Atlanta City Guide: Special Market Edition
When it’s July in Atlanta, you can be certain to see two things come to town: great food, great style and the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Hosted by AmericasMart–in one of the world’s largest permanent wholesale trade centers–right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the market brings hundreds of thousands of buyers and sellers to town every year for the latest in furniture and design trends. It’s the hottest ticket in town for anyone remotely connected to the retail and design industry! One of our favorite trendsetters who’s always in attendance at the Atlanta Market is Doug Self, the founder of JDouglas, a full-service to-the-trade representative agency which partners with some of the most prestigious and inspirational product lines available (including some REstyleSOURCE favorites such as Lacefield, Arteriors, Peacock Alley, and more!).
Trend Alert…Fresh Summer Whites
Will you be attending the Atlanta Market this July? Look for the WHITE OUT Party hosted by JDouglas, on Saturday July 11th!
And don’t miss the celebration of our favorite shade, the Portman White Party hosted by AmericasMart and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, on Friday July 10th!
One of the main reasons that JDouglas’s showrooms are always stunning is that Doug knows the best when he sees it. A direct quote from the man himself? “Success does not just happen, you have to force it into existence.” We like your style, Doug. Naturally, we wanted to know where a trendsetter dines in style–in between managing two flagship showrooms as well as an innovative online showroom–so we asked Doug to share some of his favorite restaurant picks around Atlanta, and he came up with the amazing list below. Read on for Doug’s market dining picks and a few more pieces of wisdom from one of our favorite Atlanta personalities.
“Talent is not all about being artistic! Your abilities, personality and even appearance are all talents that make you unique.”
— Doug Self, JDouglas
Eat + Drink
Good food, good drink, good company. That’s the philosophy that 1Kept holds onto. They know that a meal isn’t complete unless you have someone worthwhile to share it with. This mentality affects not only the people walking in but the entire community. Their food comes from local suppliers and growers and, depending upon what day you visit, they’ll give 100% of their proceeds to a local charity.
293 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Atlas brings together American fare with European influence, creating a very sophisticated menu. What’s offered on the menu depends on which of the local farms they’re getting product from on that particular day. While you enjoy one of their fresh options, like the wild mushroom soup, you’ll also be able to enjoy Atlas’s extraordinary art collection of 20th century modern paintings.
88 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Everything is always changing at Bocado. The menu itself is seasonal, taking advantage of the best ingredients around to create dishes rooted in American influence, but the chef’s need for experimentation also causes delicious shifts in the menu. The lunch menu focuses its creativity on sandwiches and sides, but once dinner comes around anything is up for grabs. The goal is to make as much of an impression as possible within a limited space, while holding to the restaurant’s minimalist vibe.
887 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30318
With the promise of fresh made pasta, BoccaLupo’s small space fills up quickly. There’s more than just the pasta, though. BoccaLupo is a creative union of Italian classics and “soul food” that the south is known for. While they have a standard menu divided into four sections – antipasto, pasta, meats and desserts – they also feature a rotating menu of “not noodles” with select soups, veggie options, and desserts. BoccaLupo’s creative energy gives a new face to the standard Italian fare.
753 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
“There’s an old saying that luck is the residue of design. Concentrate on managing the elements of luck you can control and being open to receiving those you cannot. As your action is, so is your destiny.”
— Doug Self, JDouglas
Kimball House thrives on its regal distinction. Taking its name from the grand hotel that once was a part of the city, the restaurant has held onto the elegance of the Kimball House hotel with the choices made for the menu: absinthe derive and oysters to start with, guineafowl roulade for dinner, and peach cobbler to finish. Kimball House truly embodies high-class Southern living.
303 East Howard Ave. Decatur, GA 30030
This open airy bistro is a perfect spot for a lunch date. The menu is kept simple and classic, in order to create the effect of a Parisian cafe. The atmosphere is kept bright and easy going by the openness of the bistro itself and the use of natural light, both on the patio and inside the restaurant. The simplicity of it all makes Le Bilboquet feel very welcoming and open to those who just want to stop by for a quick bite.
3035 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
The optimist wanted to bring the freshness of the sea to landlocked Atlanta. All the oysters come from Alabama’s coast and the scallops from Maine. With their many ways of serving up oysters, you’ll need to make a stop here for their iconic oyster bar alone! If you’re still hungry afterwards, they also feature timeless beach favorites like hush puppies, and true Southern classics like gumbo.
914 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30318
Watershed provides some of the best Southern comfort food in Atlanta. They keep strictly to the traditional recipes–only the plating and serving techniques are modernized in the slightest–ensuring that what you’re getting is real Southern cooking. The menu changes seasonally, to allow for local growers to be used all year long. So, stop by and get that plate of classic fried chicken you know you’ve been seeking out since the moment you got to Atlanta!
1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
“James Thurber one said, ‘There are two kinds of light: the glow that illuminates and the glare that obscures.’ Don’t be a glare! Shine on.”
— Doug Self, JDouglas