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JANUARY

VOLUME 54 ISSUE 9

HEALTH ISSUE
Work off the
burger calories
with our guide
to living t!
PAGE 104

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Held to Account

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Burgers!

84

Survivor

An upstart charter
school is challenging
the status quo in
Clayton County.

The 20 best burgers


in town, plus our
favorite fries, milkshakes, and more

Last summer, Nancy Writebol


became one of the rst Ebola
patients ever treated on
American soil. This is her story.

BY REBECCA BURNS

BY EVAN MAH

BY CHARLES BETHEA

PHOTOGR APH BY C AROLINE C . KILGORE

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JANUARY
40

Craft Izakaya comes


to Krog Street
Market

Sky-high style
from Christian
Louboutin

30

48

Monster Jam
crushes it

THE CONNECTOR
EDITED BY
REBECCA BURNS

UP FRONT

21 STUDIO CITY Will


the new lm production complexes
spawn more jobs?

24 VIEWFINDER
Rebranding Murder
Kroger

34

28 SLUSH FUND

THE GOODS
EDITED BY MARY LOGAN
BIKOFF

Emory researchers
benet from the Ice
Bucket Challenge

39 EDITORS PICK
Hannah Cross Ltd.
silk scarves

THE AGENDA

40 SCOUT ABOUT TOWN


This months style
tip sheet

30 BEFORE I GO
Colleen Oakleys
debut novel

42 THE LOVE LIST

32 ATL EXPLAINED The


King historic district

36 CHICKEN STATE
The power of poultry
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14 MASTHEAD
18 EDITORS LETTER

OUT BACK

Battle of the Bands

26 GENIUSES UNITE
An Atlanta lawyer
is admitted to an
exclusive club

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DIGITAL

Picks to freshen up
your new year

44 ROOM ENVY An
updated Victorian
entry

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195 DINING GUIDE

46 EIGHT REASONS

208 ONE SQUARE MILE

TO LOVE . . . Avondale
Estates

ON THE COVER

48 GETAWAY GUIDE
This months travel
tip sheet

THE BITE

Photograph by Greg
Dupree; food styling
by Tami Hardeman

54 CHRISTIANE

CHRONICLES Rants
and raves from our
dining authority

EDITED BY EVAN MAH

56 TECHNIQUE Make

51 BEAN SCENE

the perfect meatballs

Farmers to 40 coffee
isnt just good; its
fair

58 FRESH ON THE

52 ON THE TABLE

60 REVIEW Craft

Foodie stuff to eat,


drink, see, and do

Izakaya takes the


mystery out of sushi

SCENE First looks at


the El Felix and more

Peach State
poultry stats

3 0 : C O U R T E S Y O F M O N S T E R J A M ; 3 4 : C O U R T E S Y O F H O N D A B AT T L E O F T H E B A N D S ; 6 0 : J O H N N Y
A U T R Y ; 3 6 : M I S S L O T I O N ; 4 0 : C O U R T E S Y O F C H R I S T I A N L O U B O U T I N ; 4 8 : D I E G O M U N I TA

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MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

Photojournalist Matt Moyer has traveled the world for National


Geographic and other publications. He also spent three days in Clayton
County photographing students, faculty, and staff at Utopian Academy for
the Arts (Held to Account, page 64). See more of Moyers images
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50 BEST THINGS
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BEST BREAKFAST

BEST BBQ

MOST-READ STORIES

Ant-Man, Vacation, and other


lms being shot in Atlanta
Turf Wars: Roswell vs. Milton High
A Civil War survival guide
Jeff and Catie Francoeurs
dream home

Restoration Hardwares huge


new Atlanta store
Avalon opens in Alpharetta
Holiday light extravaganzas
Progress on the Braves stadium
Great Georgia hikes

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DECATUR RESIDENT THOMAS MULLEN is a novelist, and in


his rst nonction assignment, Spellbinder (October
2012), he explored the bizarre case of another author,
Mitchell Gross, who penned thrillers but also fabricated a resumeattorney, scientist, secret agent, Hollywood insider.
Who was he really? A con man. Mullen won the City and Regional
Magazine Associations 2013 feature writing award for the story,
which you can nd at atlantamagazine.com/great-reads.

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The pickleback
from Cypress
Street. Topped with
fried pickles and a
Jameson glaze.
LIZ NOFTLE

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DESIGN DIRECTOR Liz Noftle


DEPUTY EDITOR & DIGITAL STRATEGIST Rebecca Burns
EXECUTIVE EDITOR Betsy Riley

EDITORIAL

I dont eat much


beef, so my favorite

MANAGING EDITOR Jessica Keaton-Young


burger is the bison
SENIOR EDITOR Tony Rehagen
burger at Teds.
BETSY RILEY
WHATS
LIFESTYLE EDITOR Mary Logan Bikoff
FOOD EDITOR Evan Mah
YOUR FAVORITE
COPY EDITOR Tess Malone
BURGER
RESTAURANT COLUMNIST Christiane Lauterbach
Turn to page 66!
IN ATLANTA?
EVAN MAH
CONTRIBUTING RESTAURANT CRITIC Corby Kummer
WRITER AT LARGE Charles Bethea
EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS
Mary Jo DiLonardo, Candice Dyer, Richard L. Eldredge, Deborah Geering,
Hells Fury at
Jess Graves, Thomas Lake, Michele Cohen Marill, Doug Monroe, Lisa Mowry,
the Vortex.
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TONY REHAGEN
EDITOR EMERITUS Lee Walburn
Bocado. They
must put butter in
the patties.

ART

The Alberts
Diner Burger,

PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR Caroline C. Kilgore


because its
SENIOR ART DIRECTOR Kristin Kellogg
dripping with
MARY LOGAN BIKOFF
cheese.
PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN Allyson Busch
TESS MALONE
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Bocado. That
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MARKETING
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jack, pico, and black
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IT SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR Jeremy Doe
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The Big Mac with


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FROM THE EDITOR

on Utopian Academy for the


Arts, you may think what I did: I really hope this place succeeds, but man, I
have no idea if it will. Such is the charter school bargain: You want to educate children by a different set of rules? Fine. You can hire your own teachers, but youll also
have to nd your own building. You can have a longer school dayheck, you can
even hold classes on Saturdaysbut dont expect more money than the traditional
public school down the road. In fact, in many cases, you should expect less.
And then, ultimately, youve got to show results. And that means test scores. It means hitting graduation numbers. It means the same
yardsticks that every school uses. And if you
dont do those things, if you dont live up to
the promises you made, then the charter is revoked, the school is closed, and the children are
unmoored again.
Utopian opened just last fall. You might have
heard about it; when parents arrived to drop off
their kids for the rst day of classes, the school
had to turn them away. The city claimed there
were problems with the occupancy permit. Can
you imagine such a thing in a traditional public
school? Welcome to Charter Realities 101.
Not long after classes nally began, Rebecca
reached out to Artesius Miller, the schools
founder and executive director. Would the school open its doors to a writer and a
photographer, so we can explore not just how youre educating a couple of hundred
Clayton County children, but why you think your way is better? Sure, Miller told
us. Come on down.
Rebeccas story (page 64) may up-end some notions you had about charters. But
if youre like me, it will also reinforce an axiom of human civilization: There is no
job more important than the education of a child, and no job as hard.
WHEN YOURE DONE READING REBECCA BURNSS STORY

STEVE FENNESSY
sfennessy@atlantamagazine.com
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OUR
BAD

In the December issue, our review of The Pig & the Pearl implied that the restaurant serves sushi.
It doesnt, though it does have a raw bar. Were sorry for that. Also, a caption for a still from the movie
Selma misidentied actress Lorraine Toussaint as one of the lms producers, Oprah Winfrey.

WHAT WEVE BEEN UP TO

In Washington, D.C., deputy editor Rebecca Burns moderated a Politico panel on city/suburb growth
that featured Mayor Kasim Reed. In Buckhead, Betsy Riley, editor of our soon-to-be-released HOME
magazine, toured the massive Restoration Hardware. Also in Buckhead, our entire staff celebrated
our Best of Atlanta issue at the Westin Buckhead, with 300 of our closest friends. On the barrier islands, lifestyle editor Mary Logan Bikoff scouted destinations for our spring Secrets of the Coast issue.
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Jess Graves is
the voice behind the
longtime lifestyle
blog the Love List
(thelovelist.net),
which weve adapted into a monthly
shopping page by
the same name.
Graves has written
forand been
featured onsites
for Southern Living,
Garden & Gun, and
Town & Country,
which recently
named her blog one
of its top seven. On
her blog, she writes
essays, composes
playlists and recipes, and raves and
rants. (The Birkstenstock is back? God
no.) For us, shell be
sharing cool stuff,
like bath salts from
Ona that provide a
detox equivalent to
a three-day juice
fast.

ON DECK FOR
FEBRUARY
We uncover
the out-of-the-way
and the just plain
secret in our Hidden
Atlanta package.
A glimpse behind
the closed doors of
the infamous Central
State Hospital in
Milledgeville, once
one of the largest
mental asylums in
the country.
If you have kids
in college, ask them
about Yik Yak. Or
read our story on the
app thats got everyone talking.
A novel program
diverts veterans from
prison. Or worse.

G R A V E S : E R I K TA N N E R ; F E N N E S S Y : C A R O L I N E C . K I L G O R E

THE COST OF AN
EDUCATION

CONTRIBUTOR

CONNECTOR

JA N UA RY 2015

THE

IN THIS ISSUE WAFFLE HOUSE STORM PREP P. 22 / MURDER KROGER REVAMP P. 24 / ICE BUCKET WINDFALL P. 28 / BIG CHICKEN P. 36

HOLLYWOOD OF THE SOUTH

STUDIO CITY

The lm business is spawning new


production complexes. Will new jobs follow?
BY FEIFEI SUN

SOURCE PHOTOS: SHUT TERSTOCK

ITS HARD TO MISS Hollywoods presence in Atlanta, whether


its Fairlie-Poplar transformed into San Franciscos Chinatown for AntMan or Reese Witherspoon handcuffed after scuffling with a
traffic cop on Peachtree Road. The local lm and television industry
which, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development,
generated $5.1 billion in economic impact for scal year 2014is
spawning a surge in lower-prole businesses: production complexes.
These studios house massive soundstages, workshops, and a host of support services like makeup, catering, and construction. Some are located in
old warehouses or factories. The most ambitious: Atlanta Media Campus
& Studios, a 5-million-square-foot Gwinnett complex spearheaded ii
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by developer Jim Jacoby thats the


largest of its kind in the Southeast.
The demand for production space and
technology is doubling every year,
Jacoby says. Were being inundated
with requests.
But all those expansions havent
come without growing painschief of
which is a shortage of qualied lm
and television crews to work in these
huge facilities. Weve gotten so busy
so quickly that we havent had the crew
base and infrastructure to accommodate the business, says Lee Thomas,
deputy commissioner of the Georgia
Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment
Office, a division of the Department of
Economic Development. Its a good
problem to have, but its still a problem.
Case in point: Cinipix, a production
and distribution company that specializes in low-budget lms and series in
the $2 million to $5 million range. It
relocated from California to Jacobys
Georgia studio campus only to nd that
some staff for location shoots had to be
recruited from other states. Were the
smallest guy here, so the big studios get
all the most skilled local labor rst,
says Cinipix founder Mathew Hayden.
To thwart the staffing shortage,
Jacoby plans to add a training facility
to his campus, with classes taught by
industry veterans and faculty from
local universities. The smaller guys
making indie lms cant always afford
that topline talent, so they really need
interns and entry-level labor, Jacoby
says. Meanwhile, the hardest part is
breaking into this industry and getting
a solid resume. State and education
officials are pondering ways to boost the
skilled labor pool. One idea is tuition
waivers for courses, such as set design
or animation, that prepare students to
join lm crews or work in post production. Another option: helping professionals spruce up their skills for the ii

YOU MIGHT
MEANWHILE, AT
WAFFLE HOUSE

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LOCATION SCOUTING

Jacobys
planned Atlanta
Media Campus
& Studios

IN DEVELOPMENT
ATLANTA MEDIA
CAMPUS & STUDIOS
Jim Jacoby is
transforming an
old ber-optic cable plant in Gwinnett County into a
5-million-squarefoot complex
that will feature
six soundstages,
classrooms,
ofces, and multifamily housing.
Jacoby already
has struck a deal
with MBS3, a Los
Angelesbased
studio home to
James Camerons
Avatar sequels.

ATLANTA METRO
STUDIOS
Developer
Rooker plans
to overhaul the
former Shannon
Mall, opened in
1980 and located
about 20 miles
southwest of
Atlanta in Union
City, in collaboration with 404
Studio Partners.
Former Turner Entertainment Group
and Universal Studios executives
will be involved
with the facilities,

which will include


a movie and TV
studio. The rst
phase includes
some 130,000
square feet of
soundstages.

converting part
of that complex into four
30,000-squarefoot studiosincluding a replica
drive-thru.

EAGLE ROCK
STUDIOS ATLANTA

PINEWOOD
ATLANTA STUDIOS

Who knew? Beer


warehouses make
good soundstages. Thats
what Eagle Rock,
a family-owned
beverage distributor, learned
when it leased
space to TV shows
Devious Maids
and Resurrection.
A giant drive-thru
designed for delivery trucks proved
to be a surprise
asset. The trailers
can pull right in
and park, which
is great for the
actors to be right
at set. And no one
needs to stand
around with umbrellas over them
in bad weather,
says Fran Lutz,
Eagle Rocks CFO.
The rm, which
relocated into a
former Kraft plant
in Norcross, is

A partnership
between U.K.based Pinewood
(known for the
James Bond
icks) and a
local investment
group, Pinewood
Atlanta comprises
six soundstages
ranging from
15,000 to 30,000
square feet. The
entertainment
complex, which
was announced
in April 2013, is
located on 288
acres of land in
Fayetteville and
will be surrounded
by an extensive
support network: a
caterer, cosmetics
retail shop, and
casting company.
Recently, the
studios hosted
Marvel Comics
forthcoming
Ant-Man.

recall that last January, Atlanta was paralyzed by two inches of snow and resulting gridlock, with one notable exception: Wafe House. No local store closed
during Snowpocalypse 2014. We are a 24-hour restaurant, so we joke that we dont know how to
close, says Pat Warner, spokesperson for the Norcross-based chain. To prep for wintry weather,
the company holds seminars, outts every storeand every employeewith an ice storm kit, and
reserves hotel rooms to put up stranded workers. Indeed, Wafe House so famously withstands
severe weather that the Federal Emergency Management Agency created an informal Wafe
House Index. Only the direst scenarioa closed WaHomerits FEMAs red label. R. BURNS

JANUARY 2015

ON TAP?
The Boisfeuillet
Jones Atlanta
Civic Center was
a location in
the rst season
of The Walking
Dead and
serves as the
venue for Steve
Harveyhosted
Family Feud.
Now the citys
trying to unload
the 20-acre
property and is
soliciting bids
for development
that include production studios.

TYLER PERRY
STUDIOS
Atlanta resident
Tyler Perry had
planned to expand
his eponymous
production
company with
330 acres of the
former Army base
Fort McPherson
as part of a $30
million deal with
the city. But as we
went to press, that
deal was reported
to be in jeopardy.
Perry might instead expand his
existing complex
on 1,000 acres in
Douglas County.

I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y R YA N S N O O K

th e

th e

CONNECTOR
THE DRILLDOWN

$5.1 billion?

Georgia gives lm
and T V companies a
20 percent tax credit
on projects that cost
more than $500,000,
plus another 10
percent if a state logo
is embedded in a
movies credits. These
deals have grown the
lm business from
an economic impact
of $260 million in
2008 to $5.1 billion in
2014, according to the
Georgia Department
of Economic
Development. The
state uses a Federal
Reserve formula to
calculate how direct
spending (studio
rental, salaries)
translates to a larger
impact, such as
when a set carpenter
buys a new truck,
or a location scout
splurges on dinner.

Last year, 158 T V and


lm productions
directly spent $1.4
billion in the Peach
State. The multiplier
used by the state is
relatively modest
but still leaves room
for skepticism. The
exact net bene t of
an industry can be
hard to measure,
says Thomas Smith
of Emory Universitys
Goizueta Business
School. Rarely do
economic impact
studies look at
opportunity costs
or counterfactual
information, he says.
For example, whos
to say the economic
impact wouldnt
have been bigger
if wed offered the
same tax incentives
to the healthcare
technology industry?

moviesfor instance, a carpenter mastering the art of facade construction.


Georgias tax credits dont have a
sunset date, but some lawmakers have
grumbled about giving Hollywood so
many breaks. North Carolina recently
reduced its incentives after a state
report found that $30 million incentives
created just 55 to 70 new jobs in 2011.
Georgia could also face competition
from its neighbors. Film crews go
where its absolutely cheapest to produce, says Thomas Smith, an assistant
professor in the practice of nance at
Emory Universitys Goizueta Business
School. If this industry proves a lasting
economic engine for Georgia, it wouldnt
take a moment for states like Alabama,
Tennessee, or South Carolina to offer
greater incentives. That would cause
productions to ee Georgia, which could
result in empty, desolate studios, not
unlike casinos that never opened in Las
Vegas after the recent nancial collapse,
according to Smith.
Finally, the Hollywood of the South
faces pressure from Hollywood itself.
California lawmakers voted last fall to
triple tax incentives for lm and TV
productions during the next ve years.
Which means the competition to be
home of the silver and small screens is
just heating up.
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VIEWFINDER

REBRANDING EXERCISE
WHEN NOVEMBER 10, 2014
WHERE PONCE DE LEON AVENUE

Disco. Hipster. Kosher. Murder. Atlantans have a penchant for nicknaming their Kroger stores. That last moniker was bestowed on the
Ponce de Leon Avenue location after a deadly 1991 shooting in its parking
lot. The name has stuck; theres even a Twitter handle (@MurderKroger).
But over the past 18 months, management at the store, which abuts the Atlanta BeltLines Eastside Trail, funded a major renovation, installed a ramp
connecting it to the path, and even added a bike repair station. This 28-by186-foot mural, on the trail-facing wall, was designed by three SCAD
illustration students Jing Li, Hanrou Li, and Sena Kwon, and painted by
the Loss Prevention mural collective. Fans are promoting a new nickname:
BeltLine Kroger. It seems only sporting to give it a chance. R. BURNS

P H O T O G R A P H B Y K AY L I N N G I L S T R A P

J A N U A RY 2 O 1 5

AT L A N TA 2 5

CONNECTOR

GENIUSES
UNITE
Atlanta lawyer Jonathan
Rapping is admitted to an
exclusive club
BY TONY REHAGEN

Jonathan
Rapping got the call in early September informing him that he was one
of 21 2014 MacArthur Fellowsa recipient of the so-called genius granthe
was instructed to tell only one person
and that he would never know who
nominated him. When we spoke two
months after the award had been made
public, Rapping had elded requests
from media outlets but hadnt heard another peep from his new benefactor. At
some point, he said, Ill get a check?
Several checks, in fact, quarterly over
the next ve years, totaling $625,000.
Although Rapping hasnt earmarked
WHEN ATLANTA LAW YER

MEET THE OTHER MAYORS*

exactly where the money will be spent, some of it will go


back into the work for which he was nominated. A former
D.C. public defender, Rapping moved here in 2004 to head
up training for Georgias public defender system. In 2007,
he and his wife founded the Southern Public Defender
Training Center, which sought to train and mentor public
defenders to better serve the indigent and drive criminal
justice reform. The nonprot was eventually renamed
Gideons Promise after the 1963 Supreme Court case
Gideon v. Wainwright. Today the organization counsels
more than 300 lawyers in 15 states, most of whom are in
the South. And last year, Rapping partnered with Maryland to implement the Gideons Promise model statewide.
Thing is, Rapping can do pretty much whatever he
wants with the grant. There is no foundation oversight of
the spending, no strings attached, which is a big part of
what makes the genius grant so appealingand so mysterious. I get the notice in the mail informing me that I
now have x amount of dollars in this account, says 2011
MacArthur Fellow and Georgia Tech alum Shwetak Patel.
It looks like some Nigerian money scam.
Patel says that in the rich eld of computer science,
the awards extra nancing was less life-changing than
the access it granted. Days after the announcement, he
received an invitation from the U.S. secretary of energy,
whom Patel had been trying to meet for months. Still, despite the sudden windfall of friends and groupies, Patel ii

As a MacArthur genius,
Rapping will get
$625,000 over
ve years.

DEBORAH A.
JACKSON
LITHONIA

DEBORAH Jack-

sons day job as an


attorneyspecializing in economic
development
and government
relationsinforms
her role as mayor of
Lithonia, population 2,000. She
was elected to the
part-time ofce
(monthly pay:
$650) in 2011.
On Lithonias rm
foundation: The city
grew up around the
granite industry.
Theres only one
other place in the
world with gneiss
granite, known by
its gray tidal swirl.
Its older and stronger than Stone
Mountain granite.
Big plans: Were
actively pursuing
the redevelopment
of the city-owned
portion of Lithonia
Plaza. Right now,
its the strip mall
model. We want to
make it mixed-use.
Where she takes
visitors: We have
a beautiful park
where theres an
amphitheater, the
rst African American Baptist church
in DeKalb, and
the remains of the
countys rst public
school for African
Americans.
A pitch: Were 18
miles southeast of
Atlanta, accessible
by MARTA bus. We
do have a lot of
retirees, but we encourage millennials
to come out and
bring their creative
energy. J. GREEN
*Metro Atlanta comprises 60-plus cities;
each month we introduce one municipality
and its mayor.

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PHOTOGR A PH BY CUR T IS PA RK ER

th e

th e

CONNECTOR

wanted advice on how to handle the


newfound fame and the ood of investment requestswisdom that could come
only from a fellow genius.
Even though 918 Fellows have been
named since 1981, the hands-off
approach of the Chicago-based foundation hasnt exactly fostered a lot
of . . . fellowship. There is no annual
convention or secret club hidden in the
mountains. Fortunately, the Internet

has enabled the geniuses to connect on


their own. In fact, last October, a group
of fellows gathered in Chicago for a
rare conference. One of the attendees
was Atlanta sculptor and 2010 recipient
Elizabeth Turk, who says communing
with so many driven, innovative, and intelligent people from so many different
elds is inspiring. Thats the best part
of the whole deal, she says.
Turks advice for Rapping is to reach

out to other fellows. Patel recommends


stepping back for a month or so to
just enjoy the honor and prepare for a
barrage of genius jokes. Sitting in his
downtown Atlanta office, still waiting
for the room to stop spinning and for
that rst check to come in, Rapping has
already learned how to handle that last
one: I tell them, If you didnt realize I
was a genius before MacArthur said it,
theres something wrong with you.

CREATIVE FINANCING

SLUSH
FUND

You dumped ice on your head.


Emory researchers got cold cash.
BY MARY JO DILONARDO

LAST SUMMER, AS MILLIONS of

people
worldwide posted Facebook and
YouTube videos of themselves taking
part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in the
name of raising funds and awareness
for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or
ALS, skeptics wondered if all that social
media hype would translate into something tangible.
Short answer: Yes. The challenge
raised $115 million for the ALS Association, which in October announced
initial grants of almost $22 million to
researchers, including Jonathan Glass,
who directs the Emory ALS Center.
Glass is one of the U.S. investigators
for Project MinE, an international genetic research program that will receive
$1 million in funds raised by the challenge. Glass, the only local researcher
involved with MinE, says hed requested
funds long before anyone posted ice
bucket videos. We had put a grant
into [the ALS Association] back in May,
before anybody had done the Ice Bucket
Challenge, he says. Its an enormous

PROJECT MinE
The project is
working to map
the DNA pro les of
15,000 people with
ALS to compare with
the pro les of 7,500
control subjects.

13%
OF THE
PROFILES2,808 TO
BE PRECISEHAD
BEEN COLLECTED BY
NOVEMBER 2014.

THE STUDYS
OBJECTIVE
is to identify genes
that may in uence
whether someone
gets ALS, when an
individual gets it, how
quickly it manifests,
and how the disease
affects the body.
THE PROJECT
ORIGINATED
in the Netherlands
and includes
researchers in
multiple countries,
such as Portugal,
Belgium, and Ireland.
The name MinE
comes from mining.

$2,500

(OR 1,950 EUROS)


IS THE COST TO
COMPLETE ONE DNA
SEQUENCE.

project that requires multiple countries, multiple investigators,


and its going to be very, very expensive.
Although Glass wasnt surprised his program got the funding, he was shocked at the success of the slushy fundraiser
itself. What was wonderful was that it was grassroots. What
its done is raise awareness for a disease that is relatively rare,
he says. In terms of a campaign, it was just extraordinary. We
have money; we have awareness.
Of course, Glass and his team all performed the challenge.
Even my mother did itand shes 87 years old.

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I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y B R AT I S L A V M I L E N K O V I C / S Y N E R G Y A R T

JANUARY AGENDA
THIS MONTHS CALENDAR FOR THE CULTURALLY CURIOUS

1,500

hours is required to prep


and clean up.
1/12/1

The Merry
Wives of
Windsor

1,500

Beloved buffoon
Falstaff returns
to the New American Shakespeare
Tavern in this
comedy. shakespearetavern.com

gallons of fuel is needed to


power all the vehicles.

1/6

100,000

Celebrate the
publication of
the local authors
debut novel at
Westsides Room
& Board. colleenoakley.com

square feet of plastic is spread


to protect the playing eld.

1/9

Sam Smith
The English soul
singer can stay
with us anytime,
but well settle for
him playing the
Fox. foxtheatre.
org
1/10

MONSTER MASH

25

(regular-sized)
cars are crushed
during each show.

300

truckloads of dirt (7,500 tons)


is used to create the track.

Staging the Georgia Dome to host Monster Jam requires slightly more effort than gearing up for a
football game. Instead of overgrown men clashing on the eld, the jam sends 10,000-pound trucks
each at least double the height of a Ford F150into brutal collision courses, crushing cars in their wake.
Preparing for the battle of these behemoths is no small undertaking.

Here to Go
See up-andcoming artists
in all media at
the reception for
Mint Gallerys
second-annual
juried exhibition,
running throughout the month.
mintatl.org
1/10

Monster Jam
Watch ginormous
trucks like Grave
Digger and War
Wizard crush it
at the Georgia
Dome.
gadome.com

3 0 AT L A N TA

REPLACEMENT WIFE

A novel about life,


death, and forethought
debut
novel, Before I Go (Gallery
Books), local freelance
IN HER POIGNANT

JANUARY 2015

journalist Colleen Oakley


uses likable characters
and gallows humor to
explore issues of death,
life, coping, and letting go.
The story is told almost
entirely in the voice of
Daisy Richmond, a young
woman who survived
one bout of breast cancer
but is diagnosed with a
stage-four recurrence on
her cancerversary. In her
nal six months, Daisy
becomes consumed with
nding a replacement
wife for her husband,
Jack. The conceit may not

be entirely surprising,
but Oakley tells this story
with such condence
and grace that readers
will nd themselves fully
invested inand emotionally braced forthe
unfolding tragedy.
Six years ago, Oakley
interviewed a woman dying of metastasized breast
cancer. For days after,
I couldnt stop thinking
about what I would do in
that situation, but more
importantly, what would
my husband do if I died,
says Oakley. Would he

remarry? What would


she be like? And then I
wondered: What would I
want her to be like?
Oakleys next project?
A novel about a woman
who is allergic to other
people. Its going to be
really amazingor really
terrible. Depends on the
day youre asking, she
says. TERESA WEAVER

WANT MORE?
Read an interview with
Oakley at atlantamagazine.
com/news-culture

M O N S T E R J A M : C O U R T E S Y O F M O N S T E R J A M ; S H A K E S P E A R E TA V E R N :
P H O T O G R A P H B Y J E F F W AT K I N S /A S C ; S M I T H : N ATA S A S T O L E V S K I

Colleen Oakley

AGENDA

1/12

153rd
Convening
The Georgia
General Assembly
kicks off the 2015
session. legis.
ga.gov
1/14

Julian Zelizer
The historian
discusses his
book The Fierce
Urgency of Now:
Lyndon Johnson,
Congress, and
the Battle for the
Great Society at
the Jimmy Carter
Library. jimmycarterlibrary.gov

This month, a school for entrepreneurs called General Assembly opens in Ponce City Marketdays after Georgia lawmakers
of the same collective name convene under the Gold Dome.
One General Assembly offers tech-focused courses, such as
digital marketing and web development. The other is likely to
propose many things thatll never happen. JOSH GREEN

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

2011 in New York City

FOUNDED

1777 in Savannah

2015

OPENED FOR
BUSINESS IN
ATLANTA

1868when the
legislature and capital
located here
236 members
represent 180 House
and 56 Senate districts

13 cities, including
London, Hong Kong,
and Los Angeles

AFFILIATIONS

6 (classrooms at PCM)

CHAMBERS

8:1 (student to teacher)

INFORMATIVE
RATIO

4:1 (bills introduced vs.


bills passed in 2014)

Course fees range from


$2,500 to $11,500; some
drop-in classes are free

PAYSCALE

Lawmakers earn about


$17,000 a yearplus
$173 per diem

Python (programming
language)

OMINOUS
JARGON

Sine Die (the last day of


the session)

NOTABLE
ALUMS

Jimmy Carter, state


senator in the 1960s,
elected U.S. president
in 1976; Hugh Gillis,
farmer and timber
grower, served 56 years

A certain wolf
works overtime
in the Center for
Puppetry Arts
Little Red Riding
Hood and Three
Little Pigs mashup. puppet.org

A KINGDOM DIVIDED
ONE MILLION TOURISTS visit the King
historic district every yearits one
of Atlantas top draws. The busiest
month is January, loaded with events
celebrating the Martin Luther King
Jr. holiday. Visitors are often bafed
to nd that two entities operate here.
At 449 Auburn Avenue sits the King
Center for Nonviolent Social Change,
established by the family of the late
civil rights leader. Here you will nd the
crypt containing the remains of King
and his wife, Coretta Scott King, as well
as an eternal ame and an archive
(appointment required). Across the
street at 450 Auburn Avenue is the
visitors center, part of the Martin
Luther King Jr. National Historic Site,
which is run by the National Parks
Service. That explains something else:
the presence of rangers in outdoorsy
gear. They lead tours of Kings birth
home, the 35-acre district, and historic
Ebenezer Baptist Church. thekingcenter.org; nps.org/malu

1/16

Martina
McBride
The country star
croons at Cobb
Energy Performing Arts Centre.
cobbenergycentre.com

449
AUBURN AVE.

The King Center,


above, and
National Historic
Site, below

450

AUBURN AVE.

1/17

Salute to
Greatness
Dinner
Bill Clinton is
the honoree at
this years King
Center event.
thekingcenter.org
1/184/5

Larry Buchanan, who


creates New Yorker
infographics; Benji
Lanyado, whose
Interactive Stories is
used by the Guardian

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Sustainable
Shelter
MODAs
exhibition
showcases
ecofriendly
building.
museumofdesign.
org
1/1925

King Week
Service events,
marches, and
concerts honor
MLKs legacy.

A SALUTE Dr. Kings


dream of interdependence,
his prescription of
wholehearted cooperation across racial
lines they ring as
true today as they
did 50 years ago.
Bill Clinton, recalling Kings
Dream speech, August 2013

I L L U S T R AT I O N : A N T O N Y H A R E ; P U P P E T R Y A R T S : L E E B R YA N , T H AT
P U P P E T G U Y ; K I N G : A L LY S O N B U S C H ; C L I N T O N : M A X W . O R E N S T E I N

GENERAL ASSEMBLY VS.


THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

1/1425

The Big Bad,


Little Red, Pig
Show

ATL EXPLAINED

AGENDA

BATTLE OF BANDS
1/2025

Newsies
Why deliver
the news if you
can make it?
The Disney lm
turned Broadway
musical comes
to the Fox. foxtheatre.org

EACH JANUARY, EIGHT BANDSOUT OF A FIELD OF DOZENSARRIVE AT THE GEORGIA DOME to perform at the Honda Battle of the Bands, a showcase of music, choreography, and all-around showmanship. Representing
historically black colleges and universities from across the country, bands in the program earn more than
$200,000 for their schools during the season. Although the event is billed as a battle, no single victor is
declared. This is all about pageantry, not points. hondabattleofthebands.com

1/212/22

Tuck
Everlasting

Alabama A&M
University

Alabama
State

North
Carolina
A&T

1/2225

Atlanta Game
Festival
Everyone can
play at this
annual festival at
the Holiday Inn
Atlanta Perimeter.
atlantagamefest.
com
1/24

Honda Battle
of the Bands

Alabama
State

Eight bands
strut their stuff.
hondabattleofthebands.com
1/27

Tess Gerritsen
The author reads
from her latest
Rizzoli and Isles
thriller, Die Again,
at the Atlanta
History Center.
atlantahistorycenter.com
1/27

Restless
Creature
Wendy Whelan
dances at the
Rialto. rialto.gsu.
edu

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Alabama A&M
University

Im a strange case. I want to keep exploring. But Im


in my mid-40s . . . I actually feel like, being this age, I
have something more interesting to say than I did when
I was 25. Something real and worked and experienced.
New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan in the New York
Times, discussing Restless Creature, the genre-busting duets she commissioned from four young choreographers.

JANUARY 2015

B A N D S : C O U R T E S Y O F H O N D A B AT T L E O F T H E B A N D S ; N E W S I E S : P H O T O G R A P H B Y D E E N V A N
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Natalie Babbitts
novel about a girl
who befriends
an immortal boy
makes its musical
debut on the
Alliance Theatre
stage. alliancetheatre.org

AGENDA

1/2729

International
Production
& Processing
Expo

For decades, one of the biggest annual conventions in Atlanta has been
the January gathering of poultry producers. Now even biggerattended by
more than 28,000 people from 124 countriesits called the International Production & Processing Expo and includes farmers of beef, pork, and other meats.
But chicken remains king. Why poultry wields such power in the Peach State:

21

dozen

47% 81.4

Poultrys share
of the state
agriculture
business. All
crops combined
represent just
44 percent.

pounds

Average annual
per capita chicken
consumption in the
U.S. We consume more
than three times the
global average of
25.6 pounds.

Annual per capita egg consumption in the U.S. Although


Georgia is top in chickens, we
rank only tenth for eggs.

billion

Contribution to
the state economy from poultry
farms, processing
plants, and related industries

1/282/19

Atlanta Jewish
Film Festival
The largest lm
festival in Atlanta
showcases movies about Jewish
culture, identity,
and history.
ajff.org

1991

Year that chicken overtook


beef as Americas favorite
food, according to the
Poultry Federation

1/29

Schoolhouse
Rock Live

The spot Georgia would claim, if it were a


nation, on a list of global poultry producers.
At 2.4 million metric tons of broilers annually, we rank just below Mexico (3 million tons)
but above Argentina and Turkey (2 million
and 1.8 million tons, respectively).

$38

Visitors to the
Georgia World
Congress Center
expo will peck
their way through
programs on
growing their
business, both
literally and
nancially.
ippexpo.org

97%

The share of Georgia survey respondents who


said they were interested in supporting pastured poultry, in which birds are raised in open
elds, fed a natural diet, and live almost twice
as long as those in factory farms. Most Georgia
poultry is raised on factory farms, large-scale
productions where a
henhouse can produce
up to 30,000 chickens.
The largest Southeast
producer of pastured
poultry, Georgias White
Oak Pastures, processes
1,000 chickens daily.

Conjunction
junction, hear its
function at the
live performance
of the 1970s
classic at Cobb
Energy Performing Arts Centre.
cobbenergycentre.com

1/3031

Zoso
This Led Zeppelin
tribute band has
been together
longer than the
original rock
stars. Catch them
at the Variety
Playhouse.
varietyplayhouse.com
1/316/21

African
Cosmos:
Stellar Arts
The Carlos Museum highlights
African art. carlos.
emory.edu
LISTINGS COMPILED
BY TESS MALONE

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STELLAR
ANCIENT

African astronomical traditions converge


with contemporary art inspired
by celestial
visions in
African Cosmos:
Stellar Arts. The
exhibit, which
showcases
more than 70
items from the
Smithsonian
collections, will
be at Emorys
Carlos Museum
through June.
It includes
ancient Nubian
and Egyptian
astronomical artifacts,
cultural objects
(such as a
Yoruba carving
of a thunder
god), and modern paintings
incorporating
cosmological
motifs.
Above: Female gure, Dogon peoples,
Mali, 19th to early
20th century

I L L U S T R AT I O N S B Y M I S S L O T I O N

S C H O O L H O U S E R O C K : E V E R E T T C O L L E C T I O N ; Z O S O : J E F F S C H A D / M O N TA U K M U S I C ; S TAT U E : P H O T O G R A P H B Y F R A N K O K H O U R Y, N AT I O N A L M U S E U M
O F A F R I C A N A R T, S M I T H S O N I A N I N S T I T U T I O N , G I F T O F W A LT D I S N E Y W O R L D C O . , A S U B S I D I A R Y O F T H E W A LT D I S N E Y C O M P A N Y, 2 0 0 5 - 6 - 4 1

CHICKEN STATE

GOODS
THE

JA N UA RY 2015

IN THIS ISSUE

SCOUT ABOUT TOWN P. 40


THE LOVE LIST P. 42
ROOM ENVY P. 44
AVONDALE ESTATES P. 46
GETAWAY GUIDE P. 48

Silk
Slinger

Find Hannah
Cross Ltd.
scarves at
Showroom
Ampersand
(by appointment) and
Kate
at hannahcrossltd.com.
$325 each
for 8 sheets,
available

PHOTOGR APH BY JOSH MEISTER

Local illustrator and


graphic designer Hannah
Cross recently debuted her
collection of ne scarves,
and we havent been this
dazzled by silk since Herms opened at Buckhead
Atlanta. Cross creates
digital illustrations at her
home studio in Candler
Park, and the scarves are
produced and handnished in Como, Italy.
The 17 styles feature
bright, fanciful animals
inspired by traditional
folk art from around the
world. Maroon and gold
rabbits, accented in blood
orange and magenta, nod
to tapestries of northern
England; coral and aqua
rams with a sunburst
motif take cues from
Scandinavia. Cross plans
to collaborate with local
fashion designer Megan
Huntz; were hoping for a
tunic come spring.
M A RY L OG A N BIKOF F

J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 5 O AT L A N TA 3 9

SCOUT ABOUT TOWN


THIS MONTHS STYLE TIP SHEET

MARKET
MINIS
Vintage

CH
Carolina
Herrera

HOT SHOP

THE SHADE
STORE

Custom window treatment company the Shade


Store has opened two showrooms in Atlanta, at
the Westside Provisions District and ADAC. The
family-owned rm stocks hundreds of fabrics
and boasts dozens of operational displays. If you
thought shades were relics, check out the lightltering window treatments or cheerful modern
prints. Also nd a large supply of Roman shades,
blinds, and draperies. Meet on-site designers and
nd pros wholl measure your home. Prices start
under $100. theshadestore.com BETSY RILEY

CH dress,
$1,215; bag,
$780

Venezuelan
American designer
Carolina Herrera
opened her rst
Atlanta boutique at
Lenox Square last
month. A sister line of
her signature Carolina
Herrera New York, CH
Carolina Herrera is
less about red carpet
gowns and rst lady
fashions (though
youll nd those here,
too) and more about
lifestyle. Meaning:
womens sportswear,
menswear, evening
wear, jewelry, shoes,
bags, fragrances, and
childrens goods. Its
still elegant, but
pricessay, of a silk
cocktail dressare (a
bit) more approachable. The 2,150-foot
store is all rich woods,
travertine, and velvet,
and the CH monogram is everywhere
on pendants, bags,
perfume bottles, even
white plaster ceiling
tiles. The founders
daughter, Carolina
Herrera de Bez, is a
creative director of the
fragrance line and
acts as the face for
the CH brand. This
month, the spring
collection lands on
the shelves. carolinaherrera.com M.L.B.

For Him
Bonobos, a
mens online
apparel company,
has opened a
guideshop
at Buckhead
Atlanta. Make
an appointment
and theyll advise,
then ship your
new goodslike
this blazer, $398.

Custom Suiting
The new hot suit
in town comes
from Philly-based
Commonwealth
Proper, which
opened a store
its second ever
at Elan Westside.

New Look
Go-to Buckhead
boutique Tulipano
got a mod-chic
face-lift (above)
from designer
Helen Harbin
Davis. Also? An
e-commerce site.

SHOES NEWS

Christian Louboutin

So Kate python
heel, $1,495

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The iconic (trademarked) red soles were made famous by the likes of Sarah Jessica
Parker and, lately, Kim Kardashian. The brandstatus symbol, reallyhas been available
locally at Neiman Marcus and Jeffrey, but now we have our own jewel box of a store at
Buckhead Atlanta. Besides the red soles, Louboutins are known for glittery embellishment,
wild patterns, and towering heels that can make a woman more than six inches taller. (The
boost matches the sky-high prices: Pumps start at around $675, but add some decoration
and youre in four digits.) Something special for Atlanta? Two lizard-skin bagsone clutch,
one messenger-styleto go with your exotic-print boots. christianlouboutin.com M.L.B.

Underthings
La Perla, also new
at Buckhead Atlanta, is lled with
fancy unmentionables (bustier,
$1,434). Also nd
sleep and swim
for men.

SHADE : ADAM DUBICH; CHRISTIAN LOUBOU TIN: COUR TESY OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOU TIN; CH C AROLINA HERRER A : COUR TESY OF
CH C A R OL IN A HERRER A ; BONOBOS: COUR T E SY OF BONOBOS; T UL IPA NO BOU T IQUE : HEL EN H A RBIN DAV IS; L A PERL A : COUR T E SY OF L A PERL A

STORE OPENING

Old Fourth Ward


consignment
shop Doubletake
Recycled Luxury
is the rst local
vendor to sell
clothes on the
cult shopping site
1stdibs.com.

THE LOVE LIST


FROM JESS GRAVES, THE VOICE BEHIND THELOVELIST.NET

10

R+H stationery, $24,


Waiting on Martha, shopwaitingonmartha.com

Hit
Refresh

8
Moncler
Baltus jacket,
$2,145, Buckhead Atlanta,
moncler.com

2
Ina Crystal Detox
White Gold bath
salts, $85, Ona
Atlanta, Shops
Around Lenox,
onaatlanta.com

4
Therapy Systems Intensive
Therapy Rx,
$62, the Cosmetic Market
at Avalon,
thecosmeticmarket.com

with come January?


Feeling cold and full, mostly. 1 A. Barclays cozy cashmere Kate scarf is
generously sizedperfect for warmth
and obscuring the ve-pound gift that
gingerbread left on your midsection. If,
by golly, this is the year you lose that
ve, head to Ona for the 2 Ina Crystal
Detox White Gold bath salts, which
claim to brew a soak so intense, its on
par with a three-day juice cleanse. If
youd rather just do the juice, 3 Roots
Juices will deliver kits ITP should you
be in a post-Christmas coma. But nothing suffers more than my skin this time
of year, so Im sneaking up to the new
Cosmetic Market at Avalon for some
of their exclusive lotions and potions,
like the 4 Therapy Systems Intensive
Therapy Rx. Promised yourself youd
get organized? If youre old-school,
theres no prettier 5 planner than this
one by Graphic Image. If youre more
the syncing type, grab 6 Form Function Forms new iPhone 6 wallet,
which packs your everyday carry into
a single case. Stash it in a printed
7 clutch by Very Fine Souththe seasonal shades wont look out of place in
a wintertime wardrobe. In preparation
for Snowpocalypse, my plans include a
8 Moncler puffer and 9 Le Chameau
Chasseur boots, because good enough
for Kate Middleton is good enough for
me. Speaking of people with nice manners, that reminds me: thank-you notes.
Because Im buying in bulk, nows not
the time for fancy. Waiting on Martha
has cute, reasonably priced 10 paper
that gets the sentiment across. And
hey, happy 2015, Atlanta!

WHAT ARE WE LEFT

Roots Juices
kits and packs,
$150 for three
days, Shops
Around Lenox,
rootspressedjuices.com

9
Le Chameau Chasseur leather-lined boots, $489 by special
order, Orvis in Buckhead, 3275
Peachtree Road, orvis.com

5
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day planner,
$98, B.D.
Jeffries, 3736
Roswell Road,
bdjeffries.com
6
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7
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clutch, from $120,
verynesouth.com

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scarf, $550,
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the

GOODS
Two, please
I went with two
long consoles
and tall mirrors
to add intimacy, says the
designer, who
placed items
symmetrically
for balance.

Light on the subject


A hand-forged chandelier
combines modern lines with
the gold patina often seen
in Victorian houses. Murano
glass lamps keep the room
bright in an understated way.

Talking in
the hall
Merrill, who has
clients in Atlanta,
chaired last
years Atlanta
Symphony
Decorators
Show House and
supports several
Macon charities.
We might have
100 people in our
house for a community benet,
she says. So its
nice to offer the
foyer as a place
to have a quiet
conversation.

TIP

Susan Raza
created a classic chocolate
brown and offwhite checkered
pattern on the
oor, which
pays homage
to the Victorian
tradition of
painted oors.

ROOM ENVY

MAKING AN
ENTRANCE
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Fish stories
David and I
like to throw a
little Asian air
into our homes,
says Merrill,
who added
two painted
koi around the
newel post. The
sh add sort
of a ying-yang
motif.

COLOR WAYS
Dont think
that dark colors
make a room too
somber. Merrill
chose rich shades
of brown for her
foyer (what she
calls milk chocolate on walls
and a darker
version on the
stairs) to make
the cavernous
space feel cozier
and allow the
strong elements
to shine.

Interior designer Brooke Brantley Merrill and her husband, David, love
their circa-1884 house in Macon, but the two are not wed to period decor.
Their updated but classic approach is apparent the moment guests
walk through the front door. The Victorian design era is actually one of
my least favorite because the clutter and opulence was too much, says
Merrill. So we tried to capture some of the original formality in the foyer,
but give it a more modern twist than our predecessors would. L IS A MOW RY
P H O T O G R A P H B Y M AT T O D O M

R E T O U C H I N G B Y Z A C H V I TA L E

Diamonds are
forever

the

INTOWN LIVING
WITH SPACE

CREATIVE
COMPANY

Find bigger
lots than many
other intown
neighborhoods,
so you dont have
to trade space for
an ITP address.
Thats one thing
that helped us
decide between
here and Decatur, says Purdy,
who moved to
Avondale Estates
in 2005.

Theres a
community of
smart and artistic
residents who
work at major
local companies,
including Turner,
the CDC, and the
Brick Store Pub
in Decatur, one
of the citys top
watering holes.

MOM
AND POP

Its not
uncommon for
younger generations to buy
houses down
the street from
their parents
and maintain the
institutions their
families set up,
from a neighborhood co-op for
babysitting to the
community pig
roast.

A Tudor-style
home within
walking distance
of downtown

EIGHT REASONS TO LOVE

AVONDALE
ESTATES

Founded in 1924 and named for


the birthplace of William Shakespeare, this quiet neighborhood eight
miles east of Atlanta has long been
known for its Tudor-style architecture.
Its neighbor, Decatur, may be larger,
but the city is stepping into its own,
with big ambitions for food, entertainment, and public schools. Nick Purdy
of Wild Heaven Craft Beers shares the
reasons he calls it home. BY FEIFEI SUN

COMEBACK KID

New restaurants the Bishop


and Pallookaville
Fine Foods are
resuscitating the
historic downtown Tudor Village with comfort
foods and kitsch,
respectively.
Pallookaville is
like a comic book
come to life,
Purdy says. Next
up: The old Towne
Cinema will be
transformed into
a music venue
called Avondale
Theatre, with
the rst of three
phases expected
to be completed
this year.

FESTIVAL SEASONS

Like the rest of Atlanta, Avondale Estates loves its festivals. Art-B-Que, which
is in late spring, and AutumnFest (at left)
are two annual outdoor celebrations that
draw in locals with music, art, and food.
Nick Purdy, longtime resident of
Avondale Estates
and president
and founder of
Wild Heaven
Craft Beers

GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS

Talk to any business owner and theyll say theyre ghting their government, but in Avondale Estates, weve gotten
nothing but support, Purdy says. When Purdys brewery
opened its doors last summer, then-mayor Ed Rieker hosted
a ribbon-cutting ceremony that brought out city councilmen
and other local leaders. Elsewhere, government ofcials have
helped business owners nd low-interest nancing through
the Georgia Cities Foundation.
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I CALL IT THE
URBURBS
LIKE THE
SUBURBS WHEN
IT COMES TO
SPACE, BUT THE
MENTALITY IS
MORE URBAN.

The Bishops
Southern
Picnic Board

Soon to be
a 500-seat
music venue

GREAT SIGHTS

SCHOOL STARTUP

In 2010, a group including lawyers,


educators, and business leaders joined
to found the Museum School, a charter
school that brings a museum concept of
discovery and exploration to learning. It
gave the neighborhood an opportunity
for a school thats locally controlled and
high quality, Purdy says.

Theres
amazing
architectural
diversity, Purdy
says. You have
the Tudor-style
buildings downtown and modern
houses farther
out. One claim
to fame: the rst
Wafe House,
which now houses
a museum.

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GETAWAY GUIDE
THIS MONTHS TRAVEL TIP SHEET

AIRPORT NEWS

SKI STOPS
The Marker
Waterfront Resort
is Old Towns rst
new hotel in 20
years. themarkerkeywest.com

Every winter, Delta adds ights to resorts


like Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Springs, and
Telluride. This year, it has also added
more than 40 new ski destinations
worldwide. They include:
Durango and
Powderhorn/
Grand Junction in
Colorado
Red Mountain
and Panorama in
British Columbia
Portillo in Chile

Bariloche and
Las Leas in
Argentina
Lech in Austria
For more information, see deltavacationsski.com.
Lech in
Austria

SKI NC

North Carolinas peaks are the highest


mountains east of the Rockies. Snowmaking adds to the yearly 60-inch snowfall.

KEY WEST WINE

Silky-smooth citrus pies with a tart nish may remain the king
daddy of Keys cuisine, but the sixth annual Key West Food
& Wine Festival (keywestfoodandwinefestival.com), January
28February 1, is not about dessert. The festival features more
than a dozen events, including tastings, dinners, kitchen
tours, and, of course, street parties. Tastings commingle with
touring on a trio of sip-and-stroll neighborhood crawls. If
scoping out schooners while quaffing ne wine and grazing on
lobster cakes and Korean barbecue sounds like a plan, opt for
the Historic Seaport stroll. Another option is the bean-to-bar
experience at Lushan organic coffee, chocolate, wine, beer,
and tea bar. Sip on an Acrobat Pinot Noir from Oregons King
Estate winery while designing your own chocolate bar. Pour
Dominican cacao into molds, and add artisanal touches from
tropical honey to Cuban bananas. And FYI, Key lime pie pairs
perfectly with a Luccio Moscato. MIKE DOJC

FESTIVAL OF
THE MONTH

30A Songwriters Festival


Two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will
headline the sixth annual songwriters festival
along the Florida Panhandles swanky highway
30A, home to upscale communities such as
Seaside, WaterColor, and Rosemary Beach.
Graham Nashinducted for his work with
the Hollies as well as Crosby, Stills, & Nash
and Leon Russell, keyboardist for the likes of
Bob Dylan and George Harrison, will lead a
roster of more than 150 artists.
January 1618, 30asongwritersfestival.com

Baby Boomer Alert!


