Looking back at the various locations that I have lived over the years I can’t help but have numerous fond feelings for the diverse city of Atlanta. Whether it was the sitting front row of the 3rd base side at a Braves game for only $1 or getting into nearly any concert I wanted to for free, there was always a good time to be had in this city.
This past summer I was able to return to the ATL for a quick, one day trip with the family. Such a short time meant I had to be efficient when deciding what we were going to do, especially since I wanted to hit up so many of my favorites from my time living there. With such a daunting task before me, I felt compelled to make it perfect and I believe I got as near as possible.
Mornings Are Sublime
Start your day off right with a confection from Sublime Doughnuts. These sweet rings come in a variety of forms including Reese’s Pieces, Nutella, Rice Krispy Treat, and Butterfinger. The toppings choices give you the feeling of an ice cream shop rather than doughnuts and they each hit the spot. Sublime has two locations in Atlanta, one within walking distance of Atlanta’s flagship college, Georgia Tech University, and another further up I-85 in the North Druid Hills area. The North Druid Hills location is even Kosher certified! It was also brought to my attention that they have a third location in Bangkok of all places. Judging by how many I ate during this trip it is probably best I was not aware of it when I lived in Thailand.
Records, Comics, and Movies… Oh, My!
After you have filled up on precious dough you can walk it off by exploring the Little Five Points area in East Atlanta. I think it’s safe to label the crowd found here as “eclectic” to say the least. My favorite spot is Criminal Records which has far more than the name implies. In addition to sparking my love interest with vinyl, Criminal Records also served as my local comic shop during my stay in Atlanta. Many bands will also have mini-shows here which allows you to get up close and personal with them. I was able to score free tickets to Milo Greene and have a chat with them all in the same day. Be sure to check this stand out shop.
Who Said Tacos Have to Be Mexican Food?
By this point, the fullness from the doughnuts has left your system and you are left wondering what other foodie delights the city has to offer. Head back north, this time taking I-75 and you will find Hankook Taqueria which Men’s Health named as the Best Taco Stand in America back in 2012 (I promise the quality has not diminished). Come here to melt the best of two cultures into one, tacos made with Korean barbecue! Not only are the tacos massive, but they are surprisingly cheap too, starting at just $2.25 per taco. Be sure to add some sesame fries as well, you will not be disappointed.
Have a Midday Pint
Atlanta is home to brewing icons such as Sweetwater, Monday Night Brewing, and Torched Hop Brewing Company, but my personal favorite is a bit on the smaller side. Tucked away in a cul-de-sac at the end of an industrial park is Red Brick Brewing Company. It is just a stone’s throw from Hankook Taqueria which makes it the perfect spot to wash down that scrumptious pork taco. The taproom is open Wednesdays through Sundays in the evening and has a variety of beers lined up including some exclusives. My personal favorites are the Hoplanta IPA and Divine Bovine Chai Milk Stout which is, as you guessed it, divine. While many of the breweries will let you satisfy your craving, Red Brick Brewing takes the proverbial cake.
…And the Home of the Brave(s)
At least for this guy, nothing is more synonymous with Atlanta than their Major League Baseball team, the Atlanta Braves. Baseball greats such as Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux and Dale Murphy have all donned the tomahawk at one point. The Braves are known as the team of the South with no other team being south of Virginia until you hit Florida. Make your way to SunTrust Park, a brand new venue for the Braves, and take in one of the best baseball atmospheres in all of the United States. Grab a dog, an ice-cold beer, and get those arms ready to chop!
Until Next Time ATL
Atlanta offers more than enough to keep you busy for a day. The hard part is trying to fit in all that it has to offer. If you are lucky enough to spend more than 24 hours in ATL then you are truly in luck. If your time is limited to a day I hope that this post will at least push you in the right direction.
I truly miss being in Atlanta. I experienced so much in the short amount of time that I lived there. If a traveler only had one day in your city what is the one thing that they should do so that they never forget their time there? Let me know in the comments below.
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