404-243-8484
This article originally appeared in our May 2013 issue.
Atlanta Rhythm Section, the onetime Doraville studio session band that released more than a dozen albums, peaking with 1978’s Champagne Jam, or the Georgia Satellites, known for 1980s hits “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” and “Hippy Hippy Shake.”
Willie Lee Perryman, aka Piano Red, aka Dr. Feelgood, was known for his raucous “barrelhouse blues,” while “Blind Willie” McTell, master of the twelve-string guitar, recorded under multiple aliases, including “Pig ’n’ Whistle Red.”
Dreams So Real was part of the 1980s Athens alt-rock scene and, like Marietta’s Guadalcanal Diary of the same era, racked up plenty of college-radio airplay.
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple
Youngblood by John Oliver Killens, who was born in Macon and cofounded the Harlem Writers Guild, chronicles daily life in small-town Georgia, while Walter White’s The Fire in the Flint was a critically acclaimed account of a lynching.
Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard to Find short-story collection
The stories in Mary Hood’s collection How Far She Went are set in the small-town South and won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, while Drinking Coffee Elsewhere,the acclaimed debut by ZZ Packer, draws on Packer’s Atlanta childhood.
Pat Conroy’s The Great Santini
Instead of Conroy’s autobiographical novel about being raised by an abusive father, sample The Last Radio Baby, Raymond Andrews’s memoir of growing up in a Georgia sharecropping community in the 1930s and 1940s, or Be Sweet: A Conditional Love Story, Roy Blount Jr.’s bittersweet memoir about his mother.
Anne Rivers Siddons’s Peachtree Road
A big family secret (bigamy!) is at the center of Tayari Jones’s Silver Sparrow, while Southern traditions are challenged in Susan Rebecca White’s Bound South.
This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue.
Our “How Southern Is Atlanta?” survey ran on atlantamagazine.com in July 2012 and was completed by 645 Atlanta magazine subscribers and registered users of our website. Most respondents (64 percent) were in the 25–50 age range, most (77 percent) were female, and most (86 percent) identified themselves as white, which pretty much parallels the magazine’s general readership. The majority (64 percent) of respondents were born in the South; 35 percent in Georgia (and of those almost two-thirds were that rarest of breeds: Atlanta natives).
These vibrant fashions keep any wardrobe from becoming drab, and thanks to the annual Living Walls conference, Atlanta’s streets are looking brighter as well. Founders Monica Campana and Blacki Li Rudi Migliozzi envisioned Living Walls, which began in 2010, as a way for street artists to interact with the community through seminars and exhibitions. In the conference’s two years, businesses across the metro area have offered up their walls as canvases, which international artists have transformed into backdrops for the city. Their edgy, often surreal works inspired our spring styles. livingwallsconference.com
This article originally appeared in our March 2012 issue.