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Have a Wonderful (Long) Weekend.

Have a Wonderful Long Weekend

What are you up to this weekend? We are heading to Atlanta to see Alex’s sister and her husband. (Any restaurant recommendations?) We’re excited to go swimming, barbecue and soak up that 80 degree weather. I predict we’ll look like this. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Wouldn’t you love to go to these lavender fields?

Five signs your dinner host is very good at their job.

London’s canal walkways now have duck lanes.

The easiest way to tell if your steak is done. (Fascinating.)

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak are writing a book about their complicated relationship.

The art in this home makeover is really inspiring.

In a relationship, would you ever sleep in different beds?

Grammar mugs made me laugh.

Do you have a dog? This made me want one.

Congratulations to Emily on her beautiful book!

Oh Happy Day’s fantastic new party shop.

13 things to remember when you love a person who has depression.

Have you seen this young couple growing older? Really moving.

And great news if you’re doing any summer shopping:
Nordstrom is having a HUGE sale.
J.Crew is 30% off with the code WEEKEND.
ASOS is 20% off with the code LONGWKND.
Shopbop is having a big sale.

Have a good one. xoxo

(Photo by Sweet Fine Day. Dog video via Miss Moss.)

  1. Love reading your blog! Wow, I can relate the “would you every sleep in different beds?” video. Wrote about it a few weeks ago & received some interesting feedback. It happened to us on a trip…and I admit I kind of liked it! Definitely got a good night’s sleep, it seems to be a taboo subject, but something to be considered, we all need to sleep…& sleep well :) Here’s a link if your’d like to read…includes a picture of the separate beds in the hotel, http://happylifeandstyle.com/sleeping-in-separate-beds/
    Thanks for all the wonderful & thought provoking posts on Cup of Jo!
    Hugs,
    Paola
    HappyLifeAndStyle.com

  2. Jennifer says...

    Where is the art from ?!

  3. My 18 year old daughter and I just found that aging couple video to be incredibly moving. Very cool project.

  4. Elisa says...

    Drooling reading these comments and remembering all of the fun and wonderful times we had living in the ATL.

  5. suzanne morris says...

    I hope your sister in law lives in Decatur…all my favorite restaurants are there. Best: Kimball House. Not far behind: Cakes & Ale. 246. Great place for craft cocktails: Pinewood. All of these within walking distance..which is normal for NYC, but a big deal for Atl.

  6. Maggie says...

    The home makeover is gorgeous, but I wish they’d use the same natural light for the “after” shots! Clearly they flooded the rooms with light when they were shooting. That’s the biggest misconception in interior design: paint everything white, and it will look like you live in California year-round. In truth, white paint on the walls of a dark room will still look gloomy and grey. Otherwise, a beautiful and inspiring post.

  7. Rebecca says...

    Actually my boyfriend and I have been sleeping apart for a couple of weeks now and it’s the BEST.
    We love each other very much but he’s flooping around and snoring like crazy at night and I’m a light sleeper (and can’t use earplugs.. wouldn’t hear my alarm clock) so we always ended up fighting in the middle of the night (and sometimes even during the day because of it… it’s incredible how much irrational hate sleep deprivation can cause! :D). So eventually he moved to the living room and since then everything has been great again :)
    I don’t know if this will stay like that forever, but for now it’s the best we could have done for our relationship!

    • Rebecca says...

      *flopping

  8. Kehri says...

    I live in the Middle East and I miss my southern food! I usually have a long list of foods/restaurants to visit while I’m home in Atlanta. You MUST try Chick-fil-A! But also, Mary Mac’s Tea Room is awesome if you’re up for southern comfort food! :)

  9. Holy smokes! That does not even look like the same house. Side note: makeovers like these are why I want to be an art buyer. Having good art in your home changes it completely.

    http://www.smallestthing.com

  10. Love this post! This blog is a favorite, and I love seeing other links from the web for an extra dose of inspiration!! :)

    littlegirlinabiggerworld.blogspot.com

  11. I loved that dog YouTube video with Amanda Seyfried! So I thought I’d watch another video with her in it, called “Dog Food”. Whatever you do, DO NOT WATCH IT. OMG it was dark and creepy. Unless you like the Cohen brothers, then you might really love it. It was just a weird follow to that cute doggie best friend video….

  12. yael steren says...

    Have a great weekend also!! I will be working and then I’m also going to my parent’s home in NJ for a BBQ as well! xoxo yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  13. CATHERINE says...

