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Foodies must visit places in ATL

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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..

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

    specialty:
    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

      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?
      Thanks

        1. re: oferl

          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

          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

            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

              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

                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.

        3. 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

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

          2. 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

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

            2. 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.