Larry’s Atlanta Favorites:
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Coffee:

Brash - Great place for a quick meeting. Light pastries only. (West Midtown) (Buckhead inside Atlanta History Center)

8Arm - Great way to start a morning. Avocado toast. Interior gets great light. Great for meet-ups, but parking can be an issue. (Ponce de Leon) 

Spiller Park - Light food. Amazing coffee. Employees have their own baseball cards. Get the coconut sipper. (Ponce City Market) (Toco Hills)

Muchacho - Fun branding. Tacos and other food. Coffee and tea. Small interior. I never have long meetings here. (Reynoldstown)

Chrome Yellow - Quality coffee and pastries. Soundtrack is usually amazing. Nice interior. Always seems bustling, so bring headphones just in case. Laptop and meeting friendly. Some painfully-generic retail goods aka simple gifts – like a $45 hat with block-letter ATL sewn on it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. (Edgewood)

Brother Moto - A coffee/retail/motorcycle garage hybrid concept. A cool place to meet up. Plenty of space to relax and work as well. (Cabbagetown)

Bars & Restaurants:

Bocado - One of the best burgers in ATL. Kale salad is also a local favorite. Full bar. (West Midtown)

The Optimist - Consistently on lists for best seafood restaurants in the nation. Play on a 2-hole mini golf course while you wait. Oyster bar and full bar. (West Midtown)

Little Trouble - Entire place is lit by neon. One of the most-Instagrammed places in Atlanta. Cocktails and light Asian-inspired snacks. (West Midtown)

Marcel - Modern take on a French Brasserie. Known for steak and oysters. Seafood tower is a grail. Full bar. Affordable late night menu after 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. (West Midtown)

Miller Union - Dressy farm-to-table restaurant. Amazing entrees and desserts. Full bar. (West Midtown)

Gio’s Chicken - Classic “peasant style” Italian fare. Some pasta offerings but the Lemon Chicken is the star of the menu. BYOB or wine if you like. (West Midtown)

Antico Pizza - Next door to Gio’s Chicken. Classic Italian coal oven pizza. BYOB or wine if you like. (West Midtown)

DAS BBQ - Best BBQ in ATL as voted by readers of Atlanta Magazine. Get the brisket, sausage, mac and creamed corn. Beer available. (West Midtown)

Momonoki - Modern casual Japanese. Hip interior. Ramen, sandos, poke, coffee, pastries, matcha green tea ice soft serve. Order the $58 A5 Waygu Filet Mignon Sando. Full bar including sake, wine and other Japanese offerings. (Midtown)

Empire State South - Fancy farm-to-table with a Southern twist. Located in the office building at 999 Peachtree. Bocce ball. Full Bar. Coffee Bar. (Midtown)

R. Thomas - Breakfast, hippy food and smoothies. Open 24 hours. (On Peachtree between Buckhead and Midtown)

Umi - Best sushi in the Southeastern US. Sit at the bar and go for the omakase. Other favorites are Rock Shrimp Tempura and Chilean Sea Bass. (Buckhead)

Himitsu - Umi’s unmarked, hush-hush cocktail lounge. Ask a local to help you get a password. (Buckhead)

Peachtree Pint - Have a beer here if you find yourself at Lenox Mall. Over 40 beers on draft. Many local or small batch. (Buckhead)

Big Daddy’s Southern Cuisine - Classic soul food. Open Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm. (Downtown)

Fred’s Meat & Bread - Amazing cheesesteak. Another contender for best burger in ATL. Garlic fries are a must. (Krog Street Market)

Ticonderoga Club - Great restaurant with cocktails a cult following. Best restaurant merch in town. (Krog Street Market)

Little 5 Pizza - Classic pizza-by-the-slice joint. Straight out of an 80’s movie. Pinball machine. Beers on draft. (Little 5 Points)

Golden Eagle - Amazing vibes. From the soundtrack to the interior. Menu is deep enough for a large dinner or some light snacks. Full bar. (Reynoldstown)

