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A Non-Sarcastic List: 30 Things I’ll Miss about Atlanta

original post: 04/13/17, edited and reposted: 08/31/17

  • The mouthwatering-worthy broth at Pho Dai Loi on Buford and the reliability of Pho 24 for late nights out (or shameless day cravings)
  • Stumbling out of Moondogs after rounds of Flip Cup and ending the night in front of that fan at Hole in the Wall
  • Biking the Beltline and admiring the music video-esque hotties with roller skates and an EDM-blasting boombox
  • Waffle House around every corner. Literally, there are two next to each other off that Chamblee Tucker Rd exit.
  • The random and cute “I don’t need this, but I want this” knick knacks at Richard’s Variety Store on Monroe Dr.
  • Taco Mac and International Cafe wings
  • Recognizing locations in scenes from reality shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love and Hip Hop Atlanta (they shot at Sweet Hut in Doraville once.. I was shook)
  • The comfiest seats you can’t sleep on at Phipps AMC theatre (or you’d just be getting a $17 nap)
  • Feeling bad and boujee shopping at Lenox
  • The string of bars and memories of Edgewood Avenue: Church, Mother’s, Noni’s, and Joystick sprinkled in every now and then (RIP Department Store)
  • East Atlanta Village’s Graveyard Tavern: the hearse parked front with a cheeky skeleton in the driver’s seat
  • The home-y feel of Georgia Tech’s campus (only felt after #gettingout aka graduating), avoiding the “sleeping grass” which now apparently you can lounge on
  • The feeling of being at Tongue and Groove after hearing it referenced in a Childish Gambino freestyle
  • The underrated swag and styles of GSU students
  • The quaint feeling of being in downtown Decatur and visiting Jeni’s Ice Cream
  • That Popeyes on Clairmont next to that one shitty apartment I lived in
  • The high chances of running into a rapper or producer/friend/mom of a rapper
  • Joining in on the “ATL HO” chant at music events
  • All the good ass authentic food on Buford highway
  • Pretending to be an Emory student to get into Dooley’s Week concerts (since they always had the best artists- Chance the Rapper, the Chainsmokers, NOT Migos though #toosoon)
  • Pretending to get exercise at Piedmont Park, but actually creeping on dogs at the dog park (just kidding I don’t actually do that but you should)
  • The ever-so streamlined experience at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. No other city’s airport has come close in my opinion.
  • Visiting Sweet Hut on work breaks with my usual order of lychee black tea + chia seeds
  • Atlantic Station’s huge Christmas tree they put up during the holidays. You can see your face in the reflection in the shiny ornaments 
  • The predictability of John’s Creek #theJC
  • Randomly hearing the foolishness of 107.9’s “Side Piece Shout Out” segment after a long and stressful day
  • Murder Kroger. Never forget
  • Cascade Family Skating. They legitimately play better music than any club I’ve recently been to.
  • The Superman and Batman rides at Six Flags, but only during the Fall.
  • The new-new feel of Ponce City Market (which is never as crowded as Chelsea Market in Manhattan)