Nathalie Kanani’s Favorite Spots In & Around Atlanta

What’s good in the neighborhood

Published in 2024 Georgia Super Lawyers magazine

By Nathalie Kanani on February 7, 2024


Best restaurant: I am a steak eater, so my go-to is Hal’s “The Steakhouse.” Medium-rare, please.

Weekend getaway: Go to Montaluce Winery & Restaurant in Dahlonega and rent a villa. Dahlonega is known for its regional vineyards and nearby waterfalls.

Favorite historical fact about Atlanta: So much to mention here. Atlanta is the birthplace and home for many civil rights leaders, the place where many minority leaders lived, worked, fought for human rights, and strategized during the Civil Rights Movement. It’s also the birthplace of Coca-Cola. Last, but certainly not least, we can’t deny Atlanta music today: We have singers, hip-hop artists, rappers, and our very own beats being played worldwide. Atlanta is simply on the map.

Favorite historical site in Atlanta: The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park and the Atlanta History Center.

Favorite park: Amicalola Falls State Park is absolutely beautiful. It has the highest waterfall in Georgia (729 feet) and its views are just amazing. I enjoy going there when I need to clear my mind. You can also hike from the bottom or the top of the park—about 604 steps each way.

Favorite breakfast spot: The Chastain. It recently made the list in the Michelin restaurants guide.

Favorite lunch spot: Ray’s on the River. When it’s nice out, I love sitting outdoors by the Chattahoochee River enjoying nature, a tasty meal and a nice glass of wine.

Best view: The Sun Dial Restaurant or the Skyline Park on top of Ponce City Market.

Place to take out-of-town guests: Buckhead Village, because of the great shops and restaurants—my favorite being Le Bilboquet.

Favorite lesser-known tourist attraction: Atlanta Botanical Garden, especially during such holiday events as Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. Fun fact: the U.S. Forest Service has recognized Atlanta as “the most heavily forested urban area in the country,” which is why Atlanta is called “the city in a forest.”

Best place for people watching: Pretty much anywhere outside in Atlanta now, but try Lenox mall. You’re welcome.

Best 24-hour joint: Waffle House. Duh!

Ethnic food of choice: Persian, Venezuelan and Dominican food.

Best late-night eats: J.R. Crickets—lemon pepper wings, crispy, flats only.

Most heartbreaking city sports moment: When the Atlanta Falcons inexplicably lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. I think every Atlantan had a heart attack after that game.

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