With one of the friendliest smiles in town, Rusty Bowers doesn’t look like someone who breaks down animal carcasses for a living. But from the butchery classes to the prepared meals (like ready-to-cook heritage local pork), the star reputation of his homey Avondale Estates shop is well deserved. Come here for Atlanta’s best house sausages, bacon, and European-style salami and cured meats. 4 Pine Street, Avondale Estates, pinestreetmarket.com
This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.