Dana Hazels Seith

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, GA, USA

Dana Hazels Seith is a correspondent who lives in Atlanta and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. Seith is a Southern-based lifestyle freelance writer and editor with an emphasis on food and drink, culture, family and travel who has lived in places as exotic as Hawaii and as ordinary as Kansas. When not writing, Seith is searching for ohm on a yoga mat or exploring the best restaurant patios in the city. Her work has appeared in DailyCandy, MSN.com, Southern Living, Atlanta Magazine and The Atlantan.

  • On February 24, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Atlanta?

    Like most major metropolitan cities in the U.S., Atlanta is loaded with plenty of things to check out on any given day. Here are five attractions that’ll have you coming back for more.
     
    The World of Coca-Cola. Originally created for medicinal purposes in 1886, today Coca-Cola is one of the most recognizable brands around the globe. The World of Coca-Cola not only walks patrons through a history lesson of the company with a humble start, but also provides a smorgasbord of tastes from other countries.
     
    Inside CNN Studio Tour. Get a bird-eye-view of how news is made at the world headquarters of the 24-hour cable news network, CNN, located in the heart of downtown.
     
    The Georgia Aquarium. The largest aquarium in the world is home to some of the most incredible sea wildlife on the planet. Beluga whales, whale sharks, manta rays, and millions of gallons of water make the Georgia Aquarium a must-see.
     
    Center For Puppetry Arts. Visionary Jim Henson personally cut the ribbon to the Center for Puppetry Arts at its opening in 1978. The museum focuses on the magic of imagination and world created by puppets.
     
    Zoo Atlanta. Get your fill of cuteness with the giant pandas residing at Zoo Atlanta. Po, named after the “Kung Fu Panda” character, was born in 2010 and remains a popular attraction at the zoo.

    Lego Land Discovery Center. In 2012 LEGO Land arrived at Phipps Plaza and the Danish import is a hit the young and the young at heart. Check out a room with a replica of Atlanta’s landmarks made from more than one-million Lego bricks, a 4-D cinema, chariot-themed interactive laser ride, flying swings, and earthquake tables -- this massive space is fun for the whole family.
  • On February 24, 2013
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    What are the best local dishes in Atlanta?

    Photo Courtesy of Green Olive Media From stellar fish tacos to a taste explosion in broth form, here are the dishes that have locals singing its praises.
     
    Miller Union Farm Egg in Celery Cream. Miller Union’s use of fresh, seasonal ingredients is what it’s known for and its addictive starter, the farm egg baked in celery cream served alongside crusty bread might cause one to swoon.
     
    The Optimist Lobster Roll. Only a restaurant owned by Chef Ford Fry could serve a lobster roll that rivals any found peppered along coastal New England. Available at the oyster bar connected to the restaurant, this simple sandwich is divine.
     
    Miso Izakaya Ramen. This dish, painstaking to make and only served at lunchtime four days a week, is a heaping bowl of comfort with loads of flavor to tuck into. It’s a labor of love in every spoonful and absolutely amazing.  
     
    Holeman & Finch Public House Burger. Chef Linton Hopkins makes a really, really good burger. The problem is, the off-the-menu item is only made in 24-patty batches (well, actually 48 since it is a double burger) and served precisely at 10 p.m. each night. Go early for a taste of something special.
     
    Taqueria del Sol Fish Taco. Eddie Hernandez’s fish taco is legendary in Atlanta. Folks from outside the perimeter drive in for perfectly fried tilapia drizzled with a poblano tarter sauce all served in a soft tortilla.

    Ann’s Snack Bar Ghetto Burger. Owner Ann is just as legendary as her famed burger. The massive burger is served with a side of surly attitude from Ann herself. Our recommendation is to go early, go very hungry, and do whatever Ann says.
  • On February 24, 2013
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    Where is the best pizza in Atlanta?

    Photo Courtesy of Antoinette Bruno There is one supreme spot that Atlanta recognizes as the absolute best when it comes to pizza. While nothing quite matches its perfection, there are a few other pizza restaurants worth mentioning.
     
    Antico Pizza Napoletana. Hands down, Antico’s standing-room-only restaurant in West Midtown is the best slice in the city. Serving Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, owner Giovanni Di Palma, does not cut corners in making this the most authentic pizza outside of Italy.
     