Swanky Sea Island is hosting a classic TV weekend with Dawn Wells (Mary Ann of
Gilligans Island), Jerry Mathers (Beaver of Leave It to Beaver), Bob Eubanks (host of
The Newlywed Game), and Edward Asner (Lou Grant of The Mary Tyler Moore Show).
Unfortunately, rates are not vintage, starting at $395 nightly. January 1719, seaisland.com
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TOURS & TASTINGS

BITE

JA N UA RY 2015

THE

IN THIS ISSUE

CELEBRITY CHEF P. 52
TASTE OF BRITAIN P. 52
BAD THAI P. 54
MEATBALLS P. 56
NEW IN TOWN P. 58
REVIEW P. 60

DELIVERY
Farmers to 40
works with the Love
Is Love Farm community-supported
agriculture.

BEAN SCENE

Good to
the Last
Drop
This coffee isnt just good; its
fair. Farmers to 40, a nonprot
business launched in October
2013 through a social enterprise
program at Emory Universitys Goizueta Business School,
directs up to 40 percent of the
retail proceeds back to the
farmers themselves, an initiative that far exceeds most fair
trade practices. Under the
companys model, coffee grown
on three Nicaraguan farms
chosen for their sustainable
growing practicesstays under
the control of the farmers until
it is delivered to Atlanta roaster Octane. Thats a departure
from the global coffee industrys complex supply and distribution chains, which dilute
farmers pay. Look for Finca El
Petn (sweet chocolate avor),
Finca Los Pinos (balanced with
citrus notes), and Finca Los
Maderos (bright with chocolate
avors) beans online at farmersto40.com ($10 per 12-ounce
bag) and at Candler Park Market ($13.99 per 12-ounce bag).
DEBORAH GEERING

PHOTOGR APH BY JOSH MEISTER

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ON THE TABLE
THE LATEST STUFF TO BUY, DRINK, EAT, AND DO

UPCOMING
JANUARY 24

Be Hoppy
Sample more
than 300 beers
at the Atlanta
Winter Beer Fest.
atlantawinterbeerfest.com
JANUARY 24

Ale Aboard
The 11th annual
Atlanta Cask Ale
Tasting in Sandy
Springs pours
more than 40
cask-conditioned
craft ales. classiccitybrew.com/
acat.html

WINE PICK

PRIME TIME

CELEBRITY CHEF

Corn dog maven Jim Stacy recently landed his rst


high-prole television show, Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy,
on the Cooking Channel. In the pilot episode, he hunts down
food inspired by monster movies at restaurants in Atlanta, San
Diego, and Easthampton, Massachusetts. Previously the host of
PBAs Get Delicious! television series, Stacyowner of Pallookaville Fine Foods in Avondale Estates, and a former musician and
clownis no stranger to television. cookingchanneltv.com

Stacy got
his start
operating a
food truck
that serves
popular
carnival
fare.

Fact: Port
is the ideal
winter sipper.
Figs, toasted
pecans, and
brown butter in
a glass. Available at Tower
Beer, Wine &
Spirits, towerwinespirits.
com; $21.99 for
350 milliliters

JANUARY 25

On Your Mark
The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
at Turner Field
rewards runners
with cocoa treats
at the nish line.
hotchocolate15k.
com/atlanta
NOW OPEN

Krog Street
Market
Six food stalls, including the Little
Tart Bakeshop,
are now open.

PROHIBITION

OLD FOURTH DISTILLERY


Brothers Jeff and Craig Moore have opened
Atlantas rst distillery since 1906 along
Edgewood Avenue. For now, the Moores
are producing only vodka and gin for select
retail stores and restaurants, but they hope
to expand to whiskey down the road. Tours
and tastings are offered on Thursdays. Visit
old4th.com to schedule an appointment.

ONE HOT SHOP

Taste of Britain
Gardiners
Traditional
Scottish Toffee

This little store in Norcross stocks a wide selection of British and


Irish teas, biscuits, shortbreads, and the nest imported sweets from
hard candy to fruit pastilles. Holiday bakers should pick up black
currant preserves and ne lemon curd. Dont miss cruising through
the frozen food section for meat pasties and sausage rolls. 73 South
Peachtree Street, Norcross, tasteofbritain.com CHRISTIANE LAUTERBACH

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1999 Porto
Kopke
Colheita

PROMOTION

ATLANTAMAGAZINE
GROUNDBREAKERAWARDS
1

1 The Rollins Center at the Atlanta


Speech School was named the 2014
Groundbreaker of the Year. Here,
representatives accept the award.
2 Brandon Siegel, head of commercial banking in Georgia at PNC Bank,
speaks to attendees. 3 Representatives
from Reading Paws 4 The event drew
a capacity crowd in the Atlanta History
Centers Grand Overlook Ballroom.
(Photos by Caroline C. Kilgore)

In October, more than 300 guests attended


the third annual Groundbreaker Awards at
the Atlanta History Center. The event was
presented by PNC Bank and honored visionary people and projects in Atlanta. This
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THE CHRISTIANE CHRONICLES


RAVES AND RANTS FROM VETERAN DINING AUTHORITY CHRISTIANE LAUTERBACH

RANT

Bad Thai
All kinds of Asian
cuisines thrive in our
city. Except for one.

Soul to Seoul
Korean food is more familiar than you might think

WHEN I MEET PEOPLE who

say they dislike Korean food, I want to grab them by the ear
and drag them to a table full of dishes that defy all of their preconceived notions. Not
everything is about kimchi, raw garlic, and weird fermented sauces. Youd know this if you ate
anywhere on and off Pleasant Hill Road in Gwinnett County, which feels like a suburb of Seoul
thanks to countless Korean supermarkets, spas, herbalists, karaoke dens, and bakeries. In
recent years, hipsters have started pushing kimchi, Korean-style pork belly, and the occasional
burning-hot tofu soup known as soondubu jjigae. Thats progress. Its about time we realize that
Korean food isnt as unusual as we might think. If you like grits, try the rice porridge with
black sesame seeds at Bonjuk. If sushi rolls are your thing, switch to the inexpensive kimbaps
lled with marinated beef and other proteins at the cute Dan Moo Ji. Barbecue fanatics should
worship places like Honey Pig, Iron Age, and 678 Korean BBQ, where customers grill their own
meats in the middle of the table. Koreas most famous dish, bibimbappronounced b-bim-bap
is basically rice casserole with a runny egg on top. Crispy fried chicken, cheese-crust pizza, large
dumplings, chicken noodle soupI can keep going. And if you still dont know where to eat and
what to order, the 12-course tasting menu at Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House$90 for two, a
bargainis just the right gateway.

FIELD
NOTES

If I cant pronounce kouign-amann, nobody can, but we should all make a beeline for these puffy pastries from Brittany, whose buttery
goodness is fully understood by Sarah OBrien of the Little Tart Bakeshop. I dont care how many ramen pop-ups come and go in
Atlanta. I have the right to eat ramengood ramenwithout having to put it on my calendar. Why does every restaurant insist on using
thick, wooden boards the size of the table to serve their charcuterie, cheese, and whole carved chickens? They look unhygienic and
remind me of deforestation.

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I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y Z O H A R L A Z A R

THAI: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

RAVE

Ive been everywhere


in this city, and Im certain that out of all of the
Asian cuisines, our Thai
restaurants are the least
authentic. Dont bother
debating me on the
merits of Nan Thai Fine
Dining versus Thai Chili
or the incredibly weird
Panita Thai Kitchen in
Virginia-Highland. And
yes, Ive been to the
funky Little Bangkok
on Cheshire Bridge. All
of them are uniformly
uninteresting, relying
too much on palm sugar
and curry pastes. Theyre
also unjustly expensive.
Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft
has a hip setting with a
good bar scene, but too
often the kitchen clashes
sweet, salty, and burnt
on the same plate. The
best Thai experience used
to be Sunday brunch at
Thaicoon & Sushi Bar on
Briarcliff Road. They underwent a redesign, and
some of the dumplings
and pork dishes now
feel heavier than in the
past. Still, its my favorite
place to interact with
the Thai community and
dive into a bowl of rice
noodle soup or a plate of
rice with crispy pork and
spinach.

PROMOTION

AMERICANCANCERSOCIETYS
BIRTHDAYSBALL
1

1 Georgia Power volunteers stand with


Anthony Wilson, EVP at Georgia Power,
and Lea Clanton, renewable energy
planning analyst for Georgia Power.
2 The 2014 Birthdays Ball Board of
Ambassador members and others
3 Jaye Watson, WXIA 11 Alive news
anchor and emcee for the evening,
with cancer survivor Ken Hanson 4
Decor sponsor, Tony Brewer, created
an autumnal feel. 5 DS Services
attendees. (Photos by Neil Dent)

In November, top Atlanta executives gathered for the American Cancer Societys second annual Birthdays Ball at The Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead. Emmy
Award winner and 11 Alive news anchor, Jaye Watson, and CEO of the
American Cancer Society, Dr. John Seffrin, hosted the exclusive evening. The
event celebrated those whose lives have been affected by cancer. Guests
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the

BITE
TECHNIQUE

PERFECT
MEATBALLS
AT CIBO E BEVE, Linda

Linda Harrell
Even though shes a
Long Island native
with Irish heritage,
Linda Harrell is no
stranger to Italian
food. After spending
her teenage years
in restaurants all
over Baltimores
Little Italy, Harrell
cooked at Antica
Posta, Meehans
Public House, and
Mangia 101 before
she and business
partner Steve Buero
of 101 Restaurant
Concepts opened
Cibo e Beve in Sandy Springs in 2011.
Last September, she
hosted the Atlanta
Meatball Festival.

EXTRA
Find the recipe for
Harrells marinara
online at atlantamagazine.com

Tomato Tips
Even when tomatoes are in season,
canned San Marzanos are still the ideal
base for red sauce. It takes very little to
dress up this sweet varietal thats grown in the
rich volcanic soil at the base of Mount Vesuvius
in Italy, just east of Naples. Only cans marked
with an ofcial D.O.P (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) label are authentic.

$4.49, at
Toscano &
Sons Italian
Market,
toscanoandsons.
com

THE BREAKDOWN

1 Mix together 1 lb.


ground beef, cup ground
veal, cup ground pork, 1
nely chopped yellow onion,
4 minced garlic cloves, 2
Tbs. minced Italian parsley,
1 Tbs. dried oregano, 2 tsp.
salt, 1 tsp. pepper, and a
pinch of red pepper akes.

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2 Pour in cup
half-and-half; mix
to incorporate. Make a
well in the center of the
meat. Add 2 large eggs.
Blend thoroughly
with your hands.

3 Mix in cup nely


grated ParmigianoReggiano cheese
and 1 cup plain dry
breadcrumbs until the
meat holds an
indentation when pressed
with your thumb.

4 Break off bits of


meat with a 2-ounce
scoop (or smaller, but
never larger), then lightly
roll them into balls
between your palms.

5 Arrange the
meatballs on a rimmed
baking sheet. Pour about
inch of water into the
pan. Bake in a 350-degree
oven for 15 to 20
minutes.

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Harrells
most popular appetizer is a trio
of meatballs doused in marinara then
crowned with a dollop of ricotta and
a crisp-fried basil leaf. Although not
difficult to make, achieving the desired
avor and textureneither too dense,
too spongy, nor too drytakes knowhow. To help the rest of us master the
art of the meatball, Harrell let us in on
some of her tricks.
Harrell prefers a mixture of ground
meats rather than just beef. Pork adds
juiciness, and veal makes them more
tender, she says. Egg binds the mixture,
but too much can make for a spongy
meatball; use about one egg per pound
of meat. Milk, breadcrumbs, and nely
grated hard cheese further lighten the
mixture. Many traditional cooks soak
the bread in milk rst, but Harrell often
nds that she can control the texture
better if she adds them separately. If the
mixture feels too wet, she adds more
cheese. If its too dry, a splash more
milk will do the trick.
And rather than sear the meatballs in
a skillet, Harrell prefers to bake them in
the oven, in a pan with a little water in
the bottom. The water keeps them moist
but still allows for caramelization on
top. SUSAN PUCKETT

PROMOTION

HAVERTYSSTYLESTUDIO
GRANDOPENING
1

1 Party guests explore the


Havertys Style Studio.
2 Havertys CEO Clarence
Smith greets guests.
3 Gayle Amey (left) and
Meena Kaylan 4 HGTVs
Chip Wade and Kathy DalyJennings 5 Mitchell Davis
(left) and Brad Smith
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FRESH ON THE SCENE


FIRST LOOKS AT NEW OPENINGS AROUND TOWN

THE
EL FELIX

Families are making a beeline for Ford Frys casual but


surprisingly expensive Tex-Mex
restaurant in Alpharettas citywithin-a-city of Avalon. Given the
margaritas, baskets of warm, thin
chips, and expansive childrens
menu, they have every reason
to. In a room that pulsates with
the energy of an open kitchen,
Kevin Maxey cooks with bravado.
Order the impressively large slowbraised bone-in short rib thats
chargrilled with a chipotle molasses. Green pozole garnished with
pork skins and a butter-braised
red snapper with tomatillo salsa
dont disappoint, but the real stars
are the shrimp tacos. 1130 Avalon
Boulevard, Alpharetta, 678-2485239, theelfelix.com

SMALL PLATES

OAK
STEAKHOUSE
For a place that
made its name
in Charleston
and orders its
dry-aged prime
steaks from the
same purveyors
as Peter Luger in
Brooklyn, theres
nothing extravagant about the
presentation or
seasoning of the
expected hunks
of meat. (Were
partial to the
dense New York
strip.) The classic
lobster cocktail
or a wedge made
with stacks of
Bibb lettuce,
Georgia blue,
chopped egg,
and bacon are
better investments than the
dull cocktails.
Sides like the
rich bone marrow
bread pudding

and razor-thin
trufed fries gratify immensely.
950 Third Street,
Alpharetta,
678-722-8333,
oaksteakhouseatlanta.com
3

steamed mussels
in tomato basil
broth, creamy
seafood bisque,
and superb
roasted chicken
have the allure of
instant classics,
worthy of his
English heritage
and long Atlanta
tenure. 4300
Paces Ferry Road,
404-205-8255,
pacesandvine.
com

PACES AND
VINE

THE REAL FIX


PIZZERIA

After more than


three decades as
Virginia-Highlands biggest
booster, Tom
Murphy of Murphys Restaurant
is attempting to
do the same for
Vinings. Chef Ian
Winslades potted
salmon rillettes
with ngerling
potato chips,

The latest
restaurant by the
owners of Little
Alley Steak and
Salt Factory Pub
suits those in a
hurry but still
looking for quality
pies. Their version
of a Neapolitan
pizza, the
Fuggedaboutit, is
a strong effort of
thin dough

1 The bar at the El


Felix
2 New York strip at
Oak Steakhouse
3 Roasted chicken
at Paces and Vine
4 The Fuggedaboutit at the
Real Fix Pizzeria

layered with
bacon, pepperoni,
San Marzano
tomatoes, ricotta,
and a creamy
mozzarella. The
famous original
fried resembles a
double-crust pie
stuffed with gs,
caramelized
onions, goat
cheese, and
mushrooms. 14
Elizabeth Way,
Roswell, 770-2991657, xpizzeria.
com
4

For those still sticking to their New Years resolutions to be healthier, check out Souper Jenny or Juicy Jenny for quality
sandwiches and drinks that will make, not break, your diet. / Its official: Sean Brock, a James Beard Awardwinning chef
from Charleston, is opening a Mexican restaurant called Minero in Ponce City Market this spring.

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PHOTOGR APHS BY C AROLINE C . KILGORE

PROMOTION

NEIMANMARCUSLASTCALL
STUDIOSNEAKPREVIEW
1

Lenox Marketplace hosted a private, sneak-peek shopping event at Neiman


Marcus Last Call Studio in October. Trends were toasted with champagne
and bites, while DJ Danny M from House of Music Entertainment kept
the beat lively. Located at 3535 Peachtree Road in Atlanta (404-836-0767),
Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio is open Monday through Saturday
10 a.m.9 p.m. and Sunday from noon6 p.m. An outlet location is at
Sugarloaf Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville (678-847-5777).
(Photos by Caroline C. Kilgore)

STUDIO
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the

BITE

REVIEW

Craft
Izakaya

Krog Street Markets latest arrival takes the


mystery out of sushi. B Y C OR B Y K UMMER
JAPANESE MENUS CAN BE hard

to navigate. If you havent


sufficiently committed to memory the looks and tastes of
different nigiri and sushi offerings, you might resort to the cowardly California roll. (I confess to occasional cowardice.)
Craft Izakaya is here to help take some of the mystery out of
ordering. In a two-dimensional version of the usual scarily lifelike rubber food models that line Tokyo windows, Craft Izakaya
features color pictures of every dish on its pasteboard menu.
What the restaurant aims to be is welcoming, user-friendly, and
plain friendlyand it succeeds. Izakaya, the servers will explain,
means a brewpub for the working class that serves lots of small,
tapas-style plates, presumably to stimulate more drinking. This
model requires a well-stocked bar, and that Craft Izakaya has,
with an extensive list of classic and craft cocktails; craft beers,
including eight from Japan (try Ozeno IPA, to compare it with
IPAs you already know); Western wines, including ones you wont
know but should (Umani Ronchi Montepulciano dAbruzzo); and
a long sake and shochu list the servers point to with pride.
Indeed, the bar caught on so fast that even on weekday evenings months after its opening, the line was three deepright
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RATING

++(very good)

VITAL STATS

99 Krog Street,
470-355-9556,
craftizakaya.
com

GOOD TO KNOW

Waiting on a
table? Tour
the rest of the
market. Just
dont try and
nick the gorgeous espresso
machine at
the Little Tart
Bakeshop.

into Krog Street Market. Craft Izakayas


customers are upscale and knowledgeable, happy to sit at either the 10-stool
sushi bar or the long and lively group
table on the ground oor. Also fairly loud;
if you want quiet, try the mezzanine,
where some tables offer an aerial view of
the sushi ballet.
Craft Izakaya serves a lot of carefully
made food thats wonderfully satisfying
and just new enough to make you take
noticealong with a fair number of dishes that are just pallid. Those color pictures are descriptive up to a point. Even
if you know what a dish looks like, there
will still be plenty of surprises.
Many surprises are happy ones, showing off skills that chef Jey Oh learned
at sushi restaurants in San Francisco
and while running Sushi Huku in Sandy
Springs for nine years. The Krog Street
Market developers were regulars at Sushi
Huku, Oh says, and asked him to take on
one of their anchor spaces.
Two raw sh dishes show the balance
Oh strikes between lightly seasoned
PHOTOGR APHS BY JOHNNY AUTRY

Above,
wasabi ae;
right, grilled
mackerel

elegance and spiced spark: wasabi ae


and spicy tuna avocado ball. Wasabi
aenamed for the wasabi stems used as
a garnish (theres no grated wasabi in the
dish) and ae, meaning tossed in sauce
is a plate that, for other sushi chefs,
might be little more than a clever way
to sell sh trimmings. Here it seems the
height of luxury. Tiny triangles of hamachi or amberjack or yellowtail or whatever else is being served that night are
tossed in a dressing of sake, mirin, and
strong soy sauce, then placed in a stripe
along a rectangular plate, like a glistening
mosaic. The sweet power of the sake and
mirin (sweet rice wine) and the judicious
salt of the soy make for an exceptionally
pure and lovely presentation.
In the spicy tuna dish, a scoop of
chopped raw tuna hides under prettily
pressed slices of avocado. But that tartare
is a modest delight, sharply awakened
by Sriracha and sesame oil and served
with a spicy mayo. Its an extension of
the wasabi aeenhancing but not oblitSpicy tuna
avocado ball

erating the sh, in this case adding the


oily softness of avocado and the popping
crunch of tobiko (ying sh roe).
Another example of this balance are
unseasoned little logs of salmon belly under lush, practically marble-sized spheres
of salmon roe cured for just a few hours
with soy, mirin, sake, and kelp, served
with an unexpected dollop of room-temperature tomato sauce made Italian-style
with garlic and white wine. Its one of the
most successful fusion dishes Ive encountered, with a continuum of both color
and texture: Shades of salmon and coral
blend into each other, the melting tomato
and unctuous roe leading you back to the
slight chew of the belly meat.
So the dishes that go too far or not far
enough come as jarring. A 12-piece chefs
sashimi platter is an odd grab bag, with
matte and inert pieces of amberjack and
yellown, and farmed tiger shrimp so
bland it might as well be a rubber replica
in a Tokyo window. (The charge was even
more surprising: When we were midway
through, the server apologized for serving
a more deluxe platter than the $29.95
one wed ordered, with seven nigiri pieces
and a toro roll added to the sashimi. For
a minute, we thought she was going to
take away our half-nished board to be
replenished and given to the right table,
but we offered to pay in fulland the
$47.95 charge duly appeared on our bill.)
A separate order of sweet shrimp with
raw tail and ash-fried head, though, is
wonderfully subtle and moist.
I might be too tough on the sushi.
When I visited the Midtown location of
the national chain RA Sushi for midrange
context, I saw just how much details mat-

ter. Ohs California-sourced Tamaki Gold


ricewarm and pliable with its subtle
seasoning of rice wine vinegar, sake, sugar, and salt, and never, according to Oh,
held for more than two hourscame as
a rebuke to every pad of RAs cold, hard,
unseasoned rice. I wanted to get right
back in line at Craft Izakaya.
Ohs cooked dishes are also inconsistent, though. Mackerel is lifeless in a sushi roll but irresistible grilled with tobanjan, a garlic-chile paste that reects the
chefs Korean origins. Grilled yellowtail
collar, almost wholly unseasoned save for
a housemade citrus-soy ponzu, is a meaty
triumph. But the grilled salmon collar,
slathered with a too-sweet honey miso, is
sloppy and gristly. The many yakitori
grilled bits of meat, usually chicken, or
vegetables on bamboo sticksare almost
uniformly tough, skewered nothingness,
given interest only by the big dots of three
sauces served beside them.
When Oh returns to the homey part of
the menu, he makes dishes any kid would
love, and I love, too. Like chicken yakisoba: stewy buckwheat noodles in Japanese
steak sauce with cabbage, carrot, and
chunks of dark meat. Or chawan mushi,
a dish thats labor-intensive but a must
on any izakaya menu: egg mixed with
dashi (the sh-kelp stock that is the base
of many Japanese dishes) and steamed in
a cup to make a trembling custard that
hides slices of scallop, shrimp, chicken,
and ginkgo. Its small and perfect.
Any kid would love the dessert giveaway, too: cotton candy of varying avors.
Its part of the fun Craft Izakaya is aiming
foralong with some formidably expert
food.
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Social studies
teacher Ian
Moore and the
seventh-grade
boys at Utopian.

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HELD TO
ACCOUNT
AN UPSTART CHARTER

SCHOOL IS CHALLENGING THE STATUS


QUO IN CLAYTON COUNTY.
AFTER BEATING THE ODDS TO
OPEN ITS DOORS, CAN

UTOPIAN ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS


LIVE UP TO ITS VISION?

BY REBECCA BURNS

PHOTOGR APH BY X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MATT MOYER

THE STUDENTS OF UTOPIAN ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS ARE BEING

called on the carpet. Yesterday, their middle school mischief


found the classic victim: a substitute teacher. The seventh-grade
science room grew so loud that the classes on either side could
hear the commotion through the walls.
Today, as they do every morning, the children have assembled
in the cafeteria, with its red and blue cinder block walls and
folding tables arranged in long rows, Hogwarts
style. The whole school is hereall 180 students.
The girls from Mr. Hendersons class. The boys
from Ms. Terrys. The girls from Mr. Moores. The
boys from Mr. Farriors. It is 7:55 in the morning;
the school day wont end for another eight hours,
and many students will remain on campus until 6:30 p.m. This is a charter school, so Utopian
Academy plays by its own set of rules. Eight-hour
school days. Classes every other Saturday. A longer school year. A tougher curriculum. Dance,
music, theater, and arts for all. And a rigid code
of conduct.
Good morning, says a man from the stage.
His name is Frederick A. Birkett, and he is not
smiling. Birkett looks precisely how youd imagine a former military man who went into academia might: bow tie, spit-shined shoes, ramrod posture. Just over a year ago, Birkett was an
education professor at the University of Hawaii.
But then he learned about this upstart school in
Clayton County, Georgia, where the school board
was so dysfunctional that the entire system lost
its accreditation a few years ago. Birkett had
never heard of such a thing, and this is a man
who knows something about schools; hes got a
masters in education from Harvard and ran pioneering charter schools in Harlem, Boston, and
Kailua, Hawaii. When it comes to charters, he literally wrote the bookCharter Schools: The Parents Complete Guide.
Now, with every pair of eyes on him, he makes
his point. I left sunshine and blue skies and 80
degrees every day to come here. I love coming
here every day. We love having you here. But you
need to value what you have at this school.
Principal Birkett holds up a red sheet of paper,
like a World Cup referee. Most of you will never
see one of these, he says. But if you do, you need
to know its going in your le, and we are talking
with your parents or guardians. What happened
yesterday, he explains, wont be tolerated. Not
here. Not at Utopian.
Then he dismisses everyone, except for the
seventh graders from the substitutes classroom.
Come up to the front, he says. Two dozen boys cluster at eight
tables near Birketts feet. You are here because someone in your
life wanted you to have a better opportunity. Our goal is to get you
ready for high school and get you to college.
In the second row sits Giani Anderson. He is 12 years old
and has been up since four oclock this morning. His mother
just started a janitorial business, and today he helped her with a
cleaning project before she dropped him off at school, on her way
to her other job at the Division of Family and Children Services
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call center. His stepfather works two jobs as wellin construction and in the shipping department at PetSmart. After school
today, Giani will go to basketball practice, then football practice,
and then hell do homework. He wont go to bed until midnight.
Every month, Birkett reminds the boys, the school selects
two students to represent Utopian at the Georgia State Charter
Schools Commission meeting. These are students who embody

the ethos of the school. His eyes settle on Giani. Giani Anderson
will go to the state Capitol this month because Giani has shown
he takes this seriously.
The only thing worse for a seventh-grade boy than being
called out for bad behavior is being called out for good behavior.
As his classmates turn their heads to look at him, Giani ignores
them. From the stage, Birkett is imposing his sentence: a few
boys suspended at home, three suspended in school.
Now go to class.

EVERY MORNING, ARTESIUS MILLER STANDS SENTINEL IN THE

driveway in front of Utopian Academy. Tires crunch on gravel,


cars come to a stop, and students tumble from backseats with
backpacks and gym bags slung over their shoulders. Miller, Utopians founder and executive director, greets each child by name.
Good morning, Elijah. Lets make it a great day.
Good morning, Christina. Lets make it a great day.

Miller believes in the power of a rm handshake and direct eye


contact. Its a condence booster, he says. And it sets the tone
for the day. Miller likes to remind Utopian students that great
days are intentionalthat they are made.
Good morning, Jayland. Lets make it a great day. Ready for
basketball practice?
For Miller, the morning ritual is equal parts encouragement and
vindication. Utopian Academys journey through regulatory red
tape and school board turf battles began half a decade ago. Millers
ambitionsand the obstacles he encountered in Clayton County
parallel a larger struggle over charter schools in Georgia and their
role in a state where public education is a punchline: Georgia ranks
47 for high school graduation, 46 for SAT scores, and seventh in
the nation for declining teacher salaries. Charterspublicly funded
schools that are exempt from certain regulations (in curriculum,
calendar, and teacher certication, for instance) in exchange for
meeting specic goals (usually test scores)are hardly the answer
to all the problems in public schools, but they have been effective
in many cases. Still, in many areas of Georgia, opponents have approached charters with not only skepticism but overt hostility.
The charter movement attracts its fair share of dilettantes, who

believe their outsider status imbues in them a wisdom that will


allow them to succeed where conventional public school modelsladen with bureaucracy and legacyfail.
Miller is passionate about schools, but he is
no dilettante. His grandmother was a teacher,
and his great-grandparents founded a school
in Mississippi. On graduating from North
Atlanta High School, Miller earned a Gates
Foundation Millennium scholarship that paid
for his entire Morehouse College education.

Artesius Miller greets each of Utopian Academys 180 students by name every morning
(top). As a state-chartered school, Utopian
does not have use of Clayton Countys school
buses. Twanna Anderson (center) drops off
her son Giani (bottom, foreground) on her
way to work in the morning and relies on
carpools to get him home. One of Utopians
unique features is single-gender classrooms.

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He worked in nance at Goldman Sachs in New York City and JPMorgan Chase in Chicago until he was called, as he puts it, to education. He enrolled in Teachers College of Columbia University,
holding down one part-time gig tutoring at a charter school and
another as a college access coach for the New York City Department of Education and in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Charged with
navigating high school students through the college application
process and boosting enrollment among young men and minorities, Miller soon realized that for many students, junior or senior
year is far too late to prep. High school is too late. He thought
about what it would take to launch 12- and 13-year-old boys on the
path toward college.
At the same time, Clayton County was making national news
when its 50,000-student school system, on probation for the previous ve years, lost its accreditationa rst for any U.S. school
district in four decades. In August 2008, then-governor Sonny
Perdue removed four members from the school board. Students
were left in limbo, with scholarships and graduation in jeopardy. Parents (those who could afford it) pulled their kids out of
Clayton schoolsor simply moved. Within weeks, more than 350
students had transferred from Clayton to Fulton schools. Already
declining property values plummeted. Even though accreditation
was provisionally restored within a year, the schools remained
on probation and today continue to underperform. In 2014, only
60 percent of Clayton Countys high school students graduated,
a rate that is 12 points
below the state average.
Of those Clayton students
who graduated the year
before, only 29 percent
earned the grades needed
to win the HOPE Scholarship, compared with 46
percent of their Fulton
County counterparts. That
year, the average SAT score
for Clayton County students was 1,259which is
145 points below the state
average and 239 below the
national score.
Academic success and
income have been shown
to be directly correlated;
in Clayton County, 25 percent of all residentsand
37 percent of all children
live below the poverty level, and the unemployment
rate is almost triple the
national average. Schools
that have a high percentage of economically or
otherwise disadvantaged
children are labeled Title
1 under a federal designation. In Clayton County,
the entire school system is
designated Title 1. So many
children85
percent
qualify for free or reduced
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lunch that Clayton simply serves free lunch to everyone. It is these


types of statistics that led many to conclude that few metro school
districts in America more needed to radically rethink the way they
educate their children than did Clayton.
Charter schoolscreated to foster radical new ideashave been
authorized to operate in Georgia since 1993. But charters needed
the blessing from local school boards, which is sort of like asking
taxi companies to welcome Uber with open arms; the very existence of charter schools became a tacit admission by public school
officials that they could not do their jobs. Perhaps for that reason,
Georgia was slow to embrace charters; in the 20072008 school
year, there were only 71 charter schools in the state.
In 2008 the Republican-led General Assembly created a state
commission and gave it the authority to approve charters that local school boards denied. (The irony of Republicans, champions of
states rights, essentially undermining local school boards was not
lost on anyone.) Court challenges followed, and in 2011 the Georgia Supreme Court declared the state commission and the law that
established it unconstitutional, putting 16 state-approved charter
schools in jeopardy. Governor Nathan Deala charter school supporterprovided emergency funds for some of the schools, but
with the commission, well, decommissioned, there was little oversight for the state-chartered schools during the next two years.
It was against this backdrop that Artesius Miller moved back
to Atlanta, taking a job at Mosaica Educationa for-prot rm

UTOPIAN HAS THE SCRAPPY


SPIRIT YOU MIGHT EXPECT
FROM A FLEDGLING TECH FIRM

In addition to small classes (above), students


at Utopian attend Saturday school for extra
tutoring. Arts programs include ballet (center), in which students learn classical positions and then choreograph their own dances.
Extrapolating from the utopia in The Giver,
seventh graders Dorian Chatman and Christian Quinones (below) design an ideal society
of their own: No weapons. No Twitter.

that manages public and private


schools in the U.S. and overseas
and then for the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, which
runs programs for fatherless
children. Miller, who is earning a
Ph.D. in educational administration and policy from the University of Georgia, met Clayton parents
eager for an alternative for their
children and presented his plan
for Utopian. He selected Clayton
as the location given the obvious
need there, and because of the
specic needs of one group of
students. If Claytons graduation
rates were lousy, they were downright depressing when it came to
young black boys: In 2010, only
one of three black males earned a
high school diploma.
In May 2011, Miller brought his
petition for Utopian to the Clayton school board. He proposed
a boys-only middle school that
would pair academic rigor with
strict discipline. Millers petition
was denied. Delphia Young, the

school systems director of special projects, said that the proposed


school was not unique and sent a letter to Miller and school officials with a laundry list of questions about the proposal.
The next year, Miller responded with a proposal incorporating
two single-gender academies and a STEAMscience, technology,
engineering, arts, and mathcurriculum. In June 2012, he went
back to the school board, accompanied by dozens of sign-waving
supporters. At the recommendation of school superintendent Edmond Heatley, the board again declined Utopians petition. Board
chair Pamela Adamson told Clayton News Daily that Millers plan
was just not something that the district is not already offering,
and suggested Miller go someplace other than Clayton.
Charters were a hot topic in Georgia that year. The 2012 fall election ballot included a constitutional amendment that would reinstate Georgias charter commission. Opponents of the amendment
made for an improbable alliance: Tea Party activists; the state
PTA; Georgia school superintendent John Barge; and civil rights
veteran Joseph Lowery, who claimed it would result in schools
resegregating. Supporters included Republican lawmakers, eager
to tout expanded school choice, and advocates like the Georgia
Charter Schools Association. Funds for a massive pro-amendment
ad campaign poured in from national supporters, among them
Walmart heiress Alice Walton and J.C. Huizenga, the founder of
for-prot charter school operator National Heritage Academies.
Fifty-eight percent of voters approved the amendment, and in
Clayton, the measure won approval from 71 percent of voters, the
highest margin in the state. Across Georgia, the amendment received strong support in counties with majority black populations,
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AT EVERY STEP, CLAYTON COUNTY TRIED TO SABOTAGE


US, SAYS UTOPIAN FOUNDER ARTESIUS MILLER
places where public schools had chronically lagged and where local boards had been particularly hostile toward charters.
In May 2013, Miller made his third appeal to the Clayton school
board. The districts new superintendent, Luvenia Jackson, recommended denying the petition, and in a 43 vote, the school board
followed her bidding. We are not unfriendly to charters, but we
will not approve one that does not provide a unique experience,
says Adamson, the board chair. Miller and his
supporters are all well-meaning people and
want to do the right thing, but you cant have
a charter just because you claim the public
schools are failing. Jessie Goree, one of the
three board members who voted in favor of

erty and school taxes, they are given an allowance from the state
based on the average of the ve lowest-funded districts in Georgia. State charters receive on average $7,800 per full-time student,
compared with an average of $9,000 per student for traditional
public schools, says Holliday.
For this year, Clayton County Public Schools will receive state,
federal, and local revenue that amounts to $7,561 per full-time

In Georgia, only 20 percent of teachers are men. At Utopian, teachers like


Ian Moore (right) serve as male role
models as well as instructors. You
just have to help them channel that
energy, Moore says of teaching boys.

Utopian, says that failing schools are precisely


the reason she cast a yes vote. In Gorees view,
the Clayton system is complacent, satised
with incremental gains. If you are happy gaining a few points
here and there, you arent improving it. So you get the graduation
rate up to 60 percentthats nothing to be proud of.
Denied three times by Clayton County, Miller appealed to the
newly reinstated State Charter Schools Commission. It was a
high-quality petition, and Miller was really prepared, says Bonnie Holliday, the commissions executive director. Utopian was
approved unanimously in 2013, the only petitioner out of eight
to get an okay.
But time was short; Utopian had just nine months to open.
First on the agenda: adjusting the budget. The 2012 amendment
removed any local funding from state-chartered schools. Charters like Utopian get federal and state funds comparable to other
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student, according to a spokesperson for the school board. Utopian, on the other hand, will receive only $6,400 per student in
state and federal funding, according to Miller. Along with lower
revenue, Utopian has to cover expenses other schools dont; as a
state-chartered institution, it is not on the Clayton County school
bus route, nor does it have access to any of the districts other
shared resources, such as special education programs, stadiums,
or the performing arts center.
The next step after scaling back budgets: hiring Birkett, who
then hired the teachers. The freedom to staff a school to best suit
its needs is the greatest plus of running a charter, Birkett says.
You dont have to take whoever the district sends you.
Miller signed a $9,500 per month lease for a portion of the
Riverdale Elementary School complex, a 1954 building that has

been added onto over the decades. Its challenging to transform


a building designed for the smallest studentstiny toilets, kneehigh sinks, and low coat hooksinto a space for too-cool-forschool preteens and teens, but Utopian has tried. The hallways are
brightly lit and the oors immaculately waxed. Teachers creatively repurposed little-tyke cubbies as library shelves and mastered
writing on close-to-the-ground
whiteboards.
Classes were set to start on Monday, August 4. On Sunday, Miller
got a call from the city of Riverdale:
There were problems with Utopians occupancy permit. Oh, and the
re department wanted to do some
inspections. The students showed
up and, with police and re trucks
on the scene, were turned away
at the door. As one day dragged
into eight, parents grew anxious.
Miller led a temporary injunction
against the city, nding an ally,

If you dont reach a child by seventh


grade, they wont make it to tenth,
says Principal Frederick Birkett (in red
sweater). Middle school students can
be molded, he says, and they are generally eager to learn and like school.
High school is too late, he says.

Judge Matthew Simmons, who ordered Riverdale to wrap up its


inspections posthaste. This is a political issue, the Clayton Superior Court judge told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the
hearing. Theres some folks that dont want a charter school over
there. And theyre trying their best to obstruct that.
At every step, Clayton County tried to sabotage us, Miller says.
It wasnt just occupancy permits; when Utopian requested transcripts and test scores for transferring students, some schools sent
sealed envelopes that contained blank sheets of paper or school
supply lists, says Miller. It made preparation a challenge, according to Malika Gonzales, Utopians director of curriculum. We
didnt know what we were getting, and we got the gamut, she
says. Enrollment at Utopian is open to students throughout Clayton, and students represent every city and neighborhood in the
county, from Rex, 10 miles to the east, to Riverdale, within walking
distance. Some have come from charter schools or better-performing public schools; others have come from the worst schools in
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Clayton and need tutoring to catch up with their classmates.


Finally, almost two weeks late, Utopian opened. By then, 120
childrenout of 300 whod enrolled in Julyhad found schools
elsewhere. For a school that relies on per-student funding, this
was a crippling blow. The question was, would it be fatal?

Giani
is reading The Giver, Lois Lowrys Newbery-winning saga of a
12-year-old boys struggle to accept his predestined role in an idealized society. (The Giver was published in 1993 and is now considered a middle school classic; if you arent familiar with the book,
imagine Tom Sawyer wandering into Brave New World.)
Jonas lives in a utopian society, Mrs. Craft says. What does
that mean?
That its perfect, one student answers.

IN MRS. CRAFTS ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS,

Why is it perfect?
Because there are rules to keep everything in order.
Lets talk about those rules, Mrs. Craft says. How do they
compare to our society?
For the next 40 minutes, the boys work in pairs, organizing observations about The Giver into a Venn diagram: rules in Jonass
society, rules in ours, rules both communities share. They ip between paperback editions of the novel and their worksheets.
Mrs. Craft tells them she has two additions to their class library:
a collection of poems by Edgar Allan Poe and We Shall Not Be
Moved, an account of the integration of the University of Georgia.
Who would like to check these out? Ten boys raise their hands.
She assigns the books to two students; they promise to return
them by Monday.
Ebonne Crafts library holds about 20 titles: Little Women; a
volume from The Series of Unfortunate Events; The
Boxcar Children; Treasure Island; Bud, Not Buddy;
Shoeshine Girl. Utopian Academy does not yet have a
real library, or a computer lab, or a reading specialist
the basics you nd in any public or parochial school.
And it certainly doesnt have the fancier extrasstateof-the-art Smart Boards, high-tech labs, expansive
gymsthat you nd in wealthier public schools, wellheeled private schools, or CONTINUED ON PAGE 90 ii

Giani Anderson (below right, in white shirt) waits in the


hall while Principal Birkett meets with his classmates to
discuss an argument that erupted in English class. Hes
not like other principals I had, Giani says. He listens.

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CHARTER SNAPSHOT
CHARTER JARGON
Startup Charter
A school that is launched from
scratch, with the approval of a
local school board or the state
commission. Examples are Globe
Academy in DeKalb County,
where half the classes are in
English and the other half are in
French, Spanish, or Mandarin;
and Amana Academy in North
Fulton, which emphasizes public
service and offers Arabic instruction at every grade level.

Conversion Charter
Public school that is converted
to a charter. This year, Centennial
Place Elementary in the Atlanta
Public Schools system became
Centennial Academy. Its now the
ofcial lab school of Georgia
Tech, a partnership that will
place Tech teaching students in
classrooms and use Tech profs
as experts.

State Charter
Commission School
A school approved by the state
commission after being denied
by the local school board. Currently, there are 26 state charter
commission schools in Georgia,
including Utopian Academy for
the Arts and Pataula Charter
Academy in Edison, which serves
ve rural counties.

Charter System
An entire system becomes a
charter, earning waivers from
certain regulations that control
everything from the length of the
school day and whether Saturday
classes are held to how classes
are taught. Georgia charter
systems include Fulton County
Schools, which serves 96,000
students in 87 schools and spans
70 miles, and City Schools of
Decatur, which has eight schools
and 4,200 total students.

College and Career Academy


A school that, through a partnership with a college or technical
school, allows students to take
post-secondary courses along
with their high school classes.
Hapeville Charter Career Academy in College Park partners
with Atlanta Technical College to
provide classes such as automotive technology, criminal justice,
and basic dentistry. At the Academy for Advanced Studies in
McDonough, students can jointly
enroll at Clayton State University,
Gordon State College, or Southern Crescent Technical College.

BREAKDOWN
Charter Schools
in Georgia by
Type
Startup

System
Schools

Conversion
SOURCE: GEORGIA
CHARTER SCHOOLS
A SSOCIATION

CHARTER
DISTRIBUTION

60%

of Georgia charter
schools are in metro
Atlanta.

144

of Georgias 180
school districts have
students enrolled in
a charter school.

65%

of charter schools in
Georgia are schools
within charter
systems, which is
unique; other states
do not have charter
systems.

48%

of charter startup
petitions and
renewal applications
reviewed by the
Georgia Department
of Education in
20122013 were
approved (32 out
of 66).

HOW DOES GEORGIA


STACK UP?
Top 20 States by
Percent of Public
Students Enrolled in
Charter Schools, 2012

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
ARIZONA
COLORADO
DELAWARE
MICHIGAN
UTAH
FLORIDA
CALIFORNIA
LOUISIANA
IDAHO
OHIO
PENNSYLVANIA
NEW MEXICO
HAWAII
GEORGIA
MINNESOTA
WISCONSIN
ALASKA
OREGON
NEVADA

39.3
12.6
9.8
8.0
7.7
7.5
6.8
6.7
6.3
6.2
6.2
6.0
5.0
5.0
4.7
4.7
4.7
4.5
4.4
4.2

NATIONAL CENTER F OR
EDUCATION STATISTICS, 2012

WHO IS SERVED?
Georgia Charter
School Demographics,
20122013 School Year
NON-CHARTER
PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Asian
3.2%

Black
39%

Other
3.3%

White
42%

Hispanic 12.4%

CHARTER
Asian
5.4%

Black
34%

Other
3.2%

White
43.5%

Hispanic 14%

Charter School Students


Eligible for Free/
Reduced Lunch,
20122013 School Year
NON-CHARTER
PUBLIC SCHOOLS

CHARTER

58.1%

52.4%

SOURCE: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT


OF EDUCATION

THE CHARTER FAQ


Are charter schools
private? No. Charters
are taxpayer-funded.
Can charter schools
apply admissions
criteria? No. Charter
schools must accept
all students from
within their zone. If
a school has more
applicants than it can
admit, admission is
done via a lottery.
Cant charter
schools expel students more easily,
thereby retaining
only top students?
No. Charter schools
have to follow disciplinary procedures
in line with local and
state policies and
cant expelor even
suspendstudents
without due process.
If a charter opens
in my district, will
it take money away
from other schools?
Not exactly. Like
traditional public
schools, charters are
awarded per-pupil
funding. If a local
system approves a
charter and students
choose to leave their
old schools to attend
it, existing schools
could see drops in
enrollmenthence
a drop in revenues.
But theyd also see
decreased costs.
Do charters get
more taxpayer money than other public
schools? Noand in
fact, some get less.
Locally approved
charter schools get
the same funding as
other schools in the
system (though they
might have extra expenses such as rent
or transport). Schools
that are approved by
the state commission

after being denied


by local boards do
not get local funding.
The state gives them
a small adjustment
against this shortfall, but on average,
state-chartered
schools are funded
below neighboring
schools.
Do charter schools
attract more support from private
donors? Possibly.
Charters have many
prominent supporters. The Charles Drew
schools in East Lake,
for instance, are supported by the East
Lake Foundation,
founded by developer
Tom Cousins. A campaign completed in
2014 raised $75.6 million for Drews high
school expansion.
Arent charters just
a form of privatization? All charters
are directed by nonprot boards, but
some choose to hire
for-prot management companies,
which raises the
question of whether
those rms put investors needs ahead of
their students. Other
management rms
are nonprots, such
as the KIPP network,
which runs schools
in a number of states
and is able to achieve
economies of scale
that smaller startup charters cannot
(having in-house curriculum experts, for
instance).
As publicly funded
organizations, charters must disclose
nancial records,
comply with open
meetings laws, and
run themselves as
any public school
would.

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BURGERS!

YOU CAN THANK (OR BLAME) HOLEMAN AND FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE.

SEVEN YEARS AGO, THE GASTROPUB ON PEACHTREE HIT ON A STROKE OF MARKETING GENIUS:

MAKE 24 BURGERS A NIGHTAND NO MORE.

SERVE THEM AT 10 P.M.AND NOT A MINUTE SOONER.

OH, AND MAKE THEM AWESOME.

AND THE CROWDS CAME.

HOLEMAN AND FINCH CHANGED THE RULES.

NO MATTER THE KITCHEN OR THE CONCEPT, CHEFS HAD TO REINVENT THAT MOST COMMON OF DISHES:

THE HAMBURGER.

IT WAS NOW A POTENTIAL MARKER OF CULINARY ACUMEN AND

BY THE LOOKS OF FARM BURGER, GRINDHOUSE, YEAH! BURGER, AND THE LIKEA MONEYMAKER.
AND SO, THIS MONTHS ROUNDUP OF

THE BEST BURGERS IN TOWN

F O O D S T Y L I N G B Y TA M I H A R D E M A N

TOOK US TO GREASY DINERS, YES,

BUT ALSO TO RESTAURANTS WITH WHITE TABLECLOTHS.

LET THE DEBATE BEGIN.


BURGER PHOTOGR APHS BY GREG DUPREE

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ILLUSTR ATIONS BY MIKE Y BURTON

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BONES
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BONES
BONES BURGER

Nobody thinks of Atlantas oldest steakhouse as a burger destination, but its about
time we start. Even as diners around you opt for steaks that sizzle in butter, you can
take pride in ordering this grilled eight-ounce hunkprecisely salted; seductively
beefy; and topped with pickles, onions, a ripe tomato, and Bibb lettuce on an airy
Parker House bun. Open since 1979, the restaurant wont reveal the blend of cuts that
go into the burger, but order it medium rare (itll be perfect, every time), and add
cheddar cheese. Slather on the mayonnaise and inhale. $14 (burger and onion rings).
3130 Piedmont Road, bonesrestaurant.com
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SHAKE IT!

BOCADO

Drink your dessert. Its worth it.

BOCADO BURGER STACK

In its nest moments, the


Bocado burger is king. A
blend of short rib, chuck, and
brisket, the double patties are
crispy on the edges, bursting
with juices, and gooey with
Kraft American cheese. But
the burger is inconsistent (see
sidebar Double Trouble),
which is why its a bridesmaid
to Bones bride. The Bocado
burgers creator, Todd Ginsberg, now helms the kitchen
at the General Muir, but the
staff knew better than to mess
with his recipe. Pickles balance the meats rich heft. $13
(burger and fries). 887 Howell
Mill Road, bocadoatlanta.com

CAPN CRUNCH

Flip Burger
Boutique

CHOCOLATE
MILKSHAKE

IRISH SUPER
DUPER

Farm Burger

If you stopped
eating cereal
years (or decades)
ago, heres a
good reason to
start again. The
kitchen coarsely
grinds the cereal
and blends it
with vanilla ice
cream for a cool
brown-sugar
shake. Multiple
locations, ipburgerboutique.com

Bolder avors
like lemon pie or
salted caramel
may tempt, but
dont miss this
smooth classic
that gets its
cocoa depth
from one and
a half scoops
of Morellis
chocolate ice
cream. Multiple
locations,
farmburger.net

Pallookaville
Fine Foods
Like a boozy
Arbys Jamocha
shake, this is a
coffee shake laced
with Baileys,
Kahla, and
Jameson, topped
with a pillow of
whipped cream
and ground coffee
beans. 17 North
Avondale Road,
Avondale Estates,
pallookaville.com

THE OPTIMIST

M I L K S H A K E : C A R O L I N E C . K I L G O R E ; P H A L E N : L I N D S AY M O U N D

THE OPTI BURGER

Theres more to Ford Frys


nautical seafood temple
than fresh Georgia shrimp.
Available only at lunch, the
squat six-ounce burger is
two thin patties made out of
skirt steak trimmings ground
with frozen butter (for real).
Sweet caramelized onions
and a tangy remoulade add
to the burgers intensity. $13
(burger and fries). 914 Howell
Mill Road, theoptimistrestaurant.com

Irish
Super
Duper
ITS
BOOZ
Y!