The Local - One of Ponce de Leon’s OG dive bars. Some of the best chicken wings you’ll ever have. Local beers. Foosball. (Ponce de Leon)

El Bar - Legendary (tiny) hip hop club underneath a Mexican Restaurant. Live DJ’s during business hours. No requests allowed. Full bar. (Ponce de Leon)

Eats Restaurant - Another of Ponce’s OG’s. Straight-forward food for a great price. Many locals speak fondly of this place. (Ponce de Leon)

No. 246 - Best pasta in ATL. Full bar. (Decatur)

Kimball House - Best oysters in ATL. Caviar and such. Wine program is extensive. Full bar. (Decatur)

SOS Tiki Bar - Amazing Tiki experience. So fun. Drinks come in all kinds of vessels. Sometimes they’re on fire. I think about this place every day. (Decatur)

Victory Sandwich - Small sandwiches order 2 or 3 if you’re hungry. Low key hangs. Day-drinking and ping pong go hand in hand. Full bar. (Decatur / Inman Park)

Beetlecat - Great seafood, cocktails. Peep the den underneath for novelty nautical vibes. Full bar. (Inman Park)

Lloyd’s - Comfort food straight out of the 70’s. Think meatloaf and all-you-can-eat mashed potatoes and cheap beer. Full bar. (Inman Park off Dekalb Ave.)

The General Muir - Modern Jewish-style deli. Latkes are amazing. Order something with pastrami. (Druid Hills)

SoundTable - Great late night DJ’s parties - music differs nightly. Dinner and cocktails on point. Full bar. (Edgewood)

Elder Tree Pub - Classic pub food with a gourmet twist that doesn’t try too hard. Local soccer culture thrives here. Full bar. (East Atlanta)

Argosy - Huge bar/restaurant with different rooms that create different environments. Late night pizza is a go-to. Full bar. (East Atlanta)

Octopus Bar - A late night spot for locals and service industry workers to grub and imbibe. Very exciting offerings for a late night cuisine in Atlanta. Open 10:30pm to 2:30am, Tuesday – Saturday. Full bar. (East Atlanta)

El Rey del Taco - Best authentic tacos in Atlanta. (Buford Highway)

BBQ Corner II - Authentic Chinese. So good, my parents insist on going here when they visit. (Buford Highway)

Lan Zhou Ramen - Hand-pulled noodles and authentic dumplings. Don’t forget to order a side of scallion pancakes. (Buford Highway)

Pho Dai Loi 2 - Best Vietnamese in town. (Buford Highway)

Hae Woon Dae - Comfortable, family-owned Korean BBQ restaurant. Check hours, but probably open. They’re open super late some nights. (Buford Highway)

Miss Gogi - Great non-charcoal Korean BBQ. Good for large groups. (Doraville)

Shoya Izakaya - Traditional Japanese eatery. Katsu curry is my go to. (Doraville)

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar - Conveyor belt sushi restaurant. Worth the experience one time. (Doraville)

Heirloom Market BBQ - Texas x Korean BBQ. It is amazing and worth the drive. Spicy Korean Pork is so memorable. (Cumberland)


Sneakers & Shopping:

A Ma Maniere - High end streetwear. Notable brands: Nike, Jordan, adidas, Stone Island, Gosha Rubchinskiy, A Bathing Ape, Off-White, Fear of God, Heron Preston, Mastermind, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Visvim. (West Midtown)

Wish - Classic Streetwear. Notable brands: Nike, Jordan, adidas, The Hundreds, Pleasures, Billionaire Boys Club, Chinatown Market, Stussy, Rokit, Mitchell & Ness. (Little 5 Points)

Social Status - A Ma Maniere’s younger sibling. Notable brands: Nike, Jorda, adidas, Billionaire Boys Club, Be@rbrick, Vans. (Inman Park)

Versus ATL - Vintage jerseys, concert tees and deadstock kicks. (East Atlanta)

Ponce Denim Co. - The best place to go if you need a quality pair of jeans. (Ponce City Market)

Criminal Records - Best record store in ATL. Large comic and toy selection as well. (Little 5 Points)