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Best bets for fun today

Fireworks light up the sky at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on July 4 as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs patriotic tunes and old favorites. Photo: Jeff Roffman / ASO

Fireworks light up the sky at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on July 4 as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs patriotic tunes and old favorites. Photo: Jeff Roffman / ASO


MONDAY

Music, fireworks: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s All American Celebration includes patriotic standards, sing-along anthems and classical thunder, and features the U.S. Army Chorus and fireworks. The show begins at 8 p.m. July 4 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Holiday, parade, fireworks: Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade, Concert and Fireworks begins with the parade line-up at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at First Baptist Church of Decatur. It ends at the community bandstand on the square with a presentation of colors and “The Star Spangled Banner.” Callanwolde Concert Band performs at 7 p.m.; fireworks after 9 p.m. Courthouse Square..

Fireworks, music: Diana DeGarmo and Trace Adkins headline Lenox Square’s 52nd Annual Legendary 4th celebration, but the real star is probably the …

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Best bánh mì

Bánh Mì Thit Nguoi, aka the Lee's Special Sandwich, is the most popular sandwich at Lee's Bakery in Atlanta, your pick for best bánh mì. Staff photo.

Bánh Mì Thit Nguoi, aka the Lee's Special Sandwich, is the most popular sandwich at Lee's Bakery in Atlanta, your pick for best bánh mì. Staff photo.

YOUR PICKS
1. Lee’s Bakery
You say, “For me, Lee’s Bakery narrowly beats out Quoc Huong. Lee’s bread is light and not too crusty and the BBQ is perfect every time” and “Lee’s Bakery has the best by far. Incredible sandwich for $2.50.”

2. Quoc Huong
3. Huy’s Sandwiches
4. Viet Tofu

OUR PICKS
1) Quoc Huong
The AJC dining team’s specialist in International Cuisine Gene Lee says, “Ultimately, it’s how the flavors all come together on Quoc Huong’s banh mi sandwiches ($2.50 each) that easily make the Vietnamese restaurant my number one choice. The sandwich baguettes (sourced by a local bakery) are replenished daily, and the sweet charred flavor of the grilled barbecue pork sandwich — cut with pickled carrots, daikon and cilantro — alone is worth the trek.”

2) Pho Viet
3) Lee’s Bakery
4) Viet Tofu
5) Huy’s …

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Weekend best bets: June 24-26

Mother's Finest headlines the music portion of the Rock-N-Ride festival, which happens on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Photo: Arthur Usherson

Mother's Finest headlines the music portion of the Rock-N-Ride festival, which happens on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Photo: Arthur Usherson

FRIDAY
Music: Get a head start on the July 4th festivities with the 30th annual Roswell Patriotic Celebration Concerts. They’ll happen at 7:30 p.m. June 24 and 3 and 5:30 p.m. June 26 at the Roswell United Methodist Church.

Stage: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is an irreverent high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours. It’s being presented by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company through July 31 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.

Stage: The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” returns to the Fox Theatre with former “American Idol” finalist Anthony Federov in the title role. It runs through June 26.

Stage: The Henry Players present C.S. Lewis’ beloved tale “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” through June 26 at the …

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Best milkshakes

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Banana pudding, vanilla, Oreo and strawberry shakes at Chik-fil-A

YOUR PICKS:

1. Chik-fil-A
You say, “Chick-Fil-A! First choice Peach; second choice banana pudding. No other restaurant can touch them!”

2. Steak ‘n’ Shake
3. FLIP burger
4. Zesto
5. Johnny Rockets

Nutella and burnt marshmallow (from left to right), Krispy Kreme and spicy chocolate mole milkshakes from FLIP burger.

Nutella and burnt marshmallow (from left to right), Krispy Kreme and spicy chocolate mole milkshakes from FLIP burger.

OUR PICKS

1. FLIP burger
AJC dining specialist Jon Horn says, “While FLIP Burger could win for best shake on creativity alone, with flavors like Cap’n Crunch and Foie Gras, the quality of ingredients and execution is outstanding. Newbies should start with a Nutella and Burnt Marshmellow shake, complete with bubbling liquid nitrogen.”

2. Grindhouse Killer Burgers – Piedmont
3. Morelli’s
4. Johnny Rockets
5. Chik-fil-a

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