It's been almost a century since the Sweet Auburn Curb Market first took shape in Downtown Atlanta, making this historic landmark the city's oldest market. Born as a hodgepodge of farmers convening in a huge tent to sell their goods to city folk, the Curb Market eventually was given a more permanent structure in 1924, when it became the Municipal Market of Atlanta. Nowadays, the market isn't just a historic treasure or a place where one can procure a whole pig— it's also home to some of the best and most unique counter-service eateries in Atlanta. From kale juice to killer burgers, the provisions up for grabs in the market stalls are many. Below, a guide to a few of our favorite ways to indulge in Atlanta's most diverse and interesting marketplace:
Panbury's Double Crust Pies
Good For: Filling your belly with hand-held savory pastries, morning, noon & night.
Who’s Cookin’: Lauren Duxbury and Adam Panayiotou are natives of South Africa who graced the states and immediately craved the pocket-sized pies from their home country. Rather than high-tailin’ it home, they decided to bring the tradition to the A.
What to get: If you’re lookin’ for an authentic taste of South African tradition, look know further than the Steak and Cracked Black Pepper pie. For those feeling fancier, we suggest the Roasted Mediterranean Veggie or Green Thai Curry pies. Pro-tip: Why not use the deal?
Le Metro Crêperie
Good For: Those of us who are gluten-free, but are still suckers for a good Francophone meal, n’est pas?
Who’s Cookin’: The delightful mother-daughter duo, Christine and Gwen Denninghoff, who came straight from Switzerland with their sweet and savory gluten-free goodness.
What to get: If you’re sportin’ a sweet tooth we highly recommend the decadent Samoa crêpe, which pays homage to the Girlscout cookie of the same name. Caramel? Check. Coconut? Check. Chocholate? Checkity check check. For those in a savory state of mind, we’re more than smitten with the Grandma Prince, which sports arugula, proscuitto and gruyere.
Good For: Those looking to share the Sweet Auburn love with mans' best friend.
Who’s Cookin’: Cuppy Roemer (and occasionally her canine companions, Brixton and Matix, after whom the shop gets its name.)
What to get: Well, if your pop has a bark-mitzvah coming up, or maybe a birthday paw-ty, there’s no better bite for him than one of Brixtix’s birthday cakes. But their homemade, all-natural treats are just the ticket for everyday munches when your hound deserves a reward. (We’re especially fond of the ‘stache shaped ones.)
Good for: Tucking in to hearty, homemade comfort food straight outta Caracas.
Who's cookin': Lis Hernandez used to sell her hot-off-the-griddle Venezuelan specialties off a picnic table. Once people started waiting in line for an hour just for a taste, she knew she had something special.
What to get: Where to start? The pernil arepa is stuffed with slow-roasted, melt-in-your-mouth pork, the plaintain-filled Domino empanada is transcendent, and the fresh-shaved yucca and plantain chips are made even better when dunked into the creamy, cheesy nata sauce.
Good for: Curing what ails you (or washing away memories of last night's taco binge) with fresh-pressed juices and smoothies.
Who's cookin': Chantel got her start (and her devout following) by spreading the gospel of juicing on YouTube, 'til she decided to pack up her chia seeds and take it to the next level.
What to get: The Banana Nut Ultimate tastes like sweet banana bread in a glass, while the Ultimate Recharge is excellent for getting in those greens.
Bell Street Burritos
Good for: A divine experience with real-deal San Francisco-style burritos
Who's cookin': Matt Hinton used to peddle his home-delivered burritos as a supplemental gig to his career as a theology professor at Morehouse. He went on to open Bell Street out of love and nostalgia for the late Tortillas, a cult burrito joint on Ponce.
What to get: The pork and green chile burrito has its own devout following, and for good reason. But the real dark horse here is, surprisingly, the perfectly crunchy, cheesy quesadillas.
Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Good for: Ripping into a badass burger with reckless abandon (and maybe watching some classic horror movies, too)
Who's cookin': Back in 2009, Alex Brounstein just wasn't too impressed with the burger offerings around town—so he decided to take matters into his own hands. Now, he keeps Grindhouse's burger game tight with high-quality fresh ground beef, top-notch buns and all the fixins.
What to get: We're big fans of the Apache and its roasted New Mexico green chiles, and the Vidalia onion rings are some of the best in town
Miss D's New Orleans Pralines & Popcorn
Good for: Indulging your sweet tooth, Southern-style
Who's cookin: After losing everything in Hurricane Katrina, Dionne moved here wanting to repay all of the kindness that was shown to her with her sweet skills, and her 25 years of tweaking her praline recipe to perfection.
What to get: Any of Dionne's perfect pralines, plus a big ol' tub of "The Triple" — popcorn coated in butter, caramel and cheddar cheese, a.k.a. the holy trinity of snacking.