There's no room for additives in Juice Zone's smoothies, not even extra sugar. Instead, staff members make them with non-fat frozen yogurt, sorbet, and fresh fruit—including everything from pineapple, strawberries, and coconut to peaches and bananas. Their commitment to simple, delicious and, most importantly, healthful recipes is evident throughout the rest of the cafe menu as well, which features crisp salads and a selection of wraps and sandwiches that can be grilled atop the kitchen's miniature volcano.
Signed guitars and celebrity photos line the walls at Star Café Inc., but it's the food that gets top billing. And it's no wonder, with a menu chock full of hearty Southern-style food. Biscuits drenched in sausage gravy stick to ribs, while ribs and brisket elicit looks of longing from the faces of The Beatles and Bob Marley, looking down from photo frames. Down-home meals can be rounded out with traditional side dishes, such as sliced red georgia tomatoes, sweet potato souffle, and purple hull peas.
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill offers the sort of over-the-top kitsch that must be seen to be believed. The vibrant décor offers a bit of the tropics in the middle of Atlanta, laced with the bright colors of the wild and hippie-chic touches that will have you smiling through your meal. If anything, R. Thomas Deluxe Grill is a little escape in the middle of your workday. It’s also a great place to get flavorful California-leaning food that won’t leave you full of regret afterward, with healthy touches that play into the warm, peaceful vibe. Look out for the exotic birds that call the patio garden their home, and don’t be afraid to swing in after-hours for a curious bit of fun; R. Thomas Deluxe Grill is open 24 hours.
Chef Chris Hall, one of the three locals behind the eatery’s moniker, sources fresh, seasonal ingredients from area farmers and weaves them into creative and playful comfort dishes. For example, the chefs show off some of the region's best meats—and some of their own butchery skills—in the Notorious P.I.G. charcuterie plate, and they modernize the classic meatloaf by subbing in a sophisticated pâte and pairing it with pickled seasonal vegetables.
More than 100 varieties of wine quite literally surround guests at Local Three, where the bottles are tucked into the walls in a private dining room. Space behind the curved oak bar is reserved exclusively for spirits, including more than 40 bourbons available by the glass or flight. The bar’s taps flow with local and international craft brews, and bartenders shake up a seasonal cocktail list that, more often than not, features a drink inspired by The Big Lebowski.
Most locavores dwell more on where their food comes from than where it’s prepared, but the owners of Local Three poured a lot of thought into their kitchen—which, at more than 4,000 square feet, is actually larger than all the restaurant's dining rooms combined. This sprawling workspace houses enough gadgetry to make just about everything from scratch, including a duck-fat fryer, two smokers, and a computer-controlled oven complete with USB port. There's even a designated pasta room that operates on a separate heating system to control humidity.
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters roasts more than 20 premium coffees, benevolently sharing the secrets of a superb cup during the Coffee 101 tour. The two-hour trip fills heads with factoids on coffee's history, geographical spread, and how taste translates across areas. Eager eyeballs get a tour of the roastery, including a demo of how to craft flavorful at-home brews without having to bribe the coffee beans. The tour also includes several samples of Batdorf & Bronson's best blends, with possible tastes including the chocolaty Nicaragua Isabelia and the blueberry-hinted Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. Along with trivia tidbits, caffeinated Joes and Janes can walk out with a mug and a quarter-pound of their favorite blend.
Atlanta's only All Natural, 70% Organic, 100% Delicious Cupcake Bakery. Featuring a daily selection of around a dozen flavors from a rotating menu. Stay and enjoy a french pressed coffee, or a cold milk. A Cupcake Chalkboard Corner and Cupcake Creation Station are a great way to keep the kids entertained while you chill.