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Collier Hills / Brookwood Hills

Atlantic Station continues to change the former home of one-time industry giant Atlantic Steel into a live, work, and play community. The tree-lined homes found in the surrounding residential community, already having easy access to downtown and Buckhead, are now even more appealing. Noted architect Neel Reid designed homes in Brookwood, including the ones cleared for construction of the mixed-use development Brookwood Place, and contributed to the Brookwood Amtrak Station.




         


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Atlanta by Train

By Sara Cheshire
Public transportation in Atlanta? But what if you're agoraphobic or wearing heels? Sara Cheshire feels your pain, but she also likes to save on car insurance. And that's why Sara takes the MARTA. Follow her as she nimbly carries you to museums, nightclubs and puppet shows while strategically avoiding preachers and beggars. So jump on the ninth largest US rapid-transit system! With minimal body contact and foot travel, it's just the way Atlantans like it.

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Posted By:  Josh Green
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Strip
The folks at Here to Serve Restaurants are famous for their specials. Twist: All you can eat tapas for $10 on Sunday. Cantina and Noche: $1 Dos Equis on Sunday. (And that all started before Recession Frugal was chic). But here, in the kitschy, corporate heart of Atlantic Station, comes a lesser known deal that's possibly the group's most alluring: Half-price sushi rolls on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 7:15 pm. Much smack has been spit about Strip since it's opening several years ago. My hunch is that that has more to do with the surrounding environs than the restaurant itself. Just be honest, the place is slick, what with multi-level dining, city-view patio and Vegas-style decor. Head upstairs on the aforementioned afternoons (as close to 5 pm as possible) and hobnob with the kind of people who make penny-pinching look glamorous.



Posted By:  Josh Green
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Cafe Nineteen
Cafe Nineteen occupies a prime corner unit of Atlantic Station. And it changes. Transforms with the day. At this chameleonic cafe/bistro/lounge, patrons can soak in the charm of the mini-city's brick streets, or chortle at baggy-pants teens spilling from the nearby Regal theatre. You'd be hard-pressed to find another menu offering espresso macchiato, Frank's Hot buffalo wings, and a straight glass of Maker's on the same business day. Admittedly, I haven't been at night, but the interior seems posh-sleek enough for a suitable nocturnal transformation. All and all, it's a great pit-stop before catching a flick. Or the Cirque. Or Georgia's own Collective Soul, next time they're tapped to unveil The Great Tree.



Posted By:  Josh Green
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Fox Sports Grill
Dating back eons to 2005, Fox Sports Grill in Atlantic Station was a pioneer in the man-palace concept. Long before its brethren like STATS, the Peachtree Taco Mac, and the newcomer Hudson Grille, this sprawling ode to plasma and touchdowns occupied a special place in the hearts of intown meatheads. Swank but accessible, it offers affordable grub with a Dixie-fied twist (skillet cornbread and Southern style meatloaf, anyone?) The cigar zone is cozy, and the outdoor patios spacious, not a bad gameday seat anywhere. Beware that weekend waits can sometimes ooze onto 19th Street, especially during the holy months (college football season) or when the Cirque-us is in town.



Posted By:  Josh Green
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Performance Bicycles
It burns a man to have his bicycle stolen. Especially a road-tested Gary Fisher that said man has lovingly abused for 12 years. But bike theft will happen, so long as the world's inhabited by coward little criminals whose mothers are whores. Sorry, I'm pissed. To ail my angry heart, I set forth last weekend on a sojourn of metro Atlanta bike shops. I found that, if you're willing to drive a little, basically every current make of every brand is in stock, somewhere. It’s likely you’ll find something to your liking at Performance Bicycles, a professional and friendly biz with three north-metro locations. Mainly they're proficient in solid brands like FUJI, Scattante and GT, stocked to the gills with everything from feather-light racers to durable, single-gear hipster-movers. Turns out this post-Halloween-pre-Thanksgiving netherworld is a great time for deals on bikes. You miss the summer high-tide and the Christmas rush. The guys at Performance can get you on a high-end city bike (aka "hybrid") for under $500, and on a decent racer for $900. I test-rode about seven bikes and walked away empty handed, the diligent shopper I am. They were still glad I came in.



