ood providers, from punks who do the highest-end artisanal donuts out of a tricked-out van to the white-tablecloth-and-napkin set, may be genius-like in preparing comestibles...and will then smack you in the throat with the worst tasting coffee imaginable. Stale urns of scorchy, low-quality coffee, or perhaps a thin and bitter espresso prepared by the bus-boy. Why, for the love of all things warm and brown, why?
'Empire State South' on Serious Eats
We've been seeing hand-bottled cocktails around: at Clyde Common in Portland, at Empire State South in Atlanta, and at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic a few weekends ago. Have you noticed them? Tried any?
Atlanta has long evolved beyond the (already perfect) basic format of meat-n-three Southern cuisine. Following on the heels of one of the most dynamic food scenes in the south is an expanding oasis of great coffee. Already full of contenders like local roaster Batdorf & Bronson, and having even played host to the 2009 World Barista Championship, Atlanta's been long poised to watch its scene like, totally explode, man. And things appear to be firing up hot right now.