Kelley L. Carter

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Kelley L. Carter is a correspondent who lives in Atlanta and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Carter is an Emmy Award-winning entertainment, lifestyle and travel journalist. She’s written for USA Today, Vibe, Ebony, Essence, ESPN, BBC, MTV News, the Chicago Tribune and the Detroit Free Press. She also appears regularly on TV networks, including CNN, HLN, E!, Fox News, TV One and the TV Guide Channel to deliver commentary on entertainment and provide breaking entertainment news updates.

  • On May 31, 2013
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    What are the best sports bars in Atlanta?

    Credit If you're planning to watch the game in a group -- and of course you are! -- you want to head to a place like Dantanna's, that can handle almost any-size party with the greatest of ease. I love the downtown Buckhead location for a couple of reasons. If for any reason it's jam packed (but hey, it's a sports bar, you want your bar to be jam packed) there are planty of secondary options. And it right off the side of Lenox Mall, so you can shop until the crowd thins out! One of the best things about this upscale sports bar is that you can rent out private room for a Super Bowl party, NCAA watch party or a big baseball game, and it won't set you back too much. There's a mimimum $500 purchase price -- a couple of rounds of  drinks and appetizers for 20 will easily get you there -- or you can take over the patio or perimeter of the bar on any given game day. The food is fantastic here and it's far better than typical sports bar fare: mussels, crab cakes and sesame steak skewers are on the menu.

    At the Buckhead location, there's also a private cigar lounge, and they boast some of the best classic cocktails around town. (Be sure to check dark & stormys, gin gimlets and manhattan's on deck here.)
  • On May 31, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    Which Atlanta restaurants are best for brunch?

    Credit One of the best places to lull about over a delicious brunch is South City Kitchen in Atlanta's midtown. Brunch starts here with cornbread muffins and biscuits and sweet apple butter spread. Then order the fried green tomatoes -- served with goat cheese and a delicious tomator sauce -- for your first course. The waitstaff here is to be trusted: they're open and honest about the best dishes on the menu -- I haven't been disappointed yet. That said, barring any seafood allergy, you absolutely can't go wrong with the crab cake hash -- it's served with fingerling potatoes, over-easy egg (though I get it cooked over hard), hollandaise sauce and tomato relish (ask for more on the side. Trust me.). Save half to take home, because the desserts are not to be missed, plus the South City Cosmo has the right amount of tang and sweetness to wash whatever you end up ordering here down. In the summertime, it tends to be a hotspot, so book a reservation, and plan to park here for a few hours. There's fantastic people watching, and it's not too far from midtown's bustling arts district, so there should be plenty of post-brunch entertainment abound.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    Which Atlanta restaurants are best for brunch?

    Credit One of the best places to lull about over a delicious brunch is South City Kitchen in Atlanta's midtown. Brunch starts here with cornbread muffins and biscuits and sweet apple butter spread. Then order the fried green tomatoes -- served with goat cheese and a delicious tomator sauce -- for your first course. The waitstaff here is to be trusted: they're open and honest about the best dishes on the menu -- I haven't been disappointed yet. That said, barring any seafood allergy, you absolutely can't go wrong with the crab cake hash -- it's served with fingerling potatoes, over-easy egg (though I get it cooked over hard), hollandaise sauce and tomato relish (ask for more on the side. Trust me.). Save half to take home, because the desserts are not to be missed, plus the South City Cosmo has the right amount of tang and sweetness to wash whatever you end up ordering here down. In the summertime, it tends to be a hotspot, so book a reservation, and plan to park here for a few hours. There's fantastic people watching, and it's not too far from midtown's bustling arts district, so there should be plenty of post-brunch entertainment abound.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What are the best spas in Atlanta?

    Depending on what you're looking for, you've got plenty of options for great spas in Atlanta. Because the summer season is upon us, we're all in search of a good waxer -- because those seem to be the mot difficult, albeit personal, spa services to identify. One fantastic place for waxing is Wax, owned by Myka Harris Barbato. What makes them great is how particular they are to detail, plus they do non-strip waxing here which is extremely difficult to find in Atlanta.

    The estheticians here also impossibly thorough -- they use the kind of magnifying glass that diamond jewelers use to see if they missed any wayward hair. I've never seen this or experienced this at another salon; I challenge you to find that elsewhere!

    You'll pay a bit more here than others, but the professionalism is well worth it. Brows start at $35 (eyebrow cleaning after initial visits are only $15 and tweezing is $20!) They also do tinting, eyelash extentions, bikini and brazilian waxes. Also neat is their Buff Bar. It's hard to get in to -- so you'll want to make an appointment -- but it'll be the experience your finger nails and toes have been craving. Pedicures happen in a stainless steel bowl -- no bacteria here! -- and they do gel pedicures here too!
  • On May 31, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What are the best spas in Atlanta?

    Depending on what you're looking for, you've got plenty of options for great spas in Atlanta. Because the summer season is upon us, we're all in search of a good waxer -- because those seem to be the mot difficult, albeit personal, spa services to identify. One fantastic place for waxing is Wax, owned by Myka Harris Barbato. What makes them great is how particular they are to detail, plus they do non-strip waxing here which is extremely difficult to find in Atlanta.

