Southern cuisine gets a bad rap, no doubt about it. As a world-weary traveler once said, sitting down to a plate of chicken-fried steak with cream gravy with a side of biscuits and honey and a tall glass of Coca-Cola, "The French live to eat. Southerners eat to die." That's changing, and changing fast. Many Atlantans will tell you that the premier dining experience in their city is still two chilidogs with a Coke and a peach pie from the Varsity, said to be America's oldest drive-in ...

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