    Hmm, don’t know Atlanta, but all these comments make me want to discover that place!
    Just wanted to comment on the sleeping alone thing, I’ve been doing it for a couple of years and it’s hard to go back, when we visit friends or travel, I get almost no sleep. I love my space and my own bed and my husband with his own space! Been married 16 years, I’d love my own bathroom next!

    • Nicole Brant says...

      I agree 100% My husband and I sleep in separate rooms. We started this years ago when I got a job that required an early start and haven’t went back. We both get a good night’s sleep now. It’s very frustrating the social stigma (omg! They don’t sleep together?! Gasp! They must not be in love!) that comes along with something that to me is so simple. I flop around a lot, he snores at times, so we sleep apart. So what?

  14. The biggest mushy “awwwww” to the dog video
    I want a dog, I want a doggggg!

  15. Trish says...

    Marietta Diner! While not the best, it’s the coolest! Check it out.

    • Trish says...

      “while not the best” I didn’t mean to type that, it’s very good food!

  16. Ashley says...

    Superica and Krog Street Market are fun, even with kids!

    • Jennifer says...

      I agree with Krog and Superica! I would also head to the atlanta botanical gardens theres a GREAT light installation running all summer!

  17. Ramona says...

    not sure what neighborhood you’ll be in, but bookhouse pub is a delight. Outdoor seating and very nice cocktails!

  18. this is making me want to go to atlanta SO BAD. joanna — take photos of the delicious food you eat!! :)

  19. Alison says...

    This comment feed makes me want to take a vacation to Atlanta. The comments here from all the cup of jo ladies make it sound like the best foodie town!

  20. I live between Midtown and Decatur, my local favorites (which are mostly breakfast)are:
    Sun in My Belly, cozy, child friendly, looks like it was decorated by a blogger (all day menu)
    Ria’s Bluebird (breakfast)-Delicious carmelized banana pancakes and seasoned bacon
    Flying Biscuit-I recommend the fried green tomato BLT (all day menu)
    Thumb’s Up Diner (just NOT the one in Decatur, it is not as good as the original [cash only])
    Rise n’ Dine-near Emory University, everything is good
    Java Jive- like eating in a 50’s household kitchen, PB&J Goes to France French toast [cash only]
    Metro Fresh-daily menu of salads, soups, and sandwiches, strong options for all diets
    all have non-boring flavorful child-happy options and above average coffee
    Chai Pani is Indian street food that is really modern and tasty, directly across from Taqueria del Sol in Decatur and near the Toy Park if you wanted to have a progressive meal and playtime.
    BBQ: Sweet Auburn (multiple southern and Korean styles all in one place)
    Mainstream, but delicious date night with strong vegetarian options: Seasons 52
    Best deli/bakery: Alon’s
    Enjoy your weekend here!

    • omg, how could I forget Revolution Doughnuts?!

  21. mikaela says...

    Don’t think anyone mentioned Canoe…the food is lovely, but the atmosphere can’t be beat. Situated on the river, with a vast walkable garden. Stunning at sunset.

  22. Caitlin says...

    Or if you want something a little fancier give South City Kitchen a try :)

  23. Liz says...

    OH ALSO going to second Yogurt Tap for froyo and add in Butter and Cream for ice cream (both are in Decatur). Also Dancing Goats is my favorite coffee shop. There are two locations, but I prefer the one in the Old Fourth Ward (on North Ave). It has giant couch swings that are wonderful.

  24. Caitlin says...

    I’ve lived in NYC for the past 5 years, but grew up in Atlanta. You MUST go to The Brick Store Pub for beer and pretzels!

  25. Liz says...

    I’m going to have to echo Sun in My Belly! The food is so good (pimento cheese BLT and shrimp and grits are some of my go-to orders) and the atmosphere is super cute. :)

  26. Sara says...

    JCT Kitchen is one of my favorites – some classic southern staples that are elevated or with a modern twist. AMAZING.

  27. Carrie says...

    Hey! Enjoy Atlanta…Downtown Decatur is a great place to hang out. My husband and I have a restaurant down there – The Pinewood – good for brunch or dinner, kids welcome!

    • Yeah Carrie! I second the Pinewood! xx

  28. Katie F. says...

    There are so many great places to eat on Atlanta! We love Farm Burger and JCT Kitchen. Highland Bakery and Rise ‘n’ Dine are great for breakfast and lunch. Brickstore Pub (in Decatur) has a great atmosphere and more than just pub food. Mi Barrio is fun for authentic Mexican food and the occasional mariachi band. Have a great time!