MILLER UNION

DOUBLE
TROUBLE

T W O PAT T I E S A R E N T A LWAY S
BET TER THAN ONE
KITCHENS BREED TWO KINDS OF

burgers: Theres the thick


single pattya backyard
classic thats tossed on a grill
and singed by re. And then
theres the thin double patty
that sizzles and sears on a
attop, its edges all crisp and
crunch. Menus today favor
the latter, but at a price: Double patties are inconsistent.
Even our most well-known
double pattiesat Bocado,
Holeman and Finch Public
House, or One Eared Stag
suffer from mood swings.
After all, its easy to overcook
a thin burger, to speed past
that critical point of cooked
and juicy and nosedive into
burned and dry. A thick slab
of beef is far more forgiving.
Linton Hopkins had the
right idea: Limit the quantity and narrow the cooking
window. It forced his staff
at Holeman and Finch to
master 12 burgers at a time
from 10 to 10:20 p.m. on one
attop. However exclusive,
hyped-up, and drawn-out
the experience was for
customers, the burgers were
handled uniformly. And
they rocked. But this was all
before Hopkins got a new
idea and started pimping
out his burgers across
town. An expanding crop of
burger stands does signal
good business sense, but
its unlikely that these future
double stacks will grasp the
magic of the original.

Robert Phalen One Eared Stag


This is the burger you take
home to the parents (guratively speaking). Dressed with
lettuce, tomato, aioli, and
smoky ketchup, the lunchtime-only charmer harmonizes beautifully with toppings
that too many places often

With the exception of your own, whats the absolute best burger youve
ever eaten? Phillips Grocery in Oxford, MississippiI went to school there,
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so it brings back a lot of memories. They dont do anything special.


They just do it right: really hot attop, nice crispy outside, juicy inside.
Not a lot of stuff piled on to mask the avorthats where a lot of burgers
go wrong. When youre on the run and need a burger in a pinch, where do
you go? If I have a burger craving, its almost always quenched by Littles
Food Store or Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

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TOP THAT

Peanut Butter and


Fried Bananas

When lettuce, tomato,, and cheese


ees arent enough

THE VORTEX
A skyscraper
of bacon, a
mound of fried
bananas, and a
dollop of PB add
up to Elviss favorite sandwich.
The toppings are
so dangerous,
the Vortex cards
at the door. Multiple locations,
thevortexbarandgrill.com

With pickled carrots and cucumbers, stfuls of


lettuce, and a fried
egg, its as much
a vegetable as it
is a burger. 5268
Buford Highway
Fried Chicken

BURGER JOY
Its the burger
you order at 2
a.m. after a night
out. Fun fact: Joy
delivers until 2:30
a.m. 371 Boulevard,
burgerjoy.net

Two Sublime
Doughnuts

CYPRESS
STREET PINT
& PLATE

Bacon Caramelized
Pineapples

Neither a sober
Homer Simpson
nor a smashed
college student
could resist the
sweet-and-salty
pleasure of
a doughnutbunned burger.
817 West
Peachtree Street,
cypressbar.com

treat as afterthoughts. Grassfed beef is a given (its Steven


Sattereld, after all). $12
(burger and fries). 999 Brady
Avenue, millerunion.com

HOLEMAN AND
FINCH PUBLIC
HOUSE

Bibimbap

MILANO
BAKERY &
CAFE

SSAM BURGER
Who doesnt like
Korean barbecue?
Sriracha mayo
and caramelized
pineapples round
out the burger.
2072 Defoors Ferry
Road, ssamburgeratlanta.com

Atlantas most famous burger


has become a bit of a wild
card since Linton Hopkins
started dispensing it at Turner Field, made it available all
day at Holeman and Finch,
and designed a stall for it in
Ponce City Market. A 50/50
blend of brisket and grass-fed
chuck, the double patty with
Kraft American cheese now
only hints of a rich meatiness
that once made it the best in
the city. But even in its lesser

form (its almost always overcooked), this burger can satisfy on a deep level. $12 (burger
and fries). 2277 Peachtree
Road, holeman-nch.com

THE ALBERT
THE DINER BURGER

Burger authorities have all


but exiled mustard, but the

brave few who use it do so


with great success. Big and
burly, the Diner Burger is a
thrilling play of American
cheese, biting raw onions,
and sharp hits of Frenchs
mustard and mayo. Its thin
patties are aggressively salted
(sometimes too aggressively)
and deftly seared on a attop
for tremendous effect. $10
(burger and fries). 918 Austin
Avenue, thealbertatlanta.com

H. HARPER STATION
THE BELTLINE BURGER

We know Jerry Slater for


slinging cocktails in this
former train depot in Reynoldstown, but he also comes
the closest to imitating the
Holeman and Finch burger.
A waterfall of American
cheese covers two three-ounce
patties, alive with salt, crunch,
and richness from the brisket
and chuck blend. $13 (burger
and tater tots). 904 Memorial
Drive, hharperstation.com

STEINBECKS

DOUBLE-DOUBLE ANIMAL STYLE

If you like Thousand Island


dressing, keep reading. Atlantas sauciest burger is tucked
away in the quiet corner of
Oakhurst, where a heap of
lettuce dripping in dressing
(they call it Million Island)
sits on top of two four-ounce
patties. Bigger and messier

VEGGIE TALES

GOOD

Veggie burgers, on a bad day, can look like Salisbury


steak microwaved in a middle school cafeteria. Its what
happens when you try to mold a crop of sprouts, beets,
and carrots into a magical patty that looks, feels, and
tastes like something its not. Really, we should just let
vegetables be vegetables. And when it comes to veggie
burgers, they should be vibrant works of produce that feel
fresh, savory, and dynamic.

THE VEGGIE BURGER

North Highland
Pub
How many people
walk into a pub
pining for a veggie
burger? There cant
be many, but those

who do would be
happy to order this
one, made with
oatmeal, carrots,
and black beans.
Add slices of ripe
avocado and a slick
basil mayo for an
addictive oomph.
469 North Highland

than the In-N-Out inspiration,


its the salad-burger hybrid
you didnt know you wanted.
$9.50 (burger and fries). 659
East Lake Drive, Decatur,
steinbecksbar.com

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ONE EARED STAG


THE MEATSTICK

G R I N D H O U S E : R YA N G I B S O N ; S AT T E R F I E L D : L I N D S AY M O U N D

Robert Phalen probably


wishes that people would
stop talking about his burger,
but its his own fault for
concocting something this
addictiveand giving it such
a provocative name. The
meat is 80 percent grass-fed
beef and 20 percent bacon,
which adds an echo of smoke
to two charred pattiesall
oozing between an airy bun
from Alons. $12 (burger and
fries). 1029 Edgewood Avenue,
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SHAKE SHACK
SHACKBURGER

Owner Alex Brounstein


(pictured) rst opened
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
in the Sweet Auburn Curb
Market in 2009.

Danny Meyers international


burger empire arrived in
Buckhead Atlanta last fall. The
secret is in the ShackSauce, an
umami-rich glue that binds
the soft, grilled bun with
two loosely packed patties
glossed over with American
cheese. Its so cheesy that it
could pass for a grilled cheese
sandwich. $7.69 double burger, $4.99 single burger, $2.90
fries. 3035 Peachtree Road,
shakeshack.com

Avenue, northhighlandpub.com

BETTER
BLACK BEAN
BURGER

Houstons
Gasp! Its a chain!
But the black bean
pattypurple with

Steven Sattereld Miller Union


With the exception of your own, whats the absolute best burger youve
ever eaten? I love the burger at Gramercy Tavern [in New York City].
Its ground fresh in house, and they make their own bun and pickles and
serve it with Jasper Hill Farm clothbound cheddar. Its seriously fancy
but not pretentious. It costs $18 and is totally worth it. When youre on
the run and need a burger in a pinch, where do you go? I love the burgers
at Littles Food Store on Carroll Street in Cabbagetown.

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burger. Only the


mountain of lettuce
feels out of place.
Multiple locations,
hillstone.com

diced cubes of beets


and ecked with
jalapeosboasts
a sweet and savory
verve thanks to a
soy glaze and Monterey cheese. Even
the edges crunch
and chew like the
charred bits of a

BEST
VEGGIE QUINOA
BURGER

Farm Burger

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If theres such a
thing as an ideal
veggie burger, it
surely exists at
Farm Burger. The
rst store opened
in Decatur in
2010 before
expanding
to Buckhead

and Dunwoody,
and then on to
both coasts:
rst Asheville,
North Carolina,
then Berkeley,
California. The
crunch of
thinly sliced beets,
the sweetness of

soft balsamic
onions, and the
snap from mixed
greens meld
with a winning
garlic aioli on
top of a quinoa
patty. Multiple
locations,
farmburger.net

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Leons Full
Service

C L A S SIC

131 East Ponce de


Leon Avenue, leonsfullservice.com

Bocado
887 Howell Mill
Road, bocadoatlanta.com

Decatur turned out to be


a disappointing zone for
burgerssave for this cozy
cocktail bar, where strips
of lightly cooked bacon
complement, not overpower,
a ripe tomato, raw onions,
and two juicy patties covered
with American cheese. $14
(burger and tater tots). 254
West Ponce de Leon Avenue,
Decatur, pinewoodtr.com

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ANGUS SHED BURGER

F R I E S : C A R O L I N E C . K I L G O R E ; H O P K I N S : L I N D S AY M O U N D

Todd Richards has a reputation for sliders,


so its not unexpected that
his burgerdeceptively
average in appearanceis so
ne-tuned. A combination
of beef, brisket, and short
rib gives the burger its vigor.
Thick, salty, and hinting of
a backyard cookout, the
burger is as classic as it is
reliable. $14 (burger and
fries). 475 Bill Kennedy Way,
theshedatglenwood.com

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THE GENERAL
MUIR
Pastrami is the new bacon,
at least according to Todd
Ginsberg, who showers
chunks of it on top of fries
soaked in gravy, stuffs it between soft bread, and crowns
his burger with it. Decidedly
more complicated than his
Bocado burger, the dinner
burger is a labor of Gruyre
cheese, caramelized onions,
and Russian dressing. We

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Miller Union
999 Brady Avenue,
millerunion.com

Wrecking Bar
Brewpub

Canoe

292 Moreland
Avenue, wreckingbarbrewpub.com

4199 Paces
Ferry Road,
canoeatl.com

FRIES WITH THAT


From simple to saucy

HISTORIANS CAN ARGUE WHETHER IT was the French or Belgians who rst dropped raw
potatoes into a vat of hot oil, but fries today are the life partner to the American hamburger. To nd them in their classic and unadulterated form, head to Miller Union,
which consistently delivers airy, crisp wonders that balance starch and crunch.
Theyre dressier down the street at Bocado, where the herb fries are green with parsley and garlic, waxed with claried butter, and primed for dunking in a buttermilk dill
dressing. For the prima donna of pommes frites, head to Canoe, where the fries are
thick cut, tossed and fried with sage and rosemary, and garnished with trufe oil and
thin sheets of Parmigiano-Reggiano. If you care more about sauces than you do the
fries themselves, look to Leons Full Service and Wrecking Bar Brewpub. Both serve
them as appetizers with a range of clever dipping partners like a tangy goat cheese
fondue, herbed green goddess, and Massaman curry with coconut milk.

Linton Hopkins Holeman and Finch Public House


With the exception of your own, whats the absolute best burger youve
ever eaten? Gina [Hopkins] and I were in Boca Raton, Florida, and were so

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surprised when we spotted a Shake Shack that we couldnt resist pulling


in to eat. We both ordered double ShackBurgers. While they always make
a good burger, these were perfectly prepared. When youre on the run and
need a burger in a pinch, where do you go? I go to either Yeah! Burger or
Farm Burger, whichever is closer. Theyre both using fantastic ingredients
that are fresh, wholesome, and thoughtfully sourced.

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Ford Fry The Optimist, St. Cecilia, King + Duke


With the exception of your own, whats the absolute best burger youve
ever eaten? Minetta Tavern in New York immediately comes to mind.

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THE
CHEF

Im talking the black label burger: an eight-ounce-ish patty of a blend of


different cuts and dry-aged scraps. Its all about the meat. When youre
on the run and need a burger in a pinch, where do you go? Ill hit up Sonic.
Its the closest to my childhood favorite burger from Avalon Diner in
Houston. Also, WhataburgerI typically get a double with mayo and
mustard, American cheese, and some jalapeos.

love how it all oozes out, but


the wedge of pastrami steals
too much of the show for
our taste. $14 (burger and
fries). 1540 Avenue Place,
thegeneralmuir.com

14

LITTLES FOOD
STORE
THE SINGLE SLIDER

OK CAFE
NO.

18

If the dudes from Harold


& Kumar Go to White Castle
were to live in Atlanta, theyd
live in Cabbagetown to be
next to this single square
slider. Squashable, adorable,
and hand-patted to order,
the three-bite burger on
a buttery potato bun is as
simple as mustard, grilled
onions, and pickles. $2.29
with cheese, $1.99 fries.
198 Carroll Street, littlesfoodstore.com

15

MUSS &
TURNERS
The people of Smyrna show
allegiance to one burgerone
so cheesy and juicy, you might
need a bib. Grass-fed beef
from Joyce Farms is crowned
with a poblano pepper,
all green and smoky and
drenched in white cheddar
cheese. A thin veneer of
cilantro aioli (barely) keeps
the bottom bun from turning
into a soupy casualty. $11.93
burger, $4.23 fries. 1675
Cumberland Parkway,
Smyrna, mussandturners.com

MISSED
IN
ACTION
Illegal
Food

As this issue goes to print, Illegal Food is in the process of building out its new
space in Virginia-Highland, where Bar Meatball and Pozole once lived. Those
who gorged on the monster-sized Hank (the double patty is 15 total ounces of
beef) in the back room of Joystick Gamebar know the potential of this former
pop-up. They were the best, some say. For now, we can only hope that chef/
copartner Steven Lingenfelter steers clear of toying with his burgers. They never
needed tinkeringjust a permanent home. illegalfoodatlanta.com

16

WRECKING BAR
BREWPUB
Wrecking Bar puts as much
effort and thought into its

food as its beer list. Rings


of raw Vidalia onions tossed
in a peppy remoulade sauce
give a sharp edge to this
seared slab from Southeast
Family Farms. $10 (burger
and fries). 292 Moreland
Avenue, wreckingbarbrewpub.com

17

the service is spotty, and the


room reeks of smoke. But
heythe kitchen cranks out
a homey burger thats loosely
patted, well salted, and
skillfully grilled. $8 (burger
and fries). 488 Flat Shoals
Avenue, badearl.com

DOUBLE US BURGER

014

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GRINDHOUSE STYLE

The best of the fast-casuals


rst opened in Smyrna in
1986, decades before a fancier wave of joints crashed
down on us. And unlike its
contemporary peers, US Cafe
doesnt charge like a big boy,
full-service restaurant. Six
dollars will fetch a righteous
half-pounder thats hot off
the attop. $6 burger, $2
fries. Multiple locations,
uscafe.net

Cheese and sauce make


everything better, especially
at this local favorite that rst
opened in Sweet Auburn
Curb Market and has since
expanded across Atlanta.
Boasting a decent char, sweet
grilled onions, and a cushy
bun, the burger works in
a pinch. $5.50 burger, $1.99
fries. Multiple locations,
grindhouseburgers.com

18

DRIVE BYE
September 20, 2014, marked the last day of service for Zesto
on Ponce de Leon Avenue, the iconic chrome diner that served only
ice cream when it rst opened in 1954. A national chain based
in Missouri, Zesto later served burgers and hot dogs, but soft serve
remained the customer favorite. Franchise owners Jimbo and Lee
Livaditis opted not to renew the lease on the property, which
will soon become a Cook Out, a burger chain based in North Carolina. The other ve Zesto locations across Atlanta are still open.

THE BURGER AS FETISH

OK CAFE

CHEESEBURGER WITH MAYTAG


BLUE CHEESE

Z E S T O : C O U R T E S Y O F Z E S T O ; F R Y : L I N D S AY M O U N D

1954-2

GRINDHOUSE
KILLER BURGERS

US CAFE

GROWING UP, I WAS TERRIFIED OF

my best friends grandmother, tiny but erce with


her shellacked black hair,
penciled eyebrows, and
penchant for telling us
girls to stand up straight.
When I confessed I had
never eaten a burger at the
Varsity, she declared my
situation un-American,
un-Southern, and unChristian. That afternoon,
she took us to the Varsity
Jr. (now closed), where I
rst heard the siren song,
Whatll ya have? Whatll
ya have?
Thirty-some years later,
the burger takes up more
cultural space than ever.
Fancy burger joints have
become a destination, and
the hawkers of these highend patties have taken
self-aggrandizement to a
new level. Consider that
Poncey-Highlands Flip
Burger Boutique boasts

Dont bother waiting for a


table at this bustling Southern diner, which opened
in 1987. Skip the line for a
seat at the kitchen counter.
Straightforward but precisely
executed, the blue cheese
burgercompact and served
on a toasted egg bun with
fried picklesneeds only a
few slivers of raw onions for
balance. $10.99 (burger and
fries). 1284 West Paces Ferry
Road, okcafe.com

19

THE EARL
THE EARL BURGER

At one of East Atlantas


favorite neighborhood
haunts, the music is loud,

RIP
ZESTO

E
8

valet service, with the


most expensive cars parked
out front. Or that a bill
for two at Yeah! Burger
routinely tops $40. One
restaurant in London has
even stacked its burger
with gold leaf, lobster,
caviar, and Wagyu beef. Its
perhaps the worlds most
expensive burger, costing
more than $1,700.
Theres an upside to
this burger buzz: We are
thinking more critically
about our meat and how its
sourced. Sure, its easy to
kvetch about a $10 burger,
but if it comes from a cow

that lived on grass and not


corn, which the federal
government subsidizes,
the cost is justied. But
heres my beef: Ordering
right has become a mark
of privilege that easily slides
into self-satisfaction. Its
going to be a long slog to
x our countrys troubled
food system. Perhaps we
should save the trumpeting
for when even the calls of
Whatll ya have? Whatll ya
have presume decent, wellraised meat.
Of course, Ill probably
be a grandmother by then.
SUSAN REBECCA WHITE

Just how much does a burger


with fries cost these days?

$2.38
$11.49
$27.20

Cost of Cook
Out, the cheapest tested
Average
price of all
those tested
Cost of Rathbuns, the most
expensive

NANCY WRITEBOL WAS TENDING TO THE SICK IN LIBERIA

WHEN SHE BECAME INFECTED WITH EBOLA.

THIS IS HER STORY.

ILLUSTRATION BY OLIVER MUNDAY

JANUARY 2015

AT L A N TA 8 5

he terrorist, as some have recently labeled her, is wearing librarian


glasses, a formless black ankle-length dress, and sensible clogs.
Its early November in Spokane, Washington, where shes visiting family
whom, just a few months ago, she feared she might never see again.
A grandson is loudly pushing a toy truck toward her. She smiles at the
boy, sending him scuttling away. Hunched over, hands folded in her lap,
she is tiny but not timid. Like the virus that nearly killed her, she is
resilient and misunderstood.
To be clear, Nancy Writebol, a 59-yearold former housewife and part-time high
school registrar, is not a terrorist. She is
zealous in the opposite wayfor good.
Nancy has spent the past 15 years traveling
to some of the most despairing places in

the world as a Christian missionary. Along


with her husband, Davida retired nancial software manager, whom she met
when they were growing up in Evergreen,
Coloradoshe has helped build churches,
hospitals, and schools in countries such as
Zambia. Since 2013, theyve worked under
the aegis of a Charlotte-based missionary
group called SIM, short for Serving in Mission. Nancy and David chose long ago not
to keep a conventional home: Its wherever we are, David says. And from August
of 2013 until a year later, when Nancy
was own to Atlanta with a supposed
threat to the human race growing inside
herprompting the terrorist claimsthey
lived and worked in Liberia, a country just
a decade out of civil war where SIM has
operated for 60 years. Liberia quickly became one of three West African countries
plagued by what has been called the most

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dangerous outbreak of an emerging infectious disease since the appearance of HIV.


This was either good timing or bad, depending on your humanitarian spirit and
your instinct for self-preservation. Nancy
and David Writebol dug in.
n June 11, 2014, an
ambulance
pulled
up to the tiny
missionary hospital
in Monrovia where
the Writebols worked. Nancy was the personnel coordinator for SIM, and Liberias
ministry of health had called
to say the ambulance was on
its way with dangerous cargo: Ebola patients. Walking
toward the car, she saw that
there were three passengers
insidetwo adults and a
child. The oldest, a man, had
died on the way over. His grown-up niece
got out and said in Liberian-accented English, I dont want to be in an ambulance
with a dead person. Then she lay down on
the ground outside the hospital. It began to
rain. The child disappeared with the driver.
efore taking the
woman into their
jury-rigged isolation
unit on a stretcher,
doctors suited up in
PPEpersonal protective
equipment, which included
a full-body suit made from
white Tyvek fabric, a plastic face shield and breathing mask, goggles, latex
and rubber gloves, rubber
boots, and a plastic apron
as Nancy watched to make

sure it was done correctly. This could take


half an hour. Normally, Liberians didnt
care how long things took, she says. But
when it came to the hospital, families got
very angry if you didnt wait on them immediately.
During the coming weeks, ambulances and taxis would arrive with conrmed
Ebola patients and then leave with them
when they werent cared for fast enough.
The infected would go back to their villages, where the disease would spread.
Like all but one of the 34 Ebola patients the little hospital saw from June 11
until July 22 of 2014, the woman in that
rst ambulance dieddespite receiving
the best improvised care SIM could muster. There were no tears of blood or melting organs, as described in The Hot Zone,
Richard Prestons riveting but at times
hyperbolic 1994 narrative of the diseases
emergence in central Africa. But the reality was nightmarish enough: zombie-like
humans covered in strange rashes, vomiting, excreting black diarrhea, moaning
in excruciating pain, and dying at a rate
beyond 90 percent.
Discovered in 1976, Ebola is an ancient
lovirus that at rst resembles less seri-

MONR OV I A : A P IM AG E S; A L L OT HER S COUR T E SY OF DAV ID W R I T EBOL

ous fevers, like malaria and


typhoid. But it can soon
cause rapid deterioration of
organ function and ultimately death. Ebola, named after
a river near where the virus
was rst isolated, is infectious and, to a degree, contagious: Though a tiny amount
of the virus can kill, it isnt
as transmissible as the u. It
cant travel through the air.
The current outbreak
is believed to have begun
in December 2013, in the
village of Meliandou in
the West African country
of Guinea. The suspected
rst case: a two-year-old
boy who had contact with
a nonhuman Ebola host
possibly a fruit bat. The virus spread to his family and
eventually other humans in
Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and, by importation, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Spain,
and the United States. (As of late November, there had been 10 cases of Ebola in
the U.S., four of whom were diagnosed
here, and two deaths.)
On August 8, 2014, the director-general
of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health
Emergency of International Concern. By
December, the WHO had reported more
than 5,900 Ebola deaths worldwide
conrmed, probable, and suspectedand
more than 16,000 cases. Its the largest
Ebola outbreak in history.
he Writebols, of course, didnt
know any of this when they arrived in 2013; Ebola wasnt even
a remote concern at the time. But
by April, when word of the disease and its effects began to lter around
them in Liberiaa sick woman vomiting
from a motorcycle taxi across Monrovia; doctors attacked by paranoid locals
in nearby Guineathey grew concerned
enough to take action.
Isolation is the best way to contain Ebola, which spreads through the exchange
of bodily uids, so they helped create an
isolation unit using SIMs stand-alone
chapel on the 130-acre campus. Its a small,
concrete-block structure with doors on
each side. Using curtained partitions, they

DAVID WALKED ACROSS THE YARD


BACK TO THE HOUSE: HOW AM I GOING
TO TELL HER? AND OUR SONS?
Left, workers in Monrovia.
Below left, Monrovia,
an Ebola-stricken region of
Liberia. Above, Writebol helps
Brantly suit up. Right,
the chapel converted to an
isolation unit in Monrovia.

created six bedded areas.


They had electricity, but garden hoses were run inside
for water. Medical supplies
decontamination solutions,
for instancewere stored
in a dressing room. Traffic
ow was marked out. Latrines were cordoned off for disposing of
infectious waste. And vision barriers were
erected so people outside wouldnt have to
see the dying.
As demand for isolation increased, Nancy began training locals to help out at the
unit. A young man named Bobby showed
up in mid-July to become a hygienist; he

helped with the donning and doffing of


doctor and nurse PPEs, mixing bleach,
and decontaminating and disposing of
dangerous items. But it soon became apparent something was wrong with Bobby.
Admitted to the isolation unit on July 26,
he died days later, a frightening glimpse of
what possibly lay in store for Nancy.

I knew what malaria felt like, she


says, recalling her rst symptoms. So I
just thought thats what it was. She took
a malaria test on July 22: positive. A SIM
doctor named Debbie Eisenhut thought
Nancy wasnt responding well to the prescribed medication, thoughstill feverish,

feeling badso Nancy took another malaria test on the 25th: negative. The next
morning, to be safe, she tried an Ebola
test. Her blood sample was transported to
the National Reference Laboratory of Liberia, an hour from the capital, near the
airport. Lab workers processed the sam-

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ples in a biohazard level four laboratory


wearing full PPE. Testing took ve hours.
That same day, David, SIMs director
of technical services, had his hands full
attempting to x water, sewage, and
electricity problems that had arisen as
they tried to ramp up capacity for more

patients. He also started preparing to


evacuate nonessential SIM personnel, all
the while contending with local protests.
Another missionary group, Samaritans
Purse, was trying to build a 60-bed isolation unit nearby, but demonstrators were
ghting it: Dont bring more Ebola here!

Nancy was the least of his worries. I


was busy, David says, not even thinking
about her. She was at home, comfortable,
resting. It was just a fever.
That night, he prepared fettuccine
Alfredo for his wife and Eisenhut. The
three ate together at a small table in the
Writebols two-bedroom, cinderblock home, built in the 1950s to
house missionaries. Afterward,
David and Eisenhut went to a
special meeting for all the missionaries on the campus. But before the meeting began, Eisenhut
returned a call from a Samaritans
Purse doctor. She then pulled David aside: Kent Brantly has Ebola.
And Nancy does too. Im so sorry.
David walked across the yard
back to the house: How am I
going to tell her? And our sons?
Nancy was in bed. First, he told
her that their friend and colleague, Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, had
Ebola. And so do you.
Both of us knew the trajectory of the disease, David says.
At that point, there wasnt much
else to say.
David reached out to hold
his wife, but she stopped him.
Dont, she said.
He moved into a nearby apartment, where he was monitored for
symptoms. None of his things
pillow, clothes, Biblecould come
with him. They were all potentially contaminated.
y July 28, two days after her
diagnosis was conrmed,
the virus had made Nancy
weaker and weaker, she
says. There was diarrhea,
constantly. Paralyzing fatigue. It
was moving quickly through her
organs. Its said that Ebola takes
longer to cure than it does to die
from. One night, David came into
what had been their home, wearing PPE, and placed his hand on
her leg. The pain from the mere
touch was so intense, she moaned.
One of the rst things David did, after
calling their two sons with the news, was
reach out to Bruce Johnson, the head of
SIM, in Charlotte. Johnson immediately
went to Samaritans Purse headquarters
in Boone, North Carolina, so that the two

WRITEBOLS: JEREMY CHARLES; EMORY TE AM: CHRISTOPHER


T. M A R T I N ; H O U S E : C O U R T E S Y O F D A V I D W R I T E B O L

groups could coordinate plans. In


the early stages, we didnt know
a way that we could get them out
safely, Johnson says. We didnt
even know if theyd be healthy
enough to travel. No charter company would take these passengers
on. Commercial was out. So was
military.
So how do we take care of them
here? David thought. And, in the
event that they dont survive, what
will we do with their bodies? They
couldnt be brought back to the
U.S., he was told, unless they were
cremated.
On Thursday, July 31, Brantly
was given an experimental Ebola
drug called ZMapp, a combination
of three mouse-human antibodies grown in tobacco plants that
seemed effective in killing Ebola
in monkeys, though the drug had
was willing to give it a try because it had
never been tested on humans before.
worked on monkeys. So was Nancy. The
Three plastic bottles of the stuff hapnext day, she took the cocktail. Two days
pened to be sitting in a medical freezer
later, she took another dose. That was all
in Sierra Leone, left there the previous
there was.
month by a Canadian reMeanwhile, the two missearcher who wanted to see
Left, the Writebols
sionary groups had cobbled
if ZMapp held up in tropiat the Wichita, Kansas,
home of their son,
together an exit plan, which
cal climes. Africans whod
Jeremy. Above, close to
30 doctors and nurses at
involved the participation
since contracted EbolainEmory University
or consent of: the U.S. State
cluding a prominent Sierra
Hospital contributed to
the recovery of Writebol
Department, the CDC, local
Leone doctorhad not been
and Brantly. Back right,
departments of health in
given the untested Western
under the round light,
is Ribner and back left,
the U.S., a specialized Amerdrug; if it had killed the
with the beard, is Brantly.
ican charter company, the
doctor, the thinking went,
Below, the Writebols
home in Monrovia.
Liberian government, the
the local population might
governments of neighborhave claimed it was a sinising countries (some were not warm and
ter Western plot.
fuzzy about Ebola ying over, David says),
In any case, the medical director at Saand Atlantas Emory University Hospital,
maritans Purse, stationed in Liberia, had
where theyd be own separately.
sent for the drug after long discussions
Brantly ew to Atlanta on August 2.
with Brantly about his options. Brantly
Three days later, Nancy
Writebol was placed on
a baggage conveyor belt
and raised, wearing full
PPE, into a one-of-a-kind
airplane operated by Cartersville-based Phoenix Air
Group. Phoenix is the only
air carrier in the world with
an airborne biological containment systema plastic
tent, essentiallythat allows
the company to transport
patients with highly contagious diseases.

I remember when they took me to the


airport, Nancy says. I couldnt walk. The
medic who was putting me on the conveyor belt stopped it, put his hands around
my face, and said, Nancy, were taking
you home. Were gonna take really good
care of you. At the top of the belt, Nancy
put her feet on the medics feet, and he
walked her like a child into the isolation
pod. Thats the last thing, other than extreme thirst, that Nancy remembers from
her 15-hour ight back to the U.S.
Touching down at Dobbins Air Reserve
Base, they rushed Nancy to Emory. It was
August 5. She and Brantly were now the
rst ever Ebola patients to be treated in
the United States.
he call to Dr. Bruce Ribner came
on July 30, but it wasnt from the
U.S. State Department, who had
visitedwithout once mentioning Ebolajust two days prior. It
was from a physician with Phoenix Air:
I dont know if youve been told this, but
were sending our plane over to West Africa to pick up two missionary healthcare workers infected with Ebola. Theyre
coming to Emory.
As director of the Serious Communicable Disease Unit (SCDU) at Emory
University Hospital, Ribner had received
plenty of unexpected calls in his day. But
this was a bit of a shocker, even for him.
The Ebola patients would require the hospitals special
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HELD TO ACCOUNT
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even charter schools with deep-pocketed patrons. Some books in Mrs. Crafts classroom
were donated by a nearby Barnes & Noble;
others she bought herself.
The bell rings. As Giani heads out the
door, one of the rules at Utopian Academy
instantly becomes visible: There are schools
within this school, one for boys and one for
girls. Divided by gender for math, English,
science, social studies, and Spanish, the boys
and girls mingle only during arts classes, assemblies, and lunch. Also evident: Puberty
strikes everyone at different rates. Among
the rows of students moving down the halls,
the girls tower over the boys.
Giani says that the single-gender classes
are something his mother really likes about
Utopian; she thinks it keeps him from being
distracted. He is less sure. You cant talk to
the girls about classwork, which makes it
harder to get to know them. And then you
have a whole bunch of boys acting weird
and playing too much. Sometimes, he says,
they make me crazy.
In Ms. Sanderss A/V class, students still
cluster by gender, boys on the left-hand side of
the U-shaped row of tables, girls on the right.
The students are creating a parody Happy
video, and today, Ms. Sanders demonstrates
Final Cut Pro. The students dont have their
own computers to work on, so they watch as
she organizes and edits video clips on her laptop, which is hooked up to a atscreen.
How hard is it to teach video production
when students dont have hands-on access
to A/V tools? Shana Sanders sighs. Before,
I taught at schools that had resources, but
students who werent as motivated to learn.
Here, they are eager to learn.
Spend any time at Utopian, and its clear
that this startup charter has the scrappy
spirit that you might expect from a edgling tech rm or a mom-and-pop. Ms.
Smith, Gianis homeroom teacher, runs the
after-school cheerleading program, helps
organize the boys basketball team, and
teaches ve Spanish classes a week. Sixthgrade social studies teacher Allan Henderson also runs the before- and after-school
care programs; his day starts at 6:30 a.m.,
when some students are dropped off early by
parents en route to work, and ends 12 hours
later. It seems like all of us wear at least
three hats, he says. But we knew that when
we signed on for this. Its part of building
something. Hendersons drive is paired with
a sense of mission; he grew up in East Lake
Meadows, the housing project once notoriously nicknamed Little Vietnam, and saw
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his best friend killed and his brother jailed.


For me, school was always a safe haven, he
says. And he knows for some of his students,
Utopian offers a similar refuge.
Every three to ve years, charter schools
must go through a renewal process. Approval can be revokedand schools shutteredif
chartered terms are not met. When it comes
to the schools closing, the public thinks
about the academic reasons and performance goals, says Tony Roberts, president
and CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools
Association. But just as common is if there
are governance issues, or the school doesnt
have the nancial ability to survive. Roberts, who watched Miller and Utopian ght
to open, says that in his view, the school and
its leaders are well positioned for success.
But for any startup school, the rst two or
three years can be touch and go because of
nancial uncertainty.
The academic goals outlined in Utopians charter are modest but meaningful:
to stay off the lists that designate schools
as priority, focus, or alert, and to surpass Clayton schools by at least three percentage points on the number of students
meeting or exceeding expectations on the
CRCT test. These are paired with promises to look out for students emotional and
social well-being, with individual mentors,
guidance sessions, and Saturday school for
those who need extra help. But achieving
higher standards with a lower budget than
the rest of the countys school system wont
be easy. The previous occupant of the building that now houses Utopian was another
state-approved charter, Scholars Academy,
which was closed by the state commission
last spring for failing to meet academic
goals. Deetra Poindexters son, Xavier, like
a number of current Utopian students, attended Scholars. She said that watching the
closure of that school made her even more
committed to helping Miller succeed. We
fought then, and we will keep on ghting.
Its a terrible day when you have to close
a charter school, says Holliday, who pulled
the trigger on Scholars Academy. But thats
the charter school bargain: Regulators stay
out of your way, and you deliver results. If
charters do better than traditional schools,
children benet. If they dont, they need to
be closed.
When it comes to measuring performance, theres an important distinction, says
Holliday: A low-performing charter school
closes. A low-performing traditional public
school can operate in perpetuity.
GIANI AND HIS FAMILY LIVE IN HAMPTON, which
straddles Henry and Clayton counties, mean-

ing children with Hampton addresses are


zoned for two school systems. In sixth grade,
Giani attended Henry Countys Hampton
Middle School. He was bored, acted out.
I got Cs and Ds, Giani says. His mother,
Twanna, was desperate for a change. The
family had moved in with Gianis paternal
grandmother, and he was headed for Lovejoy Middle, a Clayton County school that has
even lower test scores than Hampton Middle. Twanna Anderson checked out private
schools but couldnt afford tuition. Riverside
Military Academy in Gainesville offered Giani a scholarship, but it covered only a fraction of the cost.
Now, as a Utopian seventh grader, Giani
makes As and Bs. I can notice the difference, Anderson says. Last year, he was not
doing his homework. Now, he is really enthused about getting work done. At his old
school, she never heard about missed homework and skipped assignments. At Utopian,
on the other hand, parents have to sign off
on missed homework reports. Giani and his
best friend, Jeremiah Lee, compete for good
grades. He has always been smart, Anderson says of her son. But he hasnt been challenged until this year.
The challenges can be as profound as the
debate over euthanasia in Mrs. Crafts class
(tied to a theme in The Giver) or as mundane as the notebook checks and mandatory
ash cards in Ms. Daviss science class. In Mr.
Moores social studies class, everyone is addressed by their last name, and no one may
utter an um. Say um and everyone shouts
DEAD! Filler like um and er is just dead
air, says Mr. Moore. By the end of the year,
I will break you all of the habit, and you will
all speak clearly.
Today, Mr. Moore sits on the edge of his
desk. He starts every class with a DQdaily
question.
Today is Thankful Thursday, and heres
our DQ: What are you thankful for?
The boys pull out sheets of paper. Some
nish quickly; others struggle, pausing between each word.
Okay, who wants to read? asks Mr.
Moore.
Giani raises his hand.
Mr. Anderson, what are you thankful
for?
Um.
DEAD! shout his classmates.
Well, Giani recovers. Well, I am thankful for teachers, for my mother and grandmother who get me up every morning, and
for my friend Jeremiah who always has my
backin good times and bad.
Another boy says he is grateful for Mr.
Moore and my male teachers teaching me to

be a man. Another says he appreciates my


Utopian brothers.
His classmates laugh.
Quit playing, Mr. Moore says. This is a
serious matter.
One boy says, I thank the good Lord for
my mom, sister, and grandmother.
Says another: I am thankful for still being
alive, for inuences keeping me out of the
streets.
A quiet boy raises his hand. Um . . .
DEAD!
Go on, Mr. Moore says.
I am thankful for being at this school.
I wrote something else, but the rest is personal.
Thats okay, Mr. Moore says.
No, I want you to see this, the boy says.
He folds his notebook paper in half and
walks across the classroom and hands it to
Mr. Moore.
Later, I sit next to the boy at basketball
practice and ask him what he thinks of Utopian. Like a number of students here, he used
to attend Riverdale Middle. He says there was
a lot of bullying, and police came in with
drug dogs all the time. The classrooms were
so crowded that there wasnt a place for everyone to sit. Sometimes he dragged a chair
to class; other times he just stood in the back.
(Dont just take the word of a 12-year-old: In
2011, according to the schools accountability
report, the average English class at Riverdale
Middle had 31 students. The average social
studies class: 34. That school year, the school
issued 1,654 suspensions, meaning that there
were more than two suspensions for each of
the 798 students enrolled.)
At his old school, he got lots of Fs; now,
hes making Cs and even Bs. Im on task, he
says. His family life is complicated, with siblings and half siblings and stepsiblings, and
hes been raised by a guardian. But at Utopian, he says, he feels like people pay attention
to him.
It is students like this boy who brought
Principal Birkett from Hawaii to Clayton
County. People like to talk about the importance of public education, but they dont
think about the impact of poverty. They
dont think about parents who dont have
the money to buy pencils and pens and tools
for school. Parents who go to the effort to
enroll their children in charter schools, to
seek something better than the status quo,
he says, are just as motivated as their affluent counterparts in the suburbs and wealthy
neighborhoods. If they had the means to
send their children to private school, they
would, he says. But at Utopian, few parents
do; indeed, 80 percent of the students here
qualify for free or reduced lunch.
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When it comes to charter schools, theres


one big question: Do they work? As it turns
out, charters are most effective for minority
students, children from lower-income households, and those who otherwise would be in
low-performing traditional public schools.
According to a study published in 2013
by Stanfords Center for Research on Education Outcomes, charter schools do not, as a
whole, perform better than traditional public
schools. The researchers rst compared the
achievement of charter school students in 16
states (including Georgia) between 2009 and
2011. They also compared 1.5 million charter
students in 27 states with virtual matches
in traditional schools. What they discovered
is that black and Hispanic students fared
better in charter schools than their peers in
traditional schools.
A similar conclusion was reached in a 2010
U.S. Department of Education study conducted by the National Center for Education
Evaluation and Regional Assistance. That
study compared middle school students who
won admission to charter schools through
lotteries with those who did not. Looking at
36 schools in 15 states, the researchers found
that there was not a signicant difference
on math and reading test scores for lottery
winners (who attended charter schools) and
lottery losers (who attended traditional
public schools). The study did reveal, however, statistically signicant gains in math
scores for low-income and/or low-achieving
students after they went to charter schools,
while charters that served better-off students
or those who had previously done well on
math tests saw an actual drop in scores.
In Georgia, charter schools as a whole outperformed non-charters in reading and math
tests for the 20122013 school year, according
to the state department of education. Locally, theres ample evidence of the positive impact of charter schools on poor and minority
students. Charles R. Drew Charter School,
which serves East Lake and where 62 percent of students qualify for free or reduced
lunch and 83 percent are black, ranked tops
in Atlanta Public Schools for math for both
elementary and middle school. KIPP Strive
Academy, where 98 percent of students are
black and 71 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch, is the top-ranked APS school for
reading. Theres even an example in Clayton
County: Elite Scholars Academy, which began operating in 2009, was the fourth-highest-scoring middle school in Georgia under
the states new College and Career Preparedness Index, which was introduced for the
20122013 school year. In 2014, Elite Scholars
graduated its rst seniors, and achieved a
100 percent graduation rate.
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The Giver. It includes vocabulary words, which students


have to dene and then use in a sentence
intrigued, wheedle, apprehensive, transgression, chastise. The students also have
to answer longer questions: Pick two age
ceremonies and describe them. What is the
house of the old?
Gianis classmate Kai leaves about half of
the questions blank but furiously lls out
the answers he knows. He says he doesnt
have a copy of the book and didnt read
all of the chapters that were assigned. At
the next desk, a boy with lighter skin and
a smattering of freckles stares at his test
sheet but barely writes. Giani leans over his
desk, his head resting on one hand. He answers all of the questions but takes a long
time with some.
If you are nished, you can write in your
journal, Mrs. Craft says. Its Friday, so you
can do any creative writing you want.
Jayland is writing a chapter book titled
Hard Knock Chronicles. His protagonist is
Tyson Rose, aspiring quarterback. Tyson
moved from Tennessee to Texas and made
the team. Not just that, but on the rst day
of high school, he got a girls number.
Along with a few other boys, Jayland
reads his latest chapter aloud to the class,
putting on different voices for each characters dialogue. Would the boys do this with
girls in the classroom? Probably not, Giani says.
Next up: Ms. Baxters math class and another test. I just have to gure out how to
do inequalities, Giani mutters to himself.
This class is small, 12 students. The boy
who struggled with the test on The Giver
arrives late and skims the math questions
with a look of dismay.
Giani nishes with plenty of time to
spare and leans back in his chair, looking
nonchalant. Hes wearing slip-on loafers
and black ankle socks with his uniform
khakis and white shirt. Math is his favorite
class. You all knew this test was coming
for two weeks, Ms. Baxter says as other students struggle. The boy with freckles again
leaves a test sheet almost entirely blank.
When class is dismissed, he walks out last
in tears.
Giani hangs back in the hall. Youll be
okay, he says quietly to the crying boy.
A week later, the class reviews homework. Proportions. Ms. Baxter asks for volunteers to show how they solved the problems. The freckled boy raises his hand, and
she calls on him.
This is my rst time writing on the
board, yall, he says. And solves the problem correctly.

THE BOYS HAVE A TEST ON

ANOTHER FRIDAY. NORMALLY A QUIET DAY of


tests and art classes. Suddenly, there is a
commotion in the hall, and Principal Birkett leads boys toward his office. Giani. His
friend Jeremiah. Jayland. Half of the seventh
grade.
The principal ushers boys in and out
of his office. Soon, the only one left in the
hallway is Giani. He sits at a school desk in
front of the office door. On the wall opposite
him is the bulletin board with photos of the
Eagles of the Month. Theres Giani at the
Capitol, shaking hands with state officials.
There he is eating the congratulatory meal
from Chick-l-A. There he is posing with Mr.
Miller.
Heres what happened: Another incident
with a substitute teacher. English class. The
boys were working on questions about The
Giver. Giani and Jeremiah got into an argument. Jeremiah shoved Giani; another boy
grabbed Jeremiah to hold him back. Giani
started to lift up a chair, but quickly set it
down. Jeremiah stormed out into the hall,
as Principal Birkett arrived and made all the
boys write down what had happened. Take
this job seriously, he said. You are all witnesses and this is serious business. Someone
could get expelled.
Sitting out here, Giani is not sure what
will happen next. Hes scared.
He is summoned into the office. Hes in
there for a long time. When he comes out,
his eyes are dry, his face composed. Im going back to class, he says. Principal Birkett
had called his mother. She was happy that
I controlled myself, Giani says.
The day carries on. A/V class. Lunch. Science. Social studies. Mr. Moore teaches them
to compose haiku; Giani writes about snakes
and squirrels.
Final bell. Its been a long week. Principal
Birkett and Artesius Miller watch the students race around the grassy eld in front
of the school.
This is middle school, the principal says.
They are learning how to be responsible
for themselves and for others. He explains
that he took statements from the boys in
class and used them to make his decision.
Jeremiah will be suspended for a dayout
of school. Giani will have a day of in-school
suspension. No one is getting expelled.
Whatever drama happens at school, its a
lot calmer than whats out there, says Miller,
waving toward Upper Riverdale Road and
the outside world.
Cars and trucks pull into the driveway.
Students say goodbye, climb into backseats.
On Monday morning, everyone will be back.
And Principal Birkett will have much to say
to them.

EBOLA

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 89

isolation unit for serious communicable


diseases, which hed helped create a dozen
years earlier. This would be the units greatest test yet, and he welcomed it.
There were lots of feelings, Ribner says.
You know, Gee, this is gonna be neat. Weve
had this unit here for 12 years now, and
people were having serious doubts about
whether there was a role for it. So I felt vindicated; it was a good thing we have this
here. And part of it also was, I know we
have all this planning, but itll be interesting to see if anything changes over the next
two days. Because sometimes when reality
hits, people change the algorithms.
The rst thing he did was send emails to
his ve-person physician team, three key
nurses who oversaw a group of 21 nurses,
and a few higher-ups at the hospital. The
subject line was something like Activation
of Unit. The message, in essence: Ive just
been notied that were getting patients
with Ebola virus disease. The patients are
estimated to arrive here Friday or Saturday. We need to activate the unit.
Twelve years ago, there was some hesitancy when Ribner proposed opening this
unit, which charges two dozen doctors and
nurses with the treatment of diseases like
avian inuenza, SARS, and anthrax: Would
it be useful? Would it be safe? Twice a year
for the past several years, theyve trained,
learning about modes of transmission,
transportation, screening protocols, supplies, PPE protocols, waste management,
treatment options, and how to communicate with other agencies. The Department
of Defense has conducted eld exercises at
the unit, and Emory has twice activated the
unit for what turned out to be false alarms:
a CDC worker with suspected SARS and another with suspected Marburg virus.
Everyone was ready and fully on board
with the plan, Ribner says.
When the SCDU is activated, all the
units doctors and nurses convene to review
the disease in question. With Ebola, they
had three days. Obviously, Ribner says, I
dont expect our nurses to be very knowledgeable about a disease theyve never
treated or frankly thought much about, beyond the movie Outbreak. They went over
the infectionhow its transmitted, what
interventions can make the patient better.
They reviewed PPE protocols, too, which
took most of one day.
Unlike medical workers in Liberia, the
suits worn by SCDU personnel included a
fan inside a helmet, known as a papper
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(from PAPR, powered air purifying respirator). We trained on that outt for eight
hours, says Haley Durr. It was very rigorous. There were people who didnt make the
cut. If you cant keep yourself safe, youre a
risk to others. (At Texas Health Presbyterian
in Dallas, two nurses wearing PPE contracted Ebola in September from a Liberian patient who died there. Both nurses survived.)
Meanwhile, Ribner oversaw a review of the
SCDUs waste management systemthere
would be concerns from county authorities
and citizens alike about contamination
while simultaneously taking part in administrative meetings, media communication
meetings, all sorts of meetings, he says, to
gure out how we were going to deal with
this episode as an institution. Keeping the
virus from spreading was, obviously, a major concern. Anything contaminated with
Ebola would be disinfected, autoclaved with
high-pressure steam, incinerated, andin
the case of actual human waste, after disinfectionsimply ushed down the toilet.
He says he slept plenty, despite all this
and the hate mail he received once the
story of Emorys involvement with Ebola
broke. Nothing that was personally threatening, Ribner says, beyond accusing me of
being a mass murderer.

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the only
ones she had; everything else had been left
in Liberia. The nurse asked Nancy to say
her name and where she thought she was.
All Nancy could muster: Im in a hospital
somewhere.
Kent Brantly, who had walked in on his
own three days earlier, watched the medics wheel Nancy into an isolation room
facing his. He was still suffering badly, but
he could tell that she was in perhaps even
worse shape; she looked at him without a
seeming glimmer of recognition.
Lifted onto a bed, she looked around,
dazed; this seemed just like any rst-world
hospital room, maybe more isolated. There
was all the standard equipment: heart rate
monitors, respirators, and a TV, too, which
she didnt watch for a week. She slept,
vaguely aware of time passing, complaining
of bad dreams.
Every organ system in her body was being ravaged, Ribner says.
From the moment she arrived, Nancy
was under constant supervision. One nurse
wearing PPE stayed in the room with her
they took four- to six-hour shiftswhile another observed from behind the protective
glass of the attached anteroom: charting vitals on a computer, calling for medications,

A NURSE CUT OFF NANCYS CLOTHES,

making assessments. Nancys electrolyte


levels were low, bordering on life-threatening. Nurses administered sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium immediately.
Her veins had begun to collapse from dehydration, so uids were pumped in through
an IV. Her blood platelets were replaced by
transfusion. She had high fever and irregular heart rhythms, too. Individually these
were not all major concerns, but collectively they could be fatal.
The rotating team of ve doctors and 21
nurses did more than simply stick needles
and tubes in her arms. Durr recalls long conversations and gloved foot massages: Her
feet were very hot and swollen, Durr says.
We rubbed them for hours using lotion,
wrapping them with cold washcloths and
ice. She told us about working in Africa.
The nurses saw themselves as pioneers.
We were trailblazers, innovators with this
disease, says Carolyn Hill, the SCDU nursing director. To do that and do it well, that
was exciting.
Wed gone through rigorous training,
says Josiah Mamora, and were ready to
treat actual Ebola patients. In West Africa,
they were in very deep isolation, and we became their rst contact. It was a once-in-alifetime opportunity.

