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Food is a huge part of any destination for me, and my home base -- Atlanta, Georgia -- is no exception.

Don't get me wrong. Atlanta has some intriguing attractions. A stroll in the city's historic Oakland Cemetery or the High Museum of Art is a nice way to spend an afternoon, and Zoo Atlanta's giant panda cub, Mei Lan, is a charmer.

But the day-to-day excitement of living in this Southern metropolis comes from the flavors that make it so diverse. Here are a few of my longstanding favorite restaurants and bars in Atlanta and neighboring Decatur, as well as a newer, swankier spot or two. Read full article »

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