  29. Kristen says...

    The grilled octopus at Kimball House in Decatur is one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. The Pinewood (also in Decatur) makes amazing drinks and a mean chicken and waffles. Enjoy your trip!

  30. Kate says...

    My favourite restaurant in Atlanta: Floatway Cafe.

    Also, I agree- taqueria del sol is great.

    The Grant Park Octane (coffee shop) is in a great location and has great coffee!

    Little five points is also a fun neighbourhood.

    Have fun!

  31. Jenn says...

    Canoe, Sublime Donuts, Jeni’s ice cream, Antico Pizza, Fox Brothers BBQ

  32. Sarah says...

    You must try a Chik-Fil-A chicken biscuit! When I lived in NYC it was always something I made sure to eat when visiting home. New York dining is hard to beat, but I am sure you’ll love many of the fabulous places already mentioned. Of course, you must visit Decatur (where we now live) as it gives a small, quaint town vibe. There is also a “toy playground” my kids love in Decatur near the Taqueria (mentioned above). The Old Fourth Ward playground is excellent as well for its splash pad (not far from the beltline). Bring lots of sunscreen! If you are looking to trek outside the city, its strawberry season, so the patches have tons of berries to pick (in case you guys need a break from the big city). My personal favorite southern breakfast spot is Homegrown near Cabbagetown.

  33. Jennifer says...

    OMG – yes! ATL is a GREAT food town! Go to the Buckhead Diner and order some of their house-made potato chips with blue cheese drizzled over them. And for Sunday brunch, sit outside, riverside, at Canoe. The food is AMAZING and the sight is beautiful!

    And Noche in the Virginia-Highland area has amazing Southern tapas. Fantastic! Enjoy!

  34. Lisa says...

    Oh my goodness…how could I forget to mention my favorite little date spot – Krog Bar!! It’s small, dark, and cozy, but still has a communal feel because of the long tables. I would recommend you stop by for wine and maybe some dessert after dinner (don’t bring the kiddos :)

  35. mary says...

    Tacqueria is great like everyone has said!! I’d also recommend Murphy’s in Virginia Highlands! Also, The Pie Shop in Buckhead is simply amazing–y’all could stop by for a slice or pick one up as a hostess gift–it’s right off of Roswell Road but it’s tucked away on the backside of the little strip it’s in so it’s definitely a hidden gem! Have a great trip, I love Atlanta!

  36. Amy says...

    you must try One Flew South in Atlanta airport

  37. Paige says...

    For Brunch:

    Flying Biscuit.
    Creamy dreamy grits. That’s all you need to know.

    Xx

  38. Fritti or Antico for pizza /antipasta

    Baronda (veal with baby potatoes)

    Pure (taco’s) or No Mas

    Steel (sushi)

    Naan (Thai)

    Atlanta Seafood Fish Market
    The weather is gorgeous here! have fun!

  39. Allison says...

    brick store and the porter for beer

  40. Lisa says...

    So happy to hear you’re coming to Atlanta!! I think pretty much everyone has covered the restaurant recommendations, but I think Toby and Anton would love playing in the fountain at Centennial Olympic Park! It’s downtown, so it’s a little out of the way, but it looks like a lot of fun for both kids and grown-ups!

  41. TootieMcBear says...

    The restaurant behind Ann Mashburn is the JCT Kitchen. A few others have recommended it too. Sid & Ann are too cool.

  42. Nicole Perez says...

    You should try Loca Luna! It’s a delicious Tapas restaurant in little Amsterdam, on the quaint side of town.

  43. Your weekend sounds like fun! I hope you guys have a wonderful time. We are taking a road trip to Southern California which I am super excited about. I get to see my family and go to the beach! The drive down from Nor Cal to So Cal will be an adventure with Luna, but we gots this!

    Kaling & Novak’s book—can’t wait! I vote No to sleeping in separate beds. I want a dog now too…
    Plastic plants in the bathroom—Yes! And we can’t kill them! Its a win-win. Depression sucks, and I hope everyone can see a light shining through the gray clouds!

  44. Rachel says...

    One place… Taqueria del sol. Chicken enchiladas with lemon cream sauce. Enjoy!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i LOVE taqueria del sol! we went there last time we came to visit (randomly stumbled upon it) and we were so amazed by how delicious the tacos were and how cool the vibe was. thank you for the rec!

