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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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  1. Really, Atlanta Hounds? Nothing?

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    1. re: sir chowalot

      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)

    2. 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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      1. re: DSTRYA

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

        1. re: DSTRYA

          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.

          1. re: ted

            Do they have Iberian ham?

            1. re: sarah galvin

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

            2. re: ted

              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).

              1. re: sir chowalot

                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!

                1. re: sir chowalot

                  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.

              2. re: DSTRYA

                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?

              3. 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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                1. re: JB BANNISTER

                  Durian is widely available in New York City.

                  1. re: JB BANNISTER

                    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!!

                  2. 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.

                    http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gy...
                    http://blissfulglutton.blogspot.com/2...

                    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.

                    http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guid...

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

                    1. 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

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

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                        1. re: Dnanana

                          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.

                        2. 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.

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