Posted By:  Josh Green
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Taurus
Carnivorous folk can find bliss in the ultra-stylish Taurus, an (almost) reasonably priced chophouse custom built for special occasions. The joint, perched like a leaping bull atop bricky rows of shopping centers in Brookwood, doesn't disappoint... for the most part. My only real gripe is that the girlfriend's $27 pan-roasted Filet Mignon was downright rare (think: the consistency of bubble gum) when she ordered it a notch more done. My NY Strip, a hulking and boneless pre-sliced chunk of lean beef, was expertly medium rare, though it lacked the wow one might expect when forking over nearly $30. I chose to add a second side item, garlic mashed potatoes, which was creamy and delicious. If you're looking to fork over big bucks to sink your teeth into meaty decadence, you'd probably fare better up the street in Buckhead, or at Kevin Rathbun's mercilessly praised and nationally lauded joint in the Old Fourth Ward. For those unwilling to, Taurus is a viable option. The interior decor and rooftop lounge--with its sweeping Midtown views--are nothing short of stunning.



Posted By:  Carrie Neal Walden
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Sage Clothing
Groovy, stylish... and priced just right! Not bad for one shop. You'll find it all at Sage. This cute little boutique stocks the good stuff all year 'round, from tees to coats to fun Friday night dresses; they have it all. There's even a good selection of shoes and a few carefully chosen purses to round out your shopping trip without breaking the bank, and a nice glass-enclosed jewelry counter by the register to peruse before you make your final purchases! Look for groovy sweaters this fall and well-chosen denim, and if you spy that tee that proclaims "404-I'll never go to Alpharetta"... pick it up!



Posted By:  Beth Linder
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H&M
Finally, something from Europe that's all the exchange and none of the trash. Making their way down the east coast fruit basket from the big apple to the big peach, H&M is setting the new standard in affordable and eclectic clothing and accessories. Think FCUK style with Old Navy prices. Think of the fact that Atlantic Station (not to mention Northpoint Mall) will never be the same again. It's the love child of mass domestic appeal and contemporary international flare. And Atlanta's good for it. We're hip and we're ready. Bring on the baggy layers inspired by bag ladies and pair them with skin-tight leggings that leave nothing to the imagination. Show us some painted-on jeans that will make every American-bred man cringe in horror for the soon-to-be belittled space for his family jewels, only to run out and buy three pairs behind the backs of his unsuspecting (and fashionably challenged) friends. I'm talking to you, Mr. Metrosexual. So take your hard-earned 20 bucks and go wild.



Posted By:  Carrie Neal Walden
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Swoozies
Do you dig snazzy stationery and love sending festive invites to whatever shindig you're throwing? Need the perfect gift for the hard-to-please hostess who invited you to her beach house for the weekend? Love clever cocktail napkins and snappy wrapping paper? Then Swoozie's is the place to get your flair on! From cute make-up bags and treats meant for teens to a super-fun collection of household gifts (plus complimentary gift-wrapping!), visit one of their colorful Atlanta stores next time you need to, as they say, "Swoozie It Up!" The friendly staff will make sure you know what's up.



Posted By:  Carrie Neal Walden
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Dermatology Consultants
Everyone knows that first impressions count, and your skin is a good place to start. If you’re interested in keeping yours in mint condition—whether you’re 15 or 50—then Dr. Anna Paré of Dermatology Consultants is your woman. From routine mole checks for adults and acne care for teens to the newest and most sophisticated chemical treatments and peels, this is the doc to have on speed dial. Two office location—one in Buckhead and one in Marietta—keep clients all over town satisfied. Even better, since certain cosmetic procedures like Botox (don’t try to tell us you haven’t thought about getting it) aren’t covered by insurance, the lovely doctor sends her patients gift certificates for a discount off charges once a year. What’s not to love when you look good and don’t have to pay full price? Take one look at her skin, and you’ll be sold, too.



Posted By:  Larissa Erin Greer
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Uncle Julio's Casa Grande
Atlanta knows how to take partying to the extreme on Saturday nights because getting your hands on any sort of alcoholic beverage on Sundays can be somewhat difficult. That being said, the evidence of these wild nights appears on Sunday morning (or afternoon) at brunches across the city – locals hunched over plates of grits and home fries, eyes bloodshot, wildly chatting about the previous evening’s escapades. We’re big fans of brunch down here in the South, but sometimes you’ve got to skip the biscuits and head straight for the hair of the dog. Which is why my friends and I camp out on the patio of Casa Grande, munching chips and fire-roasted salsa while getting our legal liquor fix in the tall, icy mugs of sangria they serve up. Not claiming that it’s the best sangria in the city or anything – but for some reason, it just goes down so much easier than a fired-up Bloody Mary or a dainty, headache-inducing mimosa. Plus, there are lots and lots of free chips…you can’t argue with that. Just make sure you’re tipping generously – this place has some prime Peachtree Road patio real estate.



