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prodigal eater returns to the ATL

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I grew up in Atlanta and left about eight years ago. I have lived in Seattle for the past three years and was in the Hudson Valley before that so many good meals have been eaten. But now I am moving back to Atlanta and while I know what I used to love, I need to hear about wonderful new places that are open. We're looking to live in East Atlanta/Grant Park. Thanks for your tips!

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  1. Welcome back! I just moved to Atlanta in August (from New York) and was excited to find the culinary scene here is much better than I expected. Not sure if your screen name means you're a grits fan, but if you are, you MUST go to Highland Bakery in the Old Fourth Ward. They mill their grits in-house, and they are amazing. It's only open for breakfast and lunch, and I go there often... it's my favorite brunch place, despite the long lines.

    1. If you're re-entering the ATL from the west coast, definitely Woodfire Grill. Immaculately sourced ingredients, simply prepared. Search for some of my earlier threads, along with Steve Drucker's.

      1. The Watershed in Decatur is fantastic, and because of its Southern roots would be a good homecoming. Chef Scott Peacock is getting famous.
        Thumbs Up Diner (3 locations) - yummy for breakfast, good service.