    Ammazza. Opening Fall 2012, the casual pizzeria focuses on Italy’s Campania region, using high-quality ingredients from both European and local artisans in its wood-fired pies.
     
    Double Zero. Named for the very specific grade of flour used in making its pizza dough, Double Zero serves incredible slices using the freshest ingredients around.
     
    STG Trattoria. Serving classic pizza in a communal setting, STG Trattoria is quickly gaining a loyal following since opening April 2012. It’s a welcome addition to the Buckhead neighborhood.

    Fritti. Originally from Milan, Italy, chef and restaurant owner Riccardo Ullio serves pizzas certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association all in the casually eclectic setting of a former garage in Inman Park.
  • On February 24, 2013
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    What are the best hotels in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of PWP Studios Like most major cities, hotels in Atlanta range from elegant suites with five-star service, to one-of-a-kind rooms in a boutique setting.

    Our luxurious picks include the St. Regis, in Buckhead, Four Seasons in Midtown and the Mandarin Oriental (formerly the Mansion on Peachtree) also in Buckhead. Service is stellar at all three of these hotels, so expect to be pampered in high style.

    If something a bit more low-key is your speed, there are plenty of boutique hotels to choose from. We especially like to stay at the Ellis or the Glenn, both located Downtown, and the Lowes, which we adore, in Midtown. All three have lively lobbies, and unique rooms.

    Several spots outside the city include the Inn at Serenbe and Reynolds Plantation (a Ritz-Carlton property) at Lake Oconee, which exude rustic elegance.
  • On February 24, 2013
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    What is nightlife like in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of 4th & Swift / Chef Jay Swift Atlanta after dark has changed remarkably since the height of Buckhead’s heyday where any given Friday or Saturday night looked reminiscent of a college spring break vacation in both crowd control and alcohol consumption. These days, you’re bound to see more action in the form of a restaurant with a mustached mixologist manning the bar. That said, there are several places to imbibe and nightclubs that are worth noting.

    If dancing until wee hours is your speed, head to either the Koo Koo Room or Opera. Both are located on Crescent Avenue in Midtown and always draw a well-dressed crowd.

    Two no-frills local favorites in Buckhead are Pool Hall and Buckhead Saloon. Both are laid back and you’re bound to leave with ample stories.

    Legendary spots like the Righteous Room and Clermont Lounge draw the hipster crowd and have jukeboxes playing recognizable favorites. The Clermont, however, is not for the closed-minded, as this dive bar doubles as a strip club that is straight out of a David Lynch film.
  • On February 24, 2013
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    What new museum exhibits are in Atlanta?

    Most know the High Museum of Art as the premier place to see art in Atlanta. While we adore the High and its current Frida & Diego exhibit, there are several lesser-known museums worth writing about. Here are our favorites.

    The Museum of Design Atlanta – MODA is known for pushing boundaries with its exhibits. Until March 31, MODA showcases The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge. The exhibit mixes a traditional gallery experience with an all-call competition gear to bring out the best in emerging talent. The winning vignette will be announced March 21.

    Michael C. Carlos Museum – Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum always takes patrons on a history lesson with its permanent collections and its visiting exhibits are no different. Through March 10, explore war and peacetime printmakers in The Plains of Mars: Warfare and Peace in European War Prints, 1500-1825. The exhibit represents a grand slice of history.

    Fernbank Museum of Natural History – Opening March 2, is the Fernbank’s collection of memorable animals in Extreme Mammals. From almost weightless creatures to ones that move seemingly as fast as the speed of light, the exhibit highlights oddities in the animal kingdom.
  • On February 24, 2013
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    What are some things I should know before visiting Atlanta?

    Atlanta is a hub of the South and chances are if just for a layover alone, you might wind up in this hospitable city. Several things to know before arriving have to do with transportation. First, Atlanta is very spread out, so allow extra time to get from Point A to Point B. Beyond the mileage, Atlanta ranks 11 in some of the worst congestion in the country, so pack your patience. One more road-related tip, Atlanta loves to name things Peachtree (Street, Avenue, Road) they are all different, so don’t let it confuse you.

    Atlanta is a transplant city, meaning most people are not from here. It has an international draw with major companies located here (Coca-Cola, UPS, Home Depot, Turner Broadcasting) so, visitors are surprised to know the most common accent you’re hearing likely isn’t a Southern one.