  45. Ah Atlanta! So so many good food options, I really hope y’all will be able to explore some of the neat neighborhoods too (Inman Park, Grant Park, Virginia Highlands, Decatur…).

    FOOD (casual):
    Yalla (in Krog Street Market)
    Star Provisions
    Taqueria del Sol (a few locations, my favorite is Decatur)
    Fritti
    El Nuevo Laredo
    Lady Bird (get there by walking on the beltline which is fun)
    Paper Plane and Leon in Decatur are really fun for drinks (and I imagine the food is good too from what I’ve seen!)

    FOOD (nicer)
    Floataway cafe
    Empire State South
    Miller Union
    …what I love about all three of these is that they celebrate Southern foodways and are innovating new ways to think about and eat Southern classics.

    Also, Buford Highway is amazing for Korean, Chinese, and Central and South American food.

    Atlanta has so much good food that I feel is quite overlooked. I hope y’all have an amazing time! Maybe we’ll see you at the pool :)

  46. Sarah says...

    I love Amber’s home makeover, but she hasn’t credited any of the artists?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, i noticed that. i was especially curious where those awesome two prints of highways were from, but she hadn’t mentioned any of the sources. at the bottom of the post, she wrote: “as always out of respect to my clients and the fact that they have paid for my services, at this time I will not be able to give sources. I hope you can understand!!)” interesting, right? her reasoning seems to be that her clients paid for her scouting/designing skills, so she is keeping those things private for them instead of sharing them so other people can mimic the same decor for free? makes sense if you think of it like that… thank you!! xoxo

    • Sarah says...

      Sarah, I thought the same thing! LOVE the larger photographs — especially the “landscape” (LA maybe?) in the living room. Does anyone know where she could have possibly obtained that photo — and the one in the master bedroom is amazing!!

  47. Stacy says...

    Antics pizza is great! I realize I am telling a New Yorker to grab pizza in the south, but I was raise in NY and spent 10 years living in Atlanta. I highly recommend it. Also, Sweetwater Brewery has a wonderful patio with live music (no food, just beer and sunshine). And…this sounds really strange, but it’s worth looking into…Oakland Cemetery is a beautiful historical Victorian cemetery that truly is more like a park. My husband and I used to walk our dogs and picnic there. You won’t be the only ones strolling through. There are beautiful magnolia trees and tons of flowers. (We took our wedding photos there. It’s not weird, I swear!). Enjoy!

    • Stacy says...

      *Antico not Antics

  48. Leslie says...

    A lot of great recommendations. I second Kimball House in Decatur and Krog Market in Inman park. In addition to restaurants, come to the Atlanta Jazz Festival happening this weekend in Piedmont Park! It’s free and on the belt line where a lot of good restaurants are located. My fiancé (who just got into Columbia!) and I will be moving up to NYC this summer and would love to know some of your favorite spots. Enjoy your time in ATL!

  49. TootieMcBear says...

    Go to Ann Mashburn!! And the restaurant behind it is great. I recommend having a reservation.

  50. OMG!!! You’re coming to Atlanta. I just graduated from Emory last week!!

    The High Museum has an outdoor installation going on right now (free) that would be great to have a picnic at. This is also the last weekend to see their surrealist art exhibit. I also second Alina’s recommendation for downtown Decatur; it’s pretty fun to just walk around with a coffee and there are always lots of kids playing.

    Here are some recommendations (in no particular order):
    – Tabla (nice Indian restaurant in midtown)
    – Intermezzo (you can go here late night for drinks and a huge selection of beautiful desserts!)
    – Babette’s Cafe (“rustic European”)
    – Sear (inside the Marriot)
    – Across The Street (crab enchiladas!!!)
    – Zyka (very cheap and delicious Indian restaurant in Decatur)

  51. Becca says...

    Best family friendly place: Farm Burger in downtown Decatur. It has amazing burgers with lots of healthy farm to table options. Downtown Decatur is fun to explore and has a great park for kids. Best adult/fine dining: Canoe, which is a bit of a drive but worth it. It’s near the Chattahoochee and has a gorgeous outdoor garden. The Iberian Pig in downtown Decatur is also really nice. They have bacon infused bourbon.

  52. So jealous you’re going to the ATL! We moved there when I was about half way through my first pregnancy and our first baby Alec was born there. Atlanta will always hold a special place in our hearts!

