Good bakeries with cupcakes, cookies, etc in ATL?
I'm moving in about a month from Brooklyn, NY, to Atlanta.
I am a cupcake-holic, and while cupcake bakeries are plentiful here (we even ourdered our favorites--from Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery--for our wedding) I have yet to see one in Atlanta.
Any recommendations for good bakeries specializing in retro, homebaked-style goods like cupcakes, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, etc? Bonus points for having good coffee, and a seating area.
We'll be living in Grant Park, so something In-Town would be preferable.
Welcome to the neighborhood! I moved to Grant Park about 2 years ago from the West Coast. I have to say that this city is really lacking in first-rate bakeries. There are no dedicated cupcake bakeries, but Star Provisions (http://www.starprovisions.com) on the Westside and Alon's Bakery (http://www.alons.com) in Va-Hi carry some nice baked goods. Star Provisions is more of a high-end fancy food and knick-knack purveyor, but Alon's has pastries, sandwiches-to-go, cheese counter. I've heard that the West Egg Cafe (http://www.westeggcafe.com/) also does cupcakes, and serves breakfast and coffee and such, but I've never been. Good luck with the cupcake search! One thing you should not miss in Grant Park is Hank's Ice Cream on Cherokee across the street from the zoo.
Oh, believe me, I know all about Hank's-- one house we were considering buying was only about 4-5 blocks from there and the proximity to ice cream was definitely one of the selling points!
The house we're ending up with is on Berne Street, on the other side of the park, which I guess won't be within walking distance to any good eats. It's a mile to the Little Azio's complex on Moreland, and a mile to the Grant Park "Village".
If you have any other great neighborhood recommendations (particularly for diner breakfasts, for good brunches, or for delivery), I'd love to hear them. We went to Agave after we signed our contract and were impressed-- especially since the chef is from New Mexico, where my mom lives!
Alon's is very good, but not a cupcake sort of place. Very good bread and great cheese selection. Prepared foods priced for the independently wealthy. If you do try Alon's (which is on the same street as Belly General Store, but a bit north, in the Morningside neighborhood) go early on Saturday AM so that you can drop in at the Morningside Market right across the street: local farms, all organic.
Star Provisions is the same owners (and building) as Bacchanalia, but the prices make Alon's look downright economical. Bring money, and lots of it.
I live on the same side of the park as you will. We love it over here! We walk sometimes to the Grant Park "Village", but let me tell you, Dakota Blue is not worth the trip. It could be such a cool space, but needs some serious sprucing up - please no flourescent overhead lights during dinner! The people that work there are nice enough, but I always secretly hope for new ownership....
ANYWAY, Ria's Bluebird for breakfast is wonderful, and Carroll Street Cafe in Cabbagetown can be really nice and is only a few doors down from Agave. I hope there will be more restaurants in the near future on Memorial Street. There is quite a bit of proposed development there.
Little Azio has the most amazing margherita pizza.
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Alon's may not have cupcakes, but their cookies (and sandwiches) rule!
It's not that I don't like the idea, but the whole cupcake-bakery thing strikes me as sort of NY-fad-ish. Maybe this defeats the purpose, but, heck, make your own. And I say that full well knowing that I'm being hypocritical b/c it's not like I have the time to.
Other places to be on the lookout for them are Rhodes Bakery on Cheshire (which mainly does cakes, but I have no idea on the micro ones) and Highland Bakery in Inman Park. And is the bakery still there in Cabbagetown (around the corner from Agave)?
That said, and cry "blasphemer" if you must, but a good place to get them, though maybe not as customized/fancy as you seek, is your neighborhood Publix. You might even get non-iced ones to finish off yourself. Hey, our wedding cake came from there, so I'm not being facetious.
Another option for cupcakes is dessert at Two Urban Licks, where one of the offerings is a trio of quite good (to my taste) small cupcakes: carrot, red velvet, and something else (probably chocolate). Seems like last time we went it was actually two of each type (they're small) served with rocky road ice cream. Bring a friend to help.
Check out this recent article about cupcakes in Atlanta: http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gy...
I live across from the park on Berne and there are a lot of places to walk to. First off, we like Dakota Blue, especially for brunch. We went recently for dinner and had a good time as well. It is not fine dining, but it is good, homey food and it is also better (and cheaper) than the much raved about Carroll St Cafe (IMHO). I didn't notice any flourescent lights - that would bug me too! They are especially nice if you have vegetarian friends in tow because there are a lot of tofu and meatless options. That being said, I love their burgers and fries on Sundays for brunch. The rest of the week the burger cooking seems to be a bit inconsistent.
Also within walking distance: Mi Mexico on Boulevard, Zocalo on Boulevard, Grant Central Pizza, some organic juice place near Zocalo, everyting in Cabbagetown village including Carroll St Cafe, Village Pizza, and Milltown pub. We haven't been to the Milltown pub and the Village Pizza was just ok for sandwiches, but no experience with pizza there yet, to be fair. Mi Barrio on Memorial has gotten very good reviews lately.
Not quite within walking distance on Memorial is Redfish, which is a new New Orleans-themed place owned by the Agave folks. It has been very good on the three occasions that I have been there. Ria's has good breakfast but is so trendy that it can be painfully long to wait. We also like Six Feet Under, which is next to Ria's. Rumor has it that there is a new organic grocery opening up on Carroll St. There is also a greenmarket on Wednesday afternoons.
You are moving here at an exciting time for the neighborhood. Lots of new places opening up. Now all we have to do is support them!
sounds like we'll be neighbors! I am glad to hear that there's restaurants to walk to, and thanks for the list. It was one thing I was nervous about with our new house's location... I'm so used to having everything I could want within a few blocks, and it seems like all of the restaurants in the neighborhood are about a mile away. Which, when you think of it, is really only about 20 city blocks...It just seems different in Atlanta, where people don't walk nearly as much as they do here.
But I will certainly join you in supporting all the new places you mentioned!
You are correct about the walking being a bit far. Please know that this is NOT like NY or SF; you generally can't hop out of the house (or apt) and skip down the block for coffee. That being said, things are really improving in that respect. Some of the walking that I am suggesting can be on ugly, busy roads (Boulevard) but you can find ways to take side streets, or even walk through the park, most of the way.
Once you move in, you can join the local neighborhood association and work to try to make it even more pedestrian friendly. There is a transportation committtee that I keep meaning to join. I'd love it if they would work on slowing down Boulevard and making it more pedestrian friendly.
Anyway, the food is here, even if you occasionally have to get in a car to find it!
Jessica Sophia -
I moved here from Brooklyn too! We've been here a little over a year. It's definitely a tough adjustment from the joys of New York - I still miss all the options I had within walking distance. But I find there are lots of wonderful things that make up for all you're missing, like the trees, the priorities, the price, and the peace.
They ARE opening an organic market in Cabbagetown - in the old Little's Grocery Store. That will be a welcome addition to an area that really needs some kind of grocery store.
I like the Zocalo on Boulevard for a cheap and tasty dinner. I think I'm in the minority, though. I really like the Al Pastor taco. Has anyone been to the authentic taqueria on Boulevard yet (just a little south of Zocalo and on the opposite side)?
Sorry to get so far off-topic. Here's my gratuitious opinion: I like the treats at Star Provisions too. You can get a nice mini-cupcake for 75 cents.
The other taqueria is Mi Mexico that I referred to. It is pretty good. I am afraid that they will close soon, though. There never seems to be anyone in there and I just don't see how they can maintain it. I like Zocalo too, but I am a bit sad to see a chain (even a small one) thriving and an independent hurting for business. Ah well...