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Archive for October, 2011

Best macaroni and cheese

YOUR PICKS

1. Grand Champion BBQ

Grand Champion BBQ has the best mac and cheese (bottom right), you say. (Becky Stein)

Grand Champion BBQ has the best macaroni and cheese (shown bottom right), you say. (Becky Stein)

You have tipped your hat to Grand Champion BBQ, with many saying they’ve brought mac and cheese to a “whole new level.” Grand Champion’s macaroni and cheese is considered less oily than others and gets shout-outs for “the power of gouda.”

2. Community Q

3. OK Café

4. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

5. Sam’s BBQ1

OUR PICKS

1. Community Q

Though versions of this near-legendary Mac and Cheese recipe can be found at other spin offs from the Sam & Dave’s family, credit must be given to Dave Roberts of Community Q for creating this gooey masterpiece. This blend of cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Parmesan cheeses with over sized rigatoni noodles made this Atlanta’s unrivaled favorite mac and cheese, and rightly so.

2. Grand Champion BBQ

3. Dave Poe’s BBQ

4. Sam’s BBQ1

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Weekend best bets: Oct. 14-16

They're coming to eat your brains! Atlanta seems to be a popular zombie destination and many of them have gathered the the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse attraction in Conley - at least until Halloween. Photo courtesy Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

They're coming to eat your brains! Atlanta seems to be a popular zombie destination and many of them have gathered the the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse attraction in Conley – at least until Halloween. Photo courtesy Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

FRIDAY
Festival: The sound of bagpipes will fill the air, tartan is the fabric of choice and caber tossing, stone put, sheaf toss and other events will test the skills of competitors at the Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival. It’s happening Oct. 15 and  16 in Stone Mountain Park.

Halloween: Imagine being cast in a zombie flick as humans chased by the undead. Now in its second year, Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse transforms a sprawling abandoned truck stop into a haunted attraction. Catch the brain-eaters at Safety Wolf Recreation Outpost  in Conley through Oct. 31.

Stage: “Fela!” is a celebration of the life and music of one of Africa’s greatest and most beloved musicians. It’s at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic …

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Best place to buy cheese

Tim Gaddis, cheesemonger extraordinaire, at Star Provisions, which tops both your list and our list for best place to buy cheese in and around Atlanta. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

Tim Gaddis, cheesemonger extraordinaire, at Star Provisions, which tops both your list and our list for best place to buy cheese in and around Atlanta. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. Star Provisions
You say, “Tim Gaddis at Star Provisions is the best! He lives, breathes and loves everything about great cheese. It’s his passion. He knows the whey of the curds.” and “Star Provisions has the best unusual selection by far – anything and everything from near and far.”

2. DeKalb Farmers Market
3. Whole Foods
4. Alon’s
5. Murray’s at Kroger

A selection of cheeses at Star Provisions. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

A selection of cheeses at Star Provisions. Photo: Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

OUR PICKS
1. Star Provisions
We say, “If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, go see Tim Gaddis at Star Provisions. The man is a cheese superstar (and you can follow him on Twitter: @Timthecheeseman). He always has a beautiful selection on hand and it’s always fresh and properly packaged and handled. …

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Weekend best bets: Oct. 7-9

These are the final days to catch "Wicked" at the Fox Theatre. The show stars Amanda Jane Cooper (left, as Glinda) and Dee Roscioli (as Elphaba). Photo: Joan Marcus

These are the final days to catch "Wicked" at the Fox Theatre. The show stars Amanda Jane Cooper (left, as Glinda) and Dee Roscioli (as Elphaba). Photo: Joan Marcus

FRIDAY
Halloween: Netherworld Haunted House’s custom Hollywood-quality sets and special effects have contributed to the haunt being named the No. 1 haunted house in America in 2009 by Fangoria. It continues through Nov. 5 at the Netherworld site in Norcross.

Exhibition, visual art: “The AIDS Memorial Quilt” was founded in 1987 as a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. With more then 40,000 panels, the blocks on display at the Museum of Design Atlanta will be changed out each month Oct. 7-Jan. 1. See our interview with the curators of the accompanying exhibition, “Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters.”

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents “Macbeth,” a tale of betrayal …

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