    If you’re an Indigo Girls fan, or just want a really southern meal, go to Emily Saliers restaurant Watershed! Also – Bricktops in Buckhead is sort of randomly a really great restaurant. We used to go at least once a week. Kobe sliders, warm artichoke dip and the world’s best veggie burgers!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    http://www.minipiccolini.com

  53. Kate P. says...

    If y’all are heading to East Atlanta Village, Joe’s coffee shop, Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand, and We Suki Suki for bahn mi sandwiches are cool spots. For breakfast, Sun in My Belly and Stone Soup Kitchen are great too!

  54. Hope you have a blast in Atlanta–lucky you!! Love the links…my fave is the one about being a good host. I always love to feel pampered and we don’t give and get this treatment enough! An excellent reminder. :)

    (=’.’=)
    -Lauren
    adorn la femme

  55. Jennifer says...

    I agree with Two Urban Licks. I was there about a month ago, and it was the best food I’d eaten in a while. Plus I didn’t stop staring at the Todd Murphy painting for my entire meal. Arepa Mia at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market made for a tasty lunch, too. Have a great time, wherever you eat!

  56. Katy says...

    ATL! Empire State South, The Optimist, and I love love love the Brickstore in Decatur. By far my favorite pub. And you have to get a King of Pops popsicle to save you from the heat! The Grapefruit and Basil pop is my fav.

  57. Shayna says...

    Ria’s Bluebird for brunch. You can’t beat those pancakes.

  58. Katy says...

    Of all these recommendations, I like Kim’s the best. I’m an atmosphere snob, and all of those feel modern + cool with good food. If you’re in decatur, No. 246 is my favorite. And the Beltline is Atlanta’s version of the High Line, so that’s fun to walk and Ladybird is right on the beltline which has fantastic drinks + vibe (and decent food). Have fun!

  59. Christy says...

    If you are looking for a kind of whacky dinner, Nicola’s Restaurant is an amazing choice. It’s Lebanese food (think garlicky hummus, lemon chicken, cinnamon rice) and the entertainment can’t be beat! The owner, Nick, dances with wine bottles in his head (or if there are kids, he will steal their silly cups and dance with those on his head) and he teaches everyone a few traditional Lebanese dance moves. So fun!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg this sounds amazing! i read your comment to our relatives and now everyone wants to go:) thank you!

  60. tessa says...

    go to KIMBALL HOUSE!! my bro works there (say hi to ben! he has a nice beard like Alex). As a fellow Michigander who has now called atl home for pushing 10 years – you will dig Decatur (has Ann Arbor like vibe) – plus the Decatur art fest is this weekend so lots to do for sure. And I second KROG STREET. I have little boys close in age to your boys – so let me know if you want/need playground recs. :)

  61. Marianne says...

    Oh Joanna. Thank you for the article on depression (and the fascinating TED-talk it refers to). I am experiencing depression right now for the first time in my life. I have never felt like such a failure before in my life. This made me feel a little better. Thank you.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hi my love, i’m so sorry you are experiencing depression right now. it really is such a hopeless and consuming feeling. it will pass, but it is so, so hard while you’re in it. as sylvia plath said, it does feel like a bell jar. i am thinking of you and rooting for you! so, so many wonderful, strong, lovely people go through depressions; you are not alone. of course, as i’m sure you have thought about, it might be helpful to speak to a psychologist or psychiatrist or both. sending lots of love, joanna xoxoxo

  62. Laura says...

    Joanna, I am a very loyal reader from atlanta…would like to echo Star Provisions, on the west side in a great neighborhood, next door to Jeni’s ice cream, which you and the kids will DROOL OVER. I also highly recommend a new place called The Gunshow…it’s chef Kevin Gillespie, who uses all fresh, seasonal ingredients, and it’s a kind of “southern food dim sum”…the chefs even bring the food around on dim sum carts!!! Hope y’all have a great weekend!!

    • Kelly says...

      Another vote for star provisions, my 4 year old is crazy for the peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich! And once u pick up your jeni’s ice cream there’s a lovely area to stroll around. Westside midtown has great food scene.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      southern dim sum? now this we have to try! alex is now begging to go here :)

    • Laura says...

      Hi Joanna, I am so flattered that you noticed my comment :) … and now I am so curious! Did you make it to Gunshow?? Hope your weekend in Atlanta was fantastic!

