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West Egg Café, This westsider offers two irresistible cupcake flavors -- red velvet and Coca-Cola -- though you'll find other creations such as key lime and hummingbird in the mix as well. Those with a slightly smaller sweet tooth can enjoy the Blue Plate Breakfast (served all day) or one of 10 winning sandwiches. Winner of Best Breakfast 2009. $. B, L. 1168-A Howell Mill Road. 404-872-3973. www.westeggcafe.com.
Wonderful World of Burgers and More, The folks who brought you Tin Drum have decided to venture into burgers in Emory Village. None of the menu items exceed $4, even the specials. Try the teri-mayo hot dog, which is a hot dog with teriyaki sauce, Japan's famous kewpie mayo and roasted seaweed. L, D. $. 1561 North Decatur Rd. 404-373-8887. www.wwburger.com.
Alon's, Atlanta's most celebrated bakery has recently expanded its takeout selection (try the oven-roasted meatballs) and cheese counter. But nothing will ever surpass those chocolate-chunk-pecan cookies. L $-$$ 1394 North Highland Avenue. 404-872-6000. www.alons.com.
Atlanta Cupcake Factory, 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. $ 624 North Highland Avenue. 678-358-9195. www.theatlantacupcakefactory.com.
Australian Bakery Cafe, The star of the show here is the Australian meat pie, a hot and crusty personal pie filled with meat and gravy, but the Cornish pasty -- a buttery pastry filled with meat and vegetables -- is great, too. Whether you're an Aussie ex-pat or a newcomer to the cuisine, you can be sure you're getting the real deal here. B, L. $ 463 Flat Shoals Avenue. 404-653-0100. www.australianbakery.com
Bread Garden, Catharine Krasnow's bakery isn't the biggest in town, but it's been at the top of our list since it opened. Her raisin bread makes beautiful music with many cheeses. Her country Italian loaf loves to become a sandwich. Her pastries? The safest sex we've ever had. Winner of "Best Bakery" 2007. $ 549 Amsterdam Avenue, Suite 5. 404-875-1166.
Buckhead Bread Company and Corner Cafe, Buckhead Life's lunchtime café and bakery, serving soups salads and sandwiches. B, L. $. 3070 Piedmont Road. 404-240-1978.
Cacao Laboratoire du Chocolat and Boutique, Inman Park store owned by Kristin Hard of the K Chocolat boasts a hoard of handcrafted artisanal chocolates. Her selection includes a mishmash of her traditional French training and premium ingredients. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 312-C North Highland Avenue. 404-221-2626. www.cacaoatlanta.com
Chocolate Pink Pastry Cafe, Chef Christian Balbierer helms this decadent pastry shop, producing desserts and treats that range from apple frangipane tarts and tiramisu cakes to the miniature chocolate truffle petit fours. $ 905 Juniper Street. 404-745-9292. www.chocolatepink.com.
Cookie Studio, Owners Barbara O'Neill and Sue Maschinot opened this bakery to satisfy their passion for baking. Each cookie is made with natural ingredients and contains no preservatives or additives. As if that wasn't enough, a portion of the revenue is donated to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. 747-C East College Avenue. Decatur. 404-373-8527. www.thecookiestudio.net.
Douceur de France, Translated in English to "Sweets of France," this restaurant is headed by French chef Luc Beaudet, who dreams of bringing the true taste of fine French pastries made from scratch to America. 367 Glover Street. Marietta. 770-425-5050. www.douceurdefrance.com.
Desserts by Latrell, Bakery that specializes in owner Menia Chester's family recipes. With the tasty homemade dessert items and checkers sets available to play with, it's easy to forget you're in a bakery and not your grandmother's living room. 581 Edgewood Avenue. 678-705-3409. www.dessertsbylatrell.com.
Gabriel's, Owned by baking enthusiasts Johnnie and Ed Gabriel, this bakery opened in 1996 and has grown more and more each year. Since 2003, they tripled their space and they now serve breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week. Today, they have an entire staff of talented bakers and offer holiday and special occasion cakes originally designed for each customer. 800 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta. 770-427-9007. www.gabrielsdesserts.com.
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