Posted By:  Mark Rogers
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Huey's
Whether it is a date, a business meeting, or entertaining out-town-Northerners who want the “Big Easy” experience without the 100% humidity and FEMA, Huey’s is a great choice at all hours of the day or night. Here, you get the accessible Creole/Cajun food of South Louisiana right on Peachtree Street. Order some sides of spicy boudin sausage, “mudbugs,” étouffée, or “dirty rice.” Try a tangy muffaletta sandwich or a fried oyster Po’ Boy sandwich and wash it down with an Abita Turbo Dog. But—this is my rule the day I become Good King Mark—thou shall not leave without having a big plate of beignets; doughy, slightly yeasty fried doughnuts covered with an inch thick dusting of powdered sugar. Paired with the required cup of chicory coffee (chicory is the root of the endive plant and is the de rigueur additive to coffee in N’awlins), you have the specialty of Café Du Monde—that city’s coffee H.Q.—without the heartbreaking carnage of Katrina. Message to the boys: taking a date here morning or night to enjoy coffee and beignets is exceedingly romantic . . . even if you are a lousy lover. Message to the girls: Eat 2 plates; me likes ‘dem curves; they don’t call N’awlins “Fat City” for nothing.



Posted By:  Carla Kaiser
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R Thomas Deluxe Grill
Sometimes when I go to R. Thomas Deluxe Grill I pretend I’m really in Key West. It has lots of bright colors and even real live parrots (amongst other fancy talking birds). It’s the perfect place to take your family if, say, your dad loves meat and your sister just happens to be a vegan. Believe me, coming up with restaurants that can make my family happy is a royal pain in the ass. Enter R. Thomas, which is open 24 hours a day. They have tons of insanely healthy raw organic stuff, plus stuff my dad would eat, like fried eggs, burgers, and beer. They also have a great tea and fresh squeezed juice selection. Polly want an orange carrot juice?



Posted By:  Sara Kim
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The Loft
I’d read an article about Solillaquists in Performer Magazine, and was so impressed by their personal views that I remember earmarking their upcoming date at the Earl. Then, of course, my head retreated into my arse, and I forgot about the date. Luckily, my friend encouraged me to come to the Earl one night for some good hip-hop, and what do you know—I found myself watching Solillaquists. The group’s composed of two married couples, three of whom are vocalists. The fourth member is the DJ who not only spins records and programs sounds but also hyper-rhythmically plays multiple drum machines while dancing and popping and locking with an intensity that left me giggling at times. I liked them because they’re honest; a few times I caught myself daydreaming about the sad political state of our world because of their lyrics. Then I snapped out of it found myself laughing when one of them announced that groups like the Black Eyed Peas are “selling their ass cracks.” They play again in early April for the three-day A3C Independent Hip Hop Festival (http://www.a3c2007.com) at The Loft where I’ll be seeing you.



Posted By:  Beth Malone
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The Loft
You’d be a damn fool to miss James Holden. This guy rarely comes to the US and has NEVER been to Atlanta before. He’s a DJ—a badass DJ. Most of his stuff can’t be categorized in the comfort of a genre, but I suspect that’s how he likes it. Lots of overlapping scratches and uniquely familiar sounds combine to create music that is truly innovative and simply beautiful. I never liked electronic music much until I began a love affair with a boy who breathes it. I still don’t always understand it, and get the occasional headache when Peter forces me to listen to some drum and base shit…but James Holden, I get. On March 1st at the Loft, James will be spinning along-side many long-time Atlanta DJ’s. If you like to dance, or at least bob your head to music and drink beer I can’t see why you would skip this show—its $15. Check out Holden’s websites, he’s very vocal about music and shares lots of info for people on his same wavelength. Check out: http://www.jamesholden.org.



