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Best margarita

What's better than a margarita? Two margaritas from Agave with a plate of tequila anejo shrimp with grtis cake and asparagus. The margaritas at this Southwest-themed Cabbagetown spot were your pick and our pick for the best in and around Atlanta. Staff photo

What's better than a margarita? Two margaritas from Agave with a plate of tequila anejo shrimp with grtis cake and asparagus. The margaritas at this Southwest-themed Cabbagetown spot were your pick and our pick for the best in and around Atlanta. Staff photo

YOUR PICKS
1. Agave
You say, “great tastes, great tequilas, fair prices” and “Incredible selection, quite tasty and out of town friends are always impressed.”

2. Pure
3. Taqueria del Sol
4. Nuevo Laredo Cantina
5. Pozole

OUR PICKS
1. Agave
We say, “A good margarita is all about quality ingredients, starting with the tart pop of fresh lime juice. That’s what you’ll get at Agave, where you can turn anything on Agave’s impressive list of tequilas into a traditional margarita for just 50 cents more — or just order one of the specialty margaritas. You really can’t go wrong.”

2. Alma Cocina
3. Pure
4. Inc. Street Food
5. Escorpion

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Weekend best bets: April 13-15

Topher Payne plays Mame and Kate Graham is young Patrick Dennis in the Process Theatre Company production of "Auntie Mame." Photo: Tom Gillespie

Topher Payne plays Mame and Kate Graham is young Patrick Dennis in the Process Theatre Company production of "Auntie Mame." Photo: Tom Gillespie

FRIDAY
Stage: Process Theatre Company puts a gender-bending twist on the classic “Auntie Mame,” with Atlanta playwright and actor Topher Payne taking on the title role. The show opens April 14 and continues through May 5 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

Stage: Everyone’s favorite gun-toting granny finds employment at a retirement home in “Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job.” The show runs April 13-15 at the Fox Theatre.

Stage: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “Ring of Fire,” a musical celebrating the songs of Johnny Cash. The show runs through April 29 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Stage, music: Mozart’s opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” (”The Marriage of Figaro”) is performed by the Georgia State University Opera Theatre at 8 p.m. April 13-14 and 3 p.m. April 15 at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

Music: Violinist …

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Best shrimp and grits

The shrimp and grits at South City Kitchen were your pick for the best version of this Southern favorite in and around Atlanta. Photo courtesy Fifth Group Restaurants

The shrimp and grits at South City Kitchen were your pick for the best version of this Southern favorite in and around Atlanta. Photo courtesy Fifth Group Restaurants

YOUR PICKS
1. South City Kitchen
You say, “South City Kitchen has the BEST shrimp and grits. Red Mule Grits from Athens, Ga. Tasso and smoked tomato gravy. YUM!” And “The Tasso ham makes the dish.”

2. Marlow’s Tavern
3. Six Feet Under
4. Rosebud
5. Trackside Grill
6. The Nook

Buckhead Diner, where you can try out our pick for the best shrimp and grits in and around Atlanta. Photo: Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com

Buckhead Diner, where you can try out our pick for the best shrimp and grits in and around Atlanta. Photo: Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com

OUR PICKS
1. Buckhead Diner
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “Combining shrimp and grits into a dish is a relatively recent phenomenon, beginning only a few decades ago. Some cultural historians believe it grew out of the coastal “gentleman’s meal” of breakfast shrimp. The version at Buckhead Diner gives a nod to these origins by …

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Weekend best bets: April 6-8

Go find those eggs. I think there's one in that tree over there. There will be plenty of hiding and seeking of eggs this weekend, including gatherings in Canton and Kirkwood. Photo: Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com.

Go find those eggs. I think there's one in that tree over there. There will be plenty of hiding and seeking of eggs this weekend, including hunts at gatherings in Canton and Kirkwood. Photo: Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com.

FRIDAY
Stage: Catch the world premiere of “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a new musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp, directed by Susan V. Booth with musical direction from T Bone Burnett. It continues through May 13 at the Alliance Theatre.

Stage: Georgia Perimeter College presents Pearl Cleage’s “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” which opens April 6 and runs through April 15 at the school’s Clarkston Campus.

Music: Roswell Presbyterian Church will offer a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m. April 6. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 7:10 p.m.

Music: Soprano Dawn Upshaw will offer a program featuring the works of Charles Ives, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and William Bolcom. The concert begins at 8 …

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