David had stayed back in Liberia and isolated himself. He and Nancy spoke on the
phone daily. She told him she didnt feel
alone. She had the nurses, her two visiting
sons, the prayers of strangers, and the Lord.
She felt God often, and two Bible verses in
particular comforted her: Yea though I
walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil, and I give them
eternal life, and they shall never perish; no
one will snatch them out of my hand.
God is good all the time, she told herself.
He is good if I live, and good if I die.
One of the doctors came into Nancys
room and said as she lay there, Why do you
think we brought you here?
To be nice?
So do you think youll live?
I dont think so. I dont know.
Youre not dying on my watch, he replied.
Brantly and Nancy helped keep each other alive, too. We talked about our symptoms, the diarrhea, she says. Wed laugh
and say, No one else can talk about this. It
was good to be able to debrief with him. I
could share about being angry at someone
in the hospital. We could be really frank with
one another.
That included occasional griping about
the food. The typical ICU diet, which they

were given, began with clear liquids upon admission, graduated to soft pureed foods, and
then on to more standard fare. The tipping
point in Nancys recovery, it seemed to Mamora, was when she wanted Sun Chips. For
Nancy, it was maybe 10 days into treatment,
when she decided to take a shower. Thats
when I knew life was returning, she says.
Toward the end of their stay, the mother of one doctor in the unit made Brantly
and Nancy homemade Indian: a curry dish,
spiced cauliower, naan, chapati. Nancy ate
it for lunch and then dinner.
Ribner admits he wasnt sure either patient would make it when they arrived. He
attributes their survival to something we
all take for granted: simple rst-world care.
Every Ebola patient treated in the U.S. and
Western Europe received magic potions.
But at the end of the day, its just good supportive care, no different than what you
give someone with inuenza: monitoring
body functions closely and correcting abnormalities as they occur.
In the end, SIM and Samaritans Purse
paid more than $2 million in healthcare
and travel costs for the treatment of Nancy
Writebol and Kent Brantly, who have, after
a brief medical recess, returned to lives of
missionary work.

which is much
different from having Ebola. But that distinction has been lost on the American
public in recent months. And so it is that
Nancys harrowing journey from missionary to American medical anomaly has ended with her being dubbed a terrorist by
some, treated like a leper by others.
In early November, a Denver TV station asked to interview the Writebols, who
were in town visiting Davids relatives,
about Nancys experience with the virus.
The couple agreed to the interview but
quickly regretted it. The anchor came
down to greet us in the lobby, Nancy says.
He walked in and said, Ive been asked
not to shake your hand or give you a hug.
Furthermore, were going to do this interview in the park.
Even at their church back in Charlotte,
where theyve worshiped on and off for
years, people have been frightened. I
went to greet someone, Nancy says, and
she put her hands up. I was so dumb about
the whole thing; I wasnt even thinking
this means Stay away! Now she lets people offer their own hands rst. It seems
easier. But its still very awkward for me.
Because thats not the kind of person
I am.

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FROM THE EDITOR

I WAS THE FIRST to complain when our corporate human resources


department announced a new employee benet. We could prevent a substantial rise in health insurance premiums by participating
in a wellness program that requires various doctor and dental visits. To
make matters worse, the number of required checkups is tiered by age,
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the 57 burgers consumed by our 24-year-old food editor for the January
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I ever kept a New Years resolution to
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For
2012 2013,
nearly 221,000
(19 percent)
of Georgia
students in
grades 4 to 12
met the standards for the
Presidential
award.

CHILDRENS HEALTH

HEAD OF
THE CLASS
Georgias the rst state to
use new kids tness test

LAST YEAR, GEORGIA was the rst


state in the nation to fully adopt
the updated Presidential Youth
Fitness Program. The program,
started by President Eisenhower in
1956, uses body composition, aerobic tness, muscular strength and
endurance, and exibility to evaluate overall tness. The new version
focuses on individual goals rather
than comparison with peers, and it
complements Georgias SHAPE initiative, a similar effort launched in 2012.
Georgia was ahead of the game with
SHAPE, says Jane Wargo, program
director of the Presidents Council on
Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. The
governors ofce, the department of
education, and the state public health
ofce came together to do the right
thing. CAROLYN CRIST
JANUARY 2015

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WELLBEING

POTUS
Obama, Taft, and
Eisenhower. Guess
which categories
they would
meet?

BACK TO SCHOOL

PREZ TEST
FOR ADULTS
DO YOU STILL HAVE nightmares

about doing pull-ups in gym class? You may have


forgotten the name of the Presidential
Youth Fitness Program or the certicates you earned, but we bet you havent
forgotten the moves. Did you know
theres an adult version? And if you pass
the challenges, you can submit your
results online and order an embroidered
emblem, a certicate, or a digital badge
for social media. (Sweet revenge on
those jocks from elementary school who
now look sort of dumpy on Facebook!)
adulttnesstest.org C.C.

FITNESS TEST

RATE YOURSELF!
BODY MASS INDEX

Your body mass


index is calculated
by dividing your
weight in kilograms
by your height in
meters squared.
You can nd
numerous free BMI
calculators online.
BODY FAT
PERCENTAGE

The Presidents Challenge uses many factors to grade actual tests. But the chart below gives general
standards for 30-somethings. Check adult tnesstest.org for detailed exercise instructions.

HEALTHY

NEEDS
IMPROVEMENT

NEEDS
IMPROVEMENTHEALTH RISK

M
F

18.624.9
17.824.9

25
25

29
30

M
F

7%22.2%
16.5%
31.3%

22.3%
31.4%

35.1%
38.6%

This measures the


amount of fat you
have in proportion
to your weight.
Many modern
scales supply this
number along with
weight.

PUSH-UP

SIT AND REACH

M
F

14:00
14:30

16:30
17:00

18:00
18:30

1.5-MILE RUN

M
F

11:00
13:00

12:30
15:00

14:00
17:30

Lie on a at
surface with knees
up and feet on
the oor. Your feet
should not be held
or anchored. Hold
for a second, then
lie back down. Do
as many as you can
in one minute.
Do as many as
you can in one
minute. Womens
standards use
bent-knee pushups.

1-MILE WALK

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SIT-UP

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This test measures


how many inches
you can reach past
your toes from a
seated position,
using a box or
table.

HEALTHY

NEEDS
IMPROVEMENT

NEEDS
IMPROVEMENTHEALTH RISK

M
F

42
33

36
27

31
21

M
F

36
29

27
21

19
14

M
F

4
6

3
4

1
2

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WELLBEING

BREAKTHROUGH

3-D PRINTING
KNEE
IMPLANTS
THE CHIEF OF

BACK TO THE FUTURE

MOBILE
MEDICINE
House calls free up ERs
for true emergencies
BY JUDITH KANNE

UNNECESSARY EMERGENCY room visits


place a nancial and service burden
on hospitals, especially safety net
facilities that serve large numbers of
uninsured patients. A few Georgia
institutions are reducing their losses by
responding to some 911 calls with teams
of healthcare professionals who can
treat patients in the eld.
This method, called mobile integrated healthcare, keeps frequent yers and over-abusers out of the emergency department. At Grady Health
System, the approach is projected to
free up 8,400 hours of annual bed space
and save nearly $444,000.

X-RAY VISION
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GRADY SAVINGS

8,400

HOURS OF ANNUAL BED


SPACE FREED UP

$444K
SAVED

1,200
CALLS PER YEAR
HANDLED BY MOBILE
PROGRAM

ChoiceCare Ambulance in Central Georgia sends out paramedics,


with home visits costing as little as
$50; Hall County sends nurse practitioners with its EMS pros. David
Kimbrell, the countys director of
emergency management, says, Our
MIH responders can take care of
non-life-threatening problems,
including writing prescriptions and
minor procedures.
Hall County responders typically
go to homes in an SUV or sedan,
sans sirens. They are equipped
with a mini lab to perform tests
and certain treatments. We are
able to bill for less than $500, says
Kimbrell. In contrast, the fee just
to transport a patient to the hospital starts at $775 in that area.
Gradys trial three-week program is now in its second year. Initially focused on mental health, the
Grady Upstream Crisis Intervention program has since expanded
its reach and now handles more
than 1,200 calls a year.

Most patients never meet the doctors who read their x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, yet radiologists often make critical diagnoses that affect patients treatment. To help patients make
sense of their results, Dr. Rourke Stay, a board-certied radiologist, founded Lightbulb
Radiology, a Columbus-based service that provides online second opinions via GoToMeeting. A personal consult costs $299. lightbulbradiology.com J.K.

JANUARY 2015

sports medicine at
Gwinnett Medical
Center, Dr. Gary
Levengood, was
among the rst
U.S. surgeons to
perform total knee
replacements
using 3-D printing
technology. To
date, he has completed more than
500 partial and total customized procedures. We asked
him about this new
technology.
What is the bene t of
this procedure?
Most knee implants
are off the shelf
and come in only
a limited range
of sizes. By using
custom implants, I
dont have to make
compromises.
How does it work?
Instead of ink, a
special liquid is
converted into a
plastic modeling
material. This
printer can then
create a solid form
by slowly adding
layer after layer until a three-dimensional structure
results. The form is
based on CT scans,
multiple x-rays, or
MRI images of a
patients own anatomy, and is used to
create a mold for a
metal implant.
What about cost?
The cost to patients
is the same.
Can this procedure be
used for other bones?
Currently only
knee implants are
available. However,
the manufacturer
hopes to develop
replacements for
hips and other
joints. J.K.

I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y J O H N W . T O M A C

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WELLBEING

VITAMIN E
A serving has twice
the vitamin E of an
avocado but only
60 percent of the
calories. So its good
for your skin and
your waistline.

HEART HEALTHY
Kiwis keep your
blood owing,
signicantly
lowering your risk
of blood clots and
reducing fats in
your bloodstream.

POTASSIUM
A serving also has
20 percent more
potassium, another
heart-healthy
nutrient, than a
banana.

SUPERFOODS

HAIRY BERRY

Boost your immune


system! A single
serving (two kiwis)
has almost twice
the vitamin C of an
orange.

FIBER
Two kiwis contain
more ber than a
bowl of bran cereal,
so they help keep
your digestive
system moving.

CANCER FIGHTER
The antioxidants in
kiwis help prevent
cancer.

RIPE OR NOT?
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To select a ripe fruit, hold one between your thumb and forenger; it should yield slightly to pressure.
Size does not affect taste. For the most health benets, eat kiwis when they are fully ripe.

JANUARY 2015

P H O T O G R A P H B Y L U C A S Z A R E B I N S K I / T H E L I C E N S I N G P R O J E C T. C O M

VITAMIN C

Fuzzy, egg-shaped kiwis are


actually large berries. Ounce for
ounce, they contain more nutrients
than most any other fruit in the
grocery store. Here are some reasons
to make this exotic treat part of
your regular diet. BY BE T SY RIL E Y

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PHYSICIAN
P R O F I L E S

From left: Erin Fleming; Kirstin Cleghorn; Ken Anderson, MD, ABFPRS, ABOTO; Courtney Pantelis; Sara Kovac.

Hair Loss Expert


Dr. Ken Anderson is a double boardcertied facial plastic surgeon that
has devoted his practice to the treatment of hair loss for more than ten
years. A warm and compassionate
physician, he has designed the
Anderson Hair Sciences Center to
provide natural and permanent hair loss
solutions for men and women with
thinning hair or baldness.
Dr. Anderson is a highly experienced surgeon and an internationally
recognized educator in the eld of hair
restoration surgeryparticularly in
regards to the technique of follicular
unit extraction (FUE). With this method,
a hair transplant can be done without

using a scalpel; the hair is transplanted


one follicle at a time, so there is no
need for any stitches and no scar.
Robotic Surgery Specialist
In 2013, Dr. Anderson performed the
very rst robotic hair restoration surgery procedure in the state of Georgia.
The Anderson Hair Sciences Center is
the rst and only facility in Georgia to
offer the very latest in cutting edge hair
restoration technology, the ARTAS
Robotic System for hair restoration. It
is a state-of-the-art, surgeon-controlled
medical device that safely and with
robotic-precision performs the extraction portion of an FUE hair restoration
procedurea process that until now

Ken Anderson, MD, ABFPRS, ABOTO


5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Suite 106
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
404-256-4247
atlantahairsurgeon.com

was done manually. Every other


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the NeoGraft device, is performed by
hand, with all the associated variability
and inherent human error. With this
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Anderson creates natural and permanent hair restoration results with no
stitches and no scar.

J A N U A RY 2 0 1 5

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WELLBEING

INNOVATION

DIGITAL
DESIGNERS
ATLANTA
HOUSEWIFE

REAL ATLANTA
HOUSEWIFE

This Cobb County


stay-at-home
mother of four
pens the popular
mommy blog
Mamalicious Maria. Her day usually starts around
6 a.m. as she
gets the kidsall
under the age of
eightto school,
goes to the gym
or plays tennis,
grocery shops,
cleans the house,
and then shuttles
everyone to
various activities
before making
dinner and running through the
bedtime routine.

A cast member
on the seventh
season of The
Real Housewives
of Atlanta on
Bravo, McKinney
has a new R&B
album and also
appears on The
Rickey Smiley
Show and Devious
Maids. Shes
typically up at 6
a.m. to get her
son to school and
then tapes one
or more shows.
She squeezes in
Zumba classes,
other cardio, and
weight lifting.

MARIA SMITH

Maria Smith
Demetria
McKinney

12,000

9,000

6,000

7,162

4,932

5,493

3,000

6,628

Whether its a silicone bracelet or a plastic


monitor the size of a quarter, personal-activity
trackers have become a trendy motivational tool
or guilt-inducer, depending on your mindset. The
Fitbit has emerged as a popular model. Its even
been turned into a fashion statement by designer
Tory Burch, who sells stainless steel bracelets and
pendants that hide the trackers. We followed two
Fitbit wearersan Atlanta housewife and an
Atlanta Housewifeto see what kind of stats theyd
put up. CHRISTINE VAN DUSEN

DAILY NUMBER
OF STEPS TAKEN

15,000

14,342

REAL HOUSEWIFE
VS. REAL
HOUSEWIFE

10,794

FACE-OFF

DEMETRIA
MCKINNEY

0
Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Tory Burch isnt


the only fashion
designer getting
in on the wearable
technology trend.
This year, Ralph
Lauren will release
a Polo Tech shirt
with biosensing silver bers that can
measure biometric
datadistance,
calories burned,
intensity, heart
rate, and stress
rateand send it to
your smartphone
or tablet. Rebecca
Minkoff partnered
with Case-Mate to
create a gold chainlink notication
bracelet and a studded leather bracelet
that debuted during
the designers
September show.
The notication
bracelet uses Bluetooth technology
to connect to your
phone and alerts you
to calls and texts,
while the studded
bracelet works as a
lightning cable to
charge your devices.
Technology is
only becoming more
and more embedded
in all aspects of
our lives, says Sam
Sisakhti, founder
of UsTrendy.com,
a fashion retailing
site that plans to sell
wearable technology. So brands are
forced to ne-tune
their collections to
the ever-growing
technology industry. C.V.D.

FORGET THE

Apple Watch; the must-have timepiece for techie athletes is


the Fitbit Surge. The device, due early this year for about $250,
has a built-in GPS so you can not only monitor distance, pace, and elevation
but also check routes and review split times. A wrist-based monitor tracks
your heart rate without a chest strap, enabling you to study each workouts
intensity as well as data such as calories burned, distance traveled, or oors
climbed. And, like other Fitbits, Surge measures the quality of your sleep.
It offers convenience features such as call and text notication, as well as
wireless syncing to your computer or phone. Oh, and it also tells time. B.R.

FITBITS
NEW TRACKER

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Notification
bracelet by
Rebecca
Minkoff, $120

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FASHION &
FITNESS

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Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates

When it comes to overall well-being,


a healthy digestive system is critical at
any age. While some gastrointestinal
(GI) issues are easily remedied, persistent symptoms can be indicators of
more serious issues.
At Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, our board-certied specialists
diagnose and treat both common and
complex digestive disorders and liver
diseases including acid reux, IBS,
Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis,
celiac disease, Barretts esophagus,
and hepatitis. In addition, many of
our physicians perform interventional
endoscopic procedures, allowing for
more precise diagnoses and treatment
of chronic disorders.
For adults, one of the most important
tests is a colon cancer screeninga

procedure that AGA physicians perform


regularly at one of our nine accredited
outpatient endoscopy centers, or in
some cases, in area hospitals. Because
early detection and removal of polyps
during a colonoscopy can actually
prevent the disease, screening colonoscopies are recommended for adults
beginning at age fty. Those who have
a family history of the disease or have
other risk factors usually start screenings at a younger age.
For children and adolescents, GI
issues can be particularly challenging.
To meet these special needs, AGA now
provides personalized care for infants,
children, preteens, and teens at its
new Pediatric and Adolescent Division.
Offering the same high level of quality
care afforded to adults, our pediatric

PHYSICIAN
P R O F I L E S

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates


550 Peachtree Street, Suite 1600
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
1-866-GO-TO-AGA [468-6242]
atlantagastro.com

gastroenterologists treat every type of


GI disorder, including lactose intolerance, feeding difculties, eosinophilic
esophagitis, and colic.
As one of the largest gastroenterology practices in the U.S., AGAs
physicians are dedicated to providing
patients with quality healthcare that
is comprehensive, convenient, and
affordable. With more than seventyve physicians in thirty-seven locations
throughout Atlanta and north Georgia,
getting the right kind of care is easy for
both adults and children.
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WELLBEING

ATLANTAS HEALTH MATRIX


The ATL has been ranked the fth-happiest and the 16th-healthiest metro area, but
just how does that break down? Here are some scientic (and unscientic)
contributing factors to our overall wellbeing. BY BE T SY RIL E Y

HAPPY

Pork bellies

Varsity onion
rings
The North
Avenue agship
sometimes cranks
out as much as a
ton a day.

MLS
Most nerdy

Cheers!

Tree huggers

Thanks, Dragon
Con. Movoto.com
says were number
one for nerds. It
also rated us tops
for Steampunk.

Local brewer
SweetWater has
quintupled its
capacity. Well try
not to quintuple
ours.

More than half


the city is covered
with trees.

Open happiness
Were still
addicted to our
hometown
Coca-Cola.

Please and
thank you
Were the
fth-most-likely
city to say em, and
were only
occasionally
profane.

Always on call
Atlanta is the
second-most-wired
city.

Home of the
Centers for Disease
Control

According to
Movoto, were
runner-up to
Florida for the
most uptight state.

HEALTHY

Ice hockey blues

30th
Our pitiful
ranking for the best
street food scene.
Wheres a good
hot dog when you
need one?

Antioxidants
Blueberries are
now Georgias most
valuable fruit crop.

Health mecca

UNHEALTHY

Stressed out

Pro soccer
coming in 2017!

120

The Thrashers
departed for
Winnipeg.

Gay rights

Miles of new
bike lanesif the
citys infrastructure
bond passes.

In the thirdmost-LGBTfriendly city, samesex marriage is a


long shot, despite
majority support.

MARTA
Still needs to
get smarta.

Sneeze alert
73
18th
Our ranking for
year-round air
pollution

1 in 70
Your chances of
becoming a crime
victim in Atlanta

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Hours wasted in
Atlanta trafc per
year with a 30minute rush-hour
commute

UNHAPPY

Up in smoke
Atlanta has
banned smoking in
public parks, but
still not in bars or
restaurants.

Among top
allergy cities,
Atlanta has better
than average pollen
countsbut fewer
than average
allergists.

FOR SOURCES, see page 143.

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O F T H E C D C ; O N I O N R I N G S : C O U R T E S Y O F T H E V A R S I T Y ; M A R TA : K E L LY M I L L S

Atlantas
among the top 10
cities for barbecue.

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Janet Bivens, MD

Kendrick Family Practice


5900 Hillandale Drive
Lithonia, Georgia 30058
770-987-2155
kendrickmdfp.com

PHYSICIAN
P R O F I L E S
At Kendrick Family Practice, Dr. Janet
Bivens and associates have been providing outstanding medical care in south
DeKalb County for twenty-ve years.
Kendrick Family Practice offers a
weight loss program that is easy, safe,
and effective. We believe in a holistic
approach to your health and issues,
including stress. As such, we have a
psychologist and a massage therapist
on staff. If you think you may suffer
from allergies, our allergy program
includes testing, allergy injections, and
easy, painless allergy drops that are
administered at home.
For more extensive wellness care,
consider our concierge practice, which
opened last year. Upon arrival, you will
notice a difference. The soft lighting and
soothing music create a spa-like atmosphere. Your membership includes an
executive physical, thirty-minute routine
appointments, no waiting time, and
access to Dr. Bivens 24/7 by cell phone.
Patients have seen lowered blood sugar,
blood pressure, and cholesterol as a
result of this service, and several have
been able to decrease the number of
medications they were taking by working closely with Dr. Bivens.
Dr. Bivens employs many of the
treatments that she prescribes to
patients in her own life. I dont ask my
patients to do things I am not willing
to do, Bivens says. I turned sixty last
year, and I feel great.
Kendrick Family Practice values your
time, so we never double- or triple-book
appointments. Whether you are interested in our traditional practice, weight
loss program, allergy drops, concierge
practice, or want to schedule a hot
stone massage, call for an appointment or visit our website to learn more.
We would love to help you reach your
healthcare goals this year.
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WELLBEING
EXPERT ADVICE

GLOBAL GOOD EATS

Atlanta has become a hub for international


cuisine, to the delight of adventurous eaters. And
its nice to know a global gastronomical experience
doesnt have to work against your health and tness
goals. Trying foods from different cultures may actually help combat diet fatigue by introducing you to a
wider variety of healthy options. Read on for ideas on
what to orderand skipat some of the citys most
popular international restaurants. BY TA M A R A S. MELT ON, MS, RDN, LD
PERSIAN

RUMIS
KITCHEN
Rumis Kitchen
features grilled
meatsa preparation method
that is waistline-friendly.
Start your meal
with the arugula
salad or Shirazi salad, both
dressed with
a low-fat yet
avor-packed
lemon vinaiLamb kebab
with dill and
fava bean
basmati rice
and arugula
salad, Rumis
Kitchen

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grette. The lamb


kebab, chinjeh
lubia polo, and
barg kebab use
loin cuts, which
contain less fat.
As a side, opt for
the dill and fava
bean saffron
basmati rice,
which contains
more protein
and ber than
plain saffron rice.
For a vegetarian
option, hummus
provides a good
source of protein
and healthy fats.
/// 6112 Roswell
Road, Sandy
Springs, rumiskitchen.com

CHINESE

GUS BISTRO
Spicy Sichuanstyle cooking
methods are the
mainstay of Gus
menu. Low-calorie soups like
egg drop or hot
and sour sh
can curb hunger
and help you eat
less later. For
entrees, stirfried vegetables
with a choice of
seafood, chicken,
beef, pork, lamb,
or duck are plentiful. Although
oil is used in
stir-frying, its
a considerably
smaller amount
than that in a
fried entree, such
as the crispy
sh llet. Avoid
the Kung Pao

PHOTOGR APH BY AMBER FOUTS

chicken, which
can reach over
1,000 calories per
serving! /// 5750
Buford Highway,
Doraville, gusbistro.com
JAPANESE

TOMO

Sushi rolls are


often considered
healthy, no matter the type. But
thats not always
true. Any tempura
roll contains fat
from fried ingredients. Tuna rolls
often contain
mayonnaise, and
therefore more
calories. For
heart-healthy
fats, opt for rolls
with avocado or
fatty sh, like
the California,
salmon skin, or
house special
rolls. Start your
meal with a bowl
of protein- and
ber-rich edamame. /// 3630
Peachtree Road,
tomorestaurant.
com

INDIAN

TABLA
Indian dishes
rely on spices like
turmeric, cardamom, cumin,
and ginger, which
scientists believe
may provide
health benets
by reducing
inammation
and improving
cardiovascular
health. Take advantage of these
properties by enjoying one of the
many curries offered. In addition
to your entree,
choose the roti,
which is made
with ber-rich
whole-wheat
our. For even
more ber and
vitamins, choose
a lentil- or
chickpea-based
dish, such as the
dal Bukhara or
Delhi chole. The
tandoori shrimp
or dhaba ka
murg (tandoori
chicken) are prepared using little
added fat and
calories. /// 77

12th Street, tablaatlanta.com


ITALIAN

SOTTO SOTTO
Traditional Italian food can be
part of a healthy
diet, but its all
about balance.
Start with the
insalata mista
rather than the
Caesar salad, for
a lower-calorie
serving of berand vitamin-rich
vegetables. If
youre in the
mood for pasta,
an antioxidantlled tomatobased dish like
the spaghetti del
pescatore will
satisfy. The polletto al limone or
the pesce arrosto

are also good options for entrees.


Keep the portions
of chicken or
sh to the size
of the palm of
your hand, and
save the rest for
lunch the next
day. /// 313 North
Highland Avenue,
urestaurants.net
THAI

TUK TUK THAI


FOOD LOFT
Thai cuisine
offers plenty of
steamed, grilled,
or stir-fried
entrees, with
fresh, crispy
vegetables. For

an appetizer, the
tom yum koong
soup has about
150 fewer calories
than the
coconut-milkbased tom kha
kai soup. Though
many of the
Bangkok street
noodles have
vegetables, these
dishes often
contain highsodium soy sauce
and may not be
appropriate for
people with high
blood pressure.
If youre in the
mood for curry,
the panang or
green curries are

excellent options.
If your beverage
of choice is Thai
tea, skip the rells:
Each eight-ounce
serving of this
creamy beverage
contains more
calories than a
12-ounce can of
soda. /// 1745
Peachtree Street,
tuktukatl.com
Melton is a registered
dietitian nutritionist
and Georgia Academy
of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson. She
owns LaCarte Wellness,
a consultation rm
specializing in wellness
programs and health
information technology,
and teaches at Georgia
State University.

Panang curry
with tom yum
koong soup,
Tuk Tuk Thai
Food Loft

WINTER SPORTS
A GUIDE TO ATLANTA VENUES

th
t he e

ICE-SKATING

A SOUTHERNERS GUIDE

PLAY IN THE SNOW & ICE!


Everyone knows Atlantans arent used to snow and ice, and were not too versed
in winter sports either. But just because the temperature drops outsidedont
worry, it will be warm in a few weeks!doesnt mean we have to stay inactive
or endure a sweaty gym. The city offers plenty of opportunities for trying coldweather sports, including ice-skating, ice hockey, snowboarding, snow tubing,
and even curling. Here is our guide for where to go and how much each activity
costs. Weve also included a few tips for novices. C.C.

GAME TIME

Ice hockey
Most local
rinks offer fall
and spring
adult hockey
leagues, and
the Cooler has
a league for
female players
called the Lady
Thrashers. The
IceForum, the
Cooler, and the
Marietta Ice
Center also offer adult sticktimes as pickup
games. Adult
sticktime at the
Cooler and the
IceForum is $10.
To just watch
hockey, check
out the minor
league Gwinnett Gladiators
(gwinnettcenter.com).

Snow tubing
OLYMPIC DREAMS

The Atlanta Curling


Club (atlcurling.org)
practices at the Marietta
Ice Center, and the club
offers lessons to the
public. Beginners can
borrow equipment. Intro
classes cost $20 and are
offered every few weeks.
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Stone Mountain Park turns Memorial


Lawn into Snow Mountain for tubing from
November to February 22 (stonemountainpark.com). No experience is required, so just
arrive and have fun! Everyone must be at least
42 inches tall to ride a tube, and children under 16 require adult supervision. Dont bring
your own tubing gear; only park-provided
equipment is allowed. General admission is
$28 and includes two hours of tubing. TIPS:
Wear warm, water-resistant clothes, including
gloves and boots. Consider muffs or hats to
cover your ears, and wear layers in case you
get sweaty or wet. The park sells some basic
gear like hats and gloves.

I C E S K AT E S : S E A N J U S T I C E / C O R B I S ; G L A D I AT O R S : D A L E Z A N I N E ; T U B I N G : S T O N E M O U N TA I N P A R K ; C U R L I N G : I S T O C K P H O T O . C O M

Seasonal
tented rinks
have become
popular in
Atlanta.

The IceForum
(Duluth and
Kennesaw,
iceforum.com),
the Cooler at the
Alpharetta Family Skate Center
(coolerathletics.
com), and the
Marietta Ice
Center (mariettaicecenter.com)
are permanent
rinks. Seasonal
facilities include
the St. Regis
Atlanta (stregisatlanta.com), Skate
Atlantic Station
(atlanticstation.
com), Centennial
Olympic Park
(centennialpark.
com), Southwest
Rink at Park Tavern (parktavern.
com), and Avalon
at Alpharetta
(experienceavalon.com). Cost
is about $8 to $10;
$3 for skate rentals. The St. Regis
is $30 per hour,
including skate
rental. TIP: Most
venues offer both
gure and hockey
skate rentals.
Even though gure skates have
pesky toe picks,
their blade shape
makes it easier
for beginners to
balance.

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WELLBEING
ATLANTA TRACK CLUB

PEACHTREE
TEES

Runners at the rst Peachtree Road


Race in 1970 received only 15 cents in
bus fare. But the annual T-shirt has
since become one of our citys most
prized trophies.

1989

1979

1980

1983

1987
People hated
the perky 1994
shirt so much that tees
have been chosen
by vote ever
since.

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1996

1997

1998

1999

2001

2010

2013

Dont be
fooled by Olympicthemed Peachtree
tees from the
1990s. This was
the ofcial
one.

1995

Annual shirts
are now chosen
by contest. Mandy Goss,
who won in 2007,
once worked in
a T-shirt
shop.

2002
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P H O T O G R A P H S B Y E M I LY S C H U LT Z

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Through years of learning, mastering,
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Dr. LeRoy created the Band Aid line to
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Try a
Winter
CSA

Most Community-Supported Agriculture programs take a break during winter, but a few
keep going, offering greens and root vegetables such as kale, spinach, carrots, and sweet
potatoes. Some add products like jellies, grits, and nuts. Here are four CSAs to try:

TaylOrganic
Farm
Year-round;
$679.80 for 12
weekly boxes
of vegetables,
$407.88 for 12
weekly half
boxes of vegetables; fruit,
eggs, and meat
also available.
taylorganic.
blogspot.com

WINNING
WORKOUTS
Try harder if youre competing?
Check out these classes:

ORANGETHEORY
FITNESS
Attack the
treadmill, rowing
machine, and
free weights while
wearing a heart rate
monitor to keep
you in the orange
zoneas posted
on a screen for
all to see. 8 locations, including
Midtown and East
Cobb; orangetheorytness.com

FLYWHEEL
Frantic highspeed stadium
cycling in the dark
while pop music
blasts and you compete to get on the
leaderboard. Buckhead and Midtown;
ywheelsports.com
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Truly Living
Well Center for
Natural Urban
Agriculture
Year-round; $400
for 13 weekly
baskets, $250 for
13 weekly half
baskets. trulylivingwell.com

Rise N Shine
Farm
December
to April;
$420 for full
share, $207
for biweekly
half share.
risenshine.
csasignup.com

Country
Gardens
Family Farm
November to
February; milk
and eggs only;
pricing varies
by order. countrygardensfarm.com

Local produce is also delivered during winter months by


Atlanta Locally Grown (atlanta.locallygrown.net) and
Moore Farms and Friends (moorefarmsandfriends.com).

SIP
RED
WINE
Studies have
shown that drinking a moderate
amount of red wine
lowers your risk
of heart attack,
stroke, heart disease, and sudden
cardiac death
by 25% to 40%.
Whats moderate? One daily
drink for women,
two drinks for
menand a drink
is ve ounces,
says registered
dietitian nutritionist Marisa Moore.
John Passman,
owner of Cellar 13
Wine Merchant,
recommends three
reds to enjoy this
winter:

LA ANTIGUA
CLASICO 2010
RIOJA CRIANZA

70% Tempranillo,
20% Graciano,
10% Garnacha
Aged two years in
French and American oak, this Rioja
from Spain has ripe
cherry, tobacco
leaf, and earthy
notes. $17.99

DOMAINE CROS
DE ROMET 2011
CAIRANNE
CTES-DU-RHNE
VILLAGES

80% Grenache,
20% Syrah
This rich,
full-bodied red
from Frances
southern Rhne
Valley shows a velvety, plush texture
with black fruits
and a touch of
smoked meat and
rosemary. $23.99

GIUSEPPE ELLENA
2010 BAROLO
100% Nebbiolo
From the
excellent 2010
vintage comes
this classic Barolo
with a powerful
yet balanced
prole featuring
black cherry,
pomegranate,
sandalwood, and
cedar. $31.99

P R E V I O U S S P R E A D : D A V I D A R K Y ( P O S T- I T S ) ; J U S T I N S T E E L E ( W O M A N )

Its January, the time for New Years resolutions. If youre like
most Americans, youll likely swear that this will be the year you
nally lose weight or get more sleep or start exercising or ease
your stress. The top resolutions always seem to be about getting
healthier. Before you slink back into that gym you joined last
January, take a look at our list. Here are some fun ways for
Atlantans to jump-start their bestand healthiestyear ever.

FRESH FACE

Fight
wrinkles

Bella Ciao
Corvo Citta Donna,
from $1,400 at
Houndstooth Road in
Decatur, h2rd.com

Most popular
llers in the Southeast*

HYALURONIC ACID
This natural
substance (e.g.,
74% Juvederm Ultra and
Restylane) offers
elasticity, easing
wrinkles and lines.

CALCIUM HYDROXYLAPATITE The


heaviest dermal

13% facial llers, these

biosynthetics (e.g.,
Radiesse) ll cheeks
and frown lines.

POLYLACTIC ACID
This synthetic
ller (Sculptra)
5% stimulates your own
collagen. Its used
primarily for laugh
lines and thin lips.

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has a goal of making Atlanta a top 10


bike-friendly city by 2016, and there are 120 miles of new bike lanes
proposed for the next two years. The current draft of the citys
infrastructure bond (due for a vote this year) contains $23.4 million
for complete streets with bikeways.

COLLAGEN Injections from animals


or human skin are
2% used for fuller lips
and to treat wrinkles
around the mouth
and on the forehead.

ATLANTA HALF
MARATHON VERSUS
TURKEY DINNER

880* 4,500

POLYMETHYL-METHACRYLATE MICROSPHERES This

Calories
burned during
Thanksgiving
Day Half
Marathon

1% semipermanent ller
(Artell) for medium
to deep wrinkles lls
scars and thin lips.

FUN FACT

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B E S T PL ACE S ; PIL LO W S : I S TO CK PHOTO.COM; B IK E : CO UR T E S Y OF B E L L A CI AO ; OR A NG E T HEOR Y:
C O U R T E S Y O F O R A N G E T H E O R Y ; I L L U S T R AT I O N S B Y J A M E S O N S I M P S O N

FAT Fat from


one part of the
body is reinjected
4% into another
area to soften
creases or ll out
thin lips.

Two-Wheel Drive

Calories
consumed
during
traditional
Thanksgiving
dinner

*As measured by a 140pound male running actual


Atlanta course

LAUGH TRACK Good news: Vanderbilt researcher Maciej Buchowski found


that 10 to 15 minutes of laughter burns 10 to 40 calories. Bad news: He
notes youd have to laugh for 15 minutes to burn off two Hersheys Kisses.

SLEEP
BETTER
How to pick the perfect pillow,
according to Cam Reynolds,
co-owner of Gramercy, a luxury
linens shop in Buckhead. 2351-A
Peachtree Road, 404-846-9244,
shopgramercy.com

First, decide if
you want down or
down alternative.
Most people with
allergies shy away
from down. Down
alternative pillows
also tend to be less
expensive and may
be washable.
For down Do
you want to feel

like your head


is enveloped in
the entire pillow
(choose softer to
medium), or do you
want more support
(choose medium
to rm)?
For down alternative Consider
medium. It can feel
like a combination

of the pillow surrounding your head


while still offering
a little support. A
pillow is like a mattress, says Reynolds:
Try before you buy.
Feel them, squish
them. You want
to make sure its
exactly what you
want.

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AVOID SUNBURN

SUNNY
DAYS

Atlantas average
number of days of sunshine, compared with
a national average of
205.* So get out the
sunblock. You should use
one ounce (about a shot
glass full) every time you
apply. Heres how our
sunny days compare with
other big cities:

LOS ANGELES
MIAMI
NEW YORK
PHILADELPHIA
HOUSTON
BOSTON
CHICAGO

284
248
224
207
204
200
189

Peaceful
escapes
Need a moment? Here are ve places in
metro Atlanta where you can steal away to
calm down and gather your thoughts:

The Cathedral of
St. Philip labyrinth

The Carter
Presidential
Center gardens
The grounds of the
center are a 35-acre
park that includes
waterfalls, a rose
garden, a koi pond,
and even a cherry
orchard. Wander amid
colorful blooms in the
cut ower garden, or
sit in a pavilion with
a view of the Atlanta
skyline. 453 Freedom

Parkway, 404-4205100, cartercenter.org

Swan Woods Trail,


Atlanta History
Center
This serene path
winds through 10
acres of oak, hickory,
and pine trees and a
former cotton eld.
Sit in the quiet Garden
for Peace, where
youll see a life-sized
sculpture of a tree
surrounded by gures
holding hands. The

STAND
UP!
In offices across
the country, sitting
is the new smoking. Heres why
workers are shunning ergonomic
chairs in favor of
standing desks:
Americans sit
more than eight
hours a day on
average.
Standing instead
of sitting in a classroom improved
students test
scores by 20%.
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bronze work, called


The Peace Tree, came
from the Republic of
Georgia in 1989. 130
West Paces Ferry Road,
404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com

Japanese Zen
Garden at the
Grand Hyatt
Atlanta, Buckhead
The Grand Hyatt
was formerly a
Hotel Nikko and was
fortunate to inherit
a very feng shui

Changing to
a standing desk
burns an extra 500
to 1,000 calories
daily.
Standing three
hours a day for one
year is equal to
running 10 marathons.
People who
spend the bulk of
their day sitting
have a 24% greater
risk of colon cancer, a 32% higher
risk of endometrial
cancer, and a 21%
increased risk of
lung cancer.*

garden designed by a
Kyoto architect. The
soothing sounds of
a trickling water feature and cascading
waterfall just might
make you late to your
next conference
breakout session.
3300 Peachtree
Road, 404-237-1234,
grandatlanta.hyatt.
com

Big Trees Forest


Preserve
This tranquil

Above is the tea


house at the Hyatts
Zen Garden.

30-acre urban forest


has a 1.5-mile softmulch walking trail
meandering through
a forest of oak trees
that are between 100
and 200 years old.
There are creeks and
plenty of benches for
pensive moments.
7645 Roswell Road,
Sandy Springs, 770673-0111, bigtreesforest.com

703%
FRESH FACE

increase in
Botox-type
treatments
nationwide
since 2000*

KEEP A
GRATITUDE
JOURNAL
People who write down
what theyre grateful for
are 25% happier*, sleep
half an hour more every
night, and exercise as
much as 33% more
each week compared
with those who dont
stop to be thankful.

Gratitude
journal from
Sam Flax,
$14.95, samaxsouth.
com

G R A N D H YAT T AT L A N TA : L A U R A R U B I N S T E I N ; C O F F E E : I S T O C K P H O T O . C O M ; T R U E F O O D : A M B E R F O U T S ;
I L L U S T R AT I O N : J A M E S O N S I M P S O N ; H O L LY B E T H : C O U R T E S Y O F H O L LY B E T H ; J O U R N A L : A L LY S O N B U S C H

Walking the
labyrinth is often a
metaphor for a spiritual pilgrimage. While
you stroll the intricate paved outdoor
maze, you can pray,
meditate, or just let
your mind drift. The
churchs bookstore
stocks multiple titles
on the practice, plus
desk-sized versions
to take home. 2744
Peachtree Road, 404365-1034, stphilipscathedral.org

PUMP UP
THE
VOLUME
We asked local
exercise lovers
what song helps
pump them up
when they work
out.

DR. SANJAY
GUPTA

CNNs chief medical correspondent


Lose Yourself
by Eminem

BERT WEISS

3 HEALTHY LUNCH SPOTS


JUICY JENNY

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN

KALE ME CRAZY

Souper Jenny has taken on


the juice market. In addition to
juices and smoothies, theres a
completely vegan, gluten-free
menu featuring a lunch bar and
snacks. Look for healthy treats
like yucca and plantain cakes,
eggplant avocado caprese, and
quinoa. 56 East Andrews Drive,
404-848-1480, juicyjennyatl.com

This national chain is


now open at Lenox Square, with
an emphasis on an antiinammatory diet. Theres a
wide range of vegan, vegetarian,
and gluten-free options, from
red chili shrimp to tuna wraps
and street tacos. 3393 Peachtree
Road, 404-481-2980, truefoodkitchen.com

There are some wraps and


salads on the menu, but the
focus of this Inman Park hangout is the juicefor smoothies,
shots, cold-pressed juices, and
cleansing. Fun fact: Each bottle
of juice contains at least 2.5
pounds of produce. 300 North
Highland Avenue, 404-6005048, kalemecrazy.net

nationally syndicated Q100 radio


host
playlist of Girl
Talk mixes

KASIM REED

mayor of Atlanta
More by Usher

DR. MERIA
CARSTARPHEN

* S TA N D U P : T I M E M A G A Z I N E A N D B B C ; * G R AT I T U D E : U C D A V I S P R O F E S S O R R O B E R T E M M O N S ; * F R E S H
F A C E : A M E R I C A N S O C I E T Y O F P L A S T I C S U R G E O N S ; * W H AT S I N Y O U R C U P : M AY O C L I N I C

Atlanta Public
Schools
superintendent
I Wish by
Stevie Wonder
(but she warms up
with Tchaikovskys
Swan Lake)

Inside
out quinoa
burger, True
Food Kitchen,
$12

NATURAL BEAUTY

HollyBeth
Organics
HollyBeth is the
only USDAcertied organic
skincare company
in Atlanta. It uses
only fresh plants
and essential oils,
adapting traditional homeopathic
recipes. Manufacturing and packaging processes are
also earth-friendly.

WHATS IN YOUR CUP

Eye serum, $65,


hollybethorganics.
com

COFFEE
CALORIES

2 52 20 49 5

calories in a
cup of plain
coffee

calories in a
tablespoon of
heavy cream

calories in a
tablespoon of
half-and-half

calories in a
tablespoon of
sugar

calories in a
tablespoon of
fat-free milk*

3SCENIC

RUNNING
TRAILS

We asked Eric Champlin,


editor and founder of
AtlantaTrails.com, to
recommend three of his
favorite routes around
metro Atlanta. Heres
what he had to say:

Atlanta BeltLine
Eastside Trail

BEGINNER

INTERMEDIATE

ADVANCED

ATLANTA BELTLINE
EASTSIDE TRAIL

COCHRAN SHOALS

NO HILLS + SKYLINE VIEWS

One of Atlantas most


scenic, traffic-free, and
popular running trails,
the Cochran Shoals 5K loop
follows gentle rolling
elevations on the banks of
the Chattahoochee River.
To catch more distance,
exit the north end and
run Columns Drive to Johnson Ferry Road, adding
ve miles.

PANOLA
MOUNTAIN
PATH TRAIL

Grab a run on the paved


Eastside Trail, catching
skyline views of Midtown at
Piedmont Park en route to
Ponce City Market, past the
Historic Fourth Ward Park,
and into Inman Park. This
former rail corridor runs
nearly level, so its beginner-friendly and great for a
run up to four miles.

LONG DISTANCE + RIVERSIDE SCENERY

TO ALEXANDER LAKE
WINDING HILLS + GLASSY LAKE VIEWS

Run a ve-mile loop at this


state park on a paved trail,
grabbing a moderate hill
workout on rolling, scenic
terrain. The trail runs over a
causeway on Alexander Lake
and through a historic barn.
Not winded yet? PATH trail
networks span 30 miles.

MLK Day of Service


VOLUNTEER

According to a study by UnitedHealth Group, serving the community has benets for
volunteers too. Ninety-four percent of volunteers say service improves their mood, and 78%
say it lowers their stress. On January 19, join Hands On Atlanta for its 20th annual Martin
Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Last year, more than 3,000 volunteers worked on 60 projects
across the city. Check out the opportunities at handsonatlanta.org.

106
SWEAT IT OUT

Degrees
Fahrenheit
in Be Hot
Yoga Atlanta,
Midtown

GROW
TOMATOES
Everyone knows
grocery store
tomatoes are
lame. Fortunately,
according to
garden expert and
WSB host Walter
Reeves, tomatoes
are one of the
easiest vegetables
to grow yourself.
Here is his advice
for planting them
in containers:

STYLISH
WORKOUTS
Fashion meets tness.
Todays hottest workout
wear goes from the gym
to the street.

Prints like
the foliage
motif below
are hot
this year,
but dont
overdo it.
Youve seen
those 90s
videos,
right?

How to work
out in your car

* F U N F A C T: N AT I O N A L S L E E P R E S E A R C H P R O J E C T; M L K D AY O F S E R V I C E : C O U R T E S Y O F
H A N D S O N AT L A N TA ; B E LT L I N E : C O U R T E S Y O F T H E B E LT L I N E ; I L L U S T R AT I O N : J A M E S O N
S I M P S O N ; Y O G A , B A B Y, T O M AT O : I S T O C K P H O T O . C O M ; C L O T H E S : C O U R T E S Y O F AT H L E TA

Atlantans spend a lot of time in cars30.1 minutes


each time we drive to work. Thats more than any other
major city except New York, D.C., and Chicago. When
you cant move, use the delay to exercise. Personal
trainer Carlos Jordan of Buckheads Ultimate Bodies
by Carlos suggests trying the following exercises (but
only when youre at a complete stop!):

Commuter
crunch
Tuck in your
pelvis and
engage your
lower abdominal muscles.
Then engage
your upper abs
and move your
ribcage slightly
toward your
hips. Hold for
10 seconds and
rest for three
seconds, but
keep breathing.
Repeat eight
to 12 times or
until tired.

Oblique
stomach
crunch
Flex your
upper and lower
stomach muscles and then

raise your right


hip as high as it
will go. Hold for
three seconds,
then lower
and repeat on
the left side.
Repeat 10 times
on each side or
until tired.

75/85
gridlock
Grip the
steering wheel
at opposite
ends, and try
to push your
hands toward
each other for
three seconds,
as if you are
crushing the
wheel. Rest,
then grip the
wheel and try to
pull your hands
away from
each other for

three seconds.
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AT L A N TA 1 3 5

MINISTRY
OF

HEALTH
One mans quest to heal a community sparks
new efforts to close Atlantas health gaps.

by MICHELE COHEN MARILL

photographs by AUDRA MELTON

LIKE SO MANY PATIENTS WHO FIND THEIR WAY TO THE HEALING COMMUNITY CENTER IN SOUTHWEST

Atlanta, Robin Swinks came with a sense of desperation. She needed a doctor who would listen to her storysomeone to help her forge a way through the healthcare labyrinth. So on a
Wednesday evening, she sat on an exam table while clinic founder Dr. Charles Moore gently felt
her nose and peered inside her nostrils. About three months earlier, Swinks, 37, had been in a
serious car accident that left her with a severe concussion, memory loss, and a shattered nose.
The headaches subsided, the memory came back, but so far the insurance company had refused
to x her nose. They make it seem like Im a bored housewife who does not like my nose, she
said, her voice high-pitched and strained. I have made it clear that I cannot breathe. Moore, an
ear, nose, and throat doctor, nodded. Swinkss nose had shifted to one side, and fractures had left

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a hump and S-shaped crook. Inside, the


septum, which separates the nostrils, had
been crushed. It was blocking one nostril
by about 80 percent and the other by 50
percent.
That should ultimately be approved
by your insurance, he assured her. Ill
get several folks involved to help clear it
and get it done.
There was no bill or co-pay for the
exam, just some instructions about how
to register at Grady Memorial Hospital
before he met with her again. Moore specializes in surgery for craniomaxillofacial
trauma and anterior cranial base tumorsand in helping people overlooked
by the healthcare system.
I love the mission of this place. Its
great work theyre doing, Swinks said as
she left. His whole mission is speaking
for people who arent spoken for.

quiet man lacking even the


slightest swagger of an Ivy
Leagueeducated physician,
Moore never set out to save
the world. He wasnt thinking about underserved populations when he left his
home state of New York for Harvard Medical School and then specialty training at
the University of Michiganeventually
becoming an associate professor at Emory University and chief of otolaryngology/
head and neck surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital.
But Moore had never experienced what
he saw at Grady. Patients with big, bulbous tumors on their tongues. Patients
with tumors the size of tennis balls in
their necks. Patients who were the walking dead because it was too late to save
their lives.
When Moore asked them why they
hadnt sought care sooner, he heard common refrains. With little money, they
chose buying food over medicine. They
didnt have insurance. They didnt have
transportation. Somebody needs to do
something about this, Moore thought to
himself with a sense of outrage whenever he saw an advanced cancer that could
have been treated if caught earlier. Then
one day, Moore realized, Maybe that
someone should be me.
It wasnt hard to gure out where these
patients were coming from. Moore studied their charts and saw the zip codes
30314, 30318, 30311neighborhoods due
west, where one in three people live in

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poverty, the unemployment rate is 19 percent, and nearly one in four people have
no health insurance.
These neighborhoods are a case study
of health disparity, an enclave where people are more likely to die early of stroke,
cancer, and diabetes than their counterparts across the county in Roswell or
Johns Creek. These are places where residents struggle just to get to and from a
grocery store, let alone across town to see
a medical specialist.
Moore drove past this area every day,
a blur of drab concrete and kudzu, as he
zipped along Interstate 20 on his way
home to Mableton. But one day, he decided to take a closer look. He shed his
necktie, loosened his collar, and took an
exit ramp that led to Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. (It was then called Bankhead
Highway, a name immortalized by rappers and erased by city leaders embarrassed by its high crime rate.) He drove
past overgrown lots and cinder block
buildings with bars on the windows,
houses that needed repair and chain link
fences topped with barbed wire. He saw
an older woman waiting for a bus, so he
parked nearby and approached her. He
didnt mention that he was a doctor. He
just struck up a conversation about the
community.
I didnt get her name; she didnt get
mine, he says. As I recall, she was headed to work and it was in the late afternoon. The day before, someone had been
shot. We started talking about that, and
she talked about how raising her kids,
she was always concerned something was
going to happen to them.

oore didnt really know what


he was going to do, but he
kept detouring off the highway. He kept talking to people. It was just a personal venture more
than as an M.D., he says.
Can one man make a difference? That
question dogged Moore in his trips along
Hollowell Parkway, Hamilton E. Holmes
Drive, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
streets named after icons of the civil
rights movement that traversed some of
the bleakest spots in metro Atlanta.
An answer settled on him. He thought
to himself, Sometimes its not the magnitude of what you do. Its the fact that
youre doing something to make a difference, and people sense and feel that.

Moore got a big Tupperware container and lled it with tongue depressors,
gauze, gloves, alcohol wipes, and disposable dental mirrors to look into the
throat. He drove to churches and homeless shelters and health fairs, offering
head and neck screenings. His green
Subaru Forester (which now has almost
300,000 miles) became a familiar sight,
a roving doctors clinic that needed no
fancy logo.
These were people who never received
medical care, so Moore had to brush up
on his primary care skills and tend to basic needs. Once, someone asked him to go
to a crack house. He hesitated, but ultimately decided his goal was to reach the
unreachable, so he agreed. (He never saw
any illegal activity while he was there.)
I remember one guy in particular,
says Moore. He had a small cancer
on the side of his tongue, but he
lived about 10 miles from Grady.
I was so concerned about how he
was going to get to Grady [for surgery]. He said, Dont worry about
it. No one has ever shown us any
kind of concern. Ill get there.
The man walked. And arrived
early for his appointment.
Perhaps more than anything,
that mans persistence dened for
Moore the daily barriers faced by
these residents and their pent-up
desire for care.

oon other clinicians


expressed interest in
donating their time.
Most folks who go
into medicine really do just want
to help people, he says. It reignited something in them about
why they went to medical school
or nursing school or other healthrelated elds.
So eight years ago, he founded
HEAL (Health Education, Assessment & Leadership) and applied
for a grant from Mobile Medical
Ministries International, a faithbased nonprot that supports
mobile medical clinics for underserved communities. He obtained
a mobile unit and called it the
HEALing Community Center.

