Krog Street Market is a Great Place Escape To During the Atlanta Airport Power Outage

In what has become a fact of reality in travel, one airport’s power and system outage will cripple worldwide travel. It just so happens that the world’s busiest airport was the victim.

Atlanta International Airport’s outage was especially severe because the amount of connecting flights that pass through the city and being a hub for the major airlines. I’ve avoided flying through it, so should you.

In any case, if you need a little escape and want to shove as much local food as possible into your stomach, Krog Street Market is the city’s new fangled, gentrified food hall that every city has to have. It’s usually in a converted warehouse in an area with other similar business like art galleries, brunch places and craft breweries.

Located in Inwood Park, the Market is located in a former pot-belly stove and iron-pan factory. The food stalls inside is a who’s who of what foodie goodies. Every stall has Instagrammable food options — pizza, desserts, sushi. What was good in that the portion were small, so you can hit two or three during your visit. What was bad that even small nosh will put you back $10.

I went with the burger at Fred’s Meat & Bread because “Duh!”, the bao at Suzy Sue’s Bao and a chocolate scoop from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Then a pint (that I spilled all over the high top table) from Hop City, which is a bottle shop and bar.

While the joint is easy to navigate because it’s just a big square and each place has some seating, there is one major problem … one friggin bathroom with a stall and urinal. Unless I missed the sign somewhere, that’s egregious from a place as popular as Krug’s.

As an interesting read on food halls, it’s resurgence due to Instagram and drawbacks, read a recent New Yorker article, The Inflated Promise of the American Food Hall. Sample line: “After four months, she closed down. ‘It was absolutely soul-crushing,’ Fidanza said. ‘It was the saddest four months of my life.’ ”

Food halls are popular with tourists because it gives a quasi-local feel, but locals tend to stay away. Case in point, with my new job, I work with our office in Atlanta. I mentioned the Krug Street Market and five people told me, “Yeah, heard of it. Haven’t been there.”

Atlanta’s Orpheus Brewing Is Heavy on the Sours and IPAs

While Atlanta can garner wildly different opinions, we can agree that there’s plenty to do in a two-day period. A whole week? Hmmmm, not so much.

Now that Georgia has new beer laws, craft breweries like Orpheus don’t have to jump through hoops to serve and sell beer. When I visited over the summer, there was a narrow window it was open. Now, it’s seven days a week and open late on the weekend.

The location is a little tricky in that you have to walk behind the building through a narrow walkway and up a few levels to get inside. On a humid summer Saturday, the outside deck was jammed and you had to rub nuts to ass to get inside. Inside, there was long lines and clusters of people jockeying at the bar to get beer samples.

If you can tolerate the chaos, you’ll get some funky sours and hop heavy IPAs. The sours were especially interesting and complex and hoppy IPAs will satisfy all hop heads. I’m all about variety, so I could have used a few dark beers. After a while, all those sours will wreck your palette.

They do distribute throughout Georgia and bottle a few one off sours. The design riffs on Greek mythology as you’ll see on elaborate and artful cans of Life.Death.Life.Truth IPA.

Here’s what I had:

  • Transmigration of Souls — Double IPA
  • Lyric Ale — Saison
  • Serpent Bite — Sour
  • Atalanta — Saison
  • Noise and Flesh — American Wild Ale
  • Over & Over — Pineapple Sour

The Vortex in Atlanta Proudly Displays a Wooden Penis

And it’s a family-friendly establishment!

The Vortex in downtown Atlanta is known for it’s crave-worthy hamburger that comes in various gut-busting varieties (Peanut Butter, Bananas AND Bacon!). It’s other claim to fame is the giant wooden phallus that patrons can rub to good luck. I chose not to, thus I am doomed for a lifetime of bad luck.

To make a long story short,  a customer bought the dick in Thailand and gifted it to The Vortex in 2014. I hope they sanitized it thoroughly. It soon gained notoriety and was given the hashtag, #dickofdestiny. Now, women and man can jerk it off in front of total strangers and take inappropriate pictures for future humiliation.

Other than the big dick, there’s a few more sexualized imagery spread through out the establishment — a few vintage pinups, 80s boxing ring girls and a few skin mags from the 70s.  It’s harmless fun and the locals enjoy the kitsch.

Mostly, the Vortex is a sports bar in a city that’s not into professional sports. Atlanta is all about college sports, especially the Georgia Bulldogs.

I wasn’t there for penis, porn or college sports, I wanted a burger. I just got a basic bacon cheeseburger with mac and cheese, and indeed, it was rather tasty. I think the place is known more for contagiousness and the over-the-top burgers like the Zombie Apocalypse, Fat Elvis,  Reverse Cowgirl and Coronary Bypass.

Ironically enough, the great comedienne from the Daily Show Michelle Wolf  was the playing the comedy club attached to the establishment that night. She’s known for feminist critiques.  No word if she rubbed the dick.