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?
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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.
If, hypothetically, you overindulged in mint juleps last night, having convinced yourself that drinking them is an important cultural activity while visiting the South, there is one dish on the menu at Highland that calls your name: the Fried Chicken Benedict ($10.99). Instead of Hollandaise, the eggs are liberally topped with a jalapeno cheddar sauce that almost overflows the plate. And instead of two slices of Canadian bacon there are two pieces of fried chicken.