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  • 01
    While he doesn't seem too ashamed of his poverty, you should still help this guy Calvin become a little less poor by visiting his Asian-American spot in the former O'Terrill's, from which he removed the 300lb robot and sense that Rufus was going to shoot you in the leg, and added walls, subway tile, lots of golden Buddha art and statues

    The Savannah-bred chef's menu is less fusiony than the name that includes "Fusion" would lead you to believe -- it's more just slightly tweaked Asian and American plates next to one another, including housemade Thai-style marinated filet tip jerky, pan-fried chicken w/ lobster mac & cheese, and "My Best Friend's Meatloaf", which would mean that Mr. Aday hangs out with you all the time and eats most of your meal, so luckily they also throw in some kale mashed potatoes & tequila gravy

    They unfortunately won't be getting booze until January, but in the meantime, at least they've got a huge wooden patio looking out over Piedmont, which they're going to ring with French doors to battle the upcoming cold weather, and of course, the robots.
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      While he doesn't seem too ashamed of his poverty, you should still help this guy Calvin become a little less poor by visiting his Asian-American spot in the former O'Terrill's, from which he removed the 300lb robot and sense that Rufus was going to shoot you in the leg, and added walls, subway tile, lots of golden Buddha art and statues

      The Savannah-bred chef's menu is less fusiony than the name that includes "Fusion" would lead you to believe -- it's more just slightly tweaked Asian and American plates next to one another, including housemade Thai-style marinated filet tip jerky, pan-fried chicken w/ lobster mac & cheese, and "My Best Friend's Meatloaf", which would mean that Mr. Aday hangs out with you all the time and eats most of your meal, so luckily they also throw in some kale mashed potatoes & tequila gravy

      They unfortunately won't be getting booze until January, but in the meantime, at least they've got a huge wooden patio looking out over Piedmont, which they're going to ring with French doors to battle the upcoming cold weather, and of course, the robots.
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  • 02
    D'Angelo's second album was great, but that's not the only Voodoo you'll religiously revisit after you get a mouthful of the sushi coming off this glossy black truck, whose owners believe that one taste of their fresh rolls will put a spell on you. Yes, it's sushi, but there's not a single raw sea creature on the menu, since everything's cooked before making its way onto the truck for obvious reasons. So start out with fresh seaweed salad, and if somebody's needling you about your not exactly doll-like figure, there's an all-veggie roll w/ mint leaves, a squid cucumber salad w/ soy vinaigrette, and hot miso soup w/ bonito broth, which should help you not to develop an applebum. But if you do in fact want your posterior to impress Q-Tip and Phife, grab the double-shrimp (tempura & poached) "Bubba", or the "Voodoo" w/ shrimp tempura, cream cheese, spicy crab salad & eel-sauce, which you'll surely find every bit as addictive as Chicken Grease.
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      D'Angelo's second album was great, but that's not the only Voodoo you'll religiously revisit after you get a mouthful of the sushi coming off this glossy black truck, whose owners believe that one taste of their fresh rolls will put a spell on you. Yes, it's sushi, but there's not a single raw sea creature on the menu, since everything's cooked before making its way onto the truck for obvious reasons. So start out with fresh seaweed salad, and if somebody's needling you about your not exactly doll-like figure, there's an all-veggie roll w/ mint leaves, a squid cucumber salad w/ soy vinaigrette, and hot miso soup w/ bonito broth, which should help you not to develop an applebum. But if you do in fact want your posterior to impress Q-Tip and Phife, grab the double-shrimp (tempura & poached) "Bubba", or the "Voodoo" w/ shrimp tempura, cream cheese, spicy crab salad & eel-sauce, which you'll surely find every bit as addictive as Chicken Grease.
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  • 03
    America is a great country indeed, but it's highly possible that everyone in Atlanta is going to defect over to Beer Growler Nation, Decatur's tapped suds station where 32oz or 64oz jugs're filled with beyond-respectable brews & ciders, and bellies are buoyed by well-matched meats & cheeses. Owners Kelly and Constantine Mihalis are married, so Kelly will surely get all the credit for setting up a well-organized, weekly updated online menu that lists 30 available beers plus their potency and origin, from sessionable Stoudt's Gold Lager (5%, Adamstown; PA), to North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian strong dark ale (Fort Bragg, CA; 9.4%), to bourbon-barreled, 10% New Holland Dragon's Milk imperial stout from Michigan. You can grab Pine Street Market cured meats to go (coppa, beechwood-smoked speck) and cheeses like sweet, nutty Coppinger (aged 120 days! That seems like a while!), and they also rent kegs and offer discounts if you buy six or more 64ozers, which should make you feel you're well-matched with every woman in sight.
