Inside Mister & Miss Einstein’s pink and brown storefront, ice cream shares table space with cups of coffee and rich fruit smoothies. The shop’s homemade desserts include ice cream sandwiches, shakes such as the Georgia peach with peach pie and vanilla ice cream, and cherry-topped banana splits. An ice cream club held throughout the week entertains kids with treat-making lessons that teach them to craft their own ice cream and sorbets, better preparing them for the impending snowman apocalypse.
It's the very first dictum on Cafe Circa's list of house rules: "Try something new. You won’t be disappointed." An easy rule to enforce, since the cafe's menu makes newness hard to avoid. Familiar southern comfort foods surprise over-it taste buds with a modern burst of Caribbean, Latin, French, and Thai flavors. A whole fried snapper arrives alongside white corn grits. Mussels simmer in a broth tinged with coconut, basil, and lime. Even the crispy quail and waffles tops its unusual savory-sweet pairing with a combination of truffle butter, blue cheese, and balsamic syrup.
Novelty pervades Cafe Circa's activities as well. Depending on the night, the air above the high-topped wooden tables might fill with the fruit-flavored smoke of hookahs or music both live and DJ'ed. For an even more festive nighttime experience, the staff occasionally invites guests to venture up to the rooftop, where they can gaze out at the historic buildings of the Old Fourth Ward and the irrational architecture of the Old √2nd Ward.
Grainy wood surfaces mingle with clean brushed metals at Condesa Coffee, forming a warmly urban setting in which steamy drinks can confidently let their direct-trade aromas out to play. Highly trained baristas fill cups with Intelligentsia-roasted espresso and coffee drinks, whose beans are grown by individual farmers throughout the world, roasted in Chicago, and raised to always eat their spinach. Lattes ($3.50–$4; $0.50/flavor shot) and macchiatos ($3) mix steamed milk with Intelligentsia's Black Cat espresso—a blend of single-origin beans—and even classic cups of joe get special attention as baristas utilize a manual pour-over method to reap the best flavors ($3–$3.75). Tea is also available to claim manifest destiny over mugs, with options such as the Blend 333 tea ($2.75), which unleashes waves of peppermint, chamomile, and rose hips as patrons enjoy views of the Atlanta skyline. Customers may use up to two punches per visit, and additional shots of espresso are an extra cost.
Most know that way to an iguana's heart is through its stomach, but it is useful to remember that human stomachs can be reached through the mouth, nose, eyes, and—if it's an emergency—the number written on the refrigerator's dry-erase board. Today's Groupon stimulates your gentle iguana heart with a sensational feast of sweet tastes, smells, and sights at Sweet Auburn Bread Company. For $15, you get $35 worth of old-fashioned baked goods and breakfast at the charming Auburn Avenue bakery.
Thanks to the guidance of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, the culinary team at Park's Edge is proud to welcome locals into its newly renovated interior to sample contemporary American fare. Chef Jorge Pacheco summons the fragrant memories of his mother's and grandmother's kitchens as he puts his years of cooking to use in the eatery of his longtime partner, Park's Edge owner Richard Wadlington, Jr. Pacheco enhances pan-seared seafood and succulent cuts of lamb with creative flourishes, such as worcestershire-compound butter and apricot-pistachio relish. He then passes his ambrosial entrees off to friendly servers, who ferry them to guests sitting in the chocolate-hued dining room or kicking back beneath the shade of tall trees and curious UFOs on the secluded patio.
Three values form the foundation of Kenley Waller's business: great food, great service, and community. The food service veteran's commitment to these pillars have earned him awards, not only from the restaurants he's managed, but from the Boy Scouts of America (Golden Eagle Award), South DeKalb Rotary Club (Rotarian of the Year), and the Georgia Secretary of State (Outstanding Georgia Citizen).
But for visitors to Kenley's Restaurant, the proof of Kenley's dedication is something they can taste. Breakfast and lunch menus spotlight American comfort food with a bit of a soul food twist. Along with croissant sandwiches, omelets, burgers, and sandwiches, buffets feature fried chicken, fried okra, and biscuits smothered in gravy. Kenley and his team also specialize in catering, and over the years have accrued a client list that includes Macy's, General Mills, and the Red Cross.