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CityGuide - Atlanta according to Kyle Brooks

Local artist Kyle Brooks, aka BlackCatTips, shares his favorite things about ATL

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Kyle Brooks, whose art you know as BlackCatTips, has deep roots in Atlanta. The self-taught folk artist uses found materials, house paint, and bright colors. Companies like Coca-Cola, the Weather Channel, and MailChimp use his paintings. In addition to his studio and mural work, Brooks creates street poems and whimsical roadside art installations. His happy signs are all over the city, brightening our days. He has lived in East Atlanta for 10 years. Here is some insight into what inspires him in Atlanta.

I decided to make Atlanta home because there is a magnet deep beneath town that I am tied to and have a hard time pulling away from; I give up sometimes and just forget about it. A soul magnet buried deep down underneath the town.

Inside my truck in an empty parking lot is my favorite spot in the city to think deep thoughts by myself.

The best advice you could give an Atlanta visitor is read the historical markers. Think about who lived here before you did.

An observation tower in Grant Park on the historic Fort Walker site used to be my favorite view in Atlanta. They tore the tower down. So now a similar view is from Climax Street.

Cabbagetown area and downtown Decatur are my favorite neighborhoods. They always feel nice to me ... like home.

The first three words that come to mind when I think of Atlanta are humid, sometimes-dirty, and home.

Empire State South is where I would take a visiting foodie for dinner (although it is too intimidating to take a foodie to dinner).

Carroll Street Cafe is my favorite place to go for a chill, weeknight dinner with friends.

My favorite place for brunch is Stone Soup, Ria's Bluebird, or Sweet Melissa's in Decatur.

My favorite spots for vegetarian dining are: Soba in East Atlanta has a very nice tofu and spicy pepper platter; Nam Phuong has been a favorite for years; El Mexicano on Moreland has a very fresh take on Mexican cuisine and they make regular ol' Mexican pretty; Doggy Dogg in Decatur makes a mean veggie dog. If you don't mind some interestingly odd ambiance the Soul Vegetarian on North Highland has some tasty dinner. And believe it or not you can get a tasty veggie dinner at Flatiron in East Atlanta Village, too.

For inspiration, I like to watch airplanes at the airport, walk in the orchid houses at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, or wander around the old prison farm where I feel like I am 100 miles from anyone else.

The best place to see art in Atlanta outside of the High Museum: Wylie Street with its Forward Warrior murals has a lot of street art to behold. The surrounding area has a lot of outdoor art to take in.

My favorite spot that nobody knows about is a neat grave from around the Civil War in a mostly unmarked cemetery. The gravestone is swallowed up by a tree trunk. Time marches on.

My favorite Atlanta walk is that one time I took an "urban hike." I set out on a personal challenge with a walking stick (old broom handle) and shoulder bag to walk from my condo in South East Atlanta to the tallest building in Atlanta. I made it. I touched the building and then walked up to the Fox Theatre. Then I rode MARTA to Decatur and walked home from that direction. I took photos along the way.

I like it in Atlanta when you walk a street you have driven for years and all the sudden you see many things that you never noticed. It's amazing. I recently did this walking from Paper Ghost Studio in Candler Park over the hill to get fries and a veggie burger at the Candler Park Market.

My favorite building is the Fabulous Fox Theatre. It has always captivated me since I was a child. It seems like Atlanta has torn down many of our other architectural treasures.

One of the weirdest things about Atlanta is: It's more interesting than weird, but Atlanta is the highest elevation of all major cities east of the Rockies. The ridge that is Peachtree Street near where it crosses International Blvd. in downtown is one of the highest points and is part of the Eastern Continental Divide. Also Atlanta did not exist that long ago. Decatur was already a grown-up lady when Atlanta was born. That's pretty crazy to me.

A place I feel connected to is ... My great grandfather, M.L. Parks, owned a dairy farm near where I live now. It was on Flat Shoals Road just south of I-20 in DeKalb County. It was called City View Dairy. He was one of the first to deliver milk by mule cart to homes and businesses. Now, the old dairy farm property is a rundown neighborhood. His two sisters lived on the farm for many years and then as adults lived in a house (1920s-1950s) directly behind the Midway Pub in East Atlanta. The house is long gone, (why I don't know) but I had put a sign up next to it that says "We Remember You" about a sad event that happened there. Now my sign has more than one meaning.



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Aix, chef Nick Leahy’s much-hyped French restaurant and adjoining wine bar, Tin Tin, opened Mon., Dec. 17. Leahy’s menu is chock-full of the Provençal food of his childhood, outstanding desserts, craft cocktails, and a thoughtful wine list curated by beverage director Pat Peterson.

He’s our pop-up king and we follow him wherever he cooks. Jarrett Stieber, whose pop-up Eat Me Speak Me is currently operating out of S.O.S. Tiki Bar, is opening Little Bear, a brick and mortar restaurant in Summerhill’s Georgia Avenue project. The area near the Atlanta Braves’ old ballpark will also be home to Halfway Crooks Brewing, Little Tart Bakeshop, and Wood’s Chapel BBQ. We can’t wait until next summer to finish a meal with blondie bars and whiskey milk in the new location.

There’s a new place in town for kitfo and tibs. Desta Ethiopian Kitchen opened a second location at Emory Point (1520 Avenue Place N.E.). Chow down Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Cheers to 10 years! One Flew South, the first fine dining restaurant in the world’s busiest airport, is celebrating a decade of good eats and drinks at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

From the team behind Argosy, Sceptre Brewing Arts is scheduled to open in early 2019 in the former Oak Brewpub space in Oakhurst (630 East Lake Drive).