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      America is a great country indeed, but it's highly possible that everyone in Atlanta is going to defect over to Beer Growler Nation, Decatur's tapped suds station where 32oz or 64oz jugs're filled with beyond-respectable brews & ciders, and bellies are buoyed by well-matched meats & cheeses. Owners Kelly and Constantine Mihalis are married, so Kelly will surely get all the credit for setting up a well-organized, weekly updated online menu that lists 30 available beers plus their potency and origin, from sessionable Stoudt's Gold Lager (5%, Adamstown; PA), to North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian strong dark ale (Fort Bragg, CA; 9.4%), to bourbon-barreled, 10% New Holland Dragon's Milk imperial stout from Michigan. You can grab Pine Street Market cured meats to go (coppa, beechwood-smoked speck) and cheeses like sweet, nutty Coppinger (aged 120 days! That seems like a while!), and they also rent kegs and offer discounts if you buy six or more 64ozers, which should make you feel you're well-matched with every woman in sight.
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  • 04
    The Joint is T&G's adjacent steampunk-sexy "turbo-pub", where the music is quality, the cocktails are on tap, and the pole is stripper. Seriously: there's a stripper pole by the bar, right where brick walls meet barnwood, all under the huge, LED-lit spiral sculpture resembling the awning from back in T&G's old Buckhead days. The menu's full of soul-comforting munchies, from Parmesan-dusted popcorn to chipped beef over toast, warm pretzels w/ cheddar beer cheese, house versions of famous snacks (White Castle-ish slider trios, bagel bites by the half-dozen), and trout dip "straight from mountain streams", much like people who just came from listening to a lot of Mississippi Queen on Pandora. They'll be aging three 'tails in small wooden barrels before pouring them ice-cold through a tap, including Southern Table Wine (Deep Eddy's Sweet Tea vodka, fresh-squeezed lemonade, Merlet Creme de Peche, mint), and a Death's Door G 'n T made w/ natural tonic from Fever-Tree, served slightly below 102 degrees. There'll also be a tiki drink called the Bahai Hut Mai Tai (served in a coconut w/ 151 & three other rums), and an evolving list of discounted boutique liquors like Fireball and Root, inspired by the root beer predecessor made by Native Americans, who also had a few joints themselves.
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      The Joint is T&G's adjacent steampunk-sexy "turbo-pub", where the music is quality, the cocktails are on tap, and the pole is stripper. Seriously: there's a stripper pole by the bar, right where brick walls meet barnwood, all under the huge, LED-lit spiral sculpture resembling the awning from back in T&G's old Buckhead days. The menu's full of soul-comforting munchies, from Parmesan-dusted popcorn to chipped beef over toast, warm pretzels w/ cheddar beer cheese, house versions of famous snacks (White Castle-ish slider trios, bagel bites by the half-dozen), and trout dip "straight from mountain streams", much like people who just came from listening to a lot of Mississippi Queen on Pandora. They'll be aging three 'tails in small wooden barrels before pouring them ice-cold through a tap, including Southern Table Wine (Deep Eddy's Sweet Tea vodka, fresh-squeezed lemonade, Merlet Creme de Peche, mint), and a Death's Door G 'n T made w/ natural tonic from Fever-Tree, served slightly below 102 degrees. There'll also be a tiki drink called the Bahai Hut Mai Tai (served in a coconut w/ 151 & three other rums), and an evolving list of discounted boutique liquors like Fireball and Root, inspired by the root beer predecessor made by Native Americans, who also had a few joints themselves.
