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Best biscuits

Breakfast at the Silver Skillet with the tasty biscuit that you picked as the best in and around Atlanta. Staff photo.

Breakfast at the Silver Skillet with the tasty biscuit that you picked as the best in and around Atlanta. Staff photo.

YOUR PICKS (locals)
1. Silver Skillet
You say, “The best biscuits are at the Silver Skillet on 14th in Atlanta. Fluffy, light and buttery, they are fabulous with jam or gravy. And our favorite waitress, Caroline will bring them with a smile!”

2. Thumbs Up Diner
3. Little Barn
4. Mountain Biscuits
5. Stilesboro Biscuiits
6. Fagan’s Biscuit Barn

A plate of the namesake biscuits at the Flying Biscuit Cafe. They were your pick for best biscuits at a chain in and around Atlanta. Photo: Renee Brock / Special

A plate of the namesake biscuits at the Flying Biscuit Cafe. They were your pick for best biscuits at a chain in and around Atlanta. Photo: Renee Brock / Special

YOUR PICKS (chains)
1. Flying Biscuit Cafe
You say, “Of course the BEST is the Flying Biscuit! None else come close” and “The Flying Biscuit is THE BEST. Hands down.”

2. Red Lobster
3. Martin’s (tie)
3. Hardee’s (tie)
4. Bojangles’
5. Popeyes

Biscuits aren't just for breakfast, as this buttered and pan-seared masterpiece, accompanying a plate of pork barbecue and sides at Swallow at the Hollow demonstrates. It's our pick for best biscuit in and around Atlanta. Photo: Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com

Biscuits aren’t just for breakfast, as this buttered and pan-seared masterpiece, accompanying a plate of pork barbecue and …

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Weekend best bets: Oct. 28-30

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Zombies will fill the streets of Marietta this weekend, just like they do in AMC's "The Walking Dead." You can also catch several zombie flicks at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Saturday both before and after the hordes take to the streets. Photo: John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

FRIDAY
Music, stage: Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles comes to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Oct. 28-30. It’s been called the next best thing to seeing the Beatles perform live.  Get the story behind the recreation of these classic songs.

Stage: The murderous musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is presented by Fabrefaction Theatre Company through Nov. 13.

Stage: In “Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them,” 16-year-old Kenny cares for his little sister Edith on an isolated farm in middle America after being abandoned by their father. As Kenny and his best friend Benji begin falling in love, the three form an unlikely family. There are previews Oct. 27-28 and opening night is Oct. …

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Best coffee (by the cup)

Dutch Monkey Doughnuts is your pick for best coffee in and around Atlanta, but those tasty doughnuts look like a good enough reason to make the trip. Photo: Becky Stein, Special

Dutch Monkey Doughnuts is your pick for best coffee in and around Atlanta, but those tasty doughnuts look like a good enough reason to make the trip. Photo: Becky Stein, Special

YOUR PICKS
1. Dutch Monkey Doughnuts
You say, “It is a bit of a trek for those of you inside the perimeter but I assure you, it is entirely worth it! They brew up Counter Culture Coffee which is truly the best coffee I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Oh, and the doughnuts……nuff said! Get in the car and head on up there, you won’t be disappointed!”

2. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
3. Dunkin’ Donuts
4. Octane Coffee
5. Aurora Coffee
6. Condesa Coffee Cafe & Espresso Bar

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Grab a cup of joe at Steady Hand in Emory Village, our pick for the best place to get a cup of coffee in and around Atlanta. Photo: Gene Lee

OUR PICKS
1. Steady Hand
The AJC dining team’s specialist in International Cuisine Gene Lee says, “This cozy Emory coffee bar puts out a stellar product prepared with intelligence using …

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Weekend best bets: Oct. 21-23

Comedian and actor Bill cosby brings his warm, familiar style of stand-up comedy to the Ferst Center fo the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 23, for two shows. Photo: John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

Comedian and actor Bill cosby brings his warm, familiar style of stand-up comedy to the Ferst Center fo the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 23, for two shows. Photo: John Spink, jspink@ajc.com

FRIDAY
Festival: Get a bit of Western culture in the Southeast when the Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium takes over the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville Oct. 21-23.

Halloween: Storytelling, face painting and crafts accompany family-friendly frights at Haunted Night at the Museum, which happens  Oct. 21-22 at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary-Gwinnett History Museum in Lawrenceville.

Festival: Listen up and chow down at the Hapeville Downtown Live Concert & Chili Cook-off at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Hapeville’s Jess Lucas Park.

Music: The Michael O’Neal Singers perform composer Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” which blends a classic choral sound with the jubilant harmonies typical of the bluegrass style. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Oct 21 at Roswell United …

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