Nneka has lived in Atlanta since 2016 — this go-round. She’s from Atlanta, by way of Stone Mountain, and returned after living in Madrid and Washington, D.C. She considers herself a true Georgia peach and can’t give up sweet tea and skillet cornbread.
Where I live:
In Stone Mountain, where I also grew up, a suburb 20 minutes east of the city named for the rock dome in the middle that has sculptures of Confederate generals etched into its side. It’s close to Decatur as well.
Best way to get around the city:
The metro area of Atlanta is spread out, so it’s best to rent a car. If you don’t or you stay ITP (inside the perimeter), ride-share services will help. We have public transportation, the MARTA system, but it’s inconvenient if you plan to go OTP.
Don’t leave without having:
Soul food — fried chicken, mac and cheese, collard greens with fragrant pot likker, buttermilk biscuits. Mary Mac’s is an Atlanta institution; go on a Sunday for a typical Southern-dinner experience.
But the local favorite is really:
hot wings. Atlanta is king. You can’t go wrong with Dugans, or J.R. Crickets or American Deli, two local chains.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
The greenery. It seems few cities have as many lush and beautiful trees as Atlanta.