    Enjoy your time in Atlanta. It’s affordable, not as expensive as visiting Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, or Los Angeles, but it is a major city. To fully embrace it, make sure to veer off the beaten path. Under reported neighborhoods and edgier districts like Little Five Points and East Atlanta Village versus Virginia Highland. Visit the Atlanta Museum of Contemporary Art or the Goat Farm instead of the very polished High Museum.
  • On February 24, 2013
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    What are the best sports bars in Atlanta?

    Atlanta is a sports town with SEC and Falcons football fans always eager to cheer on their teams. Beyond the pigskin, here are the best places in the city to catch a game.

    Brewhouse Café. While there are certainly better bites in the city, the beer list is expansive and the patio during warm weather months is a huge draw for revelers. During big sporting events like the World Cup, Brewhouse expands its restaurant with a huge tent for the overflow of fans.

    Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant. If English Premier League footie is on the menu than look no further than Fadó. For proper pints, fantastic food, and all the Cristiano Ronaldo one can handle, head to Fadó in Buckhead.

    Stats Restaurant and Bar. Pre-gaming before an event at the Georgia Dome is perfect at Stats. The spot features a beer tap table system and will soon be more crowded than ever when the College Football Hall of Fame opens next door (slated for 2014). 

    Taco Mac – If beer choices galore is what you’re after, then the local chain, Taco Mac delivers. Taco Mac has one of the largest selections of craft and imported brews on tap and in the bottle and loads of HD televisions – a winning combination in our book.
  • On February 24, 2013
    Dana Hazels Seith answered the question: Dana Hazels Seith

    What is nightlife like in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of 4th & Swift / Chef Jay Swift Atlanta after dark has changed remarkably since the height of Buckhead’s heyday where any given Friday or Saturday night looked reminiscent of a college spring break vacation in both crowd control and alcohol consumption. These days, you’re bound to see more action in the form of a restaurant with a mustached mixologist manning the bar. That said, there are several places to imbibe and nightclubs that are worth noting.

    If dancing until wee hours is your speed, head to either the Koo Koo Room or Opera. Both are located on Crescent Avenue in Midtown and always draw a well-dressed crowd.

    Two no-frills local favorites in Buckhead are Pool Hall and Buckhead Saloon. Both are laid back and you’re bound to leave with ample stories.

    Legendary spots like the Righteous Room and Clermont Lounge draw the hipster crowd and have jukeboxes playing recognizable favorites. The Clermont, however, is not for the closed-minded, as this dive bar doubles as a strip club that is straight out of a David Lynch film.
  • On February 24, 2013
    Dana Hazels Seith answered the question: Dana Hazels Seith

    What is nightlife like in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of 4th & Swift / Chef Jay Swift Atlanta after dark has changed remarkably since the height of Buckhead’s heyday where any given Friday or Saturday night looked reminiscent of a college spring break vacation in both crowd control and alcohol consumption. These days, you’re bound to see more action in the form of a restaurant with a mustached mixologist manning the bar. That said, there are several places to imbibe and nightclubs that are worth noting.

    If dancing until wee hours is your speed, head to either the Koo Koo Room or Opera. Both are located on Crescent Avenue in Midtown and always draw a well-dressed crowd.

    Two no-frills local favorites in Buckhead are Pool Hall and Buckhead Saloon. Both are laid back and you’re bound to leave with ample stories.

    Legendary spots like the Righteous Room and Clermont Lounge draw the hipster crowd and have jukeboxes playing recognizable favorites. The Clermont, however, is not for the closed-minded, as this dive bar doubles as a strip club that is straight out of a David Lynch film.
  • On February 24, 2013
    Dana Hazels Seith answered the question: Dana Hazels Seith

    What is Atlanta’s dining scene like?

    Atlanta’s culinary prowess is top notch. From celebrity chefs, to emerging talent, there is no shortage of fine establishments in the city.

    Some might be surprised to learn that the traditional meat and three makes way for a bit more refined approach to Southern. Though there are some spots still giving the tried and true recipes like grandma made a run for her money – we particularly like Homegrown in Reynoldstown. For a more elegant approach, spots like Miller Union and Empire State South are sophisticated, yet comforting.

