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What should my wife bring me to eat from Atlanta?

sir chowalot Sep 23, 2009 09:55 AM

My wife will be in Atlanta in early October and I agreed to let her go (!) on the condition that she bring me back some delicious Atlanta specialties to try. So I'm asking you, Hounds, for your recommendations. Anything edible is fair game, provided it travels well (she has to fly back to NY) and is not available in NY. Thanks in advance!!

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    atlantachowhound Mar 9, 2010 04:42 AM

    Cheese straws from Rhodes Bakery on Cheshire Bridge are always a hit with my family when we travel out west.

    1. grnidkjun Mar 8, 2010 07:30 AM

      what about Muscadine Sauce.. I've never seen that anywhere else before moving to Georgia.. it seems quite popular for people to put over things like ice cream.

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        Dnanana Feb 28, 2010 10:41 PM

        If you have a cooler or some ice packs, a pound of pulled pork with sauce from fox brothers bbq.

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          aqua303 Mar 1, 2010 07:30 PM

          I know this was posted a while ago but I would have to say a mocha bun from White Windmill on Buford Hwy. I brought some back to my fiancee and his co workers and everyone LOVED them. Plus you can't find them anywhere else.

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          lucywellington Jan 30, 2010 11:11 PM

          Highland Bakery (and I'm sure, many other places) has small pecan pies (with chocolate chips) that can be packed in individual little boxes. You can probably find in NYC, but these are pretty scrumptuous. They also sell bags of stone ground grits. www.highlandbakery.com

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            JHLI Sep 25, 2009 08:16 PM

            Something you can't get in New York and "provided it travels well". That makes it tough.

            A fried pie from The Dwarf House ( don't know how well it travels to New York ) but I have brought them home put in the fridge and reheated in the microwave. If she does this take something to put it in so the bit of grease that seeps out doesn't do any damage. They sell peach, apple, and sweet potato. If there is fried pie perfection, it exists here.
            And it's near the airport.


            If you are a cold fried chicken fan go to Star Provisions, but not Sunday or Monday. If you are not, go anyway. They might have something else you want but not necessarily something you can't get at home.


            May need small cooler with a couple of those frozen ice packs. Don't know if they go thru TSA screen.

            1. JB BANNISTER Sep 25, 2009 05:45 PM

              Go to the Dekalb Farmers market and have her buy you a Durian.. It is smelly nfruit that often kills people when it falls from a tree.

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                bbqdawg Sep 26, 2009 03:48 AM

                Durian is widely available in New York City.

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                  sir chowalot Sep 26, 2009 01:36 PM

                  It is available here. However, I've been lucky enough to have eaten durian throughout Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, actually. The best are said to be on the Philippine island of Mindanao, to the south, and I can't say I disagree. The durian we get here in the states - even in NY - tends to be frozen, which does terrible things to its texture, although the flavor is preserved. If you ever get a chance to eat a durian right off the tree in SE Asia, grab it!!

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                  DSTRYA Sep 24, 2009 11:02 AM

                  ATL is boring. The best food/drink place in the city is in the airport (Georgia Brown's Juke Joint).

                  ...but you might ask her to bring you a Lutherburger from Mulligan's in Decatur

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                    bbqdawg Sep 24, 2009 11:08 AM

                    I disagree; Atlanta has an excellent food scene. But thats not what the OP asked about.

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                      ted Sep 24, 2009 01:33 PM

                      Huh? This looks very troll-ish. Nice first post.

                      There's local beer if you're into that. Regular offerings from Sweetwater, ABC, or Terrapin come to mind. Or one of their limited releases in a bomber or 4-pack.

                      Chocolates from Maison Robert are amazing. But it's tucked out of the way off Peachtree Industrial.

                      There's cheap spices from YDFM. Stock up for a few bucks.

                      And there's always a pilgrimmage to Patak Meats in Austell for every kind of cured meat imaginable. They also carry a limited range of their stuff at YDFM. Smoked liverwurst is one of my favorites, but the dried stuff will probably travel better.

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                        sarah galvin Sep 24, 2009 03:43 PM

                        Do they have Iberian ham?

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                          ted Sep 25, 2009 03:12 PM

                          I kinda doubt it, but you can check the product lists on their website (patakmeats.com). They tend toward the German and eastern European.

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                          sir chowalot Sep 24, 2009 08:03 PM

                          Thanks for the suggestions - is YDFM a supermarket? Smoked liverwurst sounds awesome - never seen that before. My wife will not be too excited to go shopping for cured meats but a deal is a deal.

                          We can get pretty cheap and good spices here in NY - there are Indian shops in a neighborhood lovingly called "Curry Hill" that stock every spice imaginable in bulk, plus with Chinatown and other ethnic enclaves, we're covered on that front. Beer is always a good thing, and she'd be VERY happy to go shopping for chocolate (though I'd be surprised if any of them survived the trip home).

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                            Buddha49 Sep 25, 2009 01:25 PM

                            FWIW, YDFM = Your Dekalb Farmers Market

                            I'm scratchin' my melon trying to think of what they've got in ATL that y'all don't have up yonder and it travels well. A pound of stone ground grits is about all I can think of, and you wouldn't find that just anywhere. Good luck!

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                              ted Sep 25, 2009 03:17 PM

                              Grits are a good idea. Dekalb Farmer's Market (YDFM) is a giant warehouse grocery store, and it is kinda notorious for being out of random things, but it's a cool place nonetheless. They're supposed to carry the full range of Logan Turnpike corn meal and grits. We tend toward the yellow over the white.

                              Maison Robert is really a small shop, but he hand makes all the chocolates himself and they are really good. Google his website to see.

                              And the smoked liverwurst really is a little bit of heaven, but you would need to keep it cold. We're talking soft cooler w/ a cold pack in your checked luggage.

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                            rcburli Sep 25, 2009 12:30 PM

                            the best food/drink place in the city is in the airport.....that's funny. thanks for the laugh.

                            As for the gift, what about pecans or peach preserves?

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                            sir chowalot Sep 24, 2009 09:15 AM

                            Really, Atlanta Hounds? Nothing?

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                              bbqdawg Sep 24, 2009 09:36 AM

                              I've having trouble thinking of something that travels well and is so unique to Atlanta that its not available in NY. The only thing i can think of is a hat or t-shirt from the Varsity, although thats obviously not edible. Maybe Harold's BBQ sells bottles of sauce? (although I'm not sure I'd want my wife going there alone, especially if she was unfamilar with the area)

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