  63. Rachel says...

    Atl is full of fab restaurants! We lived in Decatur for several years before moving to MS. Cakes and Ale was one our faves. For cheap but delicious tacos, Taqueria del Sol has been our pick for years! JCT and Antico are great too. Have so much fun!!

  64. Kate D says...

    lived there for four years and desperately miss breakfast at The Flying Biscuit, Fried Chicken at The JCT, and had my favorite meal at The Optimist!!! What a great time to visit- jazz festival weekend!

  65. Rosie says...

    I’m jealous of your trip…I went to college in Decatur, GA and miss it dearly. Here are some of my favorite places to eat around Decatur. They’re all Decatur specific, but also all kid-friendly.

    Brunch: Duck’s Kitchen in Decatur is amazing. They have a special every day of the week, and I’ve never regretted getting out of bed to go on a Saturday. I was introduced to the restaurant by my foodie cousins who go there just about every Saturday while their in town. (http://www.duckskitchen.com/)

    Sun in my Belly is also very tasty, and was a favorite of many of my classmates.

    Desserts: The best frozen yogurt place ever (a bold claim, but it’s warranted) is The Yogurt Tap (also in Decatur). They’ve got great toppings (fresh fruit, homemade brownie bits, NUTELLA) and rotate their flavors. Honey Orange Zest & Strawberry (which is always on tap) are two of my favorites. They always have a sugar-free option and a dairy-free option available as well. http://www.theyogurttap.com/

    If you want something on the go, King of Pops usually has a popsicle cart set up on the square in Decatur. They’re delicious and the kids can run around a bit. My Alma Mater sometimes books them for events on campus and everybody loves it. http://atlanta.kingofpops.net/

    While you’re on the square, check out The Little Shop of Stories. It’s a great little bookstore with great children and young adult sections. http://www.littleshopofstories.com/

    Coffee: There are several great coffee places around, but I’m partial to Dancing Goats. There are a few around Atlanta. The Decatur location has a toy-park close by where people leave the scooters, toys, etc. that they don’t want anymore. It’s a nice place to kick around with kids.

    Dinner: Leon’s Full Service is delicious. I didn’t go there a ton in college because I was on a college student’s budget, but it’s worth a stop. I celebrated my birthday there in January, and while I can’t remember exactly what I got, I do remember that it was Ah-Mazing! Oh, and if it’s raining, then Dark & Stormy’s are only $5! http://www.leonsfullservice.com/

    Iberian Pig – I’m a vegetarian, so I haven’t been but foodies I love love it, so I’m including it here.

    Farm Burger: Grass-fed beef burgers are crowd pleasers! They’ve also got Quinoa burgers if you’d prefer that. I recommend the No.2 with goat cheese on top. (Other locations in Buckhead and Dunwoody) http://www.farmburger.net

    Check out this Decatur restaurant guide my friend wrote for more recommendations. http://epicureandculture.com/decatur-restaurants/

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i cannot believe how amazing all these recommendations are!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, everyone!

  66. Danna says...

    If you are with your kiddos anywhere in Decatur is great! Very walkable part of town with great restaurants, popsicles on the square and the “lost toy” park. Have a great visit!

  67. Carrie says...

    Atlanta is full of delicious bites! A few of my personal favorites… Krog Street Market, Dancing Goats, El Taco and JCT Kitchen. Enjoy your trip!

  68. mary claire says...

    You should definitely try miller union one night. Star provisions is also an amazing place to start!

  69. Hannah says...

    Poor Calvin’s in Midtown is absolutely delicious. I still dreaming about their fried chicken that they serve over lobster mac & cheese… Amazing!

    Yeah! Burger is an burger chain scattered throughout the city (grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone-free beef, non-GMO veggies). They have one with bacon, fig spread, and carmelized onions… Mm mm mm! And their shakes…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ” fried chicken that they serve over lobster mac & cheese” = OMG YES.

  70. Trish says...

    Empire State South is a wonderful Atlanta restaurant! And if you like coffee, definitely go to Octane Coffee! Their Grant Park location shares a beautiful space with a yummy pastry shop called Little Tart. Both the coffee and pastries are lovely!

  71. I would sleep in a different bed than my husband if one of us had severe sleep problems that would cause issues to the other. Thankfully we don’t though, because I love snuggling him.

    Happy Friday!

    Her Heartland Soul
    http://herheartlandsoul.com

  72. Katherine says...

    Oh man, I could literally never picture sleeping in different beds with my significant other. My rest is so much more peaceful with him by my side.