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  • 05
    Sure, famous Texans like Owen Wilson, Troy Aikman, and One Direction dine at Mi Cocina's Dallas flagship, but it's first ATL location is for the birds... since the first floor sports a curving mural depicting feathered flyers native to ATL, and frescoes of birds in flight (along with GA's official state butterfly, the Tiger Swallowfly) dangle from conical ceilings upstairs. It's also for you, if you enjoy eating next-level Tex-Mex. The focus is squarely on street eats like Tacos Mi Tierra (w/ diced & grilled fajita beef, serranos & onions), bacon-wrapped shrimp brochettes stuffed w/ jalapeños & jack cheese, spicy pork & chile con carne tamales, plus "moderns" like chili-garlic shrimp, and big "basics" like the two tacos/ three enchiladas Deluxe 57, which will go directly to your be-Heinz. And then there are not-exactly-street drinks: 30+ tequilas including Corralejo Reposado that's aged four months in tri-wood barrels (American, French, and white oak), beers from Victoria to the Modelos, house sangria mixed w/ Presidente brandy, and the Smooth Ride 'rita w/ Sauza Blanco & a "Chambord meltdown", which's what you may have when you realize that One Direction isn't from Plano.
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      Sure, famous Texans like Owen Wilson, Troy Aikman, and One Direction dine at Mi Cocina's Dallas flagship, but it's first ATL location is for the birds... since the first floor sports a curving mural depicting feathered flyers native to ATL, and frescoes of birds in flight (along with GA's official state butterfly, the Tiger Swallowfly) dangle from conical ceilings upstairs. It's also for you, if you enjoy eating next-level Tex-Mex. The focus is squarely on street eats like Tacos Mi Tierra (w/ diced & grilled fajita beef, serranos & onions), bacon-wrapped shrimp brochettes stuffed w/ jalapeños & jack cheese, spicy pork & chile con carne tamales, plus "moderns" like chili-garlic shrimp, and big "basics" like the two tacos/ three enchiladas Deluxe 57, which will go directly to your be-Heinz. And then there are not-exactly-street drinks: 30+ tequilas including Corralejo Reposado that's aged four months in tri-wood barrels (American, French, and white oak), beers from Victoria to the Modelos, house sangria mixed w/ Presidente brandy, and the Smooth Ride 'rita w/ Sauza Blanco & a "Chambord meltdown", which's what you may have when you realize that One Direction isn't from Plano.
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  • 06
    Named after partner Carlton Brown's late mother, Hilda's is a quaint little brunch corner inside Irwin St Market that's starting out with weekend-only service, but plans to take their creatively down-home meals daily soon. The church dining hall-esque space is full of pop art photos of Kate Moss and antique wood shelves that are stocked with vintage books like How The Jewish People Lives Today, which is presumably "much better now that computers check grammar". Their omelettes come packed w/ house-smoked ham, bacon, portobellos, roasted butternut squash, poblanos, and four cheeses while a pecan buttermilk waffle w/ honey butter, whipped cream, bourbon-pecan sauce, hibiscus syrup, and either chunky applesauce or Jake's Ice Cream has been dubbed "Madea's", and sounds Perry, Perry good. There's also the grits bar, at which you get a cup or bowl of the corn-derived hotness, then cover it with house-made pimento, tomato gravy, collard green pesto, and shrimp or bacon, then give it a side of roasted sweet spuds, shrimp hash, or "defrickinlicious" sausage that will likely shorten how long you lives.
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      Named after partner Carlton Brown's late mother, Hilda's is a quaint little brunch corner inside Irwin St Market that's starting out with weekend-only service, but plans to take their creatively down-home meals daily soon. The church dining hall-esque space is full of pop art photos of Kate Moss and antique wood shelves that are stocked with vintage books like How The Jewish People Lives Today, which is presumably "much better now that computers check grammar". Their omelettes come packed w/ house-smoked ham, bacon, portobellos, roasted butternut squash, poblanos, and four cheeses while a pecan buttermilk waffle w/ honey butter, whipped cream, bourbon-pecan sauce, hibiscus syrup, and either chunky applesauce or Jake's Ice Cream has been dubbed "Madea's", and sounds Perry, Perry good. There's also the grits bar, at which you get a cup or bowl of the corn-derived hotness, then cover it with house-made pimento, tomato gravy, collard green pesto, and shrimp or bacon, then give it a side of roasted sweet spuds, shrimp hash, or "defrickinlicious" sausage that will likely shorten how long you lives.
