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Love food? Here’s what to do, eat and drink this weekend in metro Atlanta

Check out some fun holiday foodie events, do some shopping, try a new spot for dinner and more

Hungry or thirsty? There are plenty of events to check out and new restaurants to try this weekend in metro Atlanta.

Do this on Friday

Drink -- and eat -- to the holidays at one of several Atlanta holiday pop-up bars including Miracle, Sippin’ Santa and a ‘Christmas Story’-themed bar. 

Warm up with a hearty dish at the retro-cool, newly-opened LLoyd’s in Inman Park, including griddled meatloaf with all-you-can-eat mashed potatoes, or tuck into the weekday happy hour with $5 martinis, vespers and Manhattans. Take a first look here.

If you’re still working on your Christmas shopping list, check out our roundup of holiday cookbooks, made in Georgia food and drink productscooking classesfood gifts for kids and the perfect places to get Fido a gift.

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Do this on Saturday

Knock out your gift list and shop local at a special Holiday Market from East Pole Coffee in the Armour Yards development from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The bar and roastery will feature a number of small businesses and vendors from around Atlanta, and guests will receive a complimentary drink with the purchase of any East Pole coffee bag. Get more info here.

Lady M will host a pop-up boutique at Lenox Square Saturday and Sunday, selling its signature and green tea mille crêpes cakes. Read more here.

Do a little holiday shopping or browse local art starting at 11 a.m. at D.B.A. Barbecue in Virginia-Highland. The restaurant will provide cookies and hot chocolate and will serve brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Read more here.

Settle in for brunch and photos with Santa Claus beginning 8 a.m. at Murphy’s in Virginia-Highland. Brunch will include French toast, pancakes, eggs and more; children will be able to order from the restaurant’s regular children’s brunch menu. Read more here.

Head to Holmes in Alpharetta for the holidays. Bring your camera to snap a photo with Santa Claus while enjoying an a la carte lunch. Read more here.

Looking for other fun things to do with the kiddos? Take them to eat with Santa, treat them to a gingerbread house class and more this weekend. Read more here. 

Get out of town for the day and trek to one of these three restaurants worth the drive from metro Atlanta. Read more here.

Do This on Sunday

Take Fido to see Santa in West Midtown at Star Provisions Market & Cafe’s Santa Paws event from 1-3 p.m. While you wait, shop for everything from artisan chocolates and hand-made sweets to cookware, southern-crafted pottery, cookbooks and holiday gifts. Read more here.

Indulge in a traditional holiday tea from 2-4 p.m. at The Whitley in Buckhead, featuring tea sandwiches, biscuits, sweets and hot tea, cocoa and cider, with the option to add some bubbly via a Sparkle Bar. Read more here.

Have a dash of holiday fun in West Midtown with Donetto’s Ornament Pull – for just $2 added to the bill, guests can choose an ornament from Donetto’s Christmas tree and open it up for a holiday surprise to use on a return visit. The restaurant will also serve up spiked hot chocolate and s’mores through Christmas Eve. Get more info here.

AJC food writer Wendell Brock visited Genuine Pizza at Phipps Plaza and had some...thoughts. Read his review, then try the restaurant and see if you agree with his assessment. 


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