  73. Alex S says...

    So many excellent food options here!! I agree with what some have already mentioned. Fox Brothers BBQ for BBQ, Optimist for sea food, General Muir for brunch (and the best burger in Atlanta), Poor Calvins, and La Tavola Trattoria!

  74. Atlanta is the best! I’m a loyal Willy’s patron, so you must go. Kale Me Crazy has amazing juices. Antico has the best pizza if you’re looking for authentic pizza. Mellow Mushroom also has excellent pizza. Buford Highway Farmers Market / Dekalb Farmers Market will make you want to live abroad. Flip Burger has the best shakes. Krog Street Market is so fun to explore. King of Pops had the best popsicles. They have tons of flavors that are sure to please everyone. The Beltline is a great walk for kids with places to stop along the way. I hope y’all enjoy Atlanta!

  75. I second The Optimist and JCT Kitchen.

  76. Amanda says...

    What everyone else said plus Miller Union! Welcome to ATL!

  77. Wow, I totally shed some tears watching the young couple age! So moving. It’s crazy what makeup can do! Happy weekending in Georgia. I remember enjoying the aquarium and coca cola factory when I was there ages ago. Could be fun for your boys!

  78. Katherine says...

    Murphy’s in Virginia Highlands is definitely a favorite!

  79. Nikita says...

    Takorea!!!! :D Their chips are to die for. And the sangria is amazing. Speaking of Sangria…Barcelona is a wine bar/restaurant and they serve tapas that will make you wish your tummy were bigger.

  80. Megan says...

    South City Kitchen has the BEST fried chicken ever!!!

  81. Courtney E says...

    Definitely cried at work watching that young couple grow old together. They were so sweet and authentic. You can tell they really love each other!

  82. You have to try King of Pops! They have a chocolate sea salt pop that is amazing. Their office has a window you can get them at in Inman Park (which is right off the Beltline) and then you could walk on the Beltline to Krog Street Market or Ponce City Market (built by the same guy who did Chelsea Market in NY). Have fun!

  83. Stephanie says...

    Six Feet Under is our favorite spot for seafood. Try the original location at Grant Park, which sits right across from a cemetery. :)

  84. I second another commenter’s recommendation for Antico’s. The boys would love the chaos- and there are no plates! You eat your pizza right out of the box or off a paper towel. Very authentic ;)

  85. Meagan says...

    Y’all have to eat at the varsity! The food and atmosphere are great! Also, if you’re into “Gone With the Wind,” try Pittypat’s Porch!

  86. I live in Atlanta! I’m 38 weeks pregnant and my husband and I are having our “last hurrah” date night, part of which will be dinner at La Tavola in Virginia Highlands. Great Italian, if you’re craving it! Also, Sun In My Belly has one of the best brunches that I’ve had in a while!

    I would love to hear what you guys end up doing! We are loving this city and all the great neighborhoods within it. Enjoy! xo

  87. Caroline says...

    Oh Joanna, I’m a born and raised Atlantan, you’re going to have the most amazing time! Definitely agree with recommendations for The Optimist and Antico. Would highly recommend Sun in my Belly in kirkwood for brunch (best in the city) and Watershed for a night out :) Have so much fun! Atlanta is an amazing city!

  88. Melissa says...

    I’m not fast enough on the Atlanta recs – but I second all of these. And go for a walk on the Beltline! Enjoy your time.

  89. Charli says...

    Love seeing Reductress on here! That site has some hilarious (and ridiculous) satire. Your weekend posts are always nailin’ it with the links!

  90. Oh, check out Cakes and Ale! http://www.cakesandalerestaurant.com
    Wonderfully gourmet, but down to earth dining experience. Or Watershed in Decatur (Atlanta)… for local, seasonal food with a Southern flare. Both are excellent with a ‘special dining with guests’ feel but low key atmosphere.

  91. Antico’s for pizza and DBA Barebeque for the best sandwiches ever! They have a bbq sandwich that comes with mac&cheese on top. It is delicious!

  92. Awwww, of course I get all teary watching that video of the couple aging. So many beautiful words to each other!

    Always, Anita

  93. Shannon says...

    You have all the best ones from lovely readers already, but if the kiddos are in tow, I second the rec for Westside Provisions/Star Provisions district. If you go to JCT Kitchen early, you can sit outside and the kids can have a little space to move and people watch. :) Also, Jeni’s ice cream is right there for dessert. Just down the street is Bocado, which has a beautiful back deck, which my toddler ran circles around last weekend while we ate delicious food, and no one batted an eyelash. Enjoy, and welcome, y’all!

