Finding Home Away From Home
Finding an Atlanta native is harder than ever as the city continues to grow and evolve. With all these newcomers, moments of homesickness are not unnatural.
Inquiring minds wanted to know exactly what people do when they find themselves missing the comforts of home. Is there a restaurant that reminds them of a dish from their childhood? Perhaps a special place where they find comfort amid the hustle and bustle?
We took to the streets and Twitter to ask newcomers in this city, where they go and what they do in Atlanta when missing home.
Hometown: New York City
When I miss the city, I find myself driving down I-85 south so I can view the Atlanta skyline. Whether I stop at the Glenn Hotel rooftop lounge (glennhotel.com), the Sundial (sundialrestaurant.com) or a friend’s high-rise condo, I lose myself in thought while staring at the lights. I also frequent Caribbean spots like Nice Mon in downtown Stone Mountain, Royal Caribbean Bakery in Decatur (royalcaribbeanbakery.com), and the reggae club The Royal Peacock (theroyalpeacock.com) right here Intown.
Richard “Freedom” Byrd-Harris
Hometown: Oakland, California
Food reminds me of home, so when I find myself missing the California life I usually head to the farmers market to pick up some oxtails and make a dinner for myself. I grew up in a culturally diverse family and enjoy an array of different foods. I recently stumbled upon Beignet Connection (thebeignetconnection.com), a new restaurant located in downtown Atlanta on Decatur Street, which specializes in New Orleans Creole cuisine. After I dine, I make my way to Apache Cafe (apachecafe.info) to hear live poetry and music from local artists.
Einat (via Twitter)
Suggests they people go to a hipster joint like The Porter in Little Five points (theporterbeerbar.com) or The Righteous Room on Ponce De Leon and order the Mediterranean platter and enjoy. After people should find walk able blocks in the city and people gaze and conclude the day with a great place to watch the sunset.
Professor Robin Kemp (via Twitter)
Hometown: New Orleans
A native New Orleanian, Kemp recommends buying Zatarain’s red beans and rice and putting on that famous Saints swag and listening to WWOZ via live stream. And for you hardcore New Orleanians, Kemp says that there should be a crawfish bowl cooking in your backyard.