Written by Erin Friar McDermott / June, 2012
“ONE OF UNIQUE THINGS ABOUT ATLANTA is that it’s really cities within cities,” explains Mitch Hires, president of Atlanta Kitchens, a Cambria Lexus Partner. And lately, he notes that more people are moving back “inside the perimeter” as the locals say, to enjoy what these different neighborhoods offer in terms of mixing the best of Southern traditions with a twist of modernity. So, here are some helpful tips on taking a bite out of The Big Peach. FOOD
RESTAURANT EUGENE 2277 Peachtree Rd. NE; 404-355-0321 restauranteugene.com
An Atlanta pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, Restaurant Eugene is ground zero for the Southern Revival, the new emphasis on keeping old culinary traditions alive. Chef-owner Linton Hopkins is a four-time James Beard Award nominee and he stocks a cabinet full of the bourbons of your dreams.
LEON’S FULL SERVICE 131 E. Ponce De Leon Ave.; Decatur, GA 404-687-0500 leonsfullservice.com
Located 15 minutes east of downtown in Hires’s home base of Decatur, Leon’s is a quirky gastropub with a decidedly retro feel housed inside a former gas station. If you go, he recommends trying the ‘bacon in a glass,’ which can be ordered with a side of homemade peanut butter for dipping.
THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART 1280 Peachtree Street NE 404-733-4444; high.org
It’s the Southeast art world’s granddaddy, housed in a Renzo Piano and Richard Meier jewel. Beyond the architectural marvel, the High’s modern collection is top notch and its curators have been especially active in supporting Southern artists.
BILL HALLMAN billhallman.com
He’s the hometown clothing designer who keeps Atlantans in style. With three neighborhood shops that stock everything from crisp, tailored men’s suits to his own label, Bill Hallman is the place both men’s and women’s trendsetters stop to stock up.
PIECES 3234-A Roswell Rd. NW; 404-869-2476 piecesinc.com
Lee Kleinhelter was a popular interior designer long before she opened her clean-lined Buckhead boutique in 2004. Her look is fresh, with cool textures and a knack for giving new life to retro favorites from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Atlanta design fans closely follow Kleinhelter’s cues on the wedding, baby, and home fronts.
CNN CENTER cnn.com/tour/
Live from the cable channel’s global headquarters! Here’s a cool inside look at the story behind the news. Ride up eight stories on a gigantic escalator and then walk down past sound stages as reporters and producers scramble to broadcast. News personalities are everywhere, and many will even answer visitors' questions.