The Pecan, and Pine Street Market--thanks for the tips!!
I had a night and a day in Atlanta on my way home to Seattle, after spending the holidays with my family in Alabama. I came to this board for some suggestions for a place to eat and a place to find something to take home, and you didn't let me down!
On the suggested of few folks here, I had lunch before my flight at The Pecan in College Park. I had the blackened shrimp with Cajun cream sauce over pepper jack grits and Oh. My. GOD. I all but licked the plate! Those grits would make a believer out of anybody. If I didn't live 2,200 miles away, I would be there ALL the time.
Then, I wanted to bring home something good and southern for my husband, who couldn't come with me this trip. I saw a few recommendations on this board for Pine Street Market in Avondale Estates, and I found an article that said they were selling cider brined, peachtree-smoked hams for the holidays. I called and they still had one in the freezer, so I went and got it and stuffed it in my suitcase. I cooked it for dinner a the weekend after I got home, and served it with biscuits and my best attempt at re-creating those pepper jack grits. The ham was excellent--and the grits weren't bad for a Yankee's first effort!
Thanks for the help in finding some of your local treasures!
3725 Main Street, College Park, GA 30337
Pine Street Market
4 Pine St, Avondale Estates, GA 30002