Welcome to the Empire State of the South
Atlanta is home. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to become a creative force in the culinary, music, film, art and business world. We know our driving culture runs deep, but our hope is that you’ll hop on a bike or throw on your favorite sneakers to explore some of our city favorites…
Start your weekend off early by roaming the sprawling grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. From May through September, hit the park at night when the weather cools and bars are set up throughout the gardens so you can enjoy exhibits like “Imaginary Worlds” with a cocktail in hand. Next, whether visiting the city or a seasoned local, head over to the newly renovated Hotel Cleremont. Already a Dixon Rye favorite, the motto is “good service never goes out of style, and nobody’s not invited.” We can get behind that. Grab a bite at Tiny Lou’s, their lobby French-American brasserie. Think steak-frites and pink-velvet banquettes. If you have one more left in you, head to the roof. Perfect year round, it has it all: astroturf, street food, frosé in the summer, hot toddies in the fall. And the view is unbeatable. If the Hotel Cleremont is a little too sceney for your Thursday night, a great low-key option is Endive Publik House. This tiny hole-in-the-wall is only open Thursday through Saturday nights, so you picked the perfect night to come. You can expect a farm to table experience with a twist - like calamari french fries with roasted garlic tomato and a red pepper sauce and korean bbq-glazed local beef chuck roast with braising vegetables. It’s always a delicious and intimate experience, located just minutes from Dixon Rye.
Since you’re already on the east side of town, head down to the rapidly revitalizing Reynoldstown for your morning pick me up. Muchacho’s west coast vibes go perfectly with their breakfast tacos, stone fruit & ricotta toast, and strong espresso. Then head on over to our side of town to the Westside district for an afternoon of shopping and provisions. Start out at the rooftop bar of JCT Kitchen, overlooking the slow moving cargo trains that define the culture of the south. Known for their modern twists on southern classics, you can’t go wrong with a bucket of their fried chicken, of course served with mac and cheese and biscuits, and a Westside sour. Next, check-in on our good friends at Sid & Ann Mashburn. A true Atlanta institution, these husband and wife stores are the epitome of great service and expert curation. It’s a combination of their own designed-and-produced clothing and their favorite classic, iconic, and hard-to-find pieces all in a space designed to feel as beautiful, inspiring, and welcoming as possible. From there, within walking distance, you can find luxurious, and natural, beauty and wellness products produced in the small-batch apothecary tradition in a micro facility in Atlanta at the appropriately named Little Barn Apothecary. Finish your day of shopping at Perrine’s Wine Shop, where the very chic, and very French, sommelier Perrine Prieur will help you pick the perfect bottle to enjoy when 5 o'clock rolls around. There’s no better place to end your day on the Westside then dinner at Miller Union. James Beard award-winning chef Steven Satterfield celebrates the abundance of southern produce, ingredients, and purveyors like no one else. Think crunchy stalks of okra in the summer and roasted butternut squash topped with homemade granola in the winter.
Start the day off in the Virginia Highlands at 8Arm with a cup of coffee and an incredible avocado toast topped with rock crab. The industrial atmosphere is also a perfect place to get to a few urgent work emails you can’t avoid. Follow that up with a stroll along the beltline, a city-wide walking and biking trail that connects some of the cities biggest developments. Explore Ponce City Market, Atlanta’s largest building that has been repurposed and filled with shops, restaurants, offices and apartments. Continue on down to Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s own central park with great views of the many skyscrapers of midtown. After wandering through the grassy fields, head to the High Museum, arguably Atlanta’s most influential museum. We are particular fond of their modern and contemporary collection, featuring the work of Donald Judd, Alex Katz, and Ellsworth Kelly to name a few. Yayoi Kusama’s travelling exhibition “Infinity Mirrors” is a particularly exciting and anticipated upcoming show. For lunch, stop by Hugh Acheson’s shrine to southern cuisine, Empire State South. His famed “Farm Egg Fried Rice” is particular alluring after a day outside. For a great Saturday night, check-out what’s at the Fox Theatre. From broadway shows to some of the bigger names in music, the Fox is a former movie palace that hosts some of Atlanta’s greatest events. Even stepping into the auditorium is an impressive experience, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said upon its opening, it’s "a picturesque and almost disturbing grandeur beyond imagination". Following the show, try to get seats at Staplehouse, widely considered Atlanta’s top restaurant. They recently re-introduced their widely acclaimed tasting menu and Bon Apetit’s Best New Restaurant in America rarely disappoints.
Finish off the weekend with a lazy brunch sitting outside along the Chattahoochee river at Canoe. Named the best brunch in Georgia by Southern Living, it truly feels like a respite from the bustling city despite being only minutes from Buckhead and downtown Atlanta. Their menu features dishes like Georgia pecan sticky buns, brioche French toast with balsamic macerated berries, and smoked salmon Benedict and it never disappoints. For one final Atlanta cultural touchstone, stop by the Center for Civil and Human Rights on your way out of town. Dedicated to the civil rights movement, both in Atlanta and nationally, and the broader worldwide human rights movement, it’s a moving and important stop in understanding the history of the city and the country as a whole. The perspective and insight it gives us whenever we stop by sticks with us long after we leave.