Moore with volunteers in the garden


at Super Giant Food grocery store

His whole mission is


speaking for people

Moore has since learned the


power of collaboration, nding
clinic space rst with a community service organization, then in
a vacated Grady clinic. About 45
percent of the patients are unemployed or disabled, and more
than 80 percent are uninsured. In a recent survey, 40 percent of patients said
they would have gone to an emergency
room if the center had not been available;
about the same number said they didnt
know where they would have gone.
In 2011, Moore began working with
Emory Universitys Urban Health Initiative and became its codirector, which
opened new opportunities. The initiative was founded by Emory neonatologist William Sexson, who thought there
should be a local counterpart to the uni-

WHO ARENT SPOKEN FOR


versitys Global Health Institute, which
supports research and training on public health problems around the world.
Teams of Emory undergrads and public
health, medicine, nursing, and business
students have now signed on to address
human suffering just across town.
The initiative shares Moores philosophy
of asking people in the community what
they need. We assume we do not know
much about their situation, says associate
director Carolyn Aidman. We learn from
them, and we try to help them come up

with solutions that will make a difference.


For example, the Bankhead area is a
food desert, where grocery stores are
scarce and its hard to get fresh, healthy,
and affordable food. With funding from
the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Woodard & Curran Foundation, the Urban
Health Initiative created a community
garden in the parking lot of a Super Giant
Food grocery store on Hollowell Parkway.
Emory students also spent hours labeling shelves at the Super Giant and a
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AT L A N TA 1 3 9

ROBERT P. CLIMKO, MD
The Southeast
Permanente Medical
Group
2400 Mount Zion Parkway, Jonesboro, GA
30236, 404-365-0966
Piedmont Hospital

REED M. PITRE, MD

TOP
DOCTORS
Here is our annual roster of the doctors whom other
doctors trust most. This year our survey covered 14
counties, naming more physicians than ever before.

Atlanta VA Medical
Center
1670 Clairmont Road,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-321-6111
Atlanta VA Medical
Center
Special Expertise
substance abuse,
post-traumatic stress
disorder

ADOLESCENT
MEDICINE
YOLANDA H.
WIMBERLY, MD
1800 Howell Mill Road,
Atlanta, GA 30318,
404-756-1430
Grady Health System
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
sexually transmitted
diseases, reproductive
health

ALLERGY
& IMMUNOLOGY
THOMAS CHACKO, MD
Northside ENT &
Allergy
1360 Upper Hembree
Road, Suite 201-B,
Roswell, GA 30076,
770-475-3361
North Fulton
Hospital
Special Expertise
allergic rhinitis, asthma,
immunotherapy, food
allergy

STANLEY M.
FINEMAN, MD

HOSPITAL
PRIVILEGES
Hospitals listed
under doctors
names represent
their top two
afliations.
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JANUARY 2015

Atlanta Allergy &


Asthma Clinic
895 Canton Road,
Suite 200, Marietta, GA
30060, 770-427-1471
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at
Scottish Rite
Special Expertise
allergic rhinitis, allergy

GEORGE R.
GOTTLIEB, MD
2151 Fountain Drive,
Suite 103, Snellville, GA
30078, 770-979-3796
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Eastside Medical
Center
Special Expertise
allergy, asthma, sinus
disorders, insect
allergies

LINDA D. GUYDON, MD
Atlanta Allergy &
Asthma Clinic
6300 Hospital Parkway,
Suite 250, Johns Creek,
GA 30097, 770-495-6258
Northside Hospital
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at
Scottish Rite
Special Expertise
asthma, sinus disorders

KATHLEEN A.
SHEERIN, MD
Atlanta Allergy &
Asthma Clinic
1990 Riverside Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA
30043, 770-995-1537
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at
Scottish Rite
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
food allergy, anaphylaxis

DAVID D. TANNER, MD
Atlanta Allergy &
Asthma Clinic
2045 Peachtree Road,
Suite 333, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-351-5711
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
allergy, asthma

JOHN A. ZORA, MD
Atlanta Allergy &
Asthma Clinic
1990 Riverside Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA
30043, 770-995-1537
North Fulton
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
allergy, asthma

CARDIAC
ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY
DAVID B. DELURGIO, MD
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 6, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-2504
Emory University
Hospital Midtown

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Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
arrhythmias, atrial
brillation, sudden
death prevention, heart
failure

SHAHRIAR IRAVANIAN,
MD
Kaiser Permanente
Glenlake Medical
Center
20 Glenlake Parkway,
Atlanta, GA 30328,
770-677-6304
Northside Hospital
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
arrhythmias

ANGEL R. LEON, MD
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 6, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-2504
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
arrhythmias, catheter
ablation, pacemakers,
heart failure

CARDIOVASCULAR
DISEASE
AMOL S. BAPAT, MD
Cardiovascular
Physicians of North
Atlanta
1285 Upper Hembree
Road, Roswell, GA
30076, 770-343-8565
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology,
congestive heart failure,
percutaneous coronary
intervention

JAVED BUTLER, MD
Emory Center for
Heart Failure
Therapy
550 Peachtree Street,
Medical Office Tower,
Floor 4, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-7885
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
heart failure, transplant
medicine (heart), nuclear cardiology

STEPHEN D. CLEMENTS
JR., MD
The Emory Clinic,

Department of
Cardiology
1365-A Clifton Road,
Suite 2200, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-3468
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
cardiac catheterization,
echocardiography, heart
failure

500, Atlanta, GA 30309,


404-605-2800
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
transplant medicine
(heart), congestive heart
failure, ventricular
assist device (LVAD)

MANFRED A.
SANDLER, MD

Piedmont Heart
Institute
275 Collier Road, Suite
300, Atlanta, GA 30309,
404-605-2800
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
cardiac catheterization,
interventional cardiology, transplant medicine
(heart)

The Cardiovascular
Group
755 Walther Road,
Lawrenceville, GA
30046, 770-962-0399
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
echocardiography,
cardiac catheterization,
peripheral vascular
disease

BRENDA J. HOTT, MD

ANDREW L. SMITH, MD

Northeast Georgia
Heart Center
200 South Enota
Drive, Suite 200,
Gainesville, GA 30501,
770-534-2020
Northeast Georgia
Medical Center
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
heart failure, transplant
medicine (heart), ventricular assist device
(LVAD)

Emory Center for


Heart Failure
Therapy
1365 Clifton Road, Suite
2115, Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-778-5544
Emory University
Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
transplant medicine
(heart), heart failure

VICTOR E. CORRIGAN,
MD

DONALD E. JANSEN, MD
Cardiovascular
Specialists
5669 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road,
Suite 170, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-252-8377
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
congestive heart failure,
transplant medicine
(heart)

PAUL A. KIRSCHBAUM,
MD
Atlanta Heart Group
2665 North Decatur
Road, Suite 260, Decatur,
GA 30033, 404-297-9077
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
echocardiography,
nuclear cardiology

NIRAV Y. RAVAL, MD
Piedmont Heart
Institute
275 Collier Road, Suite

LAURENCE S.
SPERLING, MD
Emory Heart &
Vascular Center
1365-A Clifton Road,
Suite 209, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-2746
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise preventive cardiology, cholesterol/lipid disorders

BYRON R. WILLIAMS
JR., MD
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree Street,
Medical Office Tower,
Floor 5, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-2501
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
echocardiography,
heart failure, heart valvendisease, preventive
cardiology

CHILD NEUROLOGY

FRANK R. BERENSON,
MD

RAOUL MAYER,
MD, PHD

5887 Glenridge Drive,


Suite 140, Atlanta, GA
30328, 678-705-7341
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
headache, neonatal neurology, epilepsy, behavioral disorders

Atlanta Colon &


Rectal Surgery
2675 North Decatur
Road, Suite 710,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-294-9900
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Northside Hospital

HOWARD S. SCHUB, MD
Ascend Pediatric
Neurology
5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 500,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-3535
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
movement disorders,
neurodevelopmental
disorders, epilepsy

COLON & RECTAL


SURGERY
WAYNE L. AMBROZE
JR., MD
Georgia Colon and
Rectal Surgical
Associates
5445 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 180,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
770-277-4277
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
laparoscopic surgery,
hemorrhoids, colon and
rectal cancer

STEPHEN M. COHEN, MD
Atlanta Colon &
Rectal Surgery
33 Southwest
Upper Riverdale
Road, Suite 127,
Riverdale, GA 30274,
770-997-1975
Southern Regional
Medical Center
Special Expertise
hemorrhoids, incontinence (fecal)

MONICA HUM, MD
ATL Colorectal
Surgery
95 Collier Road,
Suite 4025, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-574-5820
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
minimally invasive
surgery, incontinence
(fecal)

DERMATOLOGY
HAROLD J. BRODY, MD
1218 West Paces Ferry
Road, Suite 200,
Atlanta, GA 30327,
404-525-7409
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise cosmetic dermatology,
dermatologic surgery,
facial rejuvenation, skin
laser surgery (resurfacing)

RAYMOND V.
CAPUTO, MD
960 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 226,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-0787
Childrens
Healthcare of Atlanta
at Scottish Rite
Special Expertise
pediatric dermatology

GREGORY J. COX, MD
Perimeter
Dermatology
5505 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road,
Suite 412,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-459-9177
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
dermatologic surgery,
cosmetic dermatology,
skin laser surgery, skin
cancer

CHARLES J. DOUCHY, MD
North Atlanta
Dermatology
3850 Pleasant Hill
Road, Duluth, GA
30096, 770-814-8222
Emory Johns Creek
Hospital
Special Expertise
cosmetic dermatology

V. RUTLEDGE
FORNEY, MD
Dermatology
Affiliates
3131 Maple Drive, Suite
102, Atlanta, GA 30305,
404-816-7900
Piedmont Hospital

Special Expertise skin


cancer, dermatologic
surgery, cosmetic dermatology

MARY K. SPRAKER, MD
The Emory Clinic,
Dermatology
1525 Clifton Road, Floor
3, Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-778-3333
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Grady Health System
Special Expertise
pediatric dermatology,
hemangiomas

JANICE M. WARNER, MD
Atlanta West
Dermatology
1550 Mulkey Road,
Austell, GA 30106,
770-732-1137
WellStar Cobb
Hospital
Special Expertise
skin cancer, Mohs
surgery, cosmetic dermatology

JONATHAN S. WEISS,
MD
Gwinnett
Dermatology
2383 Pate Street,
Snellville, GA 30078,
770-972-4845
Eastside Medical
Center
Special Expertise
acne, psoriasis, photoaging, clinical trials

SYLVIA W. WRIGHT, MD
Peachtree
Dermatology
Associates
3286 Northside
Parkway, Suite 130,
Atlanta, GA 30327,
404-355-1919
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
skin cancer, cosmetic
dermatology, ethnic
skin disorders

DIAGNOSTIC
RADIOLOGY
LYNN D. BAXTER, MD
Northside Radiology
Associates
5775 Glenridge Drive,
Building B, Suite 525,
Atlanta, GA 30328,
404-851-6577
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
breast imaging

J A N U A RY 2 0 1 5

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AT L A N TA 1 4 1

TOP
HOSPITALS
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Here are the metro hospitals that excel in one or more areas.
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HEALTHGRADES
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= +++++

indicates fivestar performance that was


significantly
better than the
predicted value

= +++

indicates
three-star performance that
was as expected
based on the
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=+

indicates
one-star performance that
was significantly worse
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compared with predicted rates. Empty fields indicate
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ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER


ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH CAMPUS
FORMERLY SOUTH FULTON MEDICAL CENTER

DEKALB MEDICAL AT NORTH DECATUR


DEKALB MEDICAL AT HILLANDALE
EASTSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
EMORY JOHNS CREEK HOSPITAL

WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CAROLYN CRIST

EMORY SAINT JOSEPHS HOSPITAL


EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MIDTOWN
GRADY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
GWINNETT MEDICAL CENTER LAWRENCEVILLE
INCLUDES GWINNETT MEDICAL CENTER DULUTH

ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER


303 Parkway Drive, Atlanta, 404-265-4000,
atlantamedcenter.com
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Proprietary
Beds 460
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
Founded in 1901 and formerly known as Georgia
Baptist Hospital, Atlanta Medical Center was one of
the rst hospitals in the city. Today the hospital is
a Level I trauma center and has a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, plus nationally recognized
heart, stroke, spine, and surgical weight-reduction
services. The hospital is also known for its womens
services program, including water births and digital
mammography. In 2013 South Fulton Medical Center consolidated with the hospital and is now known
as Atlanta Medical Center South Campus. Atlanta
Medical Center is part of the Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH CAMPUS


(formerly South Fulton Medical Center)
1170 Cleveland Avenue, East Point, 404-466-1170,
atlantamedcenter.com
See Healthgrades methodology on page 160
1 4 2 AT L A N TA

JANUARY 2015

Facility type Short-term acute care


Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Proprietary
Beds 55
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
This East Point facility has served patients from
South Fulton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Clayton, and
Douglas counties since 1963. Specialties include
emergency services, outpatient and inpatient surgery, a teleneurology program, a stroke program,
and a sleep disorders center. In 2013 South Fulton
Medical Center consolidated with the Atlanta
Medical Center to become Atlanta Medical Center
South Campus. The hospital is part of the Tenet
Healthcare Corporation.
Healthgrades Five Stars for esophageal/stomach
surgeries

DEKALB MEDICAL AT NORTH DECATUR


2701 North Decatur Road, Decatur,
404-501-1000, dekalbmedical.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 451
Distinctions Bariatric Center of Excellence (awarded by Surgical Review Corporation); Primary Stroke
CONTINUED ON PAGE 159 ii
Center (awarded by

NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER


NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL ATLANTA
NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL CHEROKEE
NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL FORSYTH
PIEDMONT HOSPITAL
PIEDMONT FAYETTE HOSPITAL
PIEDMONT HENRY HOSPITAL
PIEDMONT NEWNAN HOSPITAL
INCLUDES THE FORMER NEWNAN HOSPITAL WEST

SOUTHERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER


TANNER MEDICAL CENTER CARROLLTON
TANNER MEDICAL CENTER VILLA RICA
WELLSTAR COBB HOSPITAL
WELLSTAR DOUGLAS HOSPITAL
WELLSTAR KENNESTONE HOSPITAL
WESLEY WOODS GERIATRIC HOSPITAL

Respiratory Failure

Sepsis

Diabetic Emergencies

Pulmonary Embolism

Colorectal Surgeries

CRITICAL CARE

Small Intestine Surgeries

Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries

Gallbladder Surgeries

Pancreatitis

Gastrointestinal Bleed

GASTROINTESTINAL

Bowel Obstruction

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

PROSTATE
SURGERY

Prostate Removal Surgery

Peripheral Vascular Bypass

Carotid Surgery

VASCULAR

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Neurosurgery

Spinal Fusion

Back and Neck Surgeries (without Spinal Fusion)

Hip Fracture Treatment

Hip Replacement

Stroke

NEUROSCIENCES

ORTHOPEDICS

Total Knee Replacement

Pneumonia

Defibrillator Procedures

Pacemaker Procedures

Heart Failure

Heart Attack

Coronary Interventional Procedures (Inpatient)

Valve Surgery

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

PULMONARY

CARDIAC

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with tags highlighting the healthiest choices, a project of Food Oasis, a coalition of 13
Atlanta organizations that promotes better
nutrition. The Super Giant is even creating
space for a satellite clinic of the HEALing
Community Center.
But how do low-income residents get to
and from the grocery store and laundromat, with bags and children in tow? They
pay $30 to the Ride Manwho will wait
30 minutes, but then might get impatient
and leave riders stranded, Aidman discovered. How do pregnant women get to Grady
to have a baby? They call 911 for an ambulance because they cant stand outside in
full labor, waiting for a MARTA bus.
Using a neighborhood church bus, the
Urban Health Initiative is creating a simple loop on Wednesdays from the largest
subsidized-rent apartment complex to the
laundry, grocery store, childrens schools,
and the clinic. Another idea in the works is
having an Uber driver transport women in
labor, a project dubbed the Labor Limo.
Meanwhile, the HEALing Community
Center continues to expand. It has a staff
of 20, providing primary care, pediatrics,
and even dentistry. Cardiologists from Piedmont Hospital volunteer twice a month,
and HEALing patients needing cardiac
procedures can get free treatment at Piedmont. Other free specialty care includes
pulmonology, ophthalmology, obstetrics
and gynecology, mental health services,
and audiology. Students from Morehouse
School of Medicine help with community
needs assessment.
As a federally qualied health center,
the clinic receives increased reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid to support ongoing expenses. And nutritionists
and chefs provide health education along
with Fulton Fresh, a healthy foods project
of the Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service. The Atlanta Falcons Youth
Foundation sponsors the Food Oasis and
Fulton Fresh projects.
Promoting a healthy lifestyle is an important part of Moores mission. He started with prescriptions for health: Kale,
Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Walk 3
times a week for 30 minutes scrawled on
a prescription slip. He put pictures of fruits
and vegetables on doors so they could send
someone to the apple room instead of
exam room four. Once a month, he mixes
exercise with health education in his Walk
with a Doc hikes at Lionel HamptonBeecher Nature Preserve.
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And Moore continues to reach for new


connections. For example, the HEALing
Community Center provides healthcare
for children in a nearby church daycare.
Otherwise, the parents would not be able
to access those services, says the Reverend
Larry Hill, pastor of the Word of God Ministries. These are the kind of partnerships
that really make a great impact.
Lavern and Bonita Evans venture from their home in
College Park for an appointment at the
HEALing Community Center. Lavern, 62,
started feeling the achiness and tightness
in his joints hours before the rst rain fell,
and when he rises from a chair in the waiting area to help his wife, he feels razor-like
pain in his knee and hip and steadies himself with a metal cane. Bonita, 59, is legally
blind, able to see only through a pinhole in
her left eye and not at all in her right eye,
due to untreated glaucoma.
And yet Lavern is smiling. They are doing
much better than they were when they rst
arrived at this clinic a couple of years ago.
Lavern was suffering from depression and
pain from a work accident that had fractured two vertebrae in his neck, damaged
joints and muscles on his right side, and
caused a severe concussion. After spending
most of his days in bed, he weighed almost
400 pounds.
Bonita, a diabetic, was bumping into
furniture but thought she just needed a
new eyeglass prescription. Without health
insurance or a referral from a doctor, she
couldnt get an appointment to see an ophthalmologist, even at Grady.
This is the only place in the six and a
half years Ive been down that didnt close
the doors on me, says Lavern.
A family medicine physician at the clinic helped them get into the Grady system,
where they were able to qualify for Medicaid. The Evanses also started attending
health education classes at the HEALing
Community Center, where a nutritionist
taught them how to shop for healthy food
and how to prepare itstarting with a bag
of free vegetables.
They swapped fried chicken for grilled or
baked; added kale, squash, and other vegetables to their diet; and cut out fast food.
Lavern has lost 60 pounds so far. Bonitas
diabetes is under control. Lavern plans to
visit the new dental clinic to address problems caused by the teeth he lost in his accident. Without this, wed probably still be
beating our heads against the wall, trying
to get help, he says. Its a lifesaver to me. It
was a game changer, completely.

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DOUGLAS H. SEEB, MD
North Metropolitan
Radiology Associates
1000 Medical Center
Boulevard, Lawrenceville, GA 30046,
678-312-2400
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
body imaging

nology Associates
2665 North Decatur
Road, Suite 520,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-299-2223
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Rockdale Medical
Center
Special Expertise
diabetes

LAWRENCE B. STONE, MD

JEAN E. MOLINARY, DO

Atlanta Perinatal Consultants,


Northside
Womens Center
1000 Johnson Ferry
Road, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-851-8988
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
obstetric ultrasound

WellStar Medical
Specialists
625 Church Street,
Marietta, GA 30060,
770-422-2004
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Special Expertise
diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis,
cholesterol/lipid disorders

STEVE C. STOREY, MD
DeKalb Medical
at North Decatur,
Department of
Radiology
2701 North Decatur
Road, Decatur, GA
30033, 404-501-2660
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
interventional radiology

ENDOCRINOLOGY,
DIABETES
& METABOLISM

JOHN H. REED III, MD


Southeastern
Endocrine & Diabetes
1475 Holcomb Bridge
Road, Suite 129,
Roswell, GA 30076,
678-325-2250
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
diabetes

N. SPENCER WELCH
JR., MD

DAVID B. ARKIN, MD
North Atlanta
Endocrinology
& Diabetes
758 Old Norcross
Road, Suite 175,
Lawrenceville, GA
30046, 770-339-1387
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
diabetes

DARWIN L. BROWN, MD
Diabetes & Endocrinology Associates
2665 North Decatur
Road, Suite 520,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-299-2223
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Rockdale Medical
Center
Special Expertise
diabetes, thyroid
disorders

Atlanta Diabetes
Associates
1800 Howell Mill Road,
Suite 450, Atlanta, GA
30318, 404-355-4393
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
diabetes, thyroid
disorders, metabolic
bone disease, hormonal
disorders

KATE S. WHEELER, MD
Laureate Medical
Group
550 Peachtree Street,
Suite 1550, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-892-2131
Northside Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
thyroid cancer, metabolic syndrome, diabetes

FAMILY MEDICINE

DAVID H. JACOBSON, MD

CATHERINE S.
ANDREWS, MD

Diabetes & Endocri-

Main Street Family

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Physicians
4791 South Main Street,
Acworth, GA 30101,
770-422-1400
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital

DWANA M. BUSH, MD
Center for Integrative
Health
755 Mount Vernon
Highway, Suite 350,
Atlanta, GA 30328,
404-255-5774
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
complementary medicine, palliative care,
preventive medicine

THOMAS E.
GEARHARD, MD
Cobb Family
Medicine
1790 Mulkey Road,
Suite 8-A, Austell, GA
30106, 770-944-1830
WellStar Cobb
Hospital
Special Expertise
preventive medicine,
diabetes

SEAN T. MURPHY, MD
1435 Broadmoor
Boulevard, Sugar
Hill, GA 30518,
404-364-7243
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
complex diagnosis

OMAR A. NAJJAR, MD
2675 North Decatur
Road, Suite 601,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-501-2900
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
preventive medicine,
sports medicine, immunizations

RALPH D. PEELER III, MD


3652 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Chamblee,
GA 30341, 770-451-4478
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
hypertension, cholesterol/lipid disorders,
diabetes, immunizations

MICHAEL P.
SEYFRIED, MD
1776 Old Spring House
Lane, Suite 200,
Atlanta, GA 30338,
770-454-0091
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital

Northside Hospital

STEVEN O. STEWART, MD
4500 Hugh Howell
Road, Suite 220,
Tucker, GA 30084,
770-469-0668
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
preventive medicine,
hypertension, heart disease, diabetes

GASTROENTEROLOGY
GIRISH ANAND, MD
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
5671 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
600, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-257-9000
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
endoscopic ultrasound,
pancreatic and biliary
disease, pancreatic/biliary endoscopy (ERCP)

THOMAS S. CLAIBORNE
JR., MD
Digestive Healthcare
of Georgia
95 Collier Road, Suite
4055, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-355-3200
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
inammatory bowel
disease, colonoscopy

NORMAN L. ELLIOTT, MD
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
550 Peachtree Street,
Suite 1600, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-881-1094
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
enteroscopy (small
bowel), endoscopy

CHARLES A. FOX, MD
Atlanta Gastroenterology
Associates
550 Peachtree Street,
Suite 1600, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-881-1094
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
endoscopy, pancreatic/
biliary endoscopy
(ERCP), gastroesophageal reux disease

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(GERD), colon cancer


screening

SACHIN GOEL, MD
GI Specialists of
Georgia
711 Canton Road, Suite
300, Marietta, GA
30060, 678-741-5000
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
WellStar Douglas
Hospital

EUGENE H. HIRSH, MD
Gastroenterology
Consultants
5669 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
270, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-1000
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
endoscopy, nutrition

RALPH C. LYONS, MD
Atlanta South
Gastroenterology
34 Upper Riverdale
Road, Suite 201,
Riverdale, GA 30274,
678-904-0094
Southern Regional
Medical Center
Atlanta Medical
Center South Campus
Special Expertise
endoscopy, colon cancer
screening, preventive
medicine

NEAL K. OSBORN, MD
Atlanta Gastroenterology
Associates
8855 Hospital Drive,
Suite 101, Douglasville,
GA 30134, 678-784-5020
WellStar Douglas
Hospital
Special Expertise
colon cancer, hemorrhoids

MARK A. STERN, MD
DeKalb Gastroenterology
Associates
2675 North Decatur
Road, Suite 506,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-299-1679
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
endoscopy, pancreatic/
biliary endoscopy
(ERCP)

DAVID H. WEINSTEIN, MD
Metro Atlanta
Gastroenterology
5669 Peachtree

Dunwoody Road,
Suite 210, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-255-4333
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, endoscopic
ultrasound, pancreatic/
biliary endoscopy (ERCP)

RANDY J. YANDA, MD
Digestive Healthcare
of Georgia
95 Collier Road, Suite
4055, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-355-3200
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
interventional endoscopy, pancreatic/biliary
endoscopy (ERCP),
colon cancer screening

GERIATRIC MEDICINE
CAROLE S. GARDNER,
MD
Kaiser Permanente
3495 Piedmont Road,
Atlanta, GA 30305,
404-364-7243
Northside Hospital

TAYLOR R. GRAVES, MD
Wesley Woods Center
1821 Clifton Road,
Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-728-6363
Wesley Woods
Geriatric Hospital
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
dementia

GERIATRIC
PSYCHIATRY
LARRY E. TUNE, MD
Wesley Woods
Center, Department
of Psychiatry
1841 Clifton Road,
Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-728-6690
Wesley Woods
Geriatric Hospital
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
Alzheimers disease,
dementia, psychopharmacology

MIA J. ROBINSON
WHITE, MD
Kaiser Permanente
Cumberland Medical
Center
2525 Cumberland
Parkway, Atlanta,
GA 30339,

770-431-4145
Northside Hospital
Northside Hospital
Forsyth

GYNECOLOGIC
ONCOLOGY
JOSEPH F. BOVERI, MD
2675 North Decatur
Road, Suite 408,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-501-7100
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
gynecologic cancer,
robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgery

GUILHERME H.C.
CANTUARIA, MD, PHD
University
Gynecologic Oncology
960 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 130,
Atlanta, GA 30342, 404300-2990
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
robotic surgery,
minimally invasive
gynecologic surgery,
endometrial cancer,
ovarian cancer

JEFFREY F. HINES, MD
116 Southwest Upper
Riverdale Road,
Riverdale, GA 30274,
770-907-3570
Southern Regional
Medical Center
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Special Expertise
gynecologic cancer,
clinical trials

IRA R. HOROWITZ, MD
The Emory Clinic
1365-A Clifton Road,
Floor 4, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-3401
Emory University
Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
laparoscopic surgery,
ovarian cancer, cervical
cancer

CYRIL O. SPANN JR., MD


2675 North Decatur
Road, Suite 408,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-501-7100
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
gynecologic cancer,
ovarian cancer, robotic
surgery

HAND SURGERY
EDWARD H.
HOLLIGER IV, MD
Resurgens
Orthopaedics
1285 Hembree Road,
Suite 200-A, Roswell,
GA 30076, 770-475-2710
North Fulton
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Forsyth
Special Expertise
hand and upper
extremity surgery,
microvascular surgery

GARY M. LOURIE, MD
Hand & Upper
Extremity Center of
Georgia
980 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 1020,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-0226
Northside Hospital
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
reconstructive surgery,
congenital hand
deformities, peripheral
nerve surgery, sports
injuries

STEPHEN M.
MCCOLLAM, MD
Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic
2001 Peachtree Road,
Suite 705, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-355-0743
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
shoulder and elbow
surgery, upper
extremity surgery,
microsurgery

of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
brachial plexus palsy,
cerebral palsy, trauma,
congenital limb deformities

JOHN G. SEILER III, MD

Infectious Disease
Specialists of Atlanta
2665 North Decatur
Road, Suite 330,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-297-9755
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
HIV/AIDS, wound
healing/care, hepatitis
C, osteomyelitis

HEMATOLOGY

J. IAN MCMILLEN, MD

The Blood & Marrow


Transplant Group
5670 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
1000, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-255-1930
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
leukemia, bone marrow
transplant

Atlanta Clinical Care


5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
330, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-459-0002
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
wound healing/care,
hepatitis, HIV,
pneumonia

H. KENT HOLLAND, MD

LISA A. OAKLEY, MD

The Blood & Marrow


Transplant Group
5670 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
1000, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-255-1930
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
bone marrow and
stem cell transplant,
hematologic malignancies

West Georgia
Infectious Diseases
1700 Hospital South
Drive, Suite 402,
Austell, GA 30106,
770-739-8282
WellStar Cobb
Hospital
Special Expertise
HIV/AIDS

ASAD BASHEY, MD, PHD

INFECTIOUS DISEASE
ADAM M. BRESSLER, MD

Resurgens
Orthopaedics
758 Old Norcross Road,
Suite 100, Lawrenceville, GA 30045,
770-962-4300
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
pediatric hand surgery

Infectious
Disease Specialists
of Atlanta
2665 North Decatur
Road, Suite 330,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-297-9755
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
fungal infections,
osteomyelitis, diarrheal diseases, neonatal
infections

Hand & Upper


Extremity Center of
Georgia
980 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 1020,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-0226
Northside Hospital
Childrens Healthcare

ROBIN H. DRETLER, MD

Georgia Hand,
Shoulder & Elbow
2061 Peachtree Road,
Suite 500, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-352-3522
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
sports medicine, upper
extremity disorders,
tendon surgery

MILAN PATEL, MD

ALLAN E. PELJOVICH,
MD

North Fulton
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
travel medicine, wound
healing/care

MICHAEL P. DAILEY, MD
Infectious Disease
Services of Georgia
11660 Alpharetta Highway, Building 400, Suite
430, Roswell, GA 30076,
770-255-1069

RICHARD C.
PROKESCH, MD
Infectious Diseases
Associates
6285 Garden Walk
Boulevard, Suite A,
Riverdale, GA 30274,
770-991-1500
Southern Regional
Medical Center
Special Expertise
HIV/AIDS, travel
medicine

BRUCE S. RIBNER, MD
Emory Infectious
Diseases Clinic
550 Peachtree Street,
Medical Office Tower,
Suite 7000, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-8114
Emory University
Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
hospital-acquired
infections, HIV/AIDS

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MARGARET
WILLIAMSON, MD

preventive medicine,
diabetes

Georgia Infectious
Diseases
5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
600, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-4111
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
lung infections, travel
medicine, HIV/AIDS,
parasitic infections

INTERNAL MEDICINE
RICHARD B.
ABROHAMS, MD
3650 Steve Reynolds
Boulevard, Duluth, GA
30096, 404-364-7243
Northside Hospital
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
geriatric medicine,
palliative care

JULIUS O. AJAYI, MD
First Foundation
Medical Clinic
2930 Horizon Park
Drive, Suite C, Suwanee,
GA 30024, 678-546-2840
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
preventive medicine,
diabetes, geriatric care,
mens health

TERESA E. CLARK, MD
Piedmont Physicians
Group
35 Collier Road, Suite
500, Atlanta, GA 30309,
404-351-3974
Piedmont Hospital

PATRICK S. COLEMAN,
MD
Piedmont Physicians
Group
232 19th Street, Suite
7220, Atlanta, GA
30363, 404-367-3000
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
diabetes, hypertension,
cholesterol/lipid disorders, preventive
medicine

TONI E. COOMBS, MD
Smyrna Primary
Care Center
562 Concord Road,
Smyrna, GA 30082,
770-384-9900
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Special Expertise
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RICHARD S. ELLIN, MD
The Southeast
Permanente Medical
Group
3550 Preston Ridge
Road, Alpharetta, GA
30005, 404-364-7243
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
preventive medicine

WILLIAM J. GOWER, MD
Sandy Springs
Internal Medicine
755 Mount Vernon
Highway, Suite 500,
Atlanta, GA 30328,
678-252-6363
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
concierge medicine,
preventive medicine

JOHN HARSCH, MD
Southeastern Primary
Care Providers
1035 Southcrest Drive,
Suite 200, Stockbridge,
GA 30281, 770-716-7999
Southern Regional
Medical Center

JAMES H. HIPKENS, MD
3650 Steve Reynolds
Boulevard, Duluth, GA
30096, 404-364-7243
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
diabetes, hypertension,
preventive medicine,
complex diagnosis

RICHARD D. KAPLAN, MD
Personal Care
Physicians
5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
950, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-3135
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
concierge medicine,
cholesterol/lipid
disorders, kidney
failure, hypertension

ADAM J. LEADERMAN,
MD
Laureate Medical
Group
5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road,
Suite 775, Atlanta,
GA 30342,
404-256-8500
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
hypertension

JANUARY 2015

JONATHAN J.
MASOR, MD
Emory Primary Care
1365 Clifton Road,
Building A, Floor 1,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-778-0480
Emory University
Hospital

ROBERT A. MILLS, MD
Laureate Medical
Group
684 Sixes Road, Suite
265, Holly Springs, GA
30115, 770-720-2221
Northside Hospital
Cherokee

MARY C. SAMS, MD
Saint Josephs
Medical Group,
Internal Medicine
5669 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
390, Atlanta, GA 30342,
678-843-6460
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital

PHYLLIS S. TONG, MD
Emory Primary Care
875 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 200,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-778-2700
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
womens health, preventive medicine

INTERVENTIONAL
CARDIOLOGY
VASILIS C. BABALIAROS,
MD
Emory Heart
& Vascular Center
1364 Clifton Road, Suite
F-606, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-712-7667
Emory University
Hospital
Grady Health System
Special Expertise
heart valve disease,
percutaneous valve
repair, cardiac catheterization

AASHISH K. DESAI, MD
Cardiovascular
Physicians of North
Atlanta
1285 Upper Hembree
Road, Roswell, GA
30076, 770-343-8565
Northside Hospital
North Fulton
Hospital
Special Expertise
angioplasty and stent
placement, coronary

artery disease,
peripheral vascular
disease, nuclear
cardiology

JOHN S. DOUGLAS JR.,


MD
Emory University
Hospital, Department
of Cardiology
1364 Clifton Road, Suite
F-606, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-727-7040
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
angioplasty and stent
placement, cardiac
catheterization,
coronary artery disease

LOUIS I. HELLER, MD
The Cardiovascular
Group
755 Walther Road,
Lawrenceville, GA
30046, 770-962-0399
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
cardiac catheterization,
angioplasty and
stent placement,
coronary artery disease,
peripheral vascular
disease

AMAN K. KAKKAR, MD
Heart and Vascular
Care
1505 Northside
Boulevard, Suite 4000,
Cumming, GA 30041,
678-513-2273
Northside Hospital
Forsyth
Emory Johns Creek
Hospital
Special Expertise
angioplasty and
stent placement,
peripheral vascular
disease, cardiac
catheterization

DAVID E. KANDZARI, MD
Piedmont Heart
Institute
275 Collier Road, Suite
300, Atlanta, GA 30309,
404-605-2800
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
angioplasty and stent
placement, peripheral
vascular disease,
clinical trials

SHAZIB N. KHAWAJA, MD
Tanner Heart
& Vascular Specialists
705 Dixie Street, Suite
401, Carrollton, GA

30117, 770-836-9326
Tanner Medical
Center Carrollton
Special Expertise
peripheral vascular
disease, vascular
medicine, echocardiography, nuclear
cardiology

BARRY D. MANGEL, MD
WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine
55 Whitcher Street,
Suite 350, Marietta, GA
30060, 770-424-6893
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Special Expertise
angioplasty/stent
placement

JOHN JEFFREY
MARSHALL, MD
Northeast Georgia
Heart Center
200 South Enota Drive,
Suite 200, Gainesville,
GA 30501, 770-534-2020
Northeast Georgia
Medical Center
Northside Hospital
Forsyth
Special Expertise
angioplasty and stent
placement, carotid
artery disease, peripheral vascular disease

DOUGLAS C.
MORRIS, MD
The Emory Clinic,
Department of
Cardiology
1365-A Clifton Road,
Suite 2200, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-5299
Emory University
Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
angioplasty, cardiac
catheterization, heart
valve disease

VIVEK RAJAGOPAL, MD
Piedmont Heart
Institute
95 Collier Road, Suite
5015, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-605-2800
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
heart valve disease,
nuclear cardiology

BHAGAT K. REDDY, MD
Piedmont Heart
Institute
275 Collier Road, Suite
300, Atlanta, GA 30309,
404-605-2800
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise

angioplasty and stent


placement, carotid
artery stent placement,
peripheral vascular
disease, intravascular
ultrasound

MATERNAL & FETAL


MEDICINE
RAYMOND J. ALLEN, MD
Atlanta Perinatal
Consultants
1000 Johnson Ferry
Road, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-851-8988
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
pregnancy (high-risk),
prenatal diagnosis, fetal
therapy, medical illness
in pregnancy

BRADFORD S. BOOTSTAYLOR, MD
See Baby
550 Peachtree Street,
Suite 1165, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-223-9306
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Atlanta Medical
Center
Special Expertise
pregnancy (high-risk),
obstetric ultrasound

TERRY I. FENG, MD
Maternal-Fetal
Specialists,
Northside Womens
Specialists
980 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 660,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-847-1580
Northside Hospital

GRETCHEN KOONTZ, MD
Maternal-Fetal
Specialists,
Northside Womens
Specialists
980 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 660,
Atlanta, GA 30324,
404-847-1580
Northside Hospital
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
fetal echocardiography

JEFFREY H.
KOROTKIN, MD
Atlanta Perinatal
Consultants
1000 Johnson Ferry
Road, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-851-8988
Northside Hospital
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
perinatal medicine,

pregnancy (high-risk),
obstetric ultrasound

MICHAEL K. LINDSAY,
MD
69 Jesse Hill Jr.
Drive, Glenn Memorial
Building, Suite 412,
Atlanta, GA 30303,
404-616-4646
Grady Health System
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
HIV in pregnancy,
diabetes in pregnancy

RICHARD D. MOLINA, MD
Atlanta MaternalFetal Medicine
2665 North Decatur
Road, Suite 750,
Decatur, GA 30033,
770-279-3838
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
pregnancy (high-risk),
diabetes in pregnancy

MEDICAL ONCOLOGY
VASILEIOS J. ASSIKIS,
MD
Peachtree
Hematology Oncology
Consultants
775 Poplar Road, Suite
310, Newnan, GA 30265,
770-251-2590
Piedmont Newnan
Hospital
Special Expertise
genitourinary cancer

COLLEEN S. AUSTIN, MD
Atlanta Cancer Care
5670 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
1100, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-851-2300
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
breast cancer, clinical
trials, womens health

GINA DAMATO, MD
Georgia Cancer
Specialists
1100 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 600, Sandy
Springs, GA 30342,
404-256-4777
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
sarcoma

PRADEEP C. JOLLY, MD
Georgia Cancer
Specialists
1100 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 600,

Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-4777
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
lung cancer, lymphoma

FADLO RAJA KHURI, MD


Emory Winship
Cancer Institute
1365-C Clifton Road,
Suite 3000, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-1900
Emory University
Hospital
Grady Health System
Special Expertise
lung cancer, head and
neck cancer, thyroid
cancer, salivary gland
tumors

OMER KUCUK, MD
Emory Winship
Cancer Institute
1365-C Clifton Road,
Suite 2110, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-1900
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
genitourinary cancer,
nutrition in cancer
therapy, prostate cancer,
nutrition and cancer
prevention/control

cancer prevention,
clinical trials

THOMAS E. SEAY, MD
Atlanta Cancer Care
5670 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road,
Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-851-2300
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
bone marrow transplant, leukemia

DONG MOON SHIN, MD


Emory Winship
Cancer Institute
1365-C Clifton Road,
Suite 3094, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-1900
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
head and neck cancer,
mesothelioma, thymoma, lung cancer

LIJO SIMPSON, MD
Atlanta Cancer Care
7813 Spivey Station
Boulevard, Suite 210,
Lake Spivey, GA 30236,
770-507-0070
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur

DAVID H. LAWSON, MD

STEPHEN SZABO, MD

Emory Winship
Cancer Institute
1365-C Clifton Road,
Suite 2110, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-1900
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
melanoma

Georgia Cancer
Specialists
6300 Hospital Parkway,
Suite 300, Johns Creek,
GA 30097, 770-623-8965
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
breast cancer,
gastrointestinal
cancer, hematologic
malignancies, cancer
genetics

FRANK P. MCCOY, MD
Northwest Georgia
Oncology Centers
340 Kennestone
Hospital Boulevard,
Suite 200, Marietta, GA
30060, 770-281-5100
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
WellStar Cobb
Hospital
Special Expertise
clinical trials

RUTH M. OREGAN, MD
Emory Winship
Cancer Institute
1365-C Clifton Road,
Suite 2110, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-1900
Emory University
Hospital
Grady Health System
Special Expertise
breast cancer, breast
cancer risk assessment,

NEPHROLOGY
WILLIAM H.
CLEVELAND, MD
Southwest Atlanta
Nephrology
3620 Martin Luther
King Jr. Drive, Atlanta,
GA 30331, 404-696-7300
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Atlanta Medical
Center
Special Expertise
hypertension, kidney
disease, kidney failure,
preventive medicine

ERIC M. GIBNEY, MD
Piedmont Transplant
Institute
1968 Peachtree Road,

Building 77, Floor 5,


Atlanta, GA 30309,
404-605-4606
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
transplant medicine
(kidney), transplant
medicine (kidney in
HIV), kidney disease in
liver transplant

SUSAN C. HILL, MD
Atlanta Nephrology
Associates
5671 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
500, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-1030
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
kidney failure, hypertension, dialysis care

JANICE I. LEA, MD
The Emory
Clinic, Department
of Nephrology
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 7, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-5038
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
hypertension (complex),
kidney disease
(chronic), diabetic
kidney disease, dialysis
care

WILLIAM G. PAXTON,
MD, PHD
Georgia Quality
Kidney Care
170 Camden Hill Road,
Suite F, Lawrenceville,
GA 30046, 770-339-4225
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
kidney disease

JUAN LUIS PIMENTEL,


MD
5255 Snapnger Park
Drive, Suite 110, Decatur,
GA 30035, 770-981-2211
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
hypertension, kidney
stones, kidney disease
(chronic)

NEUROLOGICAL
SURGERY
DANIEL L. BARROW, MD
Emory University
Hospital, Department
of Neurosurgery
1365-B Clifton Road,
Suite 2200, Atlanta, GA
J A N U A RY 2 0 1 5

AT L A N TA 1 4 9

30322, 404-778-5770
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
cerebrovascular disease,
stroke, aneurysm (cerebral), carotid artery
disease

WILLIAM R. BOYDSTON,
MD, PHD
Pediatric Neurosurgery Associates
5455 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 540,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-785-2900
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
pediatric neurosurgery,
spasticity and movement disorders, brachial
plexus palsy, congenital
anomalies

ROGER H. FRANKEL, MD
Atlanta Brain and
Spine Care
2001 Peachtree Road,
Suite 575, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-350-0106
Piedmont Hospital
Shepherd Center
Special Expertise
spinal surgery,
minimally invasive
surgery, spinal
tumors, spinal disc
replacement

REGIS W. HAID JR., MD


Atlanta Brain and
Spine Care
2001 Peachtree Road,
Suite 575, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-350-0106
Piedmont Hospital
Shepherd Center
Special Expertise
spinal surgery,
minimally invasive
spinal surgery, spinal
disc replacement,
microdiscectomy

TARIQ JAVED, MD
631 Campbell Hill
Street, Suite 100,
Marietta, GA 30060,
770-422-0444
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
WellStar Cobb
Hospital
Special Expertise
brain and spinal
surgery, peripheral
nerve disorders, skull
base surgery, minimally
invasive surgery

ANDREW REISNER, MD
Pediatric Neuro1 5 0 AT L A N TA

surgery Associates
5455 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 540,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-785-2900
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
pediatric neurosurgery,
stereotactic radiosurgery, pituitary tumors,
trauma

GERALD E. RODTS JR.,


MD
Emory Orthopaedics
& Spine Center
59 Executive Park
South, Suite 3000,
Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-778-7000
Emory University
Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
spinal surgery, spinal
trauma, spinal tumors,
minimally invasive spinal surgery

CHRISTOPHER R.
TOMARAS, MD
Peachtree
Neurosurgery
5670 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
990, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-2633
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
spinal surgery, spinal
disc replacement

NEUROLOGY
MAHLON R. DELONG, MD
The Emory Clinic,
Department of
Neurology
1841 Clifton Road, Floor
3, Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-778-3444
Emory University
Hospital
Wesley Woods
Geriatric Hospital
Special Expertise
Parkinsons disease,
movement disorders,
dystonia

JONATHAN D. GLASS, MD
The Emory Clinic,
Department of
Neurology
1365-B Clifton Road,
Suite 2200, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-3444
Emory University

JANUARY 2015

Hospital
Grady Health System
Special Expertise
amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS),
peripheral neuropathy,
neuromuscular disorders

MATTHEWS W.
GWYNN, MD
Atlanta Neurology
993-F Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 120,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-3720
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
movement disorders,
Botox therapy, migraine

ANNA J. JANSS, MD, PHD


Aac Cancer and
Blood Disorders
Center
5455 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 400,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-785-3240
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
brain tumors
(pediatric), clinical
trials, cancer survivors
(late effects of therapy)

JAMES M. KIELY,
MD, PHD
Atlanta Neurology
993-F Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 120,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-3720
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
epilepsy

MARK A. KOZINN, MD
261 Medical Way, Suite
B, Riverdale, GA 30274,
770-994-5176
Southern Regional
Medical Center
Atlanta Medical
Center South Campus

NANCY J. NEWMAN, MD
Emory Eye Center,
Department of NeuroOphthalmology
1365-B Clifton Road,
Suite 4500, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-5360
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
neurology (ophthalmology), optic nerve
disorders

RONALD J. TUSA,
MD, PHD
The Emory Clinic,
Department of
Neurology
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 9, Suite 4400,
Atlanta, GA 30308,
404-778-3444
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise neurology (otology), dizziness, balance disorders

NANCY C. WEINER, MD
105 Collier Road, Suite
5030, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-350-8941
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
neurology (ophthalmology)

NEURORADIOLOGY
JACQUES E. DION, MD
Emory Division of
Interventional
Neuroradiology
1364 Clifton Road,
Room AG-21, Atlanta,
GA 30322, 404-712-4991
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
interventional neuroradiology, aneurysm
(cerebral), intracranial
angioplasty and stent

PATRICIA A.
HUDGINS, MD
Emory University
Hospital, Department
of Radiology
1364 Clifton Road,
Room BG-20, Atlanta,
GA 30322, 404-712-7036
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
head and neck imaging,
head and neck cancer,
skull base imaging

2801 North Decatur


Road, Suite 190, Decatur, GA 30033, 404-2999307
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
gynecology only, gynecologic surgery

KATHLEEN S. BUTT, MD
20 Glenlake Parkway,
Atlanta, GA 30328,
404-364-7243
Northside Hospital

PENNY A. CASTELLANO,
MD
The Emory Clinic,
Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics
1365-A Clifton Road,
Suite 4400, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-3401
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
gynecology only, menopause problems

LYNLEY S. DURRETT, MD
105 Collier Road, Suite
1080, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-352-2850
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
gynecology only,
minimally invasive
surgery, robotic surgery,
laparoscopic hysterectomy

GENEVIEVE
FAIRBROTHER, MD
Obstetrics
& Gynecology of
Atlanta
1100 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 800,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-252-1137
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
robotic surgery

TODD D. OSTROW, MD

HEATH R. GRAHAM, MD

Northside Radiology
Associates
1000 Johnson Ferry
Road, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-851-6577
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
head and neck imaging,
spinal imaging

North Atlanta
Womens Specialists
5780 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 195,
Atlanta, GA 30342, 404256-4667
Northside Hospital

OBSTETRICS
& GYNECOLOGY
PAMELA J. BROWN, MD
Gynecology & Obstetrics of DeKalb

PETER C.C. MANN, MD


Gwinnett Gynecology
Associates
1800 Tree Lane, Suite
300, Snellville, GA
30078, 770-972-6464
Eastside Medical
Center
Gwinnett Medical

Center
Special Expertise
gynecology only, pelvic
organ prolapse repair,
endometriosis, menopause problems

JOHN R. MIKLOS, MD
3400-C Old Milton
Parkway, Suite 330,
Alpharetta, GA 30005,
770-475-4499
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
urogynecology,
pelvic reconstruction,
laparoscopic surgery,
vaginal reconstructive
surgery

MELINDA MILLERTHRASHER, MD
Innovative Womens
HealthCare Solutions
3903 South Cobb
Drive, Suite 105,
Smyrna, GA 30080,
404-549-1327
Emory-Adventist
Hospital at Smyrna
Special Expertise
adolescent gynecology, uterine broids,
menopause problems,
nutrition

STUART J. PANCER, MD
Montreal OB/GYN
1462 Montreal Road,
Suite 412, Tucker, GA
30084, 770-396-2496
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
laparoscopic hysterectomy, minimally invasive
surgery, robotic surgery,
obstetrics

JOSEPH F. POHL, MD
Womens Healthcare
Consultants of
Gwinnett
500 Medical Center
Boulevard, Suite 365,
Lawrenceville, GA
30046, 770-962-2051
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
obstetrics, pelvic
reconstruction,
urogynecology

SHARON D. SMITH, MD
3550 Preston Ridge
Road, Alpharetta, GA
30005, 404-364-7243
Northside Hospital

ELIZABETH M.
STREET, MD
574 Church Street,
Marietta, GA 30060,
770-427-0285

WellStar Kennestone
Hospital

RAMON A. SUAREZ, MD
275 Collier Road, Suite
100-B, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-352-3656
Piedmont Hospital

RICHARD C. ZANE, MD
Roswell OB/GYN
11975 Morris Road,
Suite 200, Alpharetta,
GA 30005, 770-751-3600
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
hysteroscopic surgery,
laparoscopic surgery

OPHTHALMOLOGY
ALLEN D. BECK, MD
Emory Eye Center
1365-B Clifton Road,
Suite 3500, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-5416
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
glaucoma (adult and
pediatric), cataract
surgery

JERRY E. BERLAND, MD
Thomas Eye Group
5995 Bareld Road,
Sandy Springs, GA
30328, 404-256-1507
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
pediatric ophthalmology, eye muscle
disorders, tear duct
problems, cataract
(pediatric)

VALERIE BIOUSSE, MD
Emory Eye Center
1365-B Clifton Road,
Suite 4500, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-2020
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
neurology (ophthalmology), optic nerve
disorders

MARC F. GREENBERG,
MD
Eye Consultants of
Atlanta
5445 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 220,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-2419
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
pediatric ophthal-

mology, strabismus
(adult and pediatric),
cataract surgery (lens
implant)

MICHAEL S. JACOBSON,
MD
Georgia Retina
465 Winn Way, Suite
100, Decatur, GA 30030,
404-299-5209
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
retina/vitreous surgery,
diabetic eye disease/
retinopathy, macular
degeneration

JOON Y. KIM, MD
Clayton Eye Center
1000 Corporate Center
Drive, Suite 100,
Morrow, GA 30260,
770-968-8888
Southern Regional
Medical Center
Special Expertise
cataract surgery

ALAN M. KOZARSKY, MD
Piedmont Better
Vision
3193 Howell Mill Road,
Suite 115, Atlanta, GA
30327, 404-350-1414
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
LASIK (refractive
surgery), corneal
disease and surgery,
cornea transplant,
cataract surgery

SCOTT R. LAMBERT, MD
Emory Eye Center
1365-B Clifton Road,
Suite 4500, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-3431
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, cataract
(pediatric)

SCOTT I. LAMPERT, MD
Georgia Retina
1100 Johnson Ferry
Road, Building 2, Suite
593, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-9096
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
retinal disorders,
retina/vitreous surgery

TIMOTHY W. OLSEN, MD
Emory Eye Center
1365-B Clifton Road,
Suite 3500, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-2020

Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
macular degeneration,
diabetic eye disease/
retinopathy, retinal
detachment, retinal
disorders (pediatric)

ZANE F. POLLARD, MD
Eye Consultants of
Atlanta
5445 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 220,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-2419
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, tear duct
problems

ATUL SHARMA, MD
Georgia Retina
6095 Professional
Parkway, Suite B-202,
Douglasville, GA 30134,
678-303-0136
WellStar Douglas
Hospital
Special Expertise
diabetic eye disease/
retinopathy, macular
degeneration

R. DOYLE STULTING,
MD, PHD
Woolfson Eye
Institute
800 Mount Vernon
Highway, Suite 125,
Atlanta, GA 30328,
404-256-1125
Special Expertise
corneal disease
and transplant,
laser vision surgery,
cataract surgery,
keratoconus

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
ERROLL J. BAILEY, MD
Resurgens
Orthopaedics
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 19, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-215-2000
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
foot and ankle surgery,
reconstruction (foot and
ankle), sports injuries
(foot and ankle),
diabetic foot

JAMES L. BESKIN, MD
Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic
2001 Peachtree Road,

Suite 705, Atlanta, GA


30309, 404-355-0743
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
foot and ankle surgery,
pain (chronic ankle)

SCOTT D. BODEN, MD
Emory Orthopaedics
& Spine Center
59 Executive Park
South, Suite 3000,
Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-778-7143
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
spinal disorders, spinal
surgery, spinal disc
replacement, microdiscectomy

ROBERT W. BRUCE
JR., MD
Emory Orthopaedics
& Spine Center
59 Executive Park
South, Suite 2000,
Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-778-3350
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
pediatric orthopedic
surgery, limb lengthening (Ilizarov procedure),
cerebral palsy, scoliosis

XAVIER A. DURALDE, MD
Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic
2045 Peachtree Road,
Suite 700, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-355-0743
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
shoulder surgery, rotator cuff surgery, sports
medicine, arthroscopic
surgery

SPERO G. KARAS, MD
Emory Orthopaedics & Spine
Center, Emory
Sports Medicine
Center
59 Executive Park
South, Suite 1000,
Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-778-7204
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
sports medicine,
shoulder injuries,
knee injuries, ACL/
meniscus tears,
cartilage damage

ROBERT E. KARSCH, MD
University Orthopaedic Clinic

1014 Sycamore Drive,


Suite B, Decatur, GA
30030, 404-299-1700
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
sports medicine,
shoulder surgery, knee
surgery, arthroscopic
surgery

ROBERT A. KELLY, MD
Resurgens
Orthopaedics
270 Chastain Road,
Kennesaw, GA 30144,
770-421-8005
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Special Expertise
arthroscopic surgery,
joint replacement, joint
resurfacing, sports
medicine

KENNETH J. KRESS, MD
Resurgens
Orthopaedics
5671 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
900, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-847-9999
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
hip and knee replacement, hip and knee
reconstruction, sports
medicine, robotic
surgery

DOUGLAS W. LUNDY, MD
Resurgens
Orthopaedics
61 Whitcher Street,
Suite 1100, Marietta, GA
30060, 770-422-3290
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
North Fulton
Hospital
Special Expertise
trauma, fractures
(complex), reconstructive surgery

JAMES R. ROBERSON,
MD
Emory Orthopaedics
& Spine Center
59 Executive Park
South, Suite 2000,
Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-778-3350
Emory University
Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
hip replacement,
knee replacement,
arthritis, arthroscopic
surgery

YVONNE E. SATTERWHITE, MD
Resurgens
Orthopaedics
6335 Hospital Parkway,
Suite 302, Johns Creek,
GA 30097, 404-575-4500
Emory Johns Creek
Hospital
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Special Expertise
sports medicine,
shoulder surgery, knee
surgery, arthroscopic
surgery

PAUL V. SPIEGL, MD
Perimeter
Orthopaedics
5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
825, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-5595
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
foot and ankle surgery,
reconstructive surgery

TEDMAN L. VANCE, MD
Perimeter
Orthopaedics
5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
825, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-5595
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
upper extremity
surgery, trauma,
arthroscopic surgery,
sports injuries

OTOLARYNGOLOGY
MICHAEL M. JOHNS
III, MD
Emory Voice Center
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 9, Suite 4400,
Atlanta, GA 30308,
404-686-1850
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
voice disorders, Botox
therapy, microsurgery,
swallowing disorders

DOUGLAS E.
MATTOX, MD
Emory, Department
of Otolaryngology
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 9, Suite 4400,
Atlanta, GA 30308,
404-778-3381
Emory University

J A N U A RY 2 0 1 5

AT L A N TA 1 5 1

Hospital
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
neurology (otology),
Menieres disease,
hearing loss, cochlear
implants

Suwanee, GA 30024,
770-623-1608
Emory Johns Creek
Hospital
Special Expertise
sleep disorders/apnea,
facial rejuvenation

TERRENCE P.
MURPHY, MD

PAIN MEDICINE

5555 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
G-51, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-250-1216
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
ear disorders, hearing
loss, dizziness, neurology (otology)

CHESTER P. ROLLINS, MD
Piedmont Ear,
Nose, Throat
& Related Allergy
1720 Peachtree Street,
Suite 200, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-351-5045
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
nasal and sinus
disorders, allergy, endoscopic sinus surgery

ROY S. SCHOTTENFELD,
MD
North Fulton Ear,
Nose & Throat
Associates
2500 Hospital
Boulevard, Suite 450,
Roswell, GA 30076,
770-343-8675
North Fulton
Hospital
Special Expertise
sinusitis, sleep disorders, pediatric otolaryngology, head and neck
surgery

JAMES R. THOMSEN, MD
Pediatric Ear, Nose &
Throat of Atlanta
5455 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 130,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-2033
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
pediatric otolaryngology, hearing loss,
airway disorders, sinus
disorders

JULIE L. ZWEIG, MD
Northeast Atlanta
Ear, Nose & Throat
4385 Johns Creek
Parkway, Suite 250,
1 5 2 AT L A N TA

PATRICIA L.
BAUMANN, MD
Emory Center for
Pain Management
550 Peachtree Street,
Suite 1950, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-2410
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
pain (back), pain (neuropathic), spinal disorders, complex regional
pain syndromes

RODRIGO A.
DURALDE, MD
Pain Consultants of
Atlanta
2001 Peachtree Road,
Suite 200, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-351-7654
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise pain
(back and neck), pain
(cancer), pain (spine)

ALLEN H. HORD, MD
Interventional
Spine & Pain
Management
2061 Peachtree Road,
Suite 225, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-554-0633
Piedmont Hospital
Rockdale Medical
Center
Special Expertise
pain (spine)

RANDY F. RIZOR, MD
The Physician Spine
& Rehabilitation
Specialists
5730 Glenridge Drive,
Suite 100, Sandy
Springs, GA 30328,
404-816-3000
WellStar Windy Hill
Hospital
Shepherd Center
Special Expertise pain
(spine), complex regional pain syndromes, pain
(chronic), pain (back)

PEDIATRIC
CARDIOLOGY
ROBERT M. CAMPBELL,
MD

JANUARY 2015

Sibley Heart Center


Cardiology
5455 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 530,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-2593
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
arrhythmias, cardiac
catheterization,
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

MARTHA L. CLABBY, MD
Childrens Sibley
Heart Center
2015 Uppergate Drive,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-256-2593
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
congenital heart disease
(complex)

NEILL VIDELEFSKY, MD
Pediatric Cardiology
Services
500 Medical Center
Boulevard, Suite 390,
Lawrenceville, GA
30046, 770-995-6684
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
congenital heart disease

ROBERT N. VINCENT, MD
Childrens Sibley
Heart Center
2015 Uppergate Drive,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-256-2593
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
interventional cardiology, cardiac catheterization, transplant
medicine (heart)

404-785-3240
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
growth disorders in
childhood cancer,
cancer survivors (late
effects of therapy)

ANDREW B. MUIR, MD
Childrens Physician
Group, Diabetes and
Endocrinology
2015 Uppergate Drive,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-778-2400
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
diabetes, obesity

PEDIATRIC
GASTROENTEROLOGY
STANLEY A. COHEN, MD
GI Care for Kids
993-D Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 440,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-257-0799
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
Crohns disease, ulcerative colitis

BENJAMIN D. GOLD, MD
GI Care for Kids
993-D Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 440,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-257-0799
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
gastroesophageal
reux disease (GERD),
inammatory bowel
disease

PEDIATRIC
ENDOCRINOLOGY

PEDIATRIC
HEMATOLOGYONCOLOGY

LILLIAN R.
MEACHAM, MD

BEATRICE E. GEE, MD

Aac Cancer and


Blood Disorders
Center
5455 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 400,
Atlanta, GA 30342,

Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Hughes
Spalding, Hematology and Sickle Cell
Disease Program
35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive,
Atlanta, GA 30303,

404-785-9800
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Hughes
Spalding
Grady Health System
Special Expertise
sickle cell disease,
hemoglobin disorders,
hematologic disorders

FRANK G. KELLER JR.,


MD
Aac Cancer and
Blood Disorders
Center
1405 Clifton Road,
Tower 1, Floor 4,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-785-1200
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
leukemia, Hodgkins
lymphoma

THOMAS A. OLSON, MD
Aac Cancer and
Blood Disorders
Center
1405 Clifton Road,
Tower 1, Floor 4,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-785-1200
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
germ cell tumors, retinoblastoma, sarcoma

PEDIATRIC
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
JOSEPH A.
HILINSKI, MD
Childrens Physician
Group, Infectious
Diseases
2015 Uppergate Drive,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-785-0977
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
fevers of unknown
origin

STEVEN L. SHORE, MD
Sandy Springs
Pediatrics
993-F Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 370,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-252-4611
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
Kawasaki disease, herpes simplex, bone infections, musculoskeletal
infections

PEDIATRIC
NEPHROLOGY
LAURENCE A. GREENBAUM, MD, PHD
Childrens
Physician Group,
Nephrology
2015 Uppergate Drive
Northeast, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-2400
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
nephrotic syndrome,
kidney disease (chronic)

BARRY L. WARSHAW, MD
Childrens
Physician Group,
Nephrology
2015 Uppergate Drive
Northeast, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-2400
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
transplant medicine
(kidney), clinical trials

PEDIATRIC
PULMONOLOGY
LEROY M. GRAHAM, MD
Georgia Pediatric
Pulmonology
Associates
1100 Lake Hearn
Drive, Suite 450,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-252-7339
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
asthma, airway disorders (chronic), pulmonary complications
(sickle cell disease)

PETER H. SCOTT, MD
Georgia Pediatric
Pulmonology
Associates
1100 Lake Hearn
Drive, Suite 450,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-252-7339
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
asthma, cystic brosis

PEDIATRIC
RHEUMATOLOGY
SAMPATH PRAHALAD,
MD
Childrens
Physician Group,
Rheumatology
2015 Uppergate Drive,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-785-2000
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
juvenile arthritis

LARRY B. VOGLER, MD
Childrens
Physician Group,
Rheumatology
2015 Uppergate Drive,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-785-2000
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
autoimmune disease,
primary immune deciency diseases, Lyme
disease, lupus/SLE

PEDIATRIC SURGERY
JOHN C. BLEACHER, MD
Pediatric,
Adolescent Surgical
Associates
5455 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 570,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-252-3353
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
minimally invasive
surgery

MARK L. WULKAN, MD
Childrens
Pediatric Surgery
Practice
1975 Century Boulevard,
Suite 6, Atlanta, GA
30345, 404-785-8787
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
minimally invasive
surgery, newborn
surgery, obesity/
bariatric surgery
(adolescent)

PEDIATRIC UROLOGY
ANDREW J. KIRSCH, MD
Georgia Urology
5445 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 420,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-252-5206
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
urinary reconstruction,
urinary reux, bladder
exstrophy, urologic cancer (pediatric)

CHARLOTTE A.
MASSAD, MD
Georgia Urology
5445 Meridian Mark
Road, Suite 420, Atlanta,
GA 30342, 404-252-5206
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
urinary obstruction,
genitourinary congenital anomalies, intersex

HAL C. SCHERZ, MD
Georgia Urology
790 Church Street,
Suite 430, Marietta, GA
30060, 770-429-9100
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
laparoscopic surgery,
reconstructive surgery

PEDIATRICS
BYRON C. COTTON, MD
Kids & Teens Primary
Healthcare
2785 Lawrenceville
Highway, Suite 207,
Decatur, GA 30033,
770-621-0245
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
adolescent medicine,
preventive medicine,
asthma, obesity

KAREN B. DEWLING, MD
Johns Creek
Pediatrics
4395 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite 150, Suwanee,
GA 30024, 770-814-1160
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Northside Hospital
J A N U A RY 2 0 1 5

AT L A N TA 1 5 3

PATRICE T.
GASPARD, MD
Kaiser Permanente
Medical Group
1205 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 107,
Marietta, GA 30068,
404-364-7243
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
adolescent medicine,
preventive medicine

MARK W. HUTSON, MD
Childrens Medical
Group
1875 Century Boulevard,
Suite 150, Atlanta, GA
30345, 404-633-4595
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
sports medicine

Group
5700 Hillandale
Drive, Suite 150,
Lithonia, GA 30058,
770-670-6100
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
DeKalb Medical at
Hillandale

ANNA B. TANNER, MD
Gwinnett Pediatrics
& Adolescent
Medicine, Teen
Center
601-A Professional
Drive, Suite 380,
Lawrenceville, GA
30046, 770-995-0823
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
adolescent medicine,
eating disorders, adolescent gynecology

SALLY J. MARCUS, MD

JUDITH R. TOLKAN, MD

Northside Pediatrics
1440 Hammond
Drive, Suite E-5250,
Atlanta, GA 30328,
404-256-2688
Northside Hospital
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
preventive medicine,
asthma, breastfeeding
problems, developmental disorders

Roswell Pediatric
Center
3400-C Old Milton
Parkway, Suite 545,
Alpharetta, GA 30005,
770-751-0800
Northside Hospital
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
eating disorders

KAREN A. MOORE, MD
Cumberland
Pediatrics
1405 Franklin Road,
Marietta, GA 30067,
770-951-5400
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston

RICHARD L. WEIL, MD
Piedmont Pediatrics
105 Collier Road, Suite
4060, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-351-6662
Piedmont Hospital
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston

PHYSICAL
MEDICINE
& REHABILITATION

JULIUS SHERWINTER,
MD

PALLAVI R. CHERUKUPALLY, MD

Dunwoody Pediatrics
1428 Dunwoody Village
Parkway, Dunwoody, GA
30338, 770-394-2358
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
kidney disease, hypertension, nutrition,
obesity

Resurgens
Orthopaedics
105 Regency Park Drive,
McDonough, GA 30253,
770-506-4119
Piedmont Fayette
Hospital
Special Expertise
spinal rehabilitation,
sports medicine, musculoskeletal injuries

JACQUELINE R.
SULTON, MD
Sulton Pediatric
1 5 4 AT L A N TA

MARK W. FEEMAN, DO
Rehabilitation
Physicians
of Georgia

JANUARY 2015

2712 North Decatur


Road, Suite 315,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-659-5909
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
geriatric rehabilitation,
multiple sclerosis,
cerebral palsy, pain
management

DAVID D. HUBBELL, MD
Emory Orthopaedics
& Spine Center
59 Executive Park
South, Suite 3000,
Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-778-7000
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
pain (back and neck),
electromyography,
scoliosis, pain management

RICHARD W. KING
JR., MD
HyOx Medical
Treatment Center
2550 Windy Hill Road,
Suite 110, Marietta, GA
30067, 678-303-3200
WellStar Windy
Hill Hospital
WellStar Cobb
Hospital
Special Expertise
cancer rehabilitation,
lymphedema, soft
tissue radiation
necrosis, soft tissue
radiation necrosis
(breast)

MICHAEL K.
SCHAUFELE, MD
Pain Solutions
Treatment Centers
400 Tower Road, Suite
350, Marietta, GA
30060, 770-590-1078
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Special Expertise
pain (spine), spinal
rehabilitation, spinal
disorders, sports
medicine

PLASTIC SURGERY
PHILIP H. BEEGLE
JR., MD
Atlanta Plastic
Surgery
975 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 100,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-1311
Northside Hospital
Piedmont Newnan
Hospital

Special Expertise
cosmetic surgery (face),
cosmetic surgery
(breast), breast reconstruction

FERNANDO D.
BURSTEIN, MD
Pediatric Plastic
Surgery &
Craniofacial
Associates
975 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 100,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-1311
Northside Hospital
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Special Expertise
craniofacial surgery
(pediatric), cosmetic
surgery (face), maxillofacial surgery, rhinoplasty

MARK A. CODNER, MD
1800 Howell Mill Road,
Suite 140, Atlanta, GA
30318, 404-351-4151
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
cosmetic surgery
(face and breast),
eyelid reconstruction,
oculoplastic surgery,
breast reconstruction

K. KEITH JEFFORDS
JR., MD, DDS
Paramount Plastic
Surgery
3964 Atlanta Road,
Smyrna, GA 30080,
678-370-9854
WellStar Windy Hill
Hospital
Special Expertise
cosmetic surgery,
cosmetic surgery (face),
liposuction and body
contouring, gynecomastia

ALBERT LOSKEN, MD
Emory Reconstructive Plastic
Surgery
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 9, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-8143
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Special Expertise
breast reconstruction,
pediatric plastic surgery, trauma

FOAD NAHAI, MD
Emory Aesthetic
Center
3200 Downwood Circle,

Suite 640, Atlanta, GA


30327, 404-351-0051
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
cosmetic surgery
(breast), cosmetic
surgery (face), liposuction and body
contouring, breast
reconstruction

PHILLIP H. NAKANO, MD
Prima Center for
Plastic Surgery
3096 Peachtree
Industrial Boulevard,
Duluth, GA 30097,
770-495-1477
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Emory Johns Creek
Hospital
Special Expertise
body contouring after
weight loss, cosmetic
surgery (face and body),
breast augmentation,
facial rejuvenation

JOSEPH K. WILLIAMS,
MD
Atlanta Plastic
Surgery
975 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 100,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-1311
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Scottish
Rite
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
craniofacial surgery
(pediatric), cosmetic
surgery (face), body
contouring, trauma

JOSEPH M. WOODS
IV, MD
275 Collier Road, Suite
200, Atlanta, GA 30309,
404-292-4223
Piedmont Hospital
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
cosmetic surgery,
liposuction and
body contouring,
facial rejuvenation,
rhinoplasty

PSYCHIATRY
TODD M. ANTIN, MD
PACT Atlanta
465 Winn Way, Suite
221, Decatur, GA 30030,
404-292-3810
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise

geriatric psychiatry,
forensic psychiatry,
psychopharmacology,
psychiatry in medical
illness

SCOTT D. FIRESTONE,
MD
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 7, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-8181
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
psychosomatic disorders

LAWRENCE J. GIUSTRA
JR., MD
1945 Cliff Valley Way,
Suite 202, Atlanta, GA
30329, 404-325-2139
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
psychotherapy, marital/
family/sex therapy

STEVEN T. LEVY, MD
Emory University
Psychoanalytic
Institute
2004 Ridgewood Drive,
Tufts House, Suite 300,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-727-5886
Emory University
Hospital
Grady Health System
Special Expertise
psychoanalysis, depression, anxiety and mood
disorders

MICHAEL D. MCLEOD, MD
Kaiser Permanente
Brookwood at
Peachtree Medical
Office
1745 Peachtree Road,
Suite U, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-364-7243
Northside Hospital
Piedmont Hospital

PULMONARY DISEASE
RABIH I. BECHARA, MD
Cancer Treatment
Centers of America
at Southeastern
Regional Medical
Center
600 Parkway North,
Newnan, GA 30265,
770-400-6255
CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical
Center
Special Expertise
interventional
pulmonology, bronchoscopy (advanced),
lung cancer, thoracic
cancers

THOMAS P. DEMARINI,
MD
Southeastern
Lung Care
2665 North Decatur
Road, Suite 430,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-294-4018
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Emory Johns Creek
Hospital
Special Expertise
chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease
(COPD), asthma, sleep
disorders/apnea,
pulmonary embolism

STEPHANIE EATON, MD
Pulmonary & Critical
Care of Atlanta
5505 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road,
Suite 370, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-257-0006
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
interstitial lung disease,
sarcoidosis, autoimmune lung disease,
cystic brosis

ANITRA S. GRAVES, MD
Cherokee Lung &
Sleep Specialists
15 Reinhardt College
Parkway, Suite 108,
Canton, GA 30114,
678-493-2527
Northside Hospital
Cherokee
Emory-Adventist
Hospital at Smyrna
Special Expertise
sleep disorders/apnea,
emphysema, asthma,
chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease
(COPD)

ARIS IATRIDIS, MD
Georgia Lung
Associates
3820 Medical Park
Drive, Austell, GA
30106, 770-948-6041
WellStar Cobb
Hospital
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Special Expertise
sleep disorders

KENNETH V. LEEPER, MD
Emory Pulmonary
Medicine
550 Peachtree Street,
Floor 6, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-2505
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Emory University

Hospital
Special Expertise
respiratory failure,
critical care, pulmonary
embolism

DAVID A. SCHULMAN,
MD
Emory Sleep Center
1841 Clifton Road, Floor
5, Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-712-7533
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
sleep disorders/apnea,
narcolepsy, restless legs
syndrome

GERALD W. STATON
JR., MD
Emory Pulmonary
Medicine
1365-A Clifton
Road, Floor 4,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-686-2505
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Wesley Woods
Geriatric Hospital
Special Expertise
interstitial lung
disease, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
pulmonary brosis,
sarcoidosis

RADIATION ONCOLOGY
JONATHAN J.
BEITLER, MD
Emory University
Hospital, Department
of Radiation
Oncology
1365-C Clifton Road,
Suite CT-104, Atlanta,
GA 30322, 404-778-3473
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
head and neck cancer,
breast cancer, lung cancer, brachytherapy

IAN R. CROCKER, MD
Emory University
Hospital, Department
of Radiation
Oncology
1365-C Clifton Road,
Suite CT-104, Atlanta,
GA 30322, 404-778-3473
Emory University
Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
brain tumors,
eye tumors/cancer,
melanoma (choroidaleye)

JEROME C. LANDRY, MD
Emory University
Hospital, Department
of Radiation
Oncology
1365-C Clifton Road,
Suite CT-104, Atlanta,
GA 30322, 404-778-3473
Emory University
Hospital
Grady Health System
Special Expertise
gastrointestinal cancer,
sarcoma (soft tissue)

CHAD LEVITT, MD
Northside-Forsyth
Cancer Center, Radiotherapy Associates of
Forsyth
1100 Northside Forsyth
Drive, Suite 140,
Cumming, GA 30041,
770-292-7000
Northside Hospital
Forsyth

ADAM W. NOWLAN, MD
Peachtree Radiation
Oncology
1968 Peachtree Road,
Main Hospital, Basement Level, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-605-3319
Piedmont Hospital
Piedmont Fayette
Hospital

ERICH G. RANDOLPH,
MD
Atlanta Oncology
Associates
320 Parkway Drive,
Lower Level, Atlanta,
GA 30312, 404-522-6569
Atlanta Medical
Center
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
prostate cancer, breast
cancer, colon and rectal
cancer

SAHAR E. ROSENBAUM,
MD
Northside Radiation
Oncology Care
1000 Johnson Ferry
Road, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-851-8850
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
breast cancer

GARY B. STILLWAGON,
MD, PHD
Cancer Center of
Gwinnett
698 Duluth Highway,
Suite 100, Lawrenceville,
GA 30046, 770-962-8888
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise

prostate cancer, breast


cancer, gynecologic
cancer, head and neck
cancer

NANCY H. WIGGERS, MD
Northside Alpharetta
Cancer Center
3400-B Old Milton
Parkway, Alpharetta, GA
30005, 770-751-0521
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
breast cancer

REPRODUCTIVE
ENDOCRINOLOGY
LISA A. HASTY, MD
Atlanta Center for
Reproductive Medicine
5909 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 720,
Atlanta, GA 30328,
770-928-2276
Northside Hospital
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
infertility (IVF), uterine
broids

CARLA ROBERTS, MD
Emory Reproductive
Center
550 Peachtree Street,
Medical Office Tower,
Suite 1800, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-778-3401
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
pelvic reconstructive
surgery, endometriosis,
congenital uterine
anomalies, reproductive
surgery

DONNA R. SESSION, MD
Emory Reproductive
Center
550 Peachtree Street,
Medical Office Tower,
Suite 1800, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-778-3401
Emory University
Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
infertility (IVF), reproductive surgery, polycystic ovarian syndrome,
ultrasound

ANDREW A. TOLEDO, MD
Reproductive Biology
Associates
1100 Johnson Ferry
Road, Building 2, Suite
200, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-257-1900

Northside Hospital
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
infertility (IVF), reproductive surgery, miscarriage (recurrent)

RHEUMATOLOGY
GARY R. BOTSTEIN, MD
2712 North Decatur
Road, Decatur, GA
30033, 404-299-0187
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
rheumatoid arthritis,
scleroderma, osteoporosis

ALAN FISHMAN, MD
5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
775, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-256-8500
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
autoimmune disease,
inammatory arthritis

JEFREY D.
LIEBERMAN, MD
2712 North Decatur
Road, Decatur, GA
30033, 404-296-4911
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
rheumatoid arthritis,
gout, connective tissue
disorders

GARY E. MYERSON, MD
Arthritis & Rheumatology Georgia
980 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 220, Atlanta,
GA 30342, 404-255-5956
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
rheumatoid arthritis,
lupus/SLE

PAUL G. SUTEJ, MD
Arthritis & Rheumatology Georgia
980 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 220, Atlanta,
GA 30342, 404-255-5956
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
Raynauds disease,
connective tissue
disorders, vasculitis

JONATHAN E.
WALTUCK, MD
The Emory Clinic,
Rheumatology
1365-A Clifton Road,

Floor 4, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-4366
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
rheumatoid arthritis,
lupus/SLE, vasculitis,
scleroderma

SPORTS MEDICINE
STEVEN B. WERTHEIM,
MD
5671 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
700, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-847-9999
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
arthroscopic surgery,
reconstructive surgery,
knee surgery, shoulder
surgery

JOHN W. XEROGEANES,
MD
Emory Sports
Medicine Center
59 Executive Park
South, Suite 1000,
Atlanta, GA 30329,
404-778-3350
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise knee
surgery, shoulder surgery, knee injuries/ACL,
arthroscopic surgery

SURGERY
WILLIAM A. BARBER, MD
Atlanta Breast Care
275 Collier Road, Suite
470, Atlanta, GA 30309,
404-351-1002
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
breast cancer, breast
surgery

TIMOTHY G. BUCHMAN,
MD, PHD
1440 Clifton Road,
Suite A-313, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-712-2602
Emory University
Hospital
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Special Expertise
critical care, pilonidal
disease, burn care,
trauma

JOHN P. DALY, MD
North Atlanta
Surgical Associates
980 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 760, Atlanta,
GA 30342, 404-252-0433
Northside Hospital

J A N U A RY 2 0 1 5

AT L A N TA 1 5 5

Emory Saint Josephs


Hospital
Special Expertise
laparoscopic surgery,
obesity/bariatric
surgery, endocrine
surgery

GEORGE W. DANEKER
JR., MD
600 Parkway North,
Newnan, GA 30265,
770-400-6000
CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical
Center
Special Expertise
gastrointestinal cancer,
breast cancer, laparoscopic surgery

SHERYL G.A.
GABRAM, MD
Grady Surgery Clinic
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive,
Floor 9, Atlanta, GA
30303, 404-489-9180
Grady Health System
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
breast cancer, breast
cancer (high-risk
women), breast disease

JOHN R. GALLOWAY, MD
Emory University
Hospital, Department
of Surgery
1365-A Clifton Road,
Suite 3300, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-3712
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
gastrointestinal surgery,
pancreatic surgery,
pancreatic islet cell
transplant, hepatobiliary surgery

IQBAL S. GARCHA, MD
3400-C Old Milton
Parkway, Suite 440,
Alpharetta, GA 30005,
678-297-9707
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
robotic surgery,
gastrointestinal surgery,
endocrine surgery,
pancreatic and biliary
surgery

CHRISTOPHER J.
HART, MD
Johns Creek Surgery
6920 McGinnis Ferry
Road, Suite 340,
Suwanee, GA 30024,
770-232-2911
Emory Johns Creek
Hospital
Special Expertise
obesity/bariatric
1 5 6 AT L A N TA

surgery, laparoscopic
surgery, gastrointestinal
surgery

JEFFREY S.
HOADLEY, MD
North Atlanta
Surgical Associates
1100 Johnson Ferry
Drive, Building 2, Suite
470, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-4901
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
hepatobiliary surgery,
hernia (sports)

STUART J. KNECHTLE,
MD
Emory Transplant
Surgery Program
1365-B Clifton Road,
Suite 6400, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-712-5676
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
transplant (liver), transplant (kidney), transplant immunology

JOSEPH P. LUKE, MD
North Atlanta
Surgical Associates
3400-C Old Milton
Parkway, Suite 440,
Alpharetta, GA 30005,
678-297-9707
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
laparoscopic surgery

KENNETH A. NEWELL,
MD, PHD
Emory KidneyPancreas Transplant
Program
1365-B Clifton Road,
Suite 6400, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-727-0717
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
transplant (kidney),
transplant (pancreas)

CHARLES A. STALEY, MD
Emory Winship
Cancer Institute
1365-C Clifton Road,
Floor 2, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-3307
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
gastrointestinal cancer
and rare tumors,
pancreatic cancer,
liver and biliary cancer

JOHN F. SWEENEY, MD
Emory University,
Department of
Surgery
1365-A Clifton Road,

JANUARY 2015

Suite 3300, Atlanta, GA


30322, 404-778-3712
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
obesity/bariatric
surgery, laparoscopic
surgery, gastroesophageal reux disease
(GERD), minimally
invasive surgery

COLLIN J. WEBER, MD
The Emory Clinic,
Department of
Surgery
1365-A Clifton Road,
Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-778-3322
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
endocrine surgery,
thyroid and parathyroid surgery, adrenal
surgery, pancreatic islet
cell transplant

THORACIC & CARDIAC


SURGERY
W. MORRIS BROWN
III, MD
Piedmont Heart
Institute
95 Collier Road, Suite
5015, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-605-5699
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
cardiothoracic surgery,
endovascular surgery,
aortic surgery

DAVID A. DEAN, MD
Piedmont Heart
Institute
95 Collier Road, Suite
5015, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-605-5699
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
cardiothoracic surgery,
transplant (heart), ventricular assist devices

SETH D. FORCE, MD
The Emory Clinic,
Thoracic Surgery
1365-A Clifton Road,
Suite 2219, Atlanta, GA
30322, 404-778-5345
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
transplant (lung), lung
cancer, minimally invasive thoracic surgery,
hyperhidrosis

ROBERT A. GUYTON, MD
Emory Department
of Cardiothoracic
Surgery

550 Peachtree Street,


Medical Office Tower,
Floor 6, Atlanta, GA
30308, 404-686-2513
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
coronary artery surgery,
minimally invasive cardiac surgery, heart valve
surgery (percutaneous),
congenital heart surgery

KIRK R. KANTER, MD
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston,
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
1405 Clifton Road, Floor
2, Atlanta, GA 30322,
404-785-6330
Childrens Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston
Emory University
Hospital
Special Expertise
pediatric cardiac
surgery, transplant
(pediatric heart), transplant (pediatric lung)

DANIEL L. MILLER, MD
Thoracic Surgical
Associates
61 Whitcher Street,
Suite 4120, Marietta, GA
30060, 404-778-3755
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
WellStar Douglas
Hospital
Special Expertise
lung cancer, esophageal
cancer, mesothelioma,
emphysema (lung
volume reduction)

JEFFREY S. MILLER, MD
Emory Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory
Saint Josephs
5665 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
200, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-778-7200
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
cardiothoracic surgery,
transplant (heart),
robotic surgery, ventricular assist devices

JOHN E. MOORE, MD
Atlanta Cardiac and
Thoracic Surgical
Associates
960 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 100,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-252-9063
Northside Hospital
Emory Saint Josephs

Hospital
Special Expertise
lung cancer, esophageal
cancer, thoracic cancers,
robotic surgery

DOUGLAS A.
MURPHY, MD
Emory Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory
Saint Josephs
5665 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
200, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-778-7200
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Special Expertise
robotic surgery, minimally invasive cardiac
surgery, heart valve
surgery, mitral valve
robotic surgery

UROLOGY
ROOSEVELT ALLEN
JR., MD
Georgia Urology
500 Medical Center
Boulevard, Suite 220,
Lawrenceville, GA
30045, 770-963-2451
Gwinnett Medical
Center
Eastside Medical
Center
Special Expertise
interstitial cystitis

JAMES K. BENNETT, MD
Midtown Urology
1924 Piedmont Road,
Atlanta, GA 30324,
404-881-0966
Emory University
Hospital Midtown
Shepherd Center
Special Expertise
prostate cancer

MARTHA B. BOONE, MD
3400-A Old Milton
Parkway, Suite 560,
Alpharetta, GA 30005,
404-705-8366
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
female urology, incontinence, kidney stones,
interstitial cystitis

CARL C. CAPELOUTO, MD
Georgia Urology
15 Reinhardt College
Parkway, Building 100,
Suite 109, Canton, GA
30114, 770-720-7246
Northside Hospital
Cherokee
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Special Expertise
erectile dysfunction,

voiding dysfunction,
incontinence (male and
female), vasectomy

MARK A. HABER, MD
Georgia Urology
1400 Northside Forsyth
Drive, Suite 220,
Cumming, GA 30041,
770-889-9737
Northside Hospital
Northside Hospital
Forsyth
Special Expertise
urology (female),
urologic cancer, kidney
stones, laparoscopic
surgery

JOAN E. HADER, MD
Urology Specialists
of Atlanta
5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
910, Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-255-3822
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
urology (female),
urologic cancer,
incontinence

A. KEITH LEVINSON, MD
Georgia Urology
2685 Millscott Drive,
Decatur, GA 30033,
404-292-3727
DeKalb Medical at
North Decatur
Special Expertise
urologic cancer, female
urology, kidney stones,
vasectomy

SCOTT D. MILLER, MD
Georgia Urology
5670 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
1250, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-705-5201
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
robotic surgery, prostate
cancer/robotic surgery,
minimally invasive
urologic surgery, reconstructive surgery

WILLIAM HOLT
SANDERS, MD
980 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 490,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
404-257-0133
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
prostate cancer, urologic cancer, vasectomy,
kidney stones

SCOTT W. SHELFO, MD
Georgia Urology
1336 Highway 54,

Suite 204, Fayetteville,


GA 30214, 770-460-9777
Piedmont Fayette
Hospital
CTCA at Southeastern Regional Medical
Center
Special Expertise
urologic cancers, robotic surgery, reconstructive urologic surgery,
incontinence (female)

MURPHY F. TOWNSEND
III, MD
Urology Associates
55 Whitcher Street,
Suite 250, Marietta, GA
30060, 770-428-4475
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
Special Expertise
laparoscopic surgery

BARRY M. ZISHOLTZ, MD
Georgia Urology
33 Upper Riverdale
Road, Suite 105, Riverdale, GA 30274, 770991-0020
Southern Regional
Medical Center
Special Expertise
laparoscopic surgery

VASCULAR
& INTERVENTIONAL
RADIOLOGY
STEVEN J. CITRON, MD
Piedmont Radiology,
Radiology Associates
of Atlanta
1984 Peachtree Road,
Suite 505, Atlanta, GA
30309, 404-352-1409
Piedmont Hospital
Special Expertise
uterine broid embolization, liver cancer/
chemoembolization

JASON R. LEVY, MD
Northside Hospital, Department of
Radiology
1000 Johnson Ferry
Road, Atlanta, GA
30342, 404-851-6347
Northside Hospital

ALAN M. ZUCKERMAN,
MD
Quantum Radiology
598 Nancy Street,
Suite 150, Marietta, GA
30060, 678-581-3830
WellStar Kennestone
Hospital
WellStar Cobb
Hospital
Special Expertise
uterine broid embolization, vascular disease

VASCULAR SURGERY
PETER B. HDOUBLER
JR., MD
Saint Josephs
Medical Group,
Vascular Surgery
5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
675, Atlanta, GA 30342,
678-843-5400
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
aneurysm, peripheral
vascular disease, minimally invasive surgery,
vein disorders

DANIEL T. MCDEVITT,
MD
Peachtree Vascular
Specialists
1035 Southcrest
Drive, Suite 250,
Stockbridge, GA 30281,
770-996-9945
Southern Regional
Medical Center
Special Expertise
peripheral vascular
disease, aneurysm
(abdominal aortic),
minimally invasive
surgery

JOSEPH J. RICOTTA
II, MD
Northside Vascular
Surgery
980 Johnson Ferry
Road, Suite 1040,
Atlanta, GA 30342,
770-292-3490
Northside Hospital
Northside Hospital
Forsyth
Special Expertise
aneurysm (abdominal
and thoracic aortic),
angioplasty and
stent placement, arterial bypass surgery,
carotid artery stent
placement

JOSEPH I. ZARGE, MD
Saint Josephs
Medical Group,
Vascular Surgery
5673 Peachtree
Dunwoody Road, Suite
675, Atlanta, GA 30342,
678-843-5400
Emory Saint Josephs
Hospital
Northside Hospital
Special Expertise
carotid artery stent
placement, aneurysm
(aortic), peripheral
artery disease, varicose
veins
J A N U A RY 2 0 1 5

AT L A N TA 1 5 7

ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH CAMPUS

Accidental cut, puncture, perforation, or


hemorrhage during medical care

Breakdown of abdominal incision site

Bloodstream infection following surgery

Deep blood clots in the lungs or legs


following surgery

Respiratory failure following surgery

Electrolyte and fluid imbalance


following surgery

Excessive bruising or bleeding as a


consequence of a procedure or surgery

Hip fracture following surgery

Foreign objects left in body during a surgery or


procedure (reported as number of events)
0

FORMERLY SOUTH FULTON MEDICAL CENTER

DEKALB MEDICAL AT NORTH DECATUR

DEKALB MEDICAL AT HILLANDALE

EASTSIDE MEDICAL CENTER

EMORY JOHNS CREEK HOSPITAL

EMORY SAINT JOSEPHS HOSPITAL

EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MIDTOWN

GRADY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

GWINNETT MEDICAL CENTER LAWRENCEVILLE


INCLUDES GWINNETT MEDICAL CENTER DULUTH

NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL ATLANTA

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL CHEROKEE

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL FORSYTH

PIEDMONT HOSPITAL

PIEDMONT FAYETTE HOSPITAL

PIEDMONT HENRY HOSPITAL

PIEDMONT NEWNAN HOSPITAL


INCLUDES THE FORMER NEWNAN HOSPITAL WEST

SOUTHERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

TANNER MEDICAL CENTER CARROLLTON

TANNER MEDICAL CENTER VILLA RICA

WELLSTAR COBB HOSPITAL

WELLSTAR DOUGLAS HOSPITAL

WELLSTAR KENNESTONE HOSPITAL

WESLEY WOODS GERIATRIC HOSPITAL

1 5 8 AT L A N TA

JANUARY 2015

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ATLANTA MEDICAL CENTER

Catheter-related bloodstream infections


acquired at the hospital

See page 160 for more information on Healthgrades rating


system. Empty fields indicate service was not performed often
enough to evaluate.

Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery


in or around the chest

= indicates performance that was


worse than average. The hospital
is among the bottom 15 percent.

Pressure sores or bed sores acquired


in the hospital

= indicates
performance that
was average. The
hospital is among
the middle 70
percent.

Death in procedures where mortality


is usually very low

= indicates
performance that
was better than
average. The hospital is among the
top 15 percent.

Death following a serious complication


after surgery

HEALTHGRADES
PATIENT
SAFETY
RATINGS

TOP HOSPITALS
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 142

the Joint Commission)


DeKalb Medicals tri-campus system offers a
comprehensive array of services and specialties,
including diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, a
womens center, a surgical weight-loss center, a sleep
disorders clinic, and an outpatient surgery center.
The North Decatur facility has a cancer center and
a da Vinci robotic system, which allows for smaller
incisions, quicker postsurgical recoveries, and less
scarring. A location in downtown Decatur is devoted exclusively to long-term acute care for patients
released from intensive care.
Healthgrades Five Stars for pacemaker procedures
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Womens Health
Excellence

DEKALB MEDICAL AT HILLANDALE


2801 DeKalb Medical Parkway, Lithonia,
404-501-8000, dekalbmedical.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Government hospital district
Beds 100
See above for description.

EASTSIDE MEDICAL CENTER


1700 Medical Way, Snellville,
770-979-0200, eastsidemedical.com
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Proprietary
Beds 188
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
With more than 400 physicians, this acute care,
dual-campus hospital specializes in cardiology,
neurosciences, orthopedics, oncology, and womens
care. The main campus has a Level III neonatal
intensive care unit and is equipped with private
birthing suites. It received a 2011 Stroke Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award from the American
Heart Association/American Stroke Association
for stroke care. The South Campus, formerly the
Eastside Heritage Center, focuses on a pain center,
wound care clinic, adult behavioral health services,
and geriatric psychiatry. Eastside is part of TriStar
Health System.
Healthgrades Five Stars for bowel obstruction and
gastrointestinal bleed

EMORY JOHNS CREEK HOSPITAL


6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek,
678-474-7000, emoryjohnscreek.com
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Proprietary
Beds 110
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
Home of the Atlanta Bariatric Center, Emory
Johns Creek has been designated as a Center of
Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic
and Bariatric Surgery and has performed thousands
of successful laparoscopic bariatric procedures.
Services include emergency care, digital imaging, a
birth center with Level III neonatal intensive care,
adult intensive care, advanced cardiac care, womens
services, outpatient rehab, sleep medicine, and a
pain center. The hospital provided $3.1 million in
charity care in scal year 2013 and partners with
local police, re, and other organizations to offer
health and wellness screenings in the community

throughout the year. Emory Johns Creek is part of


the Emory Healthcare Network.
Healthgrades Five Stars for esophageal/stomach
surgeries
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Coronary
Intervention Excellence and Patient Safety Excellence

EMORY SAINT JOSEPHS HOSPITAL


5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta,
678-843-7001, emoryhealthcare.org/saintjosephs
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 410
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
Founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint
Josephs joined the Emory Healthcare Network in
2012. Noted for cardiac care, the hospital also offers
neurologic, vascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory,
orthopedic, and cancer care. Saint Josephs was the
rst in the Southeast to perform open-heart surgery,
create a comprehensive cardiac catheterization lab,
and provide angioplasty as an alternative to more
invasive surgery. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has recognized it as a magnet hospital for
nursing excellence, the only community hospital in
the world to receive ve consecutive magnet designations. Emory Saint Josephs offers health screenings throughout the community for vascular and
heart disease, mammography, and cancer. In 2013
employees donated $22,000 to the Gateway Center
to provide assistance to the homeless.
Healthgrades Five Stars for chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, total knee replacement, hip
replacement, stroke, and transurethral resection of
the prostate
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Coronary Intervention Excellence, Prostate Surgery Excellence,
Stroke Care Excellence, and Americas 100 Best
Hospitals for Joint Replacement and Prostatectomy
Excellence

EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL


1364 Clifton Road, Atlanta,
404-712-2000, emoryhealthcare.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 579
Distinctions Comprehensive Stroke Center (awarded by the Joint Commission)
Listed in U.S. News & World Report as the number one hospital in both metro Atlanta and Georgia
in 2013, Emory University Hospital also received
a Consumers Choice Award from the National
Research Corporation for more than 15 years in a
row. Part of the Emory Healthcare Network and
staffed primarily by Emory University School of
Medicine faculty, this hospital has one of the most
comprehensive transplant programs in the Southeast. Founded in 1904, the hospital is also known
for cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurology and
neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, and orthopedics. The American Nurses Credentialing Center
has recognized it as a magnet hospital for nursing
excellence, and in both 2012 and 2013, the University HealthSystem Consortium awarded Emory the
second-highest quality ranking out of more than 110
academic medical centers nationwide. The hospital
provided $26.8 million in charity care in scal year
2013 and has one of the highest case mix indexes
which measures complexity of illnesses treatedin
UHC-ranked facilities. Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, which opened in 2008, is an

extension of the main hospitals acute care services


and has been recognized by Blue Cross and Blue
Shield of Georgia for spine surgery and knee and hip
replacement.
Healthgrades Five Stars for valve surgery, heart
attack, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease, total knee replacement, hip replacement,
stroke, neurosurgery, small intestine surgeries, sepsis, and respiratory failure
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Outstanding
Patient Experience, Critical Care Excellence, General
Surgery Excellence, Neurosciences Excellence, Neurosurgery Excellence, Womens Health Excellence,
Americas 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, and
Americas 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and
Stroke Care

EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MIDTOWN


550 Peachtree Street, Atlanta,
404-686-4411, emoryhealthcare.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 511
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
Founded in 1908 and previously known as
Emory Crawford Long, the hospital changed its
name in 2009 after celebrating its 100th year of
serving Atlanta. Part of Emory Healthcare Network,
this tertiary care facility is known for services in
cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, cancer, and emergency medicine. Womens
services include prenatal and postnatal education,
bone density testing, mammography, and obstetrics,
with specialization in high-risk pregnancy. In 2013
the University HealthSystem Consortium ranked
Emory Midtown third for quality out of more than
110 academic medical centers nationwide. The hospital provided $19.4 million in charity care during
scal year 2013 and helped fund the establishment
of a local police precinct in Midtown.
Healthgrades Five Stars for heart attack, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, stroke, neurosurgery, esophageal/stomach surgeries, colorectal surgeries, sepsis, and respiratory failure
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Critical Care
Excellence, Neurosciences Excellence, Neurosurgery
Excellence, Pulmonary Care Excellence, and Americas 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and Stroke
Care

GRADY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL


80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta,
404-616-4252, gradyhealth.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Other (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 953
Distinctions Comprehensive Stroke Center (awarded by the Joint Commission)
As the largest Level I trauma center in the metro
Atlanta region, Grady maintains full trauma surgical
teams around the clock. Emergency services include
asthma, burn, sickle cell, stroke care, critical care,
and intensive care services. Grady also features a
Diabetes Center, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence, Avon Foundation Breast Health Center, and
a Regional Perinatal Center. Grady houses Georgias
Poison Center and 24-hour Rape Crisis and Advice
Nurse lines. The institution was created by and
named for the legendary managing editor of the
Atlanta Constitution, Henry W. Grady. The hospital
is part of the Grady Health System.
Healthgrades Five Stars for heart failure
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1000 Medical Center Boulevard, Lawrenceville,


678-312-1000, gwinnettmedicalcenter.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Government hospital district
Beds 353
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
Gwinnett Medical is a not-for-prot network
with campuses in Lawrenceville and Duluth. It
provides acute care, outpatient services, orthopedic
and neuroscience specialty care, and wellness services. The main campus features a Level II trauma
center, a 129-bed tower, and an open-heart surgery
program.
Healthgrades Five Stars for pneumonia, stroke,
carotid surgery, and sepsis
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Distinguished
Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, Critical Care
Excellence, General Surgery Excellence, Neurosciences Excellence, Pulmonary Care Excellence, and
Stroke Care Excellence

GWINNETT MEDICAL CENTER DULUTH


(reporting jointly with Gwinnett Medical Center
Lawrenceville)
3620 Howell Ferry Road, Duluth,
678-312-6800, gwinnettmedicalcenter.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Government hospital district
Beds 81
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
After serving the area for more than 60 years as
Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital, Gwinnett Medical
Center Duluth opened in 2006. Its two campuses
feature a center for sleep disorders, an interventional radiology suite, and a da Vinci robotic surgical
system. Its rehabilitation program has been ranked
among the top three in the nation, according to
the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation
Facilities, and its Glancy campus is home to diabetes
education and community education programs.
Healthgrades Five Stars for pneumonia, stroke,
carotid surgery, and sepsis (reported same as the
Lawrenceville campus)
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Distinguished
Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, Critical Care
Excellence, General Surgery Excellence, Neurosciences Excellence, Pulmonary Care Excellence, and
Stroke Care Excellence (reported same as the Lawrenceville campus)

NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER


743 Spring Street, Gainesville,
770-219-9000, nghs.com
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation DNV Healthcare
Ownership Government (local)
Beds 557
Distinctions Bariatric Center of Excellence (awarded by Surgical Review Corporation); Primary Stroke
Center (awarded by DNV Healthcare)
Northeast Georgia Medical Center, part of Northeast Georgia Health System, was rated Georgias
number one hospital by CareChex, a ranking service
of Comparion, and one of the nations 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, which evaluates
performance over ve years in categories such as
patient safety and satisfaction. The hospital specializes in programs such as cardiology, gastrointestinal
care, womens health, joint replacement, and cancer
care. Recently, Northeast Georgia Medical Center
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received Level II trauma center designation, ensuring that the hospital has resources available 24/7
to treat all types of traumatic injuries. With more
than 500 physicians on staff, Northeast Georgia
Health System offers additional facilities such as a
satellite cancer treatment center, mental health and
substance abuse treatment center, and outpatient
rehabilitation centers for physical, speech, and occupational therapy. Now in its 64th year of service,
the health system serves nearly 800,000 residents
of northeast Georgia in more than 13 counties.
NGHS plans to open a new 119-acre campus in the
Braselton area in early 2015, fully equipped with
specialists and an urgent care center.
Healthgrades Five Stars for coronary interventional procedures (inpatient), heart attack, heart
failure, debrillator procedures, total knee replacement, hip replacement, carotid surgery, colorectal
surgeries, and sepsis
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Americas 50
Best Hospitals, Distinguished Hospital Award for
Clinical Excellence, Outstanding Patient Experience,
Cardiac Care Excellence, Critical Care Excellence,
Gastrointestinal Care Excellence, General Surgery
Excellence, Pulmonary Care Excellence, Womens
Health Excellence, Americas 50 Best Hospitals for
Vascular Surgery, and Americas 100 Best Hospitals
for Coronary Intervention and Joint Replacement

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL ATLANTA


1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta,
404-851-8000, northside.com
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 537
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
Northside Hospital has served north metro
Atlanta since 1970. With more than 2,300 physicians
and 10,000 employees, it handles upwards of 1
million patient visits a yearproviding a full range
of healthcare services, including womens health,
cancer care, emergency care, surgery, specialty
medicine, and a wide array of outpatient services at
more than 120 locations across Georgia. Atlanta consumers consistently vote Northside their most preferred hospital for overall healthcare needs in the
National Research Corporations annual Healthcare
Market Guide. More cases of cancer are diagnosed,
more babies are delivered, and more surgeries
are performed at Northside Hospital than at any
other community hospital in Georgia. As Atlantas
only National Cancer Institute Community Cancer
Center, Northside also diagnoses and treats more
cases of breast and gynecological cancer than any
other hospital in the Southeast and has among the
best survival rates in the nation for bone marrow
transplants.
Healthgrades Five Stars for heart failure, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, transurethral resection of the prostate, colorectal surgeries, pulmonary embolism, diabetic emergencies, and
respiratory failure
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Prostate Surgery Excellence, Pulmonary Care Excellence, and
Outstanding Patient Experience

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL CHEROKEE


201 Hospital Road, Canton,
770-720-5100, northside.com
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 84

Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by


the Joint Commission)
Northside Hospital Cherokee is a full-service
community hospital with more than 400 physicians
and 1,200 employees. Throughout an expanding network of state-of-the-art medical facilities in Canton,
Holly Springs, and Woodstock (Towne Lake), the
hospital offers a wide variety of services, including
cardiology, emergency, cancer care, radiology, surgery,
and womens services. In 2013 Northside Hospital
Cherokee was named a Top Performer on Key Quality
Measures by the Joint Commission and received
disease-specic care certication for pneumonia and
stroke. The Cherokee campus, along with Northsides
Atlanta and Forsyth hospitals, also was named to the
Georgia Hospital Associations Partnership for Health
and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll, Chairmans categorythe highest on the list. Northside

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for Healthcare
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Quality (AHRQ).
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hospital does not
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new Northside Hospital Cherokee replacement hospital, scheduled to open in 2016.

