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oferl Apr 8, 2008 12:54 AM

Hi :-) I gone spend 2 weeks in the city area, never been before.. Except for restaurant
recommendations that i pick up on this great board, I would like to visit and do some shopping in speciality markets ( general, foodies targeted, asian/Chinese/Japanese, and so), kitchen cooking and electricity applicants (mainly looking for good expensive ice cream machine :-)) and any other interesting places..

Thanks a lot..

  1. WCchopper Apr 15, 2008 01:12 PM

    I used to live in ATL and so will defer to others whose info is more current, but, I would recommend the Dekalb Market. Also, we used to go to the Sweet Auburn Market near Grady for a soul food market.

    1. dinner belle Apr 14, 2008 04:44 PM

      Don't know where you live, but if you've never been to a Trader Joe's, it's definitely worth the trip. There's one in Sandy Springs and one in Midtown.

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      1. re: dinner belle
        beteez Apr 14, 2008 05:55 PM

        Dinner Belle
        Willyou be going to TJ's any time soon, we won'tbe going to Atl until cash & carry next month.

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        Magic Pig Apr 12, 2008 08:31 PM

        Go to the grocery store in "Asian Square" on Buford Highway for all your specialty Asian needs.

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        1. re: Magic Pig
          ted Apr 13, 2008 09:09 AM

          If you mean Ranch 99, I'd go to the Buford Hwy Farmer's Mkt for a broader selection.

        2. ted Apr 8, 2008 07:07 AM

          Your Dekalb Farmer's Market
          Buford Highway Farmer's Market
          Whole Foods (Buckhead or Ponce)- if you haven't been to one yet

          Cook's Warehouse
          Viking Store
          Star Provisions

          Patak Meats- a charcuterie wonderland in Austell

          Morningside Farmer's Mkt- Sat AM only; across from Alon's (excellent bakery)

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          1. re: ted
            oferl Apr 9, 2008 11:19 AM

            Excellent, thanks a lot ! i googled some of the places in list and looks promising.. Can you or others please recommend also on artisanel chocolate makers worth visiting and best places to find to find good inventory of upscale dark chocolate bars? I guess whole foods might be good for that, possible other places?

            1. re: oferl
              Cpt Wafer Apr 9, 2008 03:19 PM

              If you like chocolate check out Chocolate Pink.


              1. re: oferl
                ted Apr 10, 2008 08:03 AM

                Maison Robert! Maison Robert! Maison Robert!

                That's for truffles and the like. For just chocolate bars, I'd agree on Whole Foods. Unless you need a 5kg bar of Callebaut, then hit Restaurant Depot ;-).

              2. re: ted
                suemac Apr 9, 2008 02:48 PM

                I'm hoping to hit the Dekalb Farmer's Market in a week or so, but have a question. How early (ie: in the spring) do they get local fruit & veggies? I know here in G'ville, FL, we've been getting some stuff in at the Farmer's Market, though it's still awhile before we get our full spring bounty. So what's 'in' in Atlanta now?

                1. re: suemac
                  ted Apr 10, 2008 08:14 AM

                  Have you been before? Cause I think you might be making the easy misperception- that it's an actual farmer's market. In reality, it's a giant warehouse grocery store that carries produce from all over the planet. There's definitely GA stuff, but I honestly don't pay that much attention to that aspect of it. And it doesn't make it any less worth going to- their selection of organic produce is generally big and not too expensive.

                  If you're really thinking local, Morningside on Sat AM is your best bet. I tend to think it's pricey, and I've never really understood how other major cities (Chicago, DC, San Fran and NYC come to mind) have bigger all organic/local markets where the goods are a better value.

                  I'd say the State Farmer's Market in Forest Park is another option. It's the closest thing to a truck market around. But the reality is that it's full of vendors reselling stuff from wholesalers. And the produce, especially now, is coming from FL, CA, etc. To really find a true large truck market you have to get out of ATL- B'ham comes to mind. My Mom goes there, and for the past couple summers she's bought Cherokee Purple tomatoes once or twice for some insane price (like $3 for a half dozen tomatoes).

                  1. re: ted
                    suemac Apr 10, 2008 10:08 AM

                    Thanks! No, I haven't been before, have just heard it was a great place to go. I was hoping it was something in between a local farmer's market and a 'stuff from everywhere' grocery; I'll look forward to checking it out in any case :-).

                    Best local market I've visited was in Vancouver. I couldn't believe the local produce they had - amazing - as well as the 'stuff from everywhere' booths as well. I keep hoping to find something like that stateside.

                    1. re: suemac
                      ted Apr 11, 2008 07:57 AM

                      If you're talking about the waterfront one in sort of the warehouse district (forget the name) in Vancouver, I agree that it was very cool. Picked up some penang paste of a brand that I hadn't seen here. Ogled the produce but only bought a few items of fruit b/c we weren't going to be cooking.

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