Dining With the Stars: Actress Zoe Renee’s favorite Atlanta restaurants

'The Quad' actress Zoe Renee
'The Quad' actress Zoe Renee

The Atlanta native and star of BET’s ‘The Quad’ picks her favorite places to eat and drink in metro Atlanta

Actress Zoe Renee seems to be everywhere these days -- she stars on the BET series "The Quad" and will appear in the upcoming movies "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase" and  "Gully".

She also co-stars in the movie JINN, which won the special jury award for narrative feature at SXSW Film Festival and is set to open at The Plaza movie theater in Atlanta on Nov 16. She plays 17-year-old Summer, whose world is turned upside down when her mother, a popular meteorologist, abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person.

The born and raised Atlantan (and the daughter of Speech from the hit '90s rap group Arrested Development) makes Atlanta her home with her German Shepherd/beagle mix Harlow when she isn't traveling for work and spends time working with charities including WE MOVEMENT and Days For Girls.

She recently weighed in via email on her favorite spots to grab a bite and hang out in metro Atlanta.

Favorite place for breakfast: I love bread! Highland Bakery on North Highland has so many options. My favorite entree is the French toast. The soft thick cut toast gets me every time!

Highland Bakery, 655 Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-586-0772, highlandbakery.com/. Also locations in downtown Atlanta, Midtown, Buckhead, Decatur and Emory and Georgia Tech campuses.

Favorite place for a cup of coffee: I've been obsessed with the rise of renovating shipping containers into functional work and live spaces. Brash is exactly that! It's a small shipping container that serves some of the most delicious drink in West Midtown. My favorite is the iced chai latte with soy milk. 

Brash Coffee, 1168 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. brashcoffee.com. Also a location in the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead.

Favorite place for lunch:  Milk and Honey is a beautiful, homey spot. It's is my go to when I'm missing home! My favorite dish is the crab hash.

Milk and Honey, 5495 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta. 404-968-9266, milkandhoneyatl.com

Favorite place for happy hour: I just turned 21. I'm still figuring out what drinks I love and absolutely hate. But the place that never fails is Joystick Gamebar in Edgewood -- it's a perfect place for games, drinks, and music! It also has a frosted coffee bourbon. It's sweet with a fun punch from the liquor -- feels like the perfect intro to drinking cocktail.

Joystick Gamebar, 427 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. joystickgamebar.com/

Favorite place for dinner: Every time I step into Barcelona, I feel like I'm transported to a totally different, magical place. The menu is extremely shareable, and the perfect spot for a sweet low key date! The octopus is my favorite. I'm a huge seafood lover, so I pair that with clams, always.

Barcelona Wine Bar, 240 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. barcelonawinebar.com/. Also a location in West Midtown.

Favorite place for late night food and drinks: I love games! The Painted Duck is always the place to go for me and my friends. The shrimp skewers and an ice cold ginger beer are my go-to snacks -- they're easy to hold and they taste delicious!

The Painted Duck, 976 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta. 404-352-0048, thepaintedduckatl.com/


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