A new location of Tin Drum Asian Kitchen will open this January at the new North Decatur Square shopping center next to Whole Foods 365. The menu includes Tin Drum favorites as well as items exclusive to this location such as sidewalk sliders, Vietnamese banh mi, and lettuce wraps.

O4W Pizza has returned to Old Fourth Ward. Anthony Spina and Billy Streck’s (Hampton + Hudson, Cypress St. Pint & Plate) Nina & Rafi serves Spina’s Detroit-style pizzas from 5 p.m. to midnight across from Bell Street Burritos (661 Auburn Ave. N.E.).

New hotspot Root Baking Co. in Ponce City Market has launched a new dinner menu. Chef Matt Palmerlee will serve supper beginning at 4 p.m., Mon.-Sat. The mussels and clams in green tomato and clam broth topped with with sunchoke chips sounds pretty stellar.

The first certified gluten-free, fast-casual restaurant is now open in Buckhead (54 Pharr Road). KarmaFarm, an organic and sustainable meat and three, also donates a meal to a local child in need for every meal sold. That’s pretty cool.

Xhibit, helmed by chef Christian Messier, opens next week in a new hotel — Canopy by Hilton Atlanta Midtown (1414 West Peachtree St. N.W.). We don’t have a copy of the all-day menu yet, but it will have a commitment to local purveyors, local seafood, roasted vegetables on the stone hearth oven, coffee from Smyrna’s Rev Coffee, and baked goods from H+F Bread Co.    Courtesy of Zeb Stevenson BIRD IS THE WORD: Redbird is slated to open this year at Westside Provisions District.                                   QUICK BITES: Pop-up king gets a brick and mortar, pizza returns to Old Fourth Ward, and more "
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Chef Spencer Gomez (Gunshow, Holeman and & Finch) will be Chef de Cuisine over both Joey Ward’s upcoming restaurants: Southern Belle and Georgia Boy.

City Tap, described as “an elevated American gastropub,” is opening early 2019 in Midtown in Gordon Biersch’s former space, 848 Peachtree St. NE. The is the 7th location nationwide and it will display over 60 brews on tap with plenty of local varieties.

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The South has done it again, this time by influencing Trader Joe’s. VP of marketing Matt Sloan questioned on a recent Inside Trader Joe’s podcast, “Why isn’t pimento cheese a thing everywhere?” followed by the announcement that the fan favorite cheese will be hitting the shelves at all locations"
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Chef Spencer Gomez (Gunshow, Holeman and & Finch) will be Chef de Cuisine over both Joey Ward’s upcoming restaurants: Southern Belle and Georgia Boy.

City Tap, described as “an elevated American gastropub,” is opening early 2019 in Midtown in Gordon Biersch’s former space, 848 Peachtree St. NE. The is the 7th location nationwide and it will display over 60 brews on tap with plenty of local varieties.

Cowtippers, the 25-year institution at 1600 Piedmont will close for good on Thurs., Dec. 27. Loyal patrons believed they could still visit the eatery for a few more weeks, but were shocked to find this somber announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page, “The sun is finally setting on the ol’ cow… We would like to thank you for the years of great memories. We love you, The Cowtippers Family.”

More Summerhill news, New York style pizza delivery pop-up sensations Alex and Jennifer Aton are finally settling down. Junior’s Pizza will join Little Bear, Wood’s Chapel BBQ, Halfway Crooks Brewing, and Little Tart Bakeshop in the 80 acre mixed use development.

Wednesdays are for wine over at Babalu Tapas & Tacos (33 Peachtree Pl. NE). Bottle are half off all day long as well. House wine is just $5 a glass. Cheers.

It’s happy hour all night long, and technically for the rest of the year, Dec. 31 at Krog Street Market’s Watchman’s. They will be slinging $1 oysters all night with a complimentary Chartreuse shot midnight toast. This will also herald the beginning of Monday dinner service for 2019.

During a very special dinner hosted by Georgia Organics’ Cast Iron and Collards Society, chef Kevin Gillespie will introduce Gunshow’s new executive chef, and cook a special meal with them following the announcement. Passing the Torch will be a 5 course meal with cocktails paired by Gunshow’s Mercedes O’Brien and wines by 3 Parks Wine’s Sarah Pierre. There will be two seatings (6 and 8:30 p.m.), so no spoilers early eaters. Tickets

Cocktail enthusiasts, your Saturday afternoons are sorted. Decatur’s The Pinewood has two months of cocktail classes focused on whiskey. From 4-6 p.m. learn how to shake and stir with ease while sipping on the fruits of your labor and enjoying Southern style treats. $32 per class. American Whiskey classes: Jan. 5, Jan. 9, Feb.2, Feb. 16. International whisky classes: Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23.

The South has done it again, this time by influencing Trader Joe’s. VP of marketing Matt Sloan questioned on a recent Inside Trader Joe’s podcast, “Why isn’t pimento cheese a thing everywhere?” followed by the announcement that the fan favorite cheese will be hitting the shelves at all locations    Courtesy of City Tap SLICE OF HEAVEN: Pizza from City Tap and Juniors Pizza coming soon to Atlanta                                   QUICK BITES: Food news roundup 12/20 "
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