  94. amelia says...

    both in druid hills: ink + elm (adults), farm burger for whole family (+ kids) + westside market! check out @coolatlanta on instagram for more ideas :)

    • amelia says...

      saw someone else recommended star provisions—that’s in westside market.

  95. Andrea says...

    My hometown!! Miller Union is an amazing spot for a long lunch or a good dinner. I also love Canoe. Flying Biscuit (the one in candler park) has one of my favorite breakfasts and Antico for pizza is a must! For a fun and sunny afternoon, you should stop at Alon’s bakery in Virginia Highlands to grab sandwiches, dips, and dessert and spread out a blanket in Piedmont Park for a picnic. The chicken pesto and roasted veggie sandwiches are so good! There are also Jeni’s scoop shops to visit for a sweet treat :)

  96. So many good links today! I am super excited about BJ & Mindy’s book. That will be a great read!
    Enjoy your long weekend!
    Kristi
    http://www.beloverly.com

  97. Ana says...

    Highland Bakery is a delicious breakfast spot. And I went to the Brickstore Pub in Decatur religiously when I lived in Atlanta – never really ordered food, but the beer selection is great!

    Love Atlanta! Have a great time!

  98. Whitney Buxton says...

    The Sound Table is amazing… I had my first date there with my fiancé!

  99. Joanna Goddard says...

    Thank you!!!!!! I’m so excited about these recommendations!!! Now I just wish we were staying for more than three days :)

  100. Keri says...

    Welcome to my city! You need to go to Two Urban Licks for dinner and Flying Buscuit for brunch. The Optimist is also really good.

  101. Stephanie says...

    While in Atlanta I’d definitely recommend Empire State South (Hugh Acheson’s restaurant in ATL). It’s a great mix of modernity and old south.

    • Stephanie says...

      oooh! and if you have the time try out Buford Highway Farmer’s Market (it’s not the farmer’s market you’re thinking of) – it’s an INSANE megastore filled with foods from all over the world.

  102. Mallory Wilkerson says...

    Ahh! You’re coming to my city. For dining recs: Two Urban Licks, Murphy’s, The Painted Pin, Flip Burger, Revolution Doughnuts, and Anis Bistro
    Hope you enjoy your time in Atlanta! xx

  103. Kim says...

    Atlanta is full of awesome restaurants! You should check out The Optimist, Superica, Star Provisions (yummy sandwiches perfect for lunch), Antico and Gio’s Chicken. Have fun!

  104. Oh Atlanta! My husband went to Emory University and I went to Georgia State so we love it! There are lots of nice and fancy restaurants but my heart is near the Emory are in Decatur. There’s a small coffee shop/ wine bar called Java Monkey with awesome people serving great coffee. But what I liked the most are the wine tastings they have going on in the evenings. Those were great! Very relaxed atmosphere.
    Have a fun and warm weekend! :)

    Alina
    http://www.eclecticalu.blogspot.com

  105. I am excited y’all are coming to Atlanta! We’ve only been living here since last July, but we love it. You should definitely check out Krog Street Market; Superica is my favorite there. The house margaritas and guacamole are not to be missed. Barcelona in Inman Park is also good, as is Fox Brothers BBQ on Dekalb near Candler Park (though we’re only a couple of miles from there so you must let me know if you visit). I hope your trip is fabulous!

  106. I have to just say I love this roundup, look forward to it every week. You have the BEST links!

  107. Ave says...

    There are so many great restaurants in Atlanta! My favorites are Cakes and Ale and Kimball House in Decatur, General Muir and Sobban (a Southern Korean diner) both near Emory University, and pretty much anything at Krog Street Market in Inman Park. Also, make sure you get a popsicle from the King of Pops – keep an eye out for their carts, with rainbow umbrellas!

    • protip: if you can’t find a King of Pops cart before you leave Atl, pop (haha) into a Whole Foods and they should have a bunch of flavors near the cashier!

    • Shannon says...

      I second your recommendations. Spot on!

  108. Christy says...

    Nuevo Laredo! You’ll be glad you went!

  109. Kate says...

    The Optimist for oysters, St. Cecelia for beautiful seafood, JCT Kitchen are all good options in ATL! have fun!