    The estheticians here also impossibly thorough -- they use the kind of magnifying glass that diamond jewelers use to see if they missed any wayward hair. I've never seen this or experienced this at another salon; I challenge you to find that elsewhere!

    You'll pay a bit more here than others, but the professionalism is well worth it. Brows start at $35 (eyebrow cleaning after initial visits are only $15 and tweezing is $20!) They also do tinting, eyelash extentions, bikini and brazilian waxes. Also neat is their Buff Bar. It's hard to get in to -- so you'll want to make an appointment -- but it'll be the experience your finger nails and toes have been craving. Pedicures happen in a stainless steel bowl -- no bacteria here! -- and they do gel pedicures here too!
  • On May 31, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What are the best bookstores in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of The Green Room Let's face it: Atlanta has become Hollywood Southeast.
    And if you even whisper that you're an actor, anyone seasoned in the entertainment business will test you on what you know -- other than looking beautiful or how to memorize a good monologue. Better to be boned up than not, yes?
    If you need to get brought up to speed on the craft of acting, you'll need to head to The Green Room which is right in Buckhead on the popular Peachtree Street. Here, you'll spot hard-to-find books by some of your favorite actors, prodcuers and screen writers. You'll find nifty biographies and how-to manuals on acting. It's the perfect coffeehouse-bookstore-actor's hangout spot, and you'll find likeminds here.
    It gets busy on Fridays and Saturday morning, but if you head here on weekdays, you may have the spot to yourself, considering that it's still a hidden gem. Just don't panic when one of your favorite actors (in town for a shoot, perhaps?) pops in to get a red velvet brownie.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What’s happening this weekend in Atlanta?

    You're dying to get dressed and head out for a night on the town, right?
    And if it helps an awesome cause, all the better!
    Save up your pennies for June 8, when you can take part in the Cirque de Nuit, an avant-garde ball. The Cotillion has donated more than $1.2 million to AID Atlanta through events over the years, and this year they have a new theme and new entertainment, but the fashion and fun in the name of a good cause? That'll be the same.
    The event happens on Saturday, June 8 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum (the Historic Hangar). On this night, guests will move to the musical styling of DJs Mike Pope and Todd Skelton, sip on SVEDKA Vodka and Trianon Tequila cocktails and nosh on hors d'oeuvres by Ocean Catering. Off the dancefloor, guests can play Blackjack, take part in a silent auction or check out the French circus performers -- yes, there will be fire breathers and aerialists!
    And for all of that, the price isn't that bad! Tickets start at $50 and are 100% tax deductible!
  • On May 31, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What are the best restaurants for a business lunch in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of Watershed If you're hanging out in the Buckhead area, head to Watershed -- especially now because you can dine outside and watch all the traffic pass you by on Peachtree! -- where lunch fare comes with a high-class twist.

    Skip spots that boast having the best burger, and instead order up on of Chef Joe Truex's crabby shrimp burger, which comes with slaw, lettuce, tomato, remoulade and fries. Of course if beef if your protein of choice, you won't be upset with the WP Burger that comes topped with extra sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickled cucumbers and fries. And, if you're looking for something just a little bit different than the norm, there also is the lamb burger that naturally is served with a feta cheese spread and also comes with lettuce, tomatoes, grilled Onions and a Greek Salad.

    This spot is almost never crowded, valet is complimentary and it's easy to get in and out of during peak lunch hours. It also isn't too far from hotels, midtown and Atlanta's bustling downtown area.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What are the best spas in Atlanta?

    Depending on what you're looking for, you've got plenty of options for great spas in Atlanta. Because the summer season is upon us, we're all in search of a good waxer -- because those seem to be the mot difficult, albeit personal, spa services to identify. One fantastic place for waxing is Wax, owned by Myka Harris Barbato. What makes them great is how particular they are to detail, plus they do non-strip waxing here which is extremely difficult to find in Atlanta.

    The estheticians here also impossibly thorough -- they use the kind of magnifying glass that diamond jewelers use to see if they missed any wayward hair. I've never seen this or experienced this at another salon; I challenge you to find that elsewhere!

    You'll pay a bit more here than others, but the professionalism is well worth it. Brows start at $35 (eyebrow cleaning after initial visits are only $15 and tweezing is $20!) They also do tinting, eyelash extentions, bikini and brazilian waxes. Also neat is their Buff Bar. It's hard to get in to -- so you'll want to make an appointment -- but it'll be the experience your finger nails and toes have been craving. Pedicures happen in a stainless steel bowl -- no bacteria here! -- and they do gel pedicures here too!
  • On May 31, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What are the best neighborhoods in Atlanta?

    Ask a group of five people to define the best neighborhood in Atlanta, and you'll surely get five different answers. Neighborhoods are serious businesses here, and residents carry badges of honor with conviction. The real answer is that there are TONS of great neighborhoods and in the summer and fall they like to tout summer festivals, neighborhood gatherings and unique open air markets. