Granted, I did have to drive about 40 minutes from my actual house to get there but there was no high-speed traffic or problematic parking to be had, so that in and of itself is a win. Everything is about an hour from house, that's just the way it is.
One of my very best friends was passing through town on the way back to her Florida abode and we decided to meet up for brunch somewhere during her travels. I did some research along the I-75 route, and was about to resign to the thought of a typical Waffle House pit stop, when Google Maps blessed me with a true gift. Just a few miles off the interstate in a town called Locust Grove, about half an hour south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, sits a little strip of quaint shops along the railroad tracks including, The French Market and Tavern.
But I digress. The French Market & Tavern is a cozy combination of Southern hospitality and famous New Orleans cuisine. Upon arrival, you walk through the doors into a market filled with Mason jar creations, farm-inspired art and endless knick-knacks. After close to an hour of browsing the market's offerings you'll realize you came here to eat, so you'll promptly be seated at a chic-without-being-pretentious table. The dining area is dressed with the country classics - flowers, glass jars, rustic art - and the menu is filled with tempting delights (seriously, Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding is an actual menu item for Sunday brunch - you guys!)
After we cleaned our plates and downed our libations, we took the time to shop through the small market, pointing out funny signs or dreaming about how a small, ceramic bird could really tie a room together. Neither of us ended up buying anything, mostly because I have no space of my own to decorate just yet and Christmas is still too far to even think about yet.
So if you find your self stuck in a rut here on the south side of Atlanta or need an invigorating meal (they serve lunch AND dinner too!) before making a trek down to the Sunshine State, consider taking that stop in Locust Grove for my new favorite place - The French Market & Tavern. Be sure to tell me about your experience in the comments!