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL FORSYTH


1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming,
770-844-3200, northside.com
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 217
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
Northside Hospital Forsyth is a full-service
community hospital with more than 2,300 physicians in more than 60 medical specialties. In 2014
Northside was named to the Chairmans category
(the highest on the list) of the Georgia Hospital
Associations Partnership for Health and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll. The hospital
also was recognized by the Joint Commission with
disease-specic care certication for pneumonia,
hip/knee replacement, and stroke. To better accommodate an increasing number of deliveries at the
hospitals womens center, Northside Hospital Forsyth recently was approved to offer a four-bed Level
III neonatal intensive care unit in addition to its
existing 17-bed Level II neonatal intermediate care
unit, which will allow seriously ill babies to remain
in Forsyth rather than be transferred to Northsides
Atlanta campus for Level III NICU care.
Healthgrades Five Stars for heart failure, pulmonary embolism, and sepsis
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Outstanding
Patient Experience

PIEDMONT HOSPITAL

PIEDMONT FAYETTE HOSPITAL

1968 Peachtree Road, Atlanta,


404-605-5000, piedmonthospital.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 488
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
Piedmont Hospital began more than a century
ago as a 10-bed inrmary at the corner of Crumley
Street and Capitol Avenue. Today the Buckhead hospital specializes in heart health, transplant services,
and cancer care. Piedmont Atlanta is ranked consistently among the top ve metro Atlanta hospitals on
U.S. News & World Reports Best Hospitals list and
has been recognized by Healthgrades for four years
in a row as one of Americas 100 Best Hospitals for
Cardiac Care. Staffed by 4,000 employees and more
than 1,000 doctors, Piedmont Atlanta is one of ve
hospitals in the Piedmont Healthcare system, which
collectively provided $63 million in uncompensated
care in scal year 2013.
Healthgrades Five Stars for coronary artery
bypass graft surgery, coronary interventional procedures (inpatient), heart failure, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, pneumonia, bowel obstruction,
small intestine surgeries, colorectal surgeries, pulmonary embolism, and sepsis
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Americas 100
Best Hospitals; Distinguished Hospital Award for
Clinical Excellence; Cardiac Surgery Excellence;
Critical Care Excellence; Gastrointestinal Care
Excellence; Pulmonary Care Excellence; and Americas 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, Coronary
Intervention, and General Surgery

1255 Highway 54 West, Fayetteville,


770-719-7000, piedmontfayette.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 172
Recognized in 2013 by Beckers Hospital Review
as one of the Top 100 Great Community Hospitals
and named ve times as one of the nations 100 Top
Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, Piedmont Fayette is
a community hospital known for strong ratings in
patient satisfaction among metro Atlanta hospitals,
according to the Hospital Consumer Assessment
of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. Piedmont Fayette specializes in cancer care and heart
health and offers 24-hour emergency services,
medical and surgical services, rehabilitation, and
womens services. Piedmont Fayette is one of ve
hospitals within the Piedmont Healthcare system.
Healthgrades Five Stars for chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, pneumonia, total knee replacement, hip replacement, stroke, carotid surgery,
gastrointestinal bleed, pulmonary embolism, sepsis,
and respiratory failure
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Americas
100 Best Hospitals, Distinguished Hospital Award
for Clinical Excellence, Gastrointestinal Care
Excellence, Joint Replacement Excellence, Stroke
Care Excellence, Womens Health Excellence, and
Americas 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care and
Pulmonary Care

PIEDMONT HENRY HOSPITAL


1133 Eagles Landing Parkway, Stockbridge,
678-604-1000, piedmonthenry.org

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Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Nonprot
Beds 215
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
The newest hospital in the Piedmont family,
Piedmont Henry specializes in emergency services.
It is a certied Primary Stroke Center and an
accredited Chest Pain Center, accommodating nearly 80,000 emergency department visits in 2013. The
hospital also offers cancer care, 24-hour medical
and surgical services, rehabilitation, and womens
services. Piedmont Henry is one of ve hospitals
within the Piedmont Healthcare system.
Healthgrades Five Stars for prostate removal
surgery
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Prostate Surgery Excellence

PIEDMONT NEWNAN HOSPITAL


(includes the former Newnan Hospital West)
745 Poplar Road, Newnan,
770-400-1000, piedmontnewnan.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 136
Named the 2012 Small Hospital of the Year by
the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, Piedmont Newnan is known for its eye-catching and
environmentally conscious design, which has been
awarded a Design Citation by Modern Healthcare for
design excellence, functional utility, exibility, and
sustainability. Its new facility, completed in 2012, is
LEED-certied. Specializing in robotic surgery and

womens services, the hospital also offers heart and


cancer care, 24-hour emergency services, medical
and surgical services, and rehabilitation services.
Piedmont Newnan is one of ve hospitals within the
Piedmont Healthcare system.
Healthgrades Five Stars for sepsis

SOUTHERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER


11 Upper Riverdale Road SW, Riverdale,
770-991-8000, southernregional.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 331
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
Southern Regional Medical Center features
neurologic, cardiac, vascular, bariatric, and womens
health services. Known as a leader in womens services, Southern Regional delivers more than 3,300
babies annually and includes a Level III neonatal
intensive care unit. The hospital has been recognized on the state and national levels for quality of
care, including certication as a Chest Pain Center
(the Society of Chest Pain Centers), an Advanced
Primary Stroke Center, and an Accredited Center for
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (the American College of Surgeons). Southern Regional is a member of
the Emory Healthcare Network.
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Spine Surgery
Excellence

TANNER MEDICAL CENTER CARROLLTON


705 Dixie Street, Carrollton,
770-836-9666, tanner.org
Facility type Short-term acute care

Accreditation The Joint Commission


Ownership Government hospital district
Beds 201
Tanner Medical Center Carrollton serves west
Georgia and east Alabama, providing inpatient and
outpatient services, high-tech medical imaging, and
a 24-hour emergency department. The hospitals
campus includes the Tanner Heart & Vascular Center, the W. Steve Worthy Maternity Center, the Roy
Richards Sr. Cancer Center, the Health Education
and Wellness Learning Center, and Tanner Breast
Health. The Carrollton hospital is part of the Tanner
Health System.
Healthgrades Five Stars for coronary interventional procedures (inpatient), total knee replacement, hip replacement, and hip fracture treatment
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Pulmonary Care
Excellence, Outstanding Patient Experience, and
Americas 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery

TANNER MEDICAL CENTER VILLA RICA


601 Dallas Highway, Villa Rica,
770-456-3101, tanner.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Government hospital district
Beds 40
Tanner Medical Center Villa Rica serves Carroll, Douglas, and Paulding counties and other west
Georgia communities. The facility began as Villa
Rica City Hospital. It provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient programs, including Tanner
Intensive Medical Services, a hospitalist service.
The Villa Rica hospital is part of the Tanner Health
System.
Healthgrades Five Stars for heart failure

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help individuals identify
and change maladaptive
life patterns, develop
more balanced attitudes
towards themselves and
others, enjoy more satisfying relationships, and improve
their ability to manage stress.

Dr. Matt Smith, Clinical Psychologist


1401 Peachtree Street, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-870-3532 atlpsychservices.com

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Healthgrades awards 20132015 Outstanding


Patient Experience

WELLSTAR COBB HOSPITAL


3950 Austell Road, Austell,
770-732-4000, wellstar.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Other (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 382
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
WellStars Cobb facility offers many specialties,
including cardiac catheterization, wound care,
behavioral health, and pediatric care. WellStar Cobb
is the only hospital in Georgia to receive meritorious status for surgical patient outcomes from the
American College of Surgeons National Surgical
Quality Improvement Program. WellStar Cobb also
offers Tranquility hospice and the Family Birthplace
at Cobb, a private maternity suite center.
Healthgrades Five Stars for heart failure,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia,
stroke, diabetic emergencies, sepsis, and respiratory
failure
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Pulmonary Care
Excellence and Stroke Care Excellence

WELLSTAR DOUGLAS HOSPITAL


8954 Hospital Drive, Douglasville,
770-949-1500, wellstar.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 108
WellStars Douglas location offers both out-

patient and inpatient services such as coronary


CT angiography, dialysis, and rehabilitation care.
Douglas has accredited breast health and chest pain
centers, and specialties include womens health,
radiology and imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, and
wellness and prevention programs. WellStar Douglas was named to the Georgia Hospital Associations
Partnership for Health and Accountability Core
Measures Honor Roll.
Healthgrades Five Stars for chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, pneumonia, stroke, gastrointestinal bleed, sepsis, and respiratory failure
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Pulmonary Care
Excellence

WELLSTAR KENNESTONE HOSPITAL


677 Church Street, Marietta,
770-793-5000, wellstar.org
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Other (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 633
Distinctions Primary Stroke Center (awarded by
the Joint Commission)
The largest member of the WellStar family, Kennestone offers the most services of all ve hospitals. The
Marietta facility provides a wide variety of treatments
for cancer, womens health services (including an
accredited breast health center), radiology and imaging, orthopedics, and cardiology. With an award-winning bariatric program, Kennestone specializes
in surgery and support groups for obese patients.
WellStar Kennestone has been recognized for strong
performance in diabetes and endocrinology, nephrology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, neurology, and
neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Healthgrades Five Stars for heart attack, heart


failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
pneumonia, stroke, gastrointestinal bleed, pulmonary embolism, sepsis, and respiratory failure
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Distinguished
Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence; Gastrointestinal Care Excellence; Neurosciences Excellence; Neurosurgery Excellence; Womens Health
Excellence; and Americas 100 Best Hospitals for
Cardiac Care, Critical Care, Pulmonary Care, and
Stroke Care

WESLEY WOODS GERIATRIC HOSPITAL


1821 Clifton Road, Atlanta,
404-728-6200, emoryhealthcare.org/seniorhealth-center
Facility type Short-term acute care
Accreditation The Joint Commission
Ownership Private (voluntary nonprot)
Beds 100
Founded in 1987 by the United Methodist
Church and Emory University, this geriatric hospital is part of Emorys Wesley Woods Center. The
center includes an outpatient primary care clinic,
a 250-bed skilled nursing care facility, a multispecialty health center with dental care, and a 201-unit
residential retirement facility (Wesley Woods Towers), with one oor of 18 units dedicated to personal care. Wesley Woods Center is known for its programs in depression, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and
Huntingtons disease. Recognized by the Georgia
Alliance of Community Hospitals as one of the best
small hospitals in the state, Wesley Woods Geriatric
Hospital is part of Emory Healthcare Network.
Healthgrades awards 20132015 Pulmonary Care
Excellence

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146 New Street
Decatur, 30030
404-405-2173
academeatlanta.org
Atlanta Girls School
3254 Northside Parkway
Atlanta, 30327
404-845-0900
atlantagirlsschool.org
Ben Franklin Academy
1585 Clifton Road
Atlanta, 30329
404-633-7404
benfranklinacademy.org
Childrens School
345 Tenth Street NE
Atlanta, 30309
404-873-6985
thechildrensschool.com
Cottage School
700 Grimes Bridge Road
Roswell, 30075
770-641-8688
cottageschool.org
Covenant Christian School
3130 Atlanta Road
Smyrna, 30080
770-435-1596
ccssmyrna.org
Cumberland Academy of Georgia
650-A Mount Vernon Highway NE
Atlanta, 30328
404-835-9000
cumberlandacademy.org
Eaton Academy
1000 Old Roswell Lakes Parkway
Roswell, 30076
770-645-2673
eatonacademy.org
Galloway School
215 West Wieuca Road
Atlanta, 30342
404-252-8389
gallowayschool.org
Holy Innocents Episcopal School
805 Mount Vernon Highway
Atlanta, 30327
404-255-4026
hies.org
Holy Spirit Preparatory School
Preschool:
4465 Northside Drive
Atlanta, 30327

404-262-1345
paceacademy.org

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Atlanta, 30327
678-761-7992
holyspiritprep.org
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1192 Foster Street
Atlanta, 30318
404-377-7436
howardschool.org
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Main Campus:
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Marietta, 30068
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770-971-0245
mtbethelchristian.org
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Sandy Springs, 30328
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Sandy Springs, 30328
404-250-5880
mountvernonschool.org
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966 West Paces Ferry Road
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800-462-2338
riversidemilitary.com
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404-237-4260
stmartinschool.org
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706-234-4953
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404-636-3023
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Atlanta, 30327
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Atlanta, 30308
404-841-3939
suzukischool.com
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827 Kirk Road
Decatur, 30030
404-377-1315
waldorfatlanta.org
Walker School
700 Cobb Parkway North
Marietta, 30069
770-427-2689
thewalkerschool.org
Westminster Schools
1424 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, 30327
404-355-8673
westminster.net
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1 Whiteeld Drive
Mableton, 30126
678-305-3000
whiteeldacademy.com

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It just feels so much warmer


here, and a lot of it has to do
with being closer to the kids
and my mother, says Melinda.

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Melinda and Mike Anderson


RESIDENTS AT WINDSONG MANOR

atives of Cobb County, Mike and Melinda


Anderson thought that they had already built
their retirement homea mountain escape in
Jasper, Georgia. Then, they thought again.
The couple really wanted to be closer to and more
involved in the lives of their grandchildrentwo
granddaughters (four and nine years old) and two
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2014, selected Windsong Manor in Dallas, Georgia,
as their new home.
Our daughters, who are thirty-seven and thirty-two
and both educators, are in Paulding County, so we are
within eight to ten miles of them now, explains Melinda, sixty-one and a former banker. When my oldest
grandchild was born, I tricked Mike into letting me quit
working, because I was going to be babysitting. Now, I
babysit for one daughter every week, so it was important to move closer so that I wasnt driving so far.
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two basketball courts, ten champion-size tennis courts,
one pickleball court, and an outdoor amphitheater, as
well as community gardens.
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fell in love with a model home and the layout of the
community, Mike says. Plus, the fact that I can come
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provides a lawn maintenance service, is great. I worked
myself to death at our last home.
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offers single-level living. The three-bed, two-bath
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closer to the kids and my mother, who is ninety and in
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Retirement isnt what it used to beits so much better. With a lively


generation entering their golden years, active-adult, retirement, and
assisted-living communities have expanded the spectrum of on-site
services and resort-style amenities. From luxury apartments with a
poolside view to customizable houses backing up to the sixth fairway,
the residential offerings available to todays seniors bring to mind
vacation properties. They are also able age in place, from independent
living to, should they need it, assisted living that ts their individual
needs. We talked to residents of seven of the Atlanta areas most vibrant
communities to hear how they enjoy happy, healthy, productive lives.

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Tino once said


to Esther of his
love of gardening,
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with God in
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RESIDENTS AT PRESBYTERIAN VILLAGE

hen Esther and Tino Ballesteros were deciding where they wanted to spend their
retirement years, they already had a leg up
on most couples. Tino, a pastor, and Esther, a stay-athome mom, had served as pre-retirement consultants
for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In this capacity, they
conducted seminars for ministers and their spouses in
their previous hometown of Savannah (the Wilmington
Island community, to be exact), where they lived for
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Knowing our options for retirement helped us ultimately make our decision to move to a CCRC, which
stands for continuing care retirement community,
says Tino. What this meant for us is that we would
stay in the same place and age in place. December
2014 marked eleven years for the happy couplehigh
school sweethearts from Los Angeles, who have been
married for sixty-two yearsat Presbyterian Village in
Austell, Georgia.
The community is part of Presbyterian Homes of
Georgia, a Christian ministry that provides comprehensive services for senior adults of all faiths who are
sixty-two years old and above. For couples, like Esther
and Tino, the variety of care optionsfrom independent living in cluster homes (duplexes) to assisted
living in apartmentsmeans they receive increased
health support as they age, if necessary, while allowing
both people to remain in the same community.
When we drove up from Wilmington Island, as soon
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in. It was so beautiful! says Esther, who decided on a
cluster home with eighteen units on its street and now
enjoys entertaining their neighbors and friends over
dessert at their eight-person dining room table. My

husband and I like musicals and movies, so sometimes


we lure guests into our little living room and put on a
lovely Broadway musical, and the residents absolutely
enjoy it.
With his retirement years in mind, Tino took
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Savannah and became a master gardener. I noticed
there were a lot of nurses in the class. I went up to
one and asked why that was. She said, We see a lot
of gore and pain, but when we garden, our nurturing
comes out in beauty. I understand this because, as
a pastor, thats part of our task, to nurture people.
Its why I like gardening so much, Tino says. Though
grounds crews keep up the property at Presbyterian Village, he enjoys working with soil and anything
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Village. We are so safe and enjoy all of the amenities.
As we age, the village staff knows us, where we
live, our faces, and our names. If I cant help myself,
someone knows Im here and will come and will be
gentle and care for me. Our children dont worry
about us.
In fact, Tino jokes, Our daughter [one of three
children, the other two sons], who lives in Mobile,
Alabama, cant get us on the phone since were
always out and about. Shell say, Mom and Dad,
where in the hell are you?

Val Barton
RESIDENT OF ATHERTON PLACE

al Barton and her late husband, Harold (they


called us Hal and Val she says) never considered an assisted-living facility other than WellStars Atherton Place. Having lived in Marietta since
1959, Val, a mother of three and lifelong volunteer, and
Hal, a military war hero, often volunteered at WellStar
Kennestone Hospital.
And one morning, he woke up out of the blue and
said it was time to move to Atherton. We called our

children and said thats what we wanted to do. We had


never considered any other place, really, recounts Val,
who, after moving from Hals station in Japan, decided
to settle in Georgia for their military retirement years.
Hal went on to work for Dobbins Military Base as a
civilian in an airport managment role. The couple
made the move to Atherton Place in January 2009.
It was the coldest day of the year! Val recalls.
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living community in Marietta is the security. You


really feel safe here, she
says. And that, to me,
is very important. There
is someone guarding
downstairs twenty-four
hours a day. The elevators
are turned off at 11 p.m.
at night, and, unless you
have that little card, you
dont come up.
That sense of safety
translates to the quality of
care that Atherton Place
provides. Many of its staff
members (who average
twelve years of service
at the property) bring a
great depth of knowledge, having worked at
other healthcare systems
within WellStar prior to
joining the team. WellStar
Kennestone Hospital is
just next door, too, and
on-site rehabilitation
helps residents come
home from the hospital
rather than having to go
to a rehabilitation facility.
They really look after you
and worry about you,
Val says of the supportive
and responsive caregivers that she appreciated
when her husband got
sick. He passed at WellStar Kennestone Hospital
in May of 2011.
Now ninety-one years
old, Val stays involved
both within the community and outside of
it with volunteer work,
projects, and activities.
An avid reader and news
junkie (she reads both the
Marietta Daily Journal and
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution religiously), she
joined the library committee at Atherton, where
she keeps the library and
its books organized on
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day. One of her recent projects was a book sale. Val also volunteers at Dobbins Air
Reserve Base Thrift Shop and her church.
Recently, one of her most fun undertakings was crafting Christmas houses for
her eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren at the complexs ceramics
shop, which is open to residents on Mondays.
Activities like this are part of the thriving social scene within the community
of 180 residents. Val particularly enjoys her weekly Tuesday night card games
in the designated card room with three of her friendsthey love a game called
Hand and Foot, which is similar to canasta. She also enjoys a number of Atherton
Placecoordinated trips, which have included sightseeing at Red Top Mountain in
Cartersville and Rome Braves baseball games.
Everybody here is so friendly, she adds, and the staff couldnt be nicer. If I
meet someone on the elevator and dont recognize them, Ill ask their name and
then from there on were friends. Its a real friendly place.

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Dar and John Baugus


RESIDENTS OF ST. GEORGE VILLAGE

welve years into their retirement, John


and Dar Baugus were enjoying themselves in a 3,500-square-foot home
in the gated Big Canoe community an hour
north of Atlanta.
Then about ten years ago, they began to
see some of their older friends needing to
be closer to good medical care. The couple
recognized that, as they aged, they would
need more convenient care and family
nearby (their three children are in Roswell,
Buckhead, and Cumming). Really, we wanted to be close to our doctors, our children,
and good shopping, says John, a retired
BellSouth employee.
While the Bauguses were looking for the
right senior-living community, they noticed
advertisements in the Catholic Archdiocese
of Atlantas monthly bulletin about St.
George Village being constructed in Roswell.
They were already familiar with the area,
having lived in nearby Dunwoody prior to
Big Canoe, and still had many friends there.

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owned by the Catholic Archdiocese, and it
met all of our criteria for close conveniences,
John explains. The executive director is
a very caring person, and this atmosphere
covers the whole communityemployees
are known as care partners, which denotes
a positive attitude.
In April 2006, John and Dar made the
move to the independent-living section of St.
George Village, where most folks live. There
are also private apartments for residents who
need assisted living and memory care.
Because they were already downsizing
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1,635 square feet that includes a den, living
room, dining room, kitchen, and sunroom.
We reduced our things by more than half,
says Dar, a retired registered nurse. But we
look around here and use every room. In Big
Canoe, we used the same rooms that we use
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Lee Kenworthy
RESIDENT AT PARK SPRINGS

few years ago, Lee Kenworthy received a call from his


daughter asking him to come to her home in Australia to
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cancer. What began as a two-week trip turned into ten weeks due
to surgery complications.
To make matters worse, upon returning home to Vero Beach,
Florida, where he had lived for twenty years and retired, Lee found
that his electricity had been shut offleading to a swimming pool
that had turned green and a freezer that had thawed and run meat
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decision to move, Lee says.
Lee looked at retirement communities all along the East Coast,
from Pennsylvania to Florida, before relocating to Park Springs in
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children in Australia (one of his two sons lives there as well) at any
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or six months and know that the
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Jane and Nat Copenhaver


RESIDENTS OF SOLEIL LAUREL CANYON

ane and Nat Copenhaver were both born and raised in BristolJane on
the Virginia side and Nat on the Tennessee side of town. They lived there
until twelve years after retirement. But there was something missing:
their children. Janes daughter lives in Maitland, Florida, and her son lives in
Alpharetta; Nat has a son in Highlands, North Carolina, a daughter in Norcross, and a son in Johns Creek. With a growing family, including nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Jane urged Nat to move closer. The
Atlanta area was an obvious choice. In March of 2014, they made the move to
Soleil Laurel Canyon, a retirement community in Canton, Georgia, and never
looked back.
My husband said that if he was going to leave Bristol, he wanted to come
to a place that had some interesting things to do, says Jane. In addition to
being near the children, the activities were very important.
Janes son had seen Soleil Laurel Canyon advertised, and after a series
of visits, the Copenhavers decided to buy a lot in 2012 and build a house.
In 2013, after selling their Bristol house, the process of
building their new home at Soleil began. They chose
The Trenton model, as the family room area, the
kitchen, breakfast area, and keeping room are all in
one large space. Next, a day was spent at the Soleil
Design Center, where all the upgrades, such as the
plantation shutters and a screened porch, were selected;
Jane and Nat have ultimately been very happy with all
of their choices.
Nat adds, I did get one room to call my own!
He said he wasnt moving unless he could bring all
of his stuff and have a place to put it, Jane says of her
husbands study, where the walls are covered with family,
Bristol, and Civil War memorabilia.
Another big bonus for Nat: The house is on the sixth
fairway of a beautiful eighteen-hole golf course called the
Fairways of Canton. He is a member of the Soleil mens
golf league, and he enjoys playing the challenging, wellkept course with this group on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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clubs. Thanks to this programming, she has checked off an item on her bucket
list by taking watercolor classes at Soleil. She also takes low-impact aerobics
classes (Soleils Silver Sneakers) twice per week and plays pickleball with Nat
on Friday mornings, which is similar to tennis, but played on a smaller court
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each month to encourage new and established residents to get to know one
another. We look forward to knowing our new friends and neighbors more
and more as time goes on, Jane says.

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was going to
leave Bristol,
he wanted to
come to a place
that had some
interesting
things to do.

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Joe continues his


love of entertaining at
Saint Annes Terrace.
He plays the dining
room piano for the
residents as well as
the grand piano in
his apartment.
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RESIDENTS OF SAINT ANNES TERRACE

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Resource
Guide
Atherton Place
111 Tower Road
Marietta, GA 30060
770-421-7300
athertonplace.org

Presbyterian Village
2000 East West
Connector
Austell, GA 30106
770-819-7000
presbyterianvillage.org

Park Springs
500 Springhouse Circle
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
678-684-3300
parksprings.com

Saint Annes Terrace


3100 Northside Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30327
404-238-9200
saintannesterrace.org

Soleil Laurel Canyon


3405 Piedmont Road,
Suite 525
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-419-1044
soleillaurelcanyon.com

St. George Village


11350 Woodstock Road
Roswell, GA 30075
770-645-2340
stgeorgevillage.com

Windsong Properties
120 Colony Center Drive
Suite 300
Woodstock, GA 30188
770 516-3409 (CORP)
windsonglife.com

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INSIDER ENCOUNTER

HOLLY LUTZ
Animal Trainer and Presenter
TENNESSEE AQUARIUM
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
During your next Tennessee Aquarium
visit, you may see Holly Lutz wading into
the turtle pond, releasing newly emerged
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TRAINS, TRAINS, TRAINS


KENNESAW, GEORGIA

SMOKY MOUNTAIN
KNIFE WORKS
SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE
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knives of all kindsliterally thousands of knives, from
military to culinary. But what puts this place over the
edge is the store's Relic Room, which offers authentic
historical items, such as Confederate currency, Neanderthal hand axes, and dinosaur teeth for sale. Find
antique knives, samurai swords, and guns and ammo,
as well as colorful geodes, homemade jams, and an
array of mounted and stuffed animals. The shear
spectacle of the place is worth a trip to the Smoky
Mountains. smkw.com, visitsevierville.com

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FEBRUARY 15

SANDESTIN GUMBO FESTIVAL


DESTIN, FLORIDA

Head to the Village at Baytowne Wharf to see who will roux the
day as local chefs vie for best gumbo bragging rights. Guests zydeco
dance between food stations, tasting classic and experimental
gumbo recipes and casting votes for their favorite. sandestin.com

MARCH 15

HIGHLANDS CHILI COOK-OFF


HIGHLANDS, NORTH CAROLINA

Sample specialty and secret recipes from


amateur chefs across the Carolinas. Past winners have
used crab or ghost chili peppers to stand out, but some
say the stars are the salsa and cornbread competitors.
highlandschamber.org

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SHARP

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History once again hosts this interactive
model railroad event. Marvel at the detail as
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DINING
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NEW & NOTEWORTHY

BUCKHEAD

521 KITCHEN & QUE

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chef Drew Kirkland hails from established kitchens such as Rathbuns, his casual spot
for barbecue and Southern fare is still searching for
its roots. Located in a chain-driven shopping center,
the dining room lacks character and warmth, while
the food yearns for boldness. But he does have a few
winners, including pickled okra fried in a thin, crispy
batter and served with onion jam, as well as blackeyed peas with crumbs of ne bacon. Dry-rubbed St.
Louis ribs, citrus-roasted chicken, and beer-braised
short ribs are decent dishes in a new restaurant trying
to nd its stride.Q4365 Roswell Road, 404-998-5459,
521kitchenandque.com. $
MIDTOWN

AH-MAS TAIWANESE KITCHEN

 Finding

authentic Asian food in Midtown was


practically impossible before this easy-to-miss Taiwanese cafe opened in Midtown Promenade. Pork
belly, shrimp, beef tongue, and even fried chicken
ll some of the softest and uffiest steamed buns in
the city. Texture-perfect sticky rice with dried baby
shrimp and minced pork, a soulful beef noodle soup,
and unusual snacks like fried pigs ears and salt-andpepper chicken with ve-spice powder will have you
riveted. In a restaurant where every dish packs a
punch, Ah-Mas only aw is a missing liquor license,
which it hopes to acquire by February.Q931 Monroe
Drive, 404-549-9848. $
WESTSIDE

 Its

BELLWOODS SOCIAL HOUSE

all about the drinks at this breezy Westside


hangout next to 5 Seasons Brewing. Among cords of
split wood, exposed beams, big windows, and ample
patio space, the sister restaurant to Bite Bistro & Bar
in Alpharetta doesnt feel nearly as local or as seasonal
as it would like to be. Blame it on a menu that pulls
in too many directions (wings! Asian salads! tacos!).
Mini lobster rolls are a hitand a good valuebut
quirkier dishes like the shrimp and grits with smoked
chicken are pure salt bombs. Order the cheese crepes
stuffed with house-brined brisket and jalapeo slaw
or sh tacos with roasted pepper pico de gallo and
Mexican street corn on the cob dusted with thirstinducing spices.Q1000 Marietta Street, 678-974-8748,
bellwoodsatl.com. $

INMAN PARK

THE BRASSERIE AND

BEST OF
ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOOD CAFE AT PARISH

 No restaurant in Inman Park has undergone more transitions than Parish, but the rebranding
of this Concentrics child is nally completeand so
far a success. Chef Zeb Stevenson lives up to his reputation as a gifted young hotshot. In creating a neighborhood brasserie, hes reopened the oyster station
and revamped the old creole menu to reect his relaxed cooking style. Winners include brled gs with
honey and bottarga, crackly paper fried chicken
polished in a kimchi glaze, and beef tartare with fried
garlic and a cured egg yolk. The bigger platescorned
duck leg with cabbage and potatoes, sourdough gnocchi with kale pestoare naturally more rustic.Q 240
North Highland Avenue, 404-681-4434, parishatl.
com. $$
OLD FOURTH WARD

BEST OF
ATLANTA MESS HALL

LADYBIRD GROVE &

 Theres nothing naive about rst-time


restaurateur Michael Lennox, who has opened an outdoorsy lodge in the middle of the city, right off the Atlanta BeltLine. Comfortable, communal, and outright
fun, the restaurant pushes campre fare helmed by
Kyle Schmidt, previously of King + Duke. The menu
is full of winsome surprises such as Navajo fry bread
with Bentons country ham, Carolina Gold rice croquettes stuffed with housemade sausage, and whole
sardines poached in olive oil. Chicken and dumplings,
lamb steak with a spicy tarragon chimichurri, and a
whole spatchcock chicken with enough grilled tortillas to feed a crowd are some of the cant-miss favorites.Q684 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, 404-458-6838,
ladybirdatlanta.com. $$
BUFORD HIGHWAY

MAMAK

 Fans of Malaysian cooking will be happy to nd


street food and fresh curries inside this colorful dining
room just a few doors down from the Asian bakery
and cafe Sweet Hut on Buford Highway. Unlike the
owners other concept, Top Spice in Toco Hills and Ansley Park, Mamak offers bold, authentic cuisine thats
focused and rich. Look for regional specialties like
Hainanese chicken; curry laksa noodles; wok-fried
pearl noodles with shrimp and pork; and coconut rice
with anchovies, egg, and cucumber. Theyll be more
approachable than a ery sambal with okra or a sh
head soup with vermicelli. The menu is expansive,

but everything is worth trying. A bowl of crushed ice


topped with coconut milk and a tropical jelly made
from pandan leaves is one of the many satisfying desserts.  Q  5150 Buford Highway, Doraville, 678-3953192, mamak-kitchen.com. $$
BUCKHEAD

SHAKE SHACK

 Say

hello to one of the countrys most famous


burger chains, which recently landed in Buckhead
Atlanta. Lines le out the front door of this beautifully designed and madly efficient quick-serve restaurant that was started in New Yorks Madison Square
Park by hospitality mogul Danny Meyer. The Angus
burgerscooked to order, slipped into soft buns, and
oozing with American cheeseare perhaps the pinnacle of fast food double stacks, costing just under $8.
Grilled Chicago-style hot dogs, the signature crinkle
fries with cheese sauce, and wonderfully thick concretesa frozen custard and milkshake hybridtaste
especially good on the rooftop terrace, where shoppers
come to relax. Beer, wine, and fresh lemonade address
the various needs of Shake Shacks clamoring clientele.  Q  3035 Peachtree Road, 470-809-9201, shakeshack.com. $
BUCKHEAD

THIRTEEN PIES

 Atlanta still has room for another slice of pizza.


Located in Buckhead Atlanta, this chain out of Fort
Worth, Texas, lists 12 pies on the menu while crafting
the 13th according to the seasons and the kitchens
fancy. Bubbly on the outside and super thin on the
bottom, each pie is a marvel of delicacy, served hot
from the twin brick ovens and often nished at the
last minute with frise, farm egg, or Orobianco burrata with basil pesto. Not in the mood for pizza? The
salads are a safe bet, tossed with hearts of palm and
crisp greens. Most surprising is just how attractive
the decor is: alluringly minimalist and full of moody
lighting and wood panels.  Q  250 Buckhead Avenue,
678-791-1313, thirteenpies.com. $$

THE RESTAURANTS
BUCKHEAD
Includes Brookwood and Brookhaven

ARIA +++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Chef-owner Gerry Klaskala builds

menus with familiar comfortscrab cakes,


pork shoulder, short ribsand heightens them with
a melting pot of seasonings and accompaniments.
His masterstroke is the butter-braised lobster oating in a lagoon of black trufflescented mashed
potatoes and a ring of broccoli puree. Pastry chef
Kathryn King has always been Arias secret weapon.
Her warm goat cheesecake and toasted lemon pound
cake satisfy immensely. General manager Andres
Loaiza, a polished charmer, directs a front-of-house

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RATINGS
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++++ Superlative
+++ Excellent
++ Very good
+ Good

SPECIALTY STORE

PRICING

Includes bakeries,
sweets shops, wine
stores, markets, and tea
and coffeehouses

$ Under $15
$$ $16$30
$$$ $31$49
$$$$ $50 and over

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staff with one of the lowest turnover rates in the


business. On busy nights, the dining room takes on
a glittery Buckhead frisson.  Q  490 East Paces Ferry
Road, 404-233-7673, aria-atl.com. $$$

BONES +++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Three decades strong, Bones remains

Atlantas nest steakhouse. After an impeccably dressed host steers you through the grainy
dimness of the dining room to your table, settle in
for a timeless chophouse meal: gin martinis, slightly
dirty, or a bottle from the encyclopedic wine list; lump
crab salad or buttery beef carpaccio; and grits fritters
or corn pudding alongside the epic dry-aged, bone-in
ribeye.  Q  3130 Piedmont Road, 404-237-2663, bonesrestaurant.com. $$$$
WINE

CELLAR 13

 No one demysties the whole Old Worldversus


New World puzzle better for customers than owner
John Passman, who earns his beloved status among
regulars with insightful recommendations that never
feel like an upsell. If youre reticent about French
wines, Passman will make you a believer.Q3765 Roswell Road, 404-816-4071, cellar13.com.
SWEET TREATS

THE COOKIE STUDIO

 When

looking for the right buttery taste and


home-baked texture, follow your nose to the Cookie
Studios digs on Pharr Road, just off Peachtree. More
than likely, you will see owner Barbara ONeill scooping sticky dough onto baking sheets. The company
not only makes sublime, chewy-crisp cookies (butterscotch oatmeal, peanut butterchocolate chunk,
and pumpkin whoopie pies are favorites), but it also
gives a portion of its earnings to the Atlanta Day
Shelter for Women and Children.Q 30 Pharr Road,
404-373-8527, thecookiestudio.net.

woods, and shelves lined with literary classics (a


nod to the name, inspired by Adventures of Huckleberry Finn). Much of the food emerges from a
24-foot hearth outtted with a wood-burning oven
and several grills. Take your cues accordingly: Smoky
aromas heighten roasted carrots and beets mingled
with feta and gently spicy harissa; gutsy sears brand
the lamb chops and steaks.  Q  3060 Peachtree Road,
404-477-3500, kinganddukeatl.com. $$

SEVEN LAMPS +
KR STEAKBAR ++
quite describe the direction of the food, which centers on Italian-themed small plates. Order heavily
from the apps, which are constantly changing and
show more attention to seasonality than has been
typical of a Rathbun restaurant. Steaks get the tapas
treatment as well, with dishes like a modest portion
of New York strip with an espresso rub and a frilly
wig of fresh horseradish. The cocktails and wines
from a laudable, Italian-heavy list are alone worth
a visit.Q 349 Peachtree Hills Avenue, 404-841-8820,
krsteakbar.com. $$$

Concentrate on cocktails and lighter bites at this


swank bote in the Shops Around Lenox complex.
Chef and co-owner Drew Van Leuvan has a long
history in Atlantas dining scene (including stints
at Seegers and One Midtown Kitchen). His savvy
shines through most in the menus Savouries section, which includes nibbles like fried oysters in hot
sauce and a sensational lobster roll. When it comes
to more elaborate presentations, Van Leuvan has a
penchant for sweet avors in savory dishes; it often
results in too many distracting sugary jolts. Q3400
Around Lenox Road, 404-467-8950, sevenlampsatl.
com. $$

KYMA +++

SOUPER JENNY +

 Karatassos the father provided the venue, Atlan-

When actress-caterer-entrepreneur Jenny Levison

tas rst ne-dining Greek estiatorio, and Karatassos


the son sustained the concept, showing once and for
all that talent runs in the family. Some of the best
and freshest seafood in the city passes through this
kitchen, and the family recipes (we love the woodgrilled octopus) have been given a marvelous upscale
twist. Greek wines, ouzo, and good service make for
a ne time, and the over-the-top decor adds a touch
of magic to this Buckhead Life Restaurant Group fantasy.Q3085 Piedmont Road, 404-262-0702, buckheadrestaurants.com. $$

opened her cozy Buckhead cafe in 1999, it had six


seats. Since then, shes expanded the space to accommodate her loyal customers, who pack the place out
for her stellar soups (we love the mushroom barley,
turkey chili, potato and cheese, and Absolutely Everything Veggie) and sandwiches. Shes also opened
a second location in downtown Decatur. The menu
changes daily.  Q  56 East Andrews Drive, 404-2399023; 1 West Court Square, Decatur, 404-378-1500,
souperjennyatl.com. $

 Its name has a catchy double rhyme but doesnt

MARKET

LUSCA ++

DON ANTONIO BY STARITA

BEST OF
ATLANTA  The menu of more than 60 varieties of

pizza can overwhelm, but zero in on the


Montanara: Its dough is ash-fried before being
topped with ingredients, including smoked mozzarella, and baked in a wood-burning oven. The
interplay of textures and avors alone is worth a
visit. This outpost of Don Antonio replaced undertrafficked STG Trattoria, though STGs owner, Brian
Lewis, has a minority stake in the new venture. The
place hides in the back of a strip mall next to the
St. Regis Atlanta. Well see if the Italian star power
can help lift the curse from this location.Q102 West
Paces Ferry Road, 404-844-2879, donantoniopizza.
com. $$

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Angus Brown and Nhan Les new joint

in the old Bluen space in Brookwood


Hills is a venture into the mainstream. Two whitetiled bars (one a raw bar and nigiri counter under
Les control, the other for drinks) gleam under the
spotlights of a lofty dining rooma far cry from the
dark, cramped corners of their late-night pop-up, Octopus Bar. Small plates rule the day. Smear rounds
of pain au levain piled high with trout roe through
an airy crme frache topped with Espelette pepper,
or crunch on fried smelt paired with a lemony aioli.
Oddly enough, the cant-miss item is the charcuterie
board crafted by Jonathan Sellitto, who stands to
be one of the countrys most talented charcutiers. Q
1829 Peachtree Road, 678-705-1486, luscaatl.com. $$$

HOLEMAN AND FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE ++

WINE

 The restaurant that taught us to love every part

 Nestled

of the pig and jump-started our citys cocktail culture now nds itself in a moment of transition.
Lamb testicles, veal brains, and a creamy pasta carbonara still satisfy, but the bar programand the
rest of the menu, for that matterseems to have
lost its edge since the departure of Greg Smith,
Regan Smith, and Andy Minchow, the original coowners. Of course, theres always the famous burger,
which is now available all day and will soon expand to
Ponce City Market.  Q  2277 Peachtree Road, 404-9481175, holeman-nch.com. $$

KING + DUKE ++
mist) took over the space that long housed Southwestern wonderland Nava. The beige adobe plaster
and Native American prints vanished. In their place
appeared a glossy tavern motifdark walls, mixed
1 9 6 AT L A N TA

PH WINE MERCHANT

in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood,


Ph distinguishes itself with unusually attentive customer service. Owners Anthony Yambor and Patrick
Shippey and their staff give thoughtful guidance
whether youre looking for a $15 Pinot Noir or an
Old World splurge. The shop carries the largest selection of wines from Burgundy and Champagne in
the state. Keep up with eventsincluding weekly
wine tastings and organized trips to Franceby subscribing to the newsletter via the shops website.  Q
1200 Peachtree Hills Avenue, 404-949-0702, phwinemerchant.com.

RESTAURANT EUGENE +++

 Ford Fry (JCT Kitchen & Bar, No. 246, the Opti-

JANUARY 2015

zlers that may be as everyday as glazed carrots or as


esoteric as fried lily blossoms, all bursting from a handled pan. It speaks to the adoration chef-owner Linton
Hopkins has developed for local farmers and growers
over the years, and how their products have helped
ground his cooking style in the regional vernacular.
Q  2277 Peachtree Road, 404-355-0321, restauranteugene.com. $$$$

BEST OF
ATLANTA  No local restaurant has evolved with as

much mind and soul as Restaurant Eugene.


Nowadays the mainstay on the menu is the deceptively dull-sounding tasting of seasonal vegetables,
a joyful cornucopia of 10 or more just-harvested daz-

STORICO FRESCO

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Michael Patricks long-awaited retail

store across from Piece of Cake holds the


most exquisite pastas in the city. Start simply with
tortelloni or a hand-rolled dried pasta like fusilli
paired with a simple tomato sauce, or go bold with
a creation like cjalsonsstuffed with gs, raisins,
smoked ricotta, and herbsand a ragu of lamb tripe
or rabbit. Patrick is always experimenting with recipes; ask about his latest discoveries.Q 3210 Roswell
Road, 404-500-2181, storicofresco.com.

TOMO +++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  The citys best destination for Japanese

cuisine, Tomo sends out dishes like lobster


a la mussolobster sashimi and uni awash in yuzu
ponzu, extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, ginger, garlic,
and scallions and capped with a raw quail eggthat
highlight the polished East-West creativity of chefowner Tomohiro Naito. The omakase remains the
supreme Tomo experience: Name the price (often
between $100 and $150 per person) and nine or 10
courses of luxe ingredients, riffs on menu dishes like
sashimi with jalapeo, and original creations appear
in a dazzling progression.Q3630 Peachtree Road, 404835-2708, tomorestaurant.com. $$$

TUK TUK THAI FOOD LOFT ++

 Theres something ironic about taking an elevator up one oor to nd Thai street food. At Tuk
Tuk, lime-kissed salads boast clean avors, the curries display layered nuance, and the menu includes
intriguing curios like a mussel omelet and a softchewy version of beef jerky spiced with coriander.
Chef-owner DeeDee Niyomkul counteracts the chilly
dining room with the warmth of her food. Start the
journey with mieng kum, petals of spinach cradling
ginger, onion, lime, peanuts, and minced coconut

glossed with caramelized palm sugar that zings in


the mouth.Q1745 Peachtree Street, 678-539-6181, tuktukatl.com. $$

CHESHIRE BRIDGE ROAD


BABYLON CAFE

UMI ++

 Is that Sir Anthony Hopkins at the other end of


the long banquette? No surprise. Umi quickly became
a celebrity magnet, due in large part to its proximity
to the St. Regis Atlanta, where visiting actors and
athletes often stay. In a stunning room with contrasting woods and an 11-seat sushi bar, Fuyuhiko Ito, former executive chef of bygone MF Buckhead, crafts a
precise and contemporary Japanese menu. Ito takes
cues from the playbook of Nobuyuki Matsuhisas
global chain of Nobu restaurants: shrimp tempura
with ponzu or a spicy mayo-based sauce, grilled cod
marinated in miso, and yellowtail sashimi crowned
with rings of sliced jalapeo.Q3050 Peachtree Street,
404-841-0040, umiatlanta.com. $$$
WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE ++

 The ghosts of Watershed past have largely been


expunged. Little of the restaurants resurrection in
south Buckhead recalls the converted service station in Decatur where Indigo Girl Emily Saliers and
her partners fueled the local renaissance of honest
Southern cooking. New American and European
inuences now thread through the menu, including
dishes like scallop schnitzel and cowboy steak with
black truffle gravy. Executive chef Joe Truex is at his
best when he draws from his Louisiana upbringing
( jambalaya!). The sole nod to the restaurants history is its legendary fried chicken, still brined and
browned per the original recipe, but now served on
Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays.  Q  1820 Peachtree
Road, 404-809-3561, watershedrestaurant.com. $$

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Just off Cheshire Bridge, chef-owner

Saad Marwad and his wife, Kelly Rua, have


opened one of the citys only Iraqi restaurants. The decor is stiff, but freshly fried falafel and shawarma on
Iraqi kubas bread are worth the visit. For dinner, steer
toward tender lamb kebabs, grilled whole sh, meat
stews with haunting spices and herbs, and a pureed
lentil soup thats one of the most refreshing in town.
Traditional nishes such as ice cream with crushed
pistachios, Arabic tea and coffee, and hookahs are also
available. Q2257 Lenox Road, 404-329-1007. $

that resembles a 1980s hotel, these tables are distractions from the real show that awaits at the sushi
counter helmed by Tokyo-born Tetsuji Nishi Nishihara. Expect arcane delicaciessilvery mackerels,
rich sea urchin, monksh liver, vegetarian rolls with
pickled roots or fermented soybeansprepared with
a soulful modesty rooted in Japans most honored
tradition. Q1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-873-6582,
nakatorestaurant.com. $$$

DECATUR/EMORY
Includes Avondale Estates, Briarcliff,
Druid Hills, and Kirkwood
COFFEE

THE COLONNADE

AURORA COFFEE

Opened in 1992 by a Seattle transplant, this ercely

 The evolution of Atlanta from small town to diverse megalopolis is here for all to experience. Located
in front of a motel from the Eisenhower era, this large
and still very popular establishment has a ercely
loyal clientele. Everyone has a favorite dish. For some
its the fried chicken (which we nd a tad salty). For
others its the oyster stew, salmon croquettes, or tomato aspic. Crusty servers take the orders, the decor
is pure time-warp comfort, and the yeast rolls cant be
beat. (No credit cards; closed during lunch on weekdays.)  Q  1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-874-5642,
colonnadeatl.com. $

independent operation has weathered many changes


including a sale to the owner of Criminal Recordsbut
has never deviated from its basic mission as a serious
espresso bar. Its longtime relationship with Batdorf
& Bronson, a Pacic Northwest roaster with a local
plant, and its commitment to proper barista training
have helped elevate its fabled place in our food scene.
Aurora has kept up with the latest technologies (highend grinders, Japanese kettles, glass carafes for pourovers) and offers fresh, smooth espresso and other coffee drinks without snobbery.Q468 Moreland Avenue,
404-523-6856, auroracoffee.com.

