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Curly’s Fried Chicken, Atlanta GA

Intrigued by Yelp reviews, I made it a point to swing by Curly’s Fried Chicken in West Atlanta Saturday, and I’m glad I did. The place is nothing fancy, just a walk-up window with some outside seating, but the fried chicken is outstanding, lightly seasoned with a crunchy outside and tender, juicy inside. Chicken comes either regular, or dipped in Curly’s “secret” sauce. Prices are reasonable. Visit them at or

Decatur GA

Early Saturday morning I drove to Decatur, Georgia to have breakfast at Sweet Melissa’s on the square (worth the drive). Afterwards, I took a stroll around the square, shooting some photos, 11/24/12

Live Soul at Cafe 290, Atlanta GA

Café 290 advertises itself as a jazz bar, but it’s actually more of a place for R & B and soul. Still, the musicianship is good, the place has a friendly vibe, and it’s usually packed to the rafters. On the Friday night after Thanksgiving, I came through to catch the end of William Green’s set. Keep up with the live music schedule at Café 290 by visiting or

Decatur CD: What A Record Store Should Be

For years I somehow missed @DecaturCD. I thought of it as an indie rock store, and I wasn’t wrong, but I was wrong. They have a great selection of indie rock, but that’s only the beginning. Add to that the best selection of jazz discs in Atlanta, and decent sections for soul, blues, Louisiana music, folk and reggae. Then imagine a decent selection of vinyl. Fans of the super-cool reissue label Numero will be pleased to find a complete stock of Numero releases in a special section in the store. Of course if you don’t live in Atlanta or get there frequently, you may feel disappointed, but don’t, because Decatur CD cheerfully accepts orders over the phone, and ships anywhere in the world. This is truthfully one of the best record stores in the South, if not the whole country. Visit them at, on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Alcove Coffee

Alcove Coffee (@alcovecoffee) is a cool independent coffee bar on the shore of Lake Lucerne near Stone Mountain, GA. My niece Lauren works there, and my relatives and I all walked down there on the day after Thanksgiving for lattes. They feature Batsdorf and Bronson coffee, including the well-known Dancing Goats Blend. Visit them at, like them on Facebook at or follow them on Twitter at