Brann Dailor of Mastodon
Photo: Susanne Gibboney
Photo: Susanne Gibboney

Dining With the Stars: Brann Dailor of Mastodon’s favorite Atlanta restaurants

Welcome to Dining With the Stars, a feature in which Atlanta notables walk us through their dream food day in the metro area. 

Atlanta-based Brann Dailor is the drummer and sometime singer for the metal band Mastodon. The band recently released its seventh studio album, “Emperor of Sand,” and will perform with Coheed and Cambria at the Coca-Cola Roxy. 

He’s played with several other bands, including his  side project Arcadea.

Not familiar with his music? Then maybe you recognize him from his brief appearance, along with fellow Mastodon members Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds, on an episode of “Game of Thrones” in 2015 (the band also contributed the song "White Walker" to the album "Catch the Throne: Mixtape Vol. 2," songs inspired by the show).

Here, he shares some of his favorite places to eat and drink when he’s not on the road or recording new music.

If you want comfort food, Folk Art is ready to oblige with items such as the patty melt and the flat-top mac and cheese. BECKY STEIN / SPECIAL
Photo: Becky Stein

Favorite place for breakfast or brunch: Other than my own kitchen, if I have people from out of town visiting, it’s Folk Art. It’s close to my house and it’s really awesome. They have good coffee and service and it’s a cool ambiance, which is important. You can hear a conversation - a big plus in my book. The Southern Comfort, their version of shrimp and grits, is just ridiculous. I’m not even thinking about anything else when I go there for breakfast. 

Folk Art, 465 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-537-4493, folkartrestaurant.com/

Sweet and fun to sip through a straw, Aurora Coffee’s Polar Bear is spiked with white chocolate and peppermint syrups. (Daniel Keiger)

Favorite place for a cup of coffee: Aurora on Moreland. When I moved here in 2000, we lived on Euclid in what used to be called the Easter Egg apartments. Aurora was walking distance and next to the first place I got a job, the Junkman’s Daughter. I know most of the people who work there. My boy James makes a hell of an Americano. No cream, no sugar. It starts with your beans, and they have very good beans. I get the Pharaohs blend to bring back to my house on a weekly basis. 

Aurora, 468 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-523-6856, auroracoffee.com/

TGM Bakery, opening Jan. 4, will provide the bread for The General Muir, Fred's Meat & Bread, Yalla and sister restaurant West Egg Cafe. Pictured: Cheesesteak and garlic fries at Fred's Meat & Bread. (Beckysteinphotography.com)
Photo: Ligaya Figueras/Atlanta Restaurant Scene

Favorite place for lunch: It’s a two-fer, but mainly Fred’s Meat & Bread in Krog Street Market. They have an Italian grinder that is pretty fantastic. Their cheesesteak – the Shroom Shire- would put any Philly cheesesteak to shame. I love Pat’s (in Philadelphia) because that’s where Rocky stood. I’m not into the neon at Geno’s. But what trumps them all is Fred’s.

And Fridays at El Super Pan at Ponce City Market. They do the Friday Fire burger – a habanero-infused beef patty with ghost pepper ketchup. It’s really hot and stupid good. I love the hot stuff. 

Fred’s Meat & Bread, 99 Krog St., Atlanta. fredsmeatandbread.com/

El Super Pan, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-600-2465, elsuperpan.com/

A lineup of beers at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club
Photo: Courtesy of Euclid Avenue Yacht Club Facebook

Favorite place for happy hour: I’m a fancy beer guy and I like the Porter Beer Bar with the fancy beers. But for happy hour, you have to keep it a little lighter and more chill, so it’s The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club. It’s kind of like an old man bar. It’s super comfy cozy. I like the vibe in there. I feel comfortable with a lot of wood; I like the wood. I would have a Yuengling, just a regular beer. But they do have some fancy beers as well if you want to get into it. 

Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, 1136 Euclid Ave., NE, Atlanta. 404-688-2582, yachtclubatl.com/

150930-ATLANTA-GA- Marcel dining review by Ligaya Figueras, shot on Wednesday September 30, 2015. FOOD: L'Entrec�te, frites and sauce verte. (Becky Stein Photography)
Photo: Becky Stein

Favorite place for dinner: If we want to get dolled up and head out in Twinkletoes (Dailor’s souped-up Cadillac that was recently featured on “Counting Cars” on the History channel), we go to Marcel, off Howell Mill Road. They have an awesome sommelier who can hook you up with really great wine. When Les Claypool and his wife were in town, that’s where we took them because they’re big wine fans. That’s where I go to get a steak – a bone-in filet, which isn’t standard - and these crazy cheesy potatoes. 

Marcel, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-665-4555, marcelatl.com/

The Crispy Fried Chicken Sammich served at Argosy is made with soy lime marinated chicken breast, baby spinach, pickled onions, sesame mayo and an H&F bun. (BECKY STEIN)
Photo: Becky Stein

Favorite place for late night food and drinks: The Argosy in East Atlanta, next to The Earl. It’s really fun there. They have an amazing beer list, very well curated, and they have awesome wood-fired pizzas. The burgers are really great there. It’s higher-end bar food with Skee-Ball in the back. It’s a super fun place. If we have people come visit and we go to a show, we’re going to The Argosy afterward. It’s the perfect place to end your night. 

Argosy, 470 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-577-0407, argosy-east.com/

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