NAKATO ++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Billy Allin is a poet of the kitchen. And

Since 1972, generations of Atlantans have celebrated their birthdays around Nakatos familyowned teppanyaki tables, more widely recognized as
the sizzling stage for the circus chefs of Benihana.
Along with the cocktail bar and a dated dining room

CAKES & ALE +++

as with the most committed bards, his


handiwork is at once complex and simplea erce
dedication to the gifts of the current growing season
combined with a restless imagination for Southern

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and Mediterranean avor combinations. Fried okra


arrives with the sheerest crust. Gnocchi with an everchanging array of ragus and sauces always scores. His
beverage program (including drinks crafted by Holeman and Finch alums) has become one of the citys
most exciting. The restaurant is one surere place to
impress food-loving visitors.  Q  151 Sycamore Street,
Decatur, 404-377-7994, cakesandalerestaurant.com. $$

CHAI PANI ++

BEST OF
ATLANTA Chai Pani has been packed since its open-

ing in 2013. Attribute the response in part to


the care that owners Meherwan and Molly Irani take
with the food: The kitchen grinds its own spices and
makes sauces from scratch, a rarity among typical
Indian restaurants. Jump into the meal with Bombay
chili cheese fries topped with incendiary lamb hash
and paneer or the whole-leaf kale pakora fried in curried chickpea batter. Move on to matchstick okra fries
avored with lime, uttapam pancakes topped with
tomatoes and cheese, and glorious masala sh wraps.
Q 406 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404-3784030, chaipanidecatur.com. $

COMMUNITY Q BBQ ++

The specials, scrawled on butcher-block paper next


to the regular menu, reveal what distinguishes Community Q. Co-owner David Roberts worked at Seegers
and other local ne-dining restaurants, and he slips in
unorthodox sides (smoked sweet potatoes with kale,
wedges of intensely perfumed Charentais melons) and
desserts like blueberry bread pudding with ginger and
pecans. The Kitchen Sink salad takes the guilt out of
digging into a mound of pulled pork, the restaurants
most celestial meat option.  Q  1361 Clairmont Road,
Decatur, 404-633-2080, communityqbbq.com. $
COFFEE

DANCING GOATS COFFEE BAR

 The original sleek, welcoming spot in Decatur is


an outpost of the much smaller Batdorf & Bronson, a
Washington State high-quality roaster whose nearly
20-year presence in Atlanta helped spur our healthy
espresso culture. Coffee drinks, including a ne cappuccino, are made with fresh, locally roasted beans
by well-trained baristas. A second location opened
in 2012 as the rst (satellite) tenant of Ponce City
Market.  Q  419 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur,
404-687-1100; 650 North Avenue, 404-874-0370; batdorfcoffee.com.

FLOATAWAY CAFE +++

 The ironic juxtaposition of Floatawayfood that


celebrates the farm, served in the belly of a clandestine industrial complexhelps it stay thrilling after
more than 15 years. For maximum gratication, go
heavy on the starters (pristine vegetables and fruits in
salads and artful small plates), share a pizza or pasta,
and consider bypassing an entree altogether. That way
youll have room for the glorious cheese plate and desserts like a sultry blueberrybrown butter tart.Q1123
Zonolite Road, 404-892-1414, starprovisions.com. $$

THE GENERAL MUIR +++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  This airy looker lined with gleaming

white subway tile is one of the most original


and warmhearted restaurants to open in recent years.
Jewish deli doesnt cover the gamut of its ambitions,
though its a sensible term to begin dening the cuisine. A back counter sells superb whitesh salads,
lox, and cream cheese bagel schmears. Executive chef
Todd Ginsberg draws from the whole of the Jewish
diaspora, including Eastern European and New York
classics (chopped liver, matzo ball soup, excellent Reuben and pastrami sandwiches) as well as frequently
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inuenced dishes showcased at dinner.Q1540 Avenue


Place, 678-927-9131, thegeneralmuir.com. $$

KIMBALL HOUSE +++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  The latest star of the Decatur dining

scene, housed in a former train depot, has


so much going for it: the nostalgic glamour of the
dining room and the handsome bar fashioned from
the buildings original oorboards; a spectacular bar
crew led by Miles Macquarrie; and the citys nest
oyster service, with an ever-changing array of 20 or
so pristine beauties. Chefs Jeffrey Wall and Philip
Meeker helm the kitchen, creating menus of intense,
artful dishes that change nightly.Q303 East Howard
Avenue, Decatur, 404-378-3502, cargocollective.com/
kimballhouse. $$
SWEET TREATS

LA CALAVERA BAKERY

Eric Arillo and his wife, Dale Ralston, have found


a new home for their tiny, artisanal, mostly organic
bakery in this former Cookie Studio space near the
Avondale MARTA station. Hand-shaped, whole-grain
breads and dinner rolls made with freshly milled our,
shapely croissants, sweet chocolate babkas, and aky
Mexican orejas resembling French palmiers line the
shelves by the entrance. Fans previously discovered
the couples baked goods at local farmers markets;
theyll still be selling at the Avondale Estates Farmers
Market, among others.Q747 College Avenue, Decatur,
404-725-1519, lacalaverabakery.wordpress.com.

LEONS FULL SERVICE +

 This instantly popular speakeasy, opened by the


owners of the Brick Store Pub, nails the tastes of the
Decatur throngs. Cocktails are fashioned with intelligence and wit; order anything that includes freshly
juiced fruits or vegetables. Absorb the alcohol with
fantastic frites served with dipping sauces such as
aioli, peppercorn gravy, and curry ketchup.Q131 East
Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404-687-0500, leonsfullservice.com. $$
WINE

THE LITTLE WINE SHOP

 The

rectangular oor space in a compact brick


buildingwhich was constructed in 1910 and once
housed a feed-and-seed storeis stocked with varietals reecting the worlds major wine-growing
regions in every price tier. An upstairs space hosts
frequent tasting events that may include chocolate
or cheese pairings and talks by sommeliers. Check
the website for the latest happenings.  Q  100 North
Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, 404-294-3675, thelittlewineshopatl.com.

PALLOOKAVILLE FINE FOODS

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Jim Stacy is one of our most fascinat-

ing characters: champion of carnival food


and soda fountain culture, musician, clown, former
operator of Starlight Drive-Ins concessions stand,
and host of PBAs Get Delicious! series. After years of
peddling corn dogs at festivals, Stacy opened a brickand-mortar shop decked out with candy-colored
chairs and knickknacks. Inhale his signature dish,
an all-beef frank, kielbasa, or Italian sausage, snug
in cornbread batter. On the side, try the garbaged
fries, laden with melted cheese, cheese curds, gravy,
onions, and pickled jalapeos. Drinks reinforce the
theme: sodas made from a choice of Technicolor syrups, beers and shots, and novelties like the Sriracha
milkshake.Q17 North Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates, 404-500-1785, pallookaville.com. $

PAPER PLANE

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Thanks to an unusual collaboration

with Ian Jones and Caleb Wheelus of Vic-

tory Sandwich Bar, barkeep extraordinaire Paul


Calvert was able to open the ultimate insiders spot:
a tiny, retro room that shares a kitchen with Victory
and pairs sophisticated mixology with a sly menu
of ambitious small plates. Calvert mixes captivating
drinks like the Blue Jay (Fernet Branca syrup, Amaro CioCiaro, lemon, Angostura bitters, and Sierra
Nevada Ruthless Rye) but also pours rare beers and
boutique wines. Deftly seared steaks and clever sides
like ngerling potatoes glistening in bacon marmalade hold their own.  Q  340 Church Street, Decatur,
404-377-9308, the-paper-plane.com. $$
SWEET TREATS

REVOLUTION DOUGHNUTS

 Irresistible

avors such as salted caramel with


local bacon, toasted almond, classic dark chocolate,
and blueberry have catapulted Maria Moore Riggss
giant artisan doughnuts beyond their humble farmers market origins. Lines form particularly early on
weekends for specialties such as peach sliders and
Nutella puffs, and families take advantage of the
coffee-free kiddo-cinos made with avored frothed
milk. Expect to pay $2 (in some cases $2.50 and even
$2.75) for a fresh raised and glazed or cake doughnut.  Q  908 West College Avenue, Decatur, 678-9279920, revolutiondoughnuts.com

SOBBAN ++

 Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor have followed their


success with tiny Heirloom Market BBQ (which weve
named the best barbecue in Atlanta) by opening a
restaurant that bills itself as a Korean Southern
diner. In other words, the short, revolving menu
mingles Korean standards with a few innovations that
pull in Southern inuence. Look for cross-cultural
brainstorms like pork donkatsu (a breaded chop) with
sweet potatocarrot mousse, fried chicken wings with
chile-ginger glaze, and, at lunch, rice and beans with
kimchi. The restaurants retro building, originally
an Arbys, is a kooky bonus.Q 1788 Clairmont Road,
Decatur, 678-705-4233, sobban.com. $$
SPECIALTY STORE

THE SPOTTED TROTTER

Kevin Ouzts rst landed on foodie radars in 2010,


selling his expanding array of charcuteriepiquant
sausages, silky terrines, and novelties such as lamb
crepinette (ground lamb patties wrapped in caul fat)
to enraptured carnivores at Peachtree Road Farmers
Market. In late 2011, he opened a brick-and-mortar
in Kirkwood. Check the stores website for the weekly
changing menu of salumi and smoked products (his
hot dog elevates the genre) as well as butchered
meats, pts, cheese produced around the South, and
breads from H&F Bread Co.Q1610 Hosea L. Williams
Drive, 404-254-4958, thespottedtrotter.com.
SPECIALTY STORE

STRIPPAGGIO

 The name sounds vaguely risqu, but the Italian


word strippaggio describes the specic slurping
sound made when sampling olive oil. Celia Tullys
shop in the Emory Point complex opened in 2012
and has the soothing feng shui of a spa retreat. Tully,
for now, is concentrating on high-quality American
products, including buttery olive oils made in Georgia and a range of vinegars and oilsfrom mild to
punchyproduced in California. Check the website
for a schedule of classes on how to make salad dressings and other easy recipes.Q855 Emory Point Drive,
404-963-5921, strippaggioevoo.com.

VICTORY SANDWICH BAR

 Owners Caleb Wheelus and Ian Jones opened


their sandwich shoptavern hybrid (a spinoff of their
now-closed Inman Park original) in a refurbished
building around the corner from Decatur Square. It

aunts the same youthful vigorminimalist decor,


creative sandwiches sized as bar snacks, late hours,
a sleek, inviting patio. Sandwich standouts include
the Beeter (beets rubbed with pastrami spices, white
kimchi, and Thai pepper mayo) and the Cool Chick
(smoked chicken, pimentn dressing, frise, pecans,
and cranberries). The spicy sesame ramen (served
cold and with scallions and peanuts, a nontraditional version) has quickly become a favorite snack
for off-duty staffers from other restaurants.  Q  340
Church Street, Decatur, 404-377-9300, vicsandwich.
com. $
SPECIALTY STORE

YOUR DEKALB FARMERS

MARKET

 The

name baffles newcomers: No local farmers


sell their goods at this megalopolis of a market. But
it is crammed with an international cornucopia of
produce, spices, grains and pastas, cheeses and
other dairy products, seafood, meats, and desserts.
The store stocks more than 1,500 labels of wine. The
uniqueness of its size and selection makes it a food
lovers tourist destination.Q3000 East Ponce de Leon
Avenue, Decatur, 404-377-6400, dekalbfarmersmarket.com.

EAST ATLANTA
HOLY TACO +

 Since launching in 2008, Holy Taco has found a


culinary groove serving affordable and ever-nervier
interpretations of Latin small plates. Oddly enough,
tacos are the least interesting part of the menu.
Regular standouts include a aky empanada stuffed
with supple oxtail and a surprising, brilliantly uni-

ed vegetable side of cauliower, green olives, and


dates. For frequent restaurantgoers who feel that
every place in town serves the same ingredients
prepared in similar ways, this East Atlanta gem is
an antidote.Q1314 Glenwood Avenue, 404-230-6177,
holy-taco.com. $

OCTOPUS BAR ++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Call this a winning restaurant adden-

dum. Nhan Le, owner of Vietnamese pho


joint So Ba, and Angus Brown run a late-night hangout on So Bas enclosed, mural-covered patio from
10:30 p.m. until 2:30 in the morning (every night
except Sunday). Brown concocted a heady menu of
mostly small platesrife with provocative, primo ingredients that mingle Asian and American avors
to appeal especially to chefs and other restaurant
pros kicking off work. Look for stunners like uni
sashimi and homemade pasta with Jonah crab and
lobster cream sauce. Brown and Le recently opened
a second restaurant (with standard operating hours)
called Lusca in south Buckhead.Q560 Gresham Avenue, 404-627-9911, octopusbaratl.com. $$

WE SUKI SUKI

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Quynh Trinh, who goes by Q, runs

this tiny sandwich and tea shop in East


Atlanta. Banh mi subs are the focal point: crisp,
airy Vietnamese-style baguettes showered with
marinated meats or tofu and garnished with slivers
of carrot and daikon, sprigs of cilantro, and slices
of jalapeo. In cooler weather, make sure to try the
beef pho thats been simmered at a slow bubble for
24 hours. Note the hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to
Saturday.Q479-B Flat Shoals Avenue, 404-901-6992,
wesukisukieav.com. $

GLENWOOD PARK/
REYNOLDSTOWN
GUNSHOW +++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Leave everything you know about tra-

ditional restaurant service at the door of


Kevin Gillespies culinary funhouse. For starters,
you dont order from a menu. Seating in the open,
clamorous space is often communal. Cutting out
middlemen waiters, the Top Chef alum and two other
cooks peddle the weekly changing dishes they prepare. When one is nished making, say, sliced duck
breast with chanterelles or Jamaican curried goat
or South Indian cashew chicken, he dashes to customers. Carrying a tray or wheeling a cart, he entices
with detailed descriptions, and you decide right then
if you want the dish or not.Q924 Garrett Street, 404380-1886, gunshowatl.com. $$$

H. HARPER STATION

 Owner

and chief mixologist Jerry Slater runs


this food-industry favorite that conjures a Southern
vibe with its brick-lined room (a former train depot),
punch served in crystal bowls, and dependable nibbles like deviled eggs and pimento cheese. Slater and
his bartenders turn out smart, adventurous cocktails
with a riot of spirits, bitters, and avorings like
lapsang souchong tea syrup, but they also craft an
excellent rendition of a Vieux Carr, the classic New
Orleans drink.Q 904 Memorial Drive, 678-732-0415,
hharperstation.com. $$

HOME GROWN

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Kevin Clark and Lisa Spooner, the
owners of this sincere Southern spot,

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have what it takes to succeed in a tough economy.


Hearty breakfasts with homemade biscuits, cheese
grits, and egg dishes; fun blue plates with summery
vegetable sides and wedges of crumbly cornbread;
and homemade ice pops and pies all behoove a
tongue-in-cheek (lunch only) diner that even has a
groovy art gallery in the back. Everyone will appreciate the rock-bottom pricesincluding vegetarians,
who can choose from meat-free options such as the
Georgia Peach Sloppy Joe.  Q  968 Memorial Drive,
404-222-0455, homegrownga.com. $

INMAN PARK/OLD FOURTH


WARD/LITTLE FIVE POINTS
Includes Candler Park and Edgewood

BARCELONA WINE BAR ++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Barcelonas airy patio is a beacon for

the 30-plus set that has outgrown DayGlo


martini troughs like Buckheads Twist. And in a town
that favors serious cocktails and craft beer, the audacity of Barcelonas wine list deserves a chorus of
praise. Its so fantastically unfamiliar, compelling
you toward Spain, Portugal, and South America. For
the most satisfying grazing, go for straightforward
tapas like potato tortilla (Spains classic omelet),
albndigas (uffy meatballs in tomato sauce), and
sauteed shrimp perfumed with garlic and sherry.  Q
240 North Highland Avenue, 404-589-1010, barcelonawinebar.com. $$

BELL STREET BURRITOS

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Bell Street owner Matt Hinton has re-

vived the citys burrito culture. The kitchen-sink burritos at his two locationsin the Sweet
Auburn Curb Market and in south Buckheadbulge
with rice, pinto beans, green chiles, and other ingredients (pork, chicken, steak and shrimp, and
potato and broccoli, among many). They are deeply
satisfying. If you dine in, consider trying a grilled
burrito or a huge quesadilla (they wilt too quickly to
make successful takeout items) or a couple of tacos
wrapped in corn tortillas.  Q  209 Edgewood Avenue,
678-732-0488; 1816 Peachtree Street, 404-815-0011;
bellstreetburritos.com. $

BOCCALUPO ++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Bruce Logue, who bewitched food lov-

ers at Midtowns La Pietra Cucina with his


housemade pastas draped in bombastic sauces, has
settled into his own restaurant, a lovably eccentric
bungalow on the fringe of Inman Park. Dive into options like black spaghetti with sausage and shrimp;
tagliatelle, golden from egg yolks, cradling the latest
seasonal produce; and the spiral-shaped strano wallowing in a light Parmesan cream sauce punctuated
by cubes of mortadella and roasted broccoli. Start
your meal with the skewer of grilled octopus and
mortadellaa study of soft-chewy texturesover
shell beans and spinach scented hauntingly with
Marsala.  Q  753 Edgewood Avenue, 404-577-2332,
boccalupoatl.com. $$
COFFEE

CONDESA COFFEE

 Perched at the corner of Boulevard and Freedom


Parkway in the base of the Tribute Lofts, Condesa
attracts a diverse clientele all day long. Try a pourover brewed in a Chemex over the latest shipment of
Counter Culture beans. Baristas don the vests, ties,
and suspenders of natty bartenders, and in fact, these
fellows also mix cocktails (and offer a short list of
wines and craft beers). Java gives way to Hemingway
daiquiris as the sun sets.  Q  480 John Wesley Dobbs
Avenue, 404-524-5054, condesacoffee.com.
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FRITTI

At the citys ace destination for casual Italian cooking, the fried snacks that give the restaurant its name
remain a dont-miss start to a meal. Arancini (risotto
and sausage spheres) and croquettes of eggplant,
mozzarella, and roasted pepper crunch pleasurably,
and the mushrooms lacquered with rice our batter
may be the only dish in the metro area where truffle
oil is used to brilliant effect. Of the more than two
dozen pizza variations, seek out the Sorrentina, a take
on a margherita with the addition of smoked mozzarella and cherry tomatoes, and the Stracchinella, a
satisfyingly gooey mix of sausage and soft stracchino
cheese.Q309 North Highland Avenue, 404-880-9559,
frittirestaurant.com. $$
ONE EARED STAG ++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Robert Phalen rst drew attention for

his outside-the-box cooking at East Atlantas


Holy Taco, offering empanadas stuffed with oxtail
meat and grilled sardines alongside brisket tacos. This
new venture from the Holy Taco owners gives Phalen
a laboratory where he takes his experiments further.
The menu changes constantly but recently included
roasted pork tongue and belly with mustardy potatoes
and snails with garlic and chile sauce. If your Sunday
needs shaking up, try Phalens brunch, which includes
a stunning rendition of shrimp and grits with spinach and andouille sausage among waffles and gently
scrambled eggs.  Q  1029 Edgewood Avenue, 404-5254479, oneearedstag.com. $$

THE PORTER BEER BAR ++

 At rst glance, the Porter appears to be merely


a handsomely scruffy bar favored by the Little Five
Points crew. But take a gander at the menu. The
drink list is a world tour of boozenot simply pages
and pages of beers, but a dashing assemblage of cocktails and some serious bourbon options. Although
the regular offerings consist mainly of affable pub
grub, Nick Rutherford (who owns the Porter with
wife and fellow Seegers alum Molly Gunn) raises the
bar when it comes to the specials list and the brunch
menu.Q 1156 Euclid Avenue, 404-223-0393, theporterbeerbar.com. $

RATHBUNS +++

 Eighteen

months ago, a small re broke out in


Kevin Rathbuns agship restaurant, causing damage to the kitchen and closing the place down for
six weeks. Afterward, though, youd never know the
place had missed a day. Buzzy crowds returned and
cooks once again churned out the decadent dishes
that dene Rathbuns style. Actually, the restaurant is
now slightly more affordable: Long-running second
mortgage plates were dropped in favor of more reasonably priced entrees between $16 and $28. Try the
paneed veal (think Cajun schnitzel) over tagliatelle.
Q112 Krog Street, 404-524-8280, rathbunsrestaurant.
com. $$$

SOTTO SOTTO +++

 When Riccardo Ullio opened Sotto Sotto in 1999,


it redened Italian cooking locally. Suddenly we knew
that risotto could be cooked properly creamy yet al
dente in a restaurant (it so rarely is) and that lasagna
could be artfully subtle rather than a gut bomb. Consistent, intense pastas reveal the kitchens true soul. In
winter, standout warmers include fresh pappardelle
with braised duck ragu and tortelli di meleappleand sausage-lled ravioli. Sotto Sottos wine list always
proves an education in Italian vino, and without fanfare, the bar concocts some of the most progressive
cocktails in town.Q313 North Highland Avenue, 404523-6678, sottosottorestaurant.com. $$
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SPICE TO TABLE

 Asha Gomez is quickly nding her groove in her


new Indian cafe in the Old Fourth Wards Studioplex
after closing Cardamom Hill on the Westside. The
menu, like the space, is small but inspired. Dont
miss the open-faced, pan-fried kati roll topped with a
lively green masala goat curry or tender Kerala-style
pork vindaloo with housemade chutneys. Rightly
so, they usher in the lunch crowds, who clamor
for mango bread puddings and bright carrot cakes
scented with cardamom. Fresh fruit salads, roasted
vegetables slicked with Indian spices, hot samosa
pockets with curried chicken, and iced chai round
out the menu.  Q  59 Auburn Avenue, 404-220-8945,
spicetotable.com. $
SPECIALTY STORE

SWEET AUBURN CURB MARKET

 Previously

known as the Municipal Market of


Atlanta, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market was built on
land laid waste by the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 and
was completed in 1924 thanks to the Atlanta Womans
Club. It remains a vibrant and hopeful place where
vendors of produce and prepared foods mingle with
an increasing number of counter-service restaurants.
Notables include the original locations of Grindhouse
Killer Burgers and Bell Street Burritos, as well as the
rst retail outlet for High Road Craft Ice Cream &
Sorbet.Q209 Edgewood Avenue, 404-659-1665, sweetauburncurbmarket.com.

WRECKING BAR BREWPUB ++

 The

food at Bob and Kristine Sandages subterranean tavern (which brews its own beer) has
improved radically since the arrival of chef Terry
Koval in August 2012. Like other can-do chefs of his
generation, Koval pickles, butchers, sources locally,

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and cultivates a kitchen garden. A juicy burger and


a housemade pastrami sandwich with baby-collard
kimchi coexist happily with barley risotto. Herbivores should check out the restaurants Vegetarian
Tuesdays, featuring weekly changing, seasonally inspired specials that are often dairy- and gluten-free.
Q 292 Moreland Avenue, 404-221-2600, wreckingbarbrewpub.com. $

MIDTOWN
WINE

ANSLEY WINE MERCHANTS

 The cultivated clutter, the wacky handmade signs


extolling staff favorites, the way the assortment always
seems one step ahead of emerging wine regions and
trends: Whats not to love about Ansley Wine? Ask for
details on the stores latest preoccupation: up-andcoming Argentinian varietals. Q1544 Piedmont Road,
404-876-6790, ansleywine.com.

ECCO +++

 Ecco, with its congenial spirit and multifaceted


European menu, earns its place as the brightest star
in the Fifth Group Restaurants constellation. Settle
at the bar, order a plate of homemade pappardelle
with chile-braised pork, select a glass of wine from the
broad list, and chat with some of the most personable
bartenders in town. The dining room and menu also
have enough nesse to carry an evening with a sense
of occasion. Start with housemade cured meats, share
the fried goat cheese glazed with honey and black pepper, then split a pizza. There always seems to be the
question of where to dine well on Sunday evenings
in Atlanta; Ecco is one standout answer.Q40 Seventh
Street, 404-347-9555, ecco-atlanta.com. $$

UPDATE

EMPIRE STATE SOUTH ++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  When Hugh Acheson made his Atlanta

debut in 2010, he and head chef Ryan Smith


led with gutsy cooking that highlighted our Southern
roots: medallions of smoked duck breast paired with
black trumpets; cheese tortellini with sweet local vegetables and hoisin sauce. But since Smith left in 2013
to work on his own restaurant, Staplehouse, Empires
kitchen has slipped under Josh Hopkins. Weve been
down on Hopkinss charcuterie for a while; its too often oily, mushy, or hard in all the wrong places. We can
now add overcooked sh and bizarre avorsGeorgia
peanuts, lentils, and eggplant; pumpkin soup with
apples, cane syrup, and basilto a list of grievances.
Theres something to be said for the restaurants
sense of seasonality and admirable sourcing, but
these ingredients often feel wasted on overly complicated preparations. Until the kitchen rediscovers
its roots, stick to the most sensible dishesthe farm
egg and the pimento cheese and bacon marmalade
are still safe betswhile exploring a dream wine list
for lovers of Burgundy and Riesling.Q999 Peachtree
Street, 404-541-1105, empirestatesouth.com. $$$

NORTHEAST METRO
Includes Buford Highway, Chamblee, Doraville,
Duluth, Norcross, and Lawrenceville

BO BO GARDEN ++

 The northern and southern branches of Chinese


cuisine contrast in their use of spices and are based
on different staple grains, but strong examples of both
can be found locally. If you prefer the mildness and
extraordinary range of tastes in southern Cantonese
cooking, this restaurant in Pinetree Plaza is for you.

Clay pots lled with rice and different options such


as spare ribs with taro root and steamed, seasoned
ground pork are specialties of the restaurant. The signature crispy garlic avor chicken resembles Peking
duck in its texture, and seafood dishes such as sh llet soup with black pepper are exquisite.Q5181 Buford
Highway, Doraville, 678-547-1881. $
SPECIALTY STORE BUFORD HIGHWAY
FARMERS MARKET

 You can buy American sodas and cereals, but


this gargantuan marketwith nearly 100,000 square
feet of retail spaceis really for culinary globetrotting. Start with the array of produce that covers
a wealth of Latin American and Asian specialties,
then wander aisles that offer freshly made tortillas,
Russian salamis, Eastern European pastries, lamb
kebabs, and spice pastes for Thai curries. The seafood counter is among the nest in the city, and the
staffers will clean anddepending on the variety
llet sh while you wait.  Q  5600 Buford Highway,
Doraville, 770-455-0770, aofwc.com.
SPECIALTY STORE

CHICAGO SUPERMARKET

Fresh masa (corn dough made out of hominy) can


be tricky to nd in Atlanta, but this Mexican grocery
grinds it to order. The store makes a stellar red mole
(typically served with poultry and available here at
the meat counter), as well as a variety of sweet and
savory tamales and fragrant tortillas. Check out the selection of Mexican cookware, including an assortment
of tortilla warmers, and produce such as huauzontle
(a vegetable similar to broccoli that is excellent when
battered and fried) and epazote (an herb used in many
Mexican recipes).Q5263 Buford Highway, Doraville,
770-452-1361.

SWEET TREATS

DUTCH MONKEY

BEST OF
ATLANTA DOUGHNUTS

 Two imaginative chefs, Arpana Satyu


and Martin Burge, traded in restaurant gigs to open
an adorable cafe where doughnuts are made with a
level of dignity usually reserved for ne chocolates.
Try the Dutch Monkey doughnuts (lled with dulce de
leche custard and topped with bananas and chocolate
ganache), apple fritters, and blueberry cake doughnuts (an occasional special).  Q  3075 Ronald Reagan
Boulevard, Cumming, 404-482-3650, dutchmonkeydoughnuts.com.
GUS BISTRO

BEST OF
ATLANTA  As the tongue-numbing spices of Si-

chuan cuisine become more and more


popular, this family-owned hot spot is an Atlanta
standout that will soon expand with Gus Dumplings
in the Krog Street Market. Chef Yiquan Gu can bring
the burn, but he also has a keen eye for textures
that range from boiled sh llet to crisped eggplant.
Flat Zhong pork dumplings, robust Chengdu-style
cold noodles, ineffably tender cumin lamb, and teasmoked duck are among his best dishes. Dont miss
other gems such as conch in red chili oil, stir-fried
crunchy lotus roots, and twice-cooked smoked pork
belly with jalapeos.Q5750 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-451-8118, gusbistro.com. $

HONEY PIG ++

 Here,

pork belly rather than beef and domed


cast-iron grills (dolpans) rather than embers redene the notion of Korean barbecue. With its modern
decor and breezy service, this outpost of a small California chain is perfect for a fun date. Main courses
come with free snacks (radish slices marinated with

wasabi, kimchi soup), condiments, and lettuce and


rice wrappers. The waiters do most of the cooking,
including a nal course of sizzling rice and bits and
morsels left on the grill.Q 3473 Old Norcross Road,
Duluth, 770-476-9292. $
WINE

LE CAVEAU FINE WINES

 The modern, industrial look of this wine shop,


located next to Maison Robert near the Chamblee
MARTA station, takes any musty pretensions out
of Old World varietals. Wine geeks will revel in the
obscure selection of French Burgundies and Champagnes, German and Austrian Rieslings, and choice
bottles from Italys Piedmont and Tuscany regions.
California Cab lovers will nd minimal options,
though co-owner Eric Brown may convert them into
Ctes du Rhne fans. Email blasts (info@lecaveauwine.com) keep oenophiles up-to-date on in-store
tastings, often held Saturday afternoons.  Q  5256
Peachtree Road, 770-837-0710, lecaveauwine.com.

NORTHERN CHINA EATERY

 Once known only for catering to expatriates from


mainland China at breakfast, this hole-in-the-wall
along Buford Highway now excels beyond salted soy
milk with crisp Chinese doughnuts, steamed ower
bread, and pan-fried pork and chive dumplings. In the
hands of a chef from Tianjin in northern China, the
kitchen offers deeply satisfying wheat-based specialties (green onion bread and soup dumplings among
them) and hot pots (try the tofu, meatballs, and glass
noodles). Not to be overshadowed, specialties such
as lamb ribs fried in cumin and large pork meatballs
known as lions heads steamed over cabbage should
also be on your bucket list.Q 5141 Buford Highway,
770-458-2282. $

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BEST OF
ATLANTA Owner Dennis Lange, formerly of Yakitori

Den Chan and an original cofounder of 5 Seasons Brewing Co., offers hospitable Southern food in
a two-story building that used to be a Masonic lodge.
Ryan Smith (who shares a name with the chef at Staplehouse) loads on the bacon and pork belly but doesnt
shy away from farm-fresh vegetables. Rich turnip gratin, silky cold corn soup, and a wood-grilled grouper
BLT are afternoon highlights, while the grilled octopus
and smoked bone-in short rib with herbed spaetzle remind us of a perfect summer cookout.Q5394 Peachtree
Road, 678-580-5579, baconsnobs.com. $$

SUSHI HOUSE HAYAKAWA ++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Atsushi Art Hayakawas low-key bar is

a purists retreat for Japanese cuisine. Too


much cream cheese gimmickry and loud techno blight
many of the citys sushi emporiums. What a relief to
sit in a plain room and savor simple dishes like ikura
donsalmon roe marinated in homemade soy sauce,
gilded with sea urchin, and served over rice and seaweedor a plate of sashimi arranged so meticulously
you wonder if the staff moonlight as photo stylists.
Q  5979 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-986-0010,
atlantasushibar.com. $$

UMAIDO

 The concept may be Japanese and authentically


rendered, but details such as pitchers of cold barley
tea and garlic presses on every table reveal Umaidos
Korean ownership. This stunningly attractive noodle
house is the metro areas rst place to specialize in ramen. Thin wheat noodles are fresh and supple, curling
at the bottom of large bowls lled with one of three
rich broths (basic pork, miso, or spicy) and topped
with tender slices of pork belly, sprouts, seaweed, and
a soft-boiled egg marinated with soy. The decor is as
dramatic and modern as anything found in New York
or Los Angeles.Q 2790 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road,
Suwanee, 678-318-8568, umaido.net. $
YET TUH

BEST OF
ATLANTA  This pristine little spot, hidden in the

back of a commercial center off Buford


Highway, serves some of the freshest-tasting Korean
food in the metro area. You can skip the esotericsounding ingredients (web-footed squid, horsetail
sh, acorn jelly noodles) for more accessible dishes
like chilled noodles with fresh vegetables, rich porkon-the-bone soup, and savory mung bean pancakes.
For a sustaining lunch, try the boribap, a combination of steamed rice and barley into which you mix a
platter of vegetables and spoonfuls of soybean soup
and bubbling tofu stew.Q3042 Oakcliff Road, Doraville, 770-454-9292. $
TEA

ZEN TEA

 Owner

Connie Miller imparts her extraordinary


knowledge of tea without a hint of geekiness. She
stocks more than 140 varieties that cover the spectrum
of greens, blacks, whites, herbals, and a few organic
rarities. Relax with a cup at the small bar or at a table
in the cozy front room, or buy loose-leaf teas and a
selection of tea packed on the premises in high-quality mesh bags. (Miller also sells plenty of tea-brewing
supplies.)Check the website to learn of tastings and
other special events.  Q  5356 Peachtree Road, Doraville, 678-547-0877, ezentea.com.

NORTH METRO
Includes Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Roswell,
and Sandy Springs

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BISHOKU ++

Its easy to overlook this intimate, family-run Japanese restaurant where the sushi and the seasonal
kitchen dishes arent bound to tradition but maintain
a sense of authenticity. Hidden away in a sprawling
shopping center, one of Sandy Springs best restaurants is at the hands of owner Jackie Fukuya-Merkel,
whose family used to own Sushi Huku. Sashimi paired
with yuzu and truffle oil or the crispy sushi rice
squares with seafood tartare topped with colorful roes
are progressive masterpieces. As soon as the weather
turns cold, regulars nd comfort in a small teapot of
clear dashi broth full of fragrant pine mushrooms,
shrimp, chicken, and ginkgo nuts.  Q  5920 Roswell
Road, Sandy Springs, 404-252-7998, bishokusushi.
com $$

GREENWOODS ON GREEN STREET ++

 The

exceptional down-home food at this funky


bungalow belies Bill Greenwoods classical culinary
training in the hotel industry. If you engage him in a
conversation about his cooking, Greenwood is more
apt to discuss French mother sauces than recipes from
Southern grandmas. Chitchat usually ends altogether
when the huge plates arrive. Rainbow trout with lemon-chive butter, spicy meatloaf, fried chicken dipped
in honey-pepper sauce, and the amazing if-this-isVelveeta-I-dont-want-to-know broccoli casserole are
perennial favorites.Q1087 Green Street, Roswell, 770992-5383, greenwoodsongreenstreet.com. $

MCKENDRICKS STEAK HOUSE +++

 McKendricks, open in Dunwoody since 1995, is


the Bones of the burbs. Like the intown powerhouses,
this meat palace succeeds by doing the classics justice. Lumpy crab cakes require no fancier adornment
than a gentle tomato-garlic beurre blanc. A dash
of Pernod helps give oysters Rockefeller a surprisingly clean avor. And the steaksfrom center-cut
let mignon to bone-in ribeyereceive the requisite
char. Servers go above and beyond to accommodate
requests, providing the kind of attention that, along
with the consistency of the food, makes this a memorable option for either a romantic rendezvous or a
business powwow.Q 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road,
770-512-8888, mckendricks.com. $$$$
SPECIALTY STORE

OLI + VE

The concept behind this company treats olive oil


and vinegar with the same seriousness and attention
to detail that weve come to expect from a wine shop.
Its impressive selection of extra virgin olive oils hails
from around the worldnot just Italy, but Spain, Argentina, and California (to name a few)and the avors include distinct single varietals as well as complex infused avors. The balsamic vinegar options
are equally stunning. Dont know where to dive in?
Thats perfect, because the eager staff will urge you to
sample anyway.QMultiple locations, including 1003
Canton Street, Roswell, 770-587-4244, oliandve.com.

OSTERIA MATTONE ++

Ryan Pernice and Ted Lahey built on the success


of their Southern smash hit Table & Main with a
second restaurant on Roswells chockablock dining
thoroughfare. Mattone (it means brick in Italian) is
an American version of an osteria, which in Italy is
more akin to a tavern or a pub. No one region of the
Boot pulls focus, though some of Romes signature
dishes stand out: poached artichoke hearts accented
only with lemon, a soothing bowl of spaghetti carbonara, and a feisty bucatini allAmatriciana in a
sauce pungent with guanciale (cured hog jowl). Sommelier Dan Pernice, Ryans brother, makes Italian
wines approachableno small task.  Q  1095 Canton

Street, Roswell, 678-878-3378, osteriamattone.com. $$

SPECIALTY STORE

HEYWOODS PROVISION

COMPANY
RUMIS KITCHEN ++

 In

2012 Ali Mesghali moved his already-adored


Persian restaurant just down the street to a
6,000-square-foot former auto shop, and the place
is more popular than ever. Start with creamy yogurt
or eggplant dips and a lemony, cucumber-heavy
salad. The entree section is largely a kebab-o-thon,
though dont miss true-minded dishes like braised
lamb neck in an herb-and-potato broth. Also try torshi, a Persian take on chutney that includes green
chile and mango, to avor the snowdrifts of rice that
come with main courses.Q6112 Roswell Road, Sandy
Springs, 404-477-2100, rumiskitchen.com. $$

VIN25 ++

 This wine barcurrently the most charming option along downtown Roswells booming restaurant
rowresides in a stone cottage down a narrow alley
off Canton Street. Owner Phillip Cooper, formerly
wine director of Rays at Killer Creek, pours his passion for the grape into a smart, diverse list that entices every stratum of wine drinker. The menu goes
far beyond snacks; steer toward meatier choices like
a thick boneless pork chop with chutney-like apple
mostarda or a atiron steak with potatoes pan-fried in
duck fat. Cooper will help you pick out the ideal bottle
to accompany them.  Q  25 Plum Tree Street, Roswell,
770-628-0411, vin25.com. $$

NORTHWEST METRO
Includes East Cobb, Kennesaw, Marietta,
Smyrna, and Vinings

 Patrick Gebrayel worked as a chef in large hotels,


resorts, and country clubs before opening his own
butcher shop, which focuses on local and sustainably
raised animals. Steaks and chops are cut to order, and
the guanciale, Georgia trout, duck cont, and ground
beef merit a drive. Gebrayel also makes superb charcuterie: His smoked liverwurst will convert doubters.Q
2145 Roswell Road, Marietta, 404-410-7997, heywoodsmeat.com.
MUSS & TURNERS ++

What serves as an imaginative deli during the day


blossoms into a full-service restaurant at night. Small
plates on the daily changing dinner menu can range
from pimento cheese to beef tartare, and entrees lean
toward comfort. The kitchen gets especially creative
at brunch, and the sandwiches that established the
restaurants reputation are still among the best in the
metro area.  Q  1675 Cumberland Parkway, Smyrna,
770-434-1114, mussandturners.com. $
SAMS BBQ 1 ++

 Cobb

County has its share of righteous barbecue joints, but to our palate, Sam Huff and his crew
smoke some of the superior meats. Baby back ribs
hover between tender and taut; thinly sliced brisket retains its juiciness; crisp chicken skin yields to
plump, smoky meat; and pulled pork is consistently
moist.Q4944 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 770-9773005, bbq1.net. $

of glimmering wine glasses hang above a horseshoeshaped bar that takes up half of the room (the rest
is lled with tall bar tables). A small kitchen assembles handsome boards of charcuterie and cheese and
small plates such as Georgia shrimp in a warming
garlic, chile, and parsley sauce, or a soft-boiled farm
egg buoyed by sunchoke puree, roasted mushrooms,
and prosciutto. A worldly, thoughtfully curated wine
program breaks varietals into classic and adventurous categories. Pay special attention to the short list
of rarer, pricier redsincluding juicy fruit bombs
from regions like Bordeaux and Napaavailable in
three-ounce or six-ounce pours from an Enomatic
dispenser that preserves the wines freshness.Q1311
Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 678-214-6888, stematlanta.com. $$

TASTY CHINA ++

 Sichuan star chef Peter Cheng is long gone from


Atlanta, but Tasty China owner Da He Yang keeps
the ames burning. The Sichuan specialties here
hot and numbing beef dishes, wonton soup in hot
chile oil, steamed sh with peppersscorch as much
as ever. When the peppercorns burn too ercely,
douse the re with pickled sh and sour cabbage
soup.  Q  585 Franklin Road, Marietta, 770-419-9849,
tastychina.net. $

VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND/
PONCEY-HIGHLAND
SWEET TREATS

STEM WINE BAR

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Behold, the best (and prettiest) wine

bar in Atlanta is in East Cobb. Hundreds

BEST OF
ATLANTA FACTORY

THE ATLANTA CUPCAKE

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this cramped storefront. Just the right amount of


frosting tops moist cakes with whimsical avors. No
wonder lines often wind out the door. We love the
mix of classic combinations (red velvet cake with
vanilla, chocolate cake with peanut butter) alongside seasonal creations like fresh strawberry, sweet
potatobourbon, and gingerbread-pear. Check the
websites blog for a weekly listing of avors.  Q  624
North Highland Avenue, 678-358-9195, theatlantacupcakefactory.com.
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CACAO ATLANTA

BEST OF
ATLANTA CHOCOLATE CO.

 Kristen Hard and her dedicated team


make some of the nest bean-to-bar chocolate in
the world (and weve sampled enough to justify that
statement). Seductions ll every nook of the VirginiaHighland store: imaginative truffles in handsome
shapes displayed behind glass on the front counter,
chocolate bark speckled with fruits and nuts, intense
bars for serious dark chocolate lovers. Linger over
sipping chocolate perfumed with six spices and
chiles.  Q  1046 North Highland Avenue, 404-8928202, cacaoatlanta.com.

at this metal box. Head chef Adam Waller exes his


creativity in the small-plates section of the dinner
menu, where he shows off an especially playful
streak with grains in dishes like quinoa tossed with
Sea Island peas, avocado, radish, cucumber, and
lime crme frache, as well as inky forbidden rice
with roasted butternut squash and Brazil nut pesto.
Dont miss rising-star bartender David Durnells
racy cocktails, like the Smoked Mule: tequila and
mezcal balanced by lime, fresh ginger, grapefruit
bitters, and ginger beer.  Q  887 Howell Mill Road,
404-815-1399, bocadoatlanta.com. $$

BUSY BEE CAFE

Many of the old soul-food restaurants have


become caricatures, but this is the real deal. This
always-crowded, family-run placea favorite with
politicos and police officers since 1947serves the
citys best fried chicken alongside smothered pork
chops, oxtails, and more with traditional vegetables
(e.g., greens cooked with turkey) and superb little
corn muffins. Sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, and a
moist, three-layered Key lime cake make you grateful you live in the South.Q 810 Martin Luther King
Jr. Drive, 404-525-9212, thebusybeecafe.com. $

LA TAVOLA ++

 Open since 1999, La Tavola has shrewdly positioned itself as a cross between neighborhood
hangout and date-night restaurant. Its narrow, atteringly lit dining room always feels convivial. The
Italian cooking isnt meant to dazzle or surprise as
much as comfort and satiate. The menu revolves
with the seasons and the chef s whims, but count on
staple pastas such as orecchiette with sausage and
broccoli rabe; tagliatelle Bolognese; and the creamy,
complex manicotti with beef, pork, veal, and spinach.Q992 Virginia Avenue, 404-873-5430, latavolatrattoria.com. $$

WESTSIDE
ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA ++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  New Jersey transplant Giovanni Di

Palma quietly opened a pizzeria near Georgia Tech in late 2009, and it became a local sensation. The pizzas (and calzones) live up to the hype:
This is an alchemy of dough, sauce, and mozzarella
you want to bury your face in. We order the San
Gennaro pizza (topped with sausage, spicy-sweet
peppers, buffalo mozzarella, and cipollini onion)
and the Gigiotto calzone (lled with broccoli rabe
and sausage) over and over again. Save room for the
pistachio-crusted cannoli. Avoid Friday lunches and
weekends, when the hordes can distract from your
rapture.  Q  1093 Hemphill Avenue, 404-724-2333,
littleitalia.com. $

BACCHANALIA ++++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  In the midst of Atlantas decimated

ne-dining terrain, Anne Quatrano and


Clifford Harrisons Bacchanalia rules as monarch.
The ve-course prix xe menua celebration of the
seasonal and a local reinterpretation of the American culinary revolution ignited in Californiamakes
a knockout rst impression. Go classic with foie gras
au torchon styled with peach, honey, and brioche,
then move into gutsier territory with a salad such as
Flat Creek Lodges nutty Georgia Red cheese tangled
among pole beans, hazelnuts, ecks of country ham,
and pickled shallots.Q 1198 Howell Mill Road, 404365-0410, starprovisions.com. $$$$

BOCADO ++

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CHOCOLATE SOUTH

Take one look at the offerings of Chocolate South


and youll know what region youre in. Theres the
Camo Bar, a blend of dark, milk, and colored white
chocolates thats perfect for snacking in the deer
stand. Or the 3-Ring Circus, a salted butterburnt
sugar ganache dipped in chocolate and rolled in
peanuts. Amy Stankus, a licensed architect who left
behind her office job to pursue chocolate making,
prides herself on using Southern ingredients, including Georgia peanuts, tupelo honey, and locally
roasted coffee.Q1050 West Marietta Street, 404-8158859, chocolatesouth.com.

GIOS CHICKEN AMALFITANO

BEST OF
ATLANTA The menu at Giosowned by Giovanni

Di Palma, the impresario behind Antico


Pizza Napoletana next dooris simple: seven
versions of roasted chicken dishes and four pastas, available in single or family-style sizes (both
generous). The Sorrento chickendressed with
lemon juice and lemon slices, garlic, olive oil, and
oreganois a standout, a merger of sharp and mellow avors that exemplies why Americans love
Italian food. For a feisty accompaniment, try the Napoletana pasta: ziti tossed with bitter rapini and the
same piquant sauce that Di Palma uses for his pies.
This is quick-service food cooked with heart.Q1099
Hemphill Avenue, 404-347-3874, littleitalia.com. $$

MILLER UNION +++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Of all the Atlanta chefs embracing

Southern credos, Georgia native Steven


Sattereld stands out as the traditionalist. You can
trace his roots when you tackle his plate of grilled
pork loin, simmered eld peas, braised greens, and
green tomato salsa. You follow his thinking when he
rests duck cont atop a Louisiana maque choux of
okra, tomatoes, and corn. The central Hopperesque
room lined with quirky knickknacks is one of the
great dining sanctuaries in town.Q 999 Brady Avenue, 678-733-8550, millerunion.com. $$$
COFFEE

OCTANE

BEST OF
ATLANTA Industrial aesthetics; a serious, contem-

porary take on the art of making coffee; and


the recent establishment of its own roasteries make
Octane one of the most lauded and popular coffee
destinations in town. Unlike many of its competi-

tors, Octane serves alcohol: The Grant Park location


has delved deeply into cocktails. It also shares space
with the Little Tart Bakeshop, giving the companys
already-successful business model new scope.Q1009
Marietta Street; 437 Memorial Drive, 404-815-9886;
octanecoffee.com.

THE OPTIMIST +++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Ford Fry (JCT Kitchen & Bar, No. 246,

King + Duke) delivers his nest restaurant


yet with this sophisticated seafood house. Fry and
designer Smith Hanes outdid themselves with an elegant, subtly nautical redo of a Westside warehouse
crowned with an evocative vaulted ceiling. Go heavy
on starters and small platesa platter of West Coast
oysters, perhaps, followed by shrimp a la plancha
doused with a creamy tomato sauce revved with arbol chile and lime. The adjoining oyster bar (which
opens for dinner during the week and at 3 p.m. on
Saturday and Sunday) serves the citys most luscious
lobster roll.  Q  914 Howell Mill Road, 404-477-6260,
theoptimistrestaurant.com. $$$
WINE

PERRINES WINE SHOP

BEST OF
ATLANTA Too many wine shops in Atlanta display

all the decor appeal of a storage warehouse.


How wonderful, then, to step into Perrines breezy
serenity. Gauzy curtains, whitewashed columns,
and even a showcased French skin care line make
the place feel more like a boutique clothing store.
Owner Perrine Prieur lends substance to the style.
Prieur, who hails from Burgundy, France, worked for
four years as sommelier at now-closed Jol, where
she drew attention for her savvy wine and food pairings. As you would expect, her specialty is Old World
varietals, particularly from her native terroir.Q1168
Howell Mill Road, 404-254-5077, perrineswine.com.
SWEET TREATS

SUBLIME DOUGHNUTS

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Ownerpastry chef Kamal Grant res-

cued Atlanta from fried-dough ennui. His


laid-back warmth and frisky range of doughnut
avors (A-Town Cream dipped in chocolate, Orange
Dream Star) make this Westside temptation worth
an early-morning detour. A strong cup of Frenchpressed coffee will help wake you up. For the summer months, Grant offers ice cream sandwiches
made from halved doughnuts.Q535 10th Street, 404897-1801, sublimedoughnuts.com.

WORTH THE DRIVE


FIVE & TEN +++

BEST OF
ATLANTA  Thank you, Hugh Acheson. Unpre-

tentious, fresh, and with a great wine list


to boot, this is easily the best restaurant within a
two-hour drive of Atlanta. White anchovies with
grapefruit and pepper, shaved Bentons country ham
prosciutto, sweetbreads with Red Mule grits custard,
and Frogmore stew with Georgia shrimp will reward
your journey. Q1073 South Milledge Avenue, Athens,
706-546-7300, veandten.com. $$$

TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUEA ++

Some of the best tacos in town emerge from the


kitchen of this spot that is always packed with work
crews. Handmade corn tortillas are folded around
stewed beef cheeks and pork al pastor. The house
specialty, the tlayuda (a cross between a pizza and
a tortilla, showered with meats, shredded lettuce,
and two kinds of Mexican cheese), is better than the
tacos and the chicken mole.Q605 Mount Zion Road,
Jonesboro, 770-960-3010, taquerialaoaxaquena.com.
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Here is the office on a Sunday afternoon in her 40th year at the machine. The music runs from her ngers to the circuitry in a dark
room below her feet and then under the ground and down the hill and up the amplifying tower at the waters edge, 380 feet away. This
journey takes less than a second. Im pushing 8,000 watts, Mabel Florence says. Thats a lot for an old lady. She will not say how
old. But she will share the secret of her unfailing attendance as the official carillonneur of Stone Mountain Park: If youre sick, take
about ve aspirin and a good shot of Scotch. The massive electronic carillon was a gift to the state from Coca-Cola after its appearance
at the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York. Now she plays the bells every weekend: twice on Saturdays, three times on Sundays, the sound
ringing out across the park. Today she opens the console room and looks at the only two people in the small amphitheater outside and
asks them whether they want to hear love songs or Christmas songs. They say love songs. She plays Let Me Call You Sweetheart, and
the man pulls the woman close. They walk away during Ave Maria, replaced by two more lovers during O Holy Night. There are
no words for the way she plays that song on those bells on this damp gray afternoon with the leaves red and yellow and the man and
the woman standing there in wonderment. Then they go, and the amphitheater is empty once again, and Mabel Florence plays on.
She does not intend to retire anytime soon. This is a powerful machine, perhaps a dangerous one, and she will choose her apprentice
carefully. Im gonna nd an engineer and teach em to play, she says, rather than nd an organist and electrocute em. THOMAS LAKE
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