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  • 07
    Aspen Bartini's like the Blue Square of actually going to Aspen: apres-ski accents like cedar-paneled walls, antler candelabras & chandeliers, and a live-edge walnut slab bar wrapping around a baby grand, plus a generally forgiving attitude toward you falling down a lot

    Just like real Coloradans, they've got the munchies covered, serving small plates of habanero fish tacos, crisp Kolbi wings (i.e. spicy, Korean BBQ-marinated), two types of sliders, and crab cakes from the "Crab Capital of The World", Crisfield, MD (apparently also the "Bravado capital of the world"). Drink-wise, they've got your classics (Manhattans, sugar-cubed Sazeracs), plus modernized 'tails from the "Enlightened Aspen" w/ Tito's & St. Germain, to pineapple guava caipirinhas w/ Captain Morgan, also a nickname given to the CNN anchor by his Piers

    And get this: the manager will take your song requests on that baby grand piano, which uses some sort of alien technology to play itself -- also sort of what you're doing by living in a state where weed isn't legal.
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      Aspen Bartini's like the Blue Square of actually going to Aspen: apres-ski accents like cedar-paneled walls, antler candelabras & chandeliers, and a live-edge walnut slab bar wrapping around a baby grand, plus a generally forgiving attitude toward you falling down a lot

      Just like real Coloradans, they've got the munchies covered, serving small plates of habanero fish tacos, crisp Kolbi wings (i.e. spicy, Korean BBQ-marinated), two types of sliders, and crab cakes from the "Crab Capital of The World", Crisfield, MD (apparently also the "Bravado capital of the world"). Drink-wise, they've got your classics (Manhattans, sugar-cubed Sazeracs), plus modernized 'tails from the "Enlightened Aspen" w/ Tito's & St. Germain, to pineapple guava caipirinhas w/ Captain Morgan, also a nickname given to the CNN anchor by his Piers

      And get this: the manager will take your song requests on that baby grand piano, which uses some sort of alien technology to play itself -- also sort of what you're doing by living in a state where weed isn't legal.
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  • 08
    King of Pops founders Nick and Steve have a new side job as Tree Elves: basically, they'll come to your home or office and drop off a live, potted Leyland Cypress Christmas tree sourced from Parrott, GA's Circle G Farms, which're slightly different from the trees you normally cop outside Circle K. Just pick a 4-, 5-, or 6-footer, then decide if you want an upgraded ceramic pot, and/or have them arrange your tree with multi-color LED lights at your crib/the Legal Sea Foods you weirdly decided to have a Christmas tree delivered to. And because these guys run a (highly benevolent!) popsicle empire, there are of course the popsicles: you can have them include either 10 or 50 holiday-flavored popsicles, including egg nog, apple cider, chocolate peppermint, and gingerbread, which you will surely proceed to house. Finish by picking a delivery date, then tell them when to circle back and pick it up so it can be replanted somewhere in the city, something your Circle K tree-dealer never does, because that would just be way too seedy.
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      King of Pops founders Nick and Steve have a new side job as Tree Elves: basically, they'll come to your home or office and drop off a live, potted Leyland Cypress Christmas tree sourced from Parrott, GA's Circle G Farms, which're slightly different from the trees you normally cop outside Circle K. Just pick a 4-, 5-, or 6-footer, then decide if you want an upgraded ceramic pot, and/or have them arrange your tree with multi-color LED lights at your crib/the Legal Sea Foods you weirdly decided to have a Christmas tree delivered to. And because these guys run a (highly benevolent!) popsicle empire, there are of course the popsicles: you can have them include either 10 or 50 holiday-flavored popsicles, including egg nog, apple cider, chocolate peppermint, and gingerbread, which you will surely proceed to house. Finish by picking a delivery date, then tell them when to circle back and pick it up so it can be replanted somewhere in the city, something your Circle K tree-dealer never does, because that would just be way too seedy.
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  • 09
    If you're one of the many people who wish everyone would stop making jokes about the incident involving a certain R&B singer named Robert Kelly and peeing, then… urine luck! We're all about to get back to loving R. Kelly for a totally different video: Trapped In The Closet, which'll be screened Rocky Horror-style as a massive, interactive sing-along party inside a movie theater. To celebrate the IFC.com release of some much-needed new chapters, you'll belt out melodic sounds as The R's character Sylvester goes through parts 1-22 of the soap-operatic series, and captions are tossed up on the screen for people who don't know all of Twan's awesome lines. There'll also be props distributed to the crowd, such as fake Berettas that'll come in handy for when Kelly's literally in the closet with his gun drawn waiting for the lady's husband to find him (and a million other times) and spatulas (the preferred weapon of Rosey The Nosey Neighbor), and to mark the climactic item from Chapter 4, they'll dispense rubbers that you can throw into the sky. Oh my god, some rubbers. Rubbers. They'll also be playing subtitled versions of a few of Kellz's greatest hits, including "Bump ‘N Grind", "Step In the Name of Love", "Sex Me", and yes, the "Ignition Remix", which'll have you wanting to sip on Coke & rum, then hopefully just go to the men's room afterwards.
