Kamal Grant has his dough down -- his doughnuts ($1/each and $10/dozen) spring back into shape after each bite and taste like butter instead of fryer oil. Basic varieties abound, but Grant's innovative creations set this independent bakery apart. His take on a Boston cream doughnut is whimsically shaped into a proud "A" for Atlanta, filled with silky custard and dipped in premium Belgian Callebaut chocolate. But the best one we've eaten is simply a swoon-worthy yeast doughnut slathered in sticky dulce de leche -- it was gone two seconds after the first bite. If you're looking for an option other than a birthday cake, check out the Sublime happy birthday doughnut box for $20. It's worth it.
This edgy art space and boutique in Poncey-Highland (having recently relocated from Grant Park) has managed to weather the years by reinventing itself, blurring the line between art and commerce, and showcasing provocative, under-the-radar work. Handmade clothing and quirky housewares from local and national indie designers are offered in the space adjoining the gallery.
Walking into this cupcake-exclusive bakery is like walking into someone's kitchen; the young motherly energy is part of its appeal. The 25 different types of cupcakes could be a part of it, too. Ranging from the utterly absurd snowball, with its concoction of shaggy pink frosting, to classic red velvet, the Cupcake Factory proves that cupcakes are not just for birthday parties anymore.