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When customizing a frozen dessert with toppings, many people reach for chocolate chips, sprinkles, or a barrel of whipped cream. Swirlin Twirlin has those classic add-ons in spades—but its toppings selection ventures into unexpectedly gourmet territory, as well. Pomegranates dipped in dark chocolate, bites of cheesecake, and Andes mints join the lineup alongside chilled blackberries, mangos, and watermelon. All of the fresh fruit and crumbled candies are cut daily, and taste-tested by the staff themselves before being added to the bar, which offers more than 50 topping choices.

These add-ons require a foundation, of course. Swirlin Twirlin houses a wall of self-serve machines that fill cups with frozen yogurt in a variety of low-fat, non-fat, and non-dairy flavors. The sweet spirals range from original tart to red velvet, and contain probiotics that aid the "friendly" bacteria that already exist in the digestive system. There are even no-sugar-added flavors, including mango and chocolate, which offer delicious bites without the addition of sucrose.

335 W Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur,
GA
US

Chocolate Girl Cupcakes’ Nicole Turk—aka Chocolate Girl—pours a lifetime’s passion for baking and cooking into crafting gourmet cupcakes, cake pops, and baked goods. Without using any preservatives, she bakes her treats from scratch, in cupcake flavors such as Neapolitan, lemon, or chocolate, all topped with decadent icings. She also makes cake pops, brownies, and whoopee pies, as well as cocktail cupcakes—cupcakes infused with liquors.

2841 Greenbriar Pkwy
Atlanta,
GA
US

Popcornmania flavors freshly popped kernels with sweet and savory ingredients to make more than 100 flavors. Patrons can crunch varieties such as black coconut, caramel-almond, or tamarind, or opt for savory blends such as buffalo wing or beer. Popcorn is available in bags, tins, or gift boxes.

2558 Shallowford Rd.
Atlanta,
GA
US

The Browns have been entrepreneurs for more than 10 years, establishing more than five businesses and counting. Through one such business, Golden Brown's, they deliver fresh, homemade cookies directly to customers’ doorsteps. Flavors include classics such as chocolate chip and M&M, as well as indulgent selections such as macadamia chocolate chip. They can also prepare specialty cookie pies and multi-tiered cookie cakes.

4201 Northstrand Drive
Decatur,
GA
US

Steamhouse Lounge has long been one of Atlanta’s favorite down ‘n’ dirty seafood restaurants. Unexpectedly located on West Peachtree in Midtown, this kitschy local favorite is known as much for their annual Oyster Fest as they are for an excellent lobster bisque, both of which come with a heavy side of neon lights and beachy accents. Patrons can sit in a cozy upstairs patio or sidle into one of the downstairs booths before making their way to the bar for drinks with friends. This may not be the best place to head for a first date or late dinner with the family, but Steamhouse is a great fit for anyone in the neighborhood looking to relax and enjoy some seafood. And if they’ve saved room, maybe a touch of chocolate peanut butter mousse cake as well.

1051 West Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta,
GA
US

Whether he's scouring teeth free of plaque throughout routine cleanings or resurfacing stained facades with a set of veneers, Atlanta Dental Arts’s presiding oral surgeon Dr. Williams goes out of his way to maximize oral health. He bans latex and mercury from his office and employs only digital radiography, which emits less radiation and makes dental x-rays easier to post to online dating profiles. His ongoing dental education regarding new techniques, such as Lumineers and ViziLite oral-lesion detection, allows him to keep smiles pristine with greater comfort and efficiency.

2205 Lavista Rd NE
Atlanta,
GA
US

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