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      If you're one of the many people who wish everyone would stop making jokes about the incident involving a certain R&B singer named Robert Kelly and peeing, then… urine luck! We're all about to get back to loving R. Kelly for a totally different video: Trapped In The Closet, which'll be screened Rocky Horror-style as a massive, interactive sing-along party inside a movie theater. To celebrate the IFC.com release of some much-needed new chapters, you'll belt out melodic sounds as The R's character Sylvester goes through parts 1-22 of the soap-operatic series, and captions are tossed up on the screen for people who don't know all of Twan's awesome lines. There'll also be props distributed to the crowd, such as fake Berettas that'll come in handy for when Kelly's literally in the closet with his gun drawn waiting for the lady's husband to find him (and a million other times) and spatulas (the preferred weapon of Rosey The Nosey Neighbor), and to mark the climactic item from Chapter 4, they'll dispense rubbers that you can throw into the sky. Oh my god, some rubbers. Rubbers. They'll also be playing subtitled versions of a few of Kellz's greatest hits, including "Bump ‘N Grind", "Step In the Name of Love", "Sex Me", and yes, the "Ignition Remix", which'll have you wanting to sip on Coke & rum, then hopefully just go to the men's room afterwards.
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  • 10
    Because Smyrna has already suffered long enough just having a name like Smyrna, the beer gods have blessed it with the town's first growler shop, which pours suds specifically picked to pair with snacks and meats sold right there in-house. The counter made of reclaimed wood & exposed nails will host 45 taps: half'll change weekly (Make a request! Red Dog!), 40% will always be ATLien, and the remainder will stay mostly Southeast. The opening list includes Burnt Hickory Governor's Pike (a caramelized carrot- & ginger-flavored Belgian dubbel), porters (Red Hare's 8% Retro-Reserve Chocolate), and 11 IPAs like Boulevard's Double Wide, which offers caramel flavors without the sneaking suspicion that Nana hasn't replenished that bowl of Werther's in 35 years. Their website offers suggestions for food pairings such as shrimp & lobster for Abita's Biere De Garde, and they also carry Phickles pickles (okra, carrots, green tomatoes), East Cobb's Heywood meats (duck pastrami, the 40% bacon Baco-Burger), and cheddar apple cider beer cheesecake balls, which will bless your taste buds even as your heart suffers long after.
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      Because Smyrna has already suffered long enough just having a name like Smyrna, the beer gods have blessed it with the town's first growler shop, which pours suds specifically picked to pair with snacks and meats sold right there in-house. The counter made of reclaimed wood & exposed nails will host 45 taps: half'll change weekly (Make a request! Red Dog!), 40% will always be ATLien, and the remainder will stay mostly Southeast. The opening list includes Burnt Hickory Governor's Pike (a caramelized carrot- & ginger-flavored Belgian dubbel), porters (Red Hare's 8% Retro-Reserve Chocolate), and 11 IPAs like Boulevard's Double Wide, which offers caramel flavors without the sneaking suspicion that Nana hasn't replenished that bowl of Werther's in 35 years. Their website offers suggestions for food pairings such as shrimp & lobster for Abita's Biere De Garde, and they also carry Phickles pickles (okra, carrots, green tomatoes), East Cobb's Heywood meats (duck pastrami, the 40% bacon Baco-Burger), and cheddar apple cider beer cheesecake balls, which will bless your taste buds even as your heart suffers long after.
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  1. Meatloaf & Thai Jerky Downtown
  2. This truck is black magic for roll lovers
  3. Forget secession -- drinking is the only option
  4. Tapped cocktails and sliders in a steampunk lounge
  5. It's actually their kitchen, but it's your new Midtown Tex-Mex spot
  6. You'll love this brunch like you love your mama
  7. As close to slope-side as Buckhead gets
  8. They'll bring you Christmas trees
  9. An epic movie screening honoring the second craziest thing he's ever done
  10. Smyrna's first growler shop has balls. Beer cheesecake balls!