Posted By:  Sara Cheshire
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Atlantic Station
It is the time of year to suck it up and maybe enjoy some of that winter wonderland hoopla…especially if it involves fake snow! I just about squealed when I discovered that Atlantic Station offers daily snow showers at 7 pm around their gigantic Christmas tree. While the tree isn’t as large as Rich’s, at least you can touch it, and a children’s train runs around the streets on the weekend, which is way more appealing to me than squishing into a pink pig under a tent. If you really want to smear on the sap, there are horse carriage rides if you don’t want to play kid and try to fit on the little train. Another great find is the December artist market that I stumbled upon last weekend. It certainly had some unique items, including some vague paintings of body parts that seemed to be in positions I really didn’t want to think about. But, you can always turn the other way and enjoy the skyline view, window shop the stores with more “normal” goods, and warm up with a hot drink in the only place I know where you can enjoy a snow-globe winter.



Posted By:  Sara Cheshire
Photo:  Sara Cheshire

I like wine, but am not well versed in any wine terminology, nor have the ability to distinguish flavors such as grass and chocolate from my merlot. As a result, I am a fan of the Grape, a relaxed and stylish venue that number-codes their wines by taste—perfect for those of us who are connoisseur impaired. Find a wine you like in a certain number category, and you’re golden on discovering new wines. Plus, pick from Grape locations in Buckhead, Vinings, Midtown, Atlantic Station, and Inman Park, depending on where you fit on the continuum between near-OTP posh and you-can’t-drag-me-from-the-city hip. I fell in love with the water fountain and city view from the patio at the Midtown location—worth my $10 glass of a strikingly lemon-lime Riesling (talk about Sprite up a notch). Gourmet appetizers, cheeses by the pound, pita with fresh toppings, entrees, and even chocolate fondue are also available. Yum.



Posted By:  Ben Bowlin
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Tula Art Gallery
The Atlanta Photography Group has created this pushpin exhibition entirely from local photographers, and they invite you and me to take part as well. If you have an unmatted, unframed original photograph that you’d like other people to see, this is the place for you. I was initially impressed by the concept of such an interactive gallery and, after seeing some of the work, I have to admit that I’m more intimidated than anything else. Apparently, we Atlantans are highly skilled, even as semi-amateurs. The Tula Art Gallery is a bit dif- ficult to find. You’ll need to take turn by the Mick’s on Peachtree and proceed down a slight hill to Tula. There are several art and photography galleries along the way. Don’t be like your fearless correspondent and walk into the wrong one, because the owners certainly didn’t appreciate it. However once you do get down the hill, there’s plenty of parking and a very friendly Tula staff who will be more than happy to answer your questions or help you pin your own photgraph on the wall.



Posted By:  Ben Bowlin
Photo:  Ben Bowlin

R. Thomas is, in my opinion, an Atlanta trade-mark. It’s gained a spot on my very short list of restaurants with food that is a) good and b) good for you. This isn’t a com-pletely vegetarian/vegan restaurant—carnivore and herbivore alike will be im-pressed by the large menu (peruse it online ahead of time) of entrées, appetizers, and smoothies. And the prime loca-tion cannot be underestimated. R. Thomas is a refreshing late-night Atlantan dining spot; although there’s a lot to be said for our lovely Majestic Diner, as well as our wide collection of Waffle Houses, the fact remains that from 1 am to around 7:30 am, R. Thomas is the best food in town. During the day, it still makes a good impression. It’s easy to spot on Clifton Road because Mr. Thomas, a gardener on his days off, has a parade of brightly colored lawn ornaments and plants lining the street. Just look for the neon sign and the pinwheels. Free parking can be found in the lot to the left of the restaurant after about 6 pm.



Posted By:  Sara Cheshire
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It is midnight on Friday and the show is over, the club turned out to be lame, your date stood you up, or you’ve found some fascinating people you want to converse with late into the night. Where to go? Café Intermezzo. It is a lounge without the club, dessert with-out a meal, and the café with so many drinks that they •ll a 20-page menu. Designed as a European coffeehouse, at night Intermezzo offers an inti-mate setting with low-lighting, nestled tables, and two huge glass cases •lled with des-serts that make you say aloud, “This is better than sex.” Take your closest friends or romantic interest for dessert, coffee, to-die-for vanilla chai, a glass of wine, or a creative mixed drink. If you are hungry, they offer a food menu, although I’ve never had a meal there, just gotten my •ll from late-night company and chocolate cake.




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