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Taverna Plaka, To enjoy a meal at Taverna Plaka, get drunk off the lengthy list of Greek wines, dance and order the mezze. The many appetizer-size dishes tend to be better than the entrees, and we recommend the very spicy but irresistible pork-and-lamb sausage. D $$ 2196 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-636-2284. www.tavernaplakaatlanta.com.
Veranda Greek Taverna, ***** Saturday nights at Veranda are when belly dancers take over, but the nights to hit this Roswell Greek kitchen are Thursdays and Sundays -- when the restaurant forgoes its regular menu and serves everything tapas style for $5 a plate (as well as $5 martinis). Seafood dishes stand out, particularly the incredibly tender and sweet xtapodi (grilled octopus). The restaurant has an impressive 100 percent Greek wine list, and their martini selection includes ingredients like Key lime and white chocolate. L, D $$ 11235 Alpharetta Highway, Suite 105, Roswell. 678-330-1218. www.verandagreektaverna.com.
Jake's Ice Cream, What makes Jake's ice cream stand out isn't just its vibrant flavors, but its subtlety: The brown-sugar ice cream isn't gritty or cloying, but a smooth caress of your taste buds. The Chocolate Slap Yo Mama is justly celebrated, being not so much an ice cream flavor as an enhanced chocolate delivery system. $ Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 660 Irwin Street. 678-705-7277. www.jakesicecream.com.
Jujubee's, Jujubee's keeps it simple by offering a few flavors of its Italian-style frozen yogurt along with all the usual toppings. The pomegranate, a usual suspect at modern frozen yogurt establishments, is tart and tasty. Instead of contending with rogue sprinkles and chocolate chips, the counter folks smartly secure the toppings with another thin layer of frozen yogurt, and they'll even let you mix up the flavors in the layers. L, D. $. 4279 Roswell Road. 404-303-0024.
Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream, This gourmet mom-and-pop stand delivers highly inventive and inspiring ice cream creations. Traditional strawberry and chocolate are pure perfection, but flavors such as "black walnut," sweet corn" and "coconut jalapeno" are creative standouts. Non-ice cream items include made-to-order crepes - one filled with the heavenly, nutty Nutella and fresh strawberries. Winner of Best Ice Cream 2009. $ 749 Moreland Ave. 404-622-0210.
Paolo's Gelato Italiano, Tucked away in a small shoebox of a shop in the Virginia-Highland is Atlanta's own mad master of gelato. With flavors ranging from the pedestrian trifecta of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate to zanier flavors like pannacotta, fig and even rose (better than it sounds), all the gelatos are smooth, creamy and delicious. L, D. $. 1025 Virginia Ave. 404-607-0055. www.paolosgelato.com.
Yoforia, Bright green walls and a peppy staff greet you as you walk in the door of this local chain. The frozen yogurt is made with organic milk, organic yogurt, purified water and healthy live cultures. The fruity flavors are the best of the bunch. The mango tastes like a cross between puckery mango and passion fruit. The portions are huge and the toppings are pristine -- no withered looking pineapple or mushy kiwi here. L, D. $. 1402 N. Highland Ave. 404-685-3747. www.yoforia.com.
Yogurberry, This global yogurt chain has caused quite the stir among fro-yo freaks in Atlanta. The tangy, nonfat yogurt only has 25 calories per ounce and is sweetened with fruit sugar. No nasty artificial sweeteners here, and it's made on-site with sustainable products. Asian-inspired flavors such as taro and green tea pair beautifully with the multitude of toppings. L, D. $. 3280 Peachtree Road. 404-869-9788. www.yogurberry.com.
Bhojanic, In a city overrun with great South Indian options, Bhojanic offers some of the most vibrant northern Indian fare in Atlanta. Though you may encounter waits at dinner, lunch is friendly and considerably more mellow. Try the lusciously thick, smooth eggplant dip laced with caramelized onions and accompanied by cornmeal flatbread, a Punjab novelty. It's obvious there's a soulful, practiced hand guiding the food that comes from this kitchen. L, D $$ 1363 Clairmont Road. 404-633-9233. www.bhojanic.com.
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