    Hipper dining choices like the late night hotspot, Octopus Bar in East Atlanta Village, the Vic in Inman Park, Sound Table in the Old Fourth Ward, and the Lawrence in Midtown are giving established chefs a run for their money.

    Atlanta hosts a bevy of casual spots that are family friendly. From awesome barbecue at Fox Bros., to hotdogs at HD1, burgers at Farm Burger, and tacos at Taqueria del Sol, one doesn’t have to break the bank to eat well in this town.

    In short, eating out in Atlanta ranges from food trucks serving arepas, to fabulous donuts from Sublime, to some of the most talented to wear chefs whites like Anne Quatrano.
  • On February 24, 2013
    Dana Hazels Seith answered the question: Dana Hazels Seith

    What are the best hotels in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of PWP Studios Like most major cities, hotels in Atlanta range from elegant suites with five-star service, to one-of-a-kind rooms in a boutique setting.

    Our luxurious picks include the St. Regis, in Buckhead, Four Seasons in Midtown and the Mandarin Oriental (formerly the Mansion on Peachtree) also in Buckhead. Service is stellar at all three of these hotels, so expect to be pampered in high style.

    If something a bit more low-key is your speed, there are plenty of boutique hotels to choose from. We especially like to stay at the Ellis or the Glenn, both located Downtown, and the Lowes, which we adore, in Midtown. All three have lively lobbies, and unique rooms.

    Several spots outside the city include the Inn at Serenbe and Reynolds Plantation (a Ritz-Carlton property) at Lake Oconee, which exude rustic elegance.
  • On February 24, 2013
    Dana Hazels Seith answered the question: Dana Hazels Seith

    What are the best neighborhoods in Atlanta?

    Atlanta is a sprawling city, lending itself to pocket neighborhoods that can often be overlooked. From the arty and eclectic areas like the pictured Kirkwood, to the posh enclave of Buckhead, here our insider picks for top in-town neighborhoods.

    Virginia Highland. It doesn’t get much higher on the quality of life factor than in Virginia Highland. The neighborhood boasts fantastic restaurants, lovely homes, great greenspace, boutiques aplenty, and a tight knit community of residents.

    Decatur. This little town east of Downtown is self-described as Mayberry meets Berkeley and that’s a very accurate statement. This diverse community is also experiencing a resurgence of sorts as a great dining destination with some of the top restaurants in the area found here.  

    Inman Park. Just off the funky area known as Little Five Points is Atlanta’s first planned community. The streets are bit wider and laced with gorgeous Victorian-style homes. Inman Park is an idyllic, upscale neighborhood, but boarders several up-and-coming neighborhoods like the Old Fourth Ward, giving it an edgy vibe on the outskirts.

    Buckhead. Nothing says historic Atlanta more than the area known as Buckhead. Some of Atlanta’s most historical and storied families have homes here. The tony neighborhood has it all – gorgeous homes, shops, and restaurants. We particularly love the area just off the center of Buckhead to the north, Chastain Park.
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  • On January 22, 2013
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    What are the best local dishes in Atlanta?

    Photo Courtesy of Green Olive Media From stellar fish tacos to a taste explosion in broth form, here are the dishes that have locals singing its praises.
     
    Miller Union Farm Egg in Celery Cream. Miller Union’s use of fresh, seasonal ingredients is what it’s known for and its addictive starter, the farm egg baked in celery cream served alongside crusty bread might cause one to swoon.
     
    The Optimist Lobster Roll. Only a restaurant owned by Chef Ford Fry could serve a lobster roll that rivals any found peppered along coastal New England. Available at the oyster bar connected to the restaurant, this simple sandwich is divine.
     
    Miso Izakaya Ramen. This dish, painstaking to make and only served at lunchtime four days a week, is a heaping bowl of comfort with loads of flavor to tuck into. It’s a labor of love in every spoonful and absolutely amazing.  
     
    Holeman & Finch Public House Burger. Chef Linton Hopkins makes a really, really good burger. The problem is, the off-the-menu item is only made in 24-patty batches (well, actually 48 since it is a double burger) and served precisely at 10 p.m. each night. Go early for a taste of something special.
     
    Taqueria del Sol Fish Taco. Eddie Hernandez’s fish taco is legendary in Atlanta. Folks from outside the perimeter drive in for perfectly fried tilapia drizzled with a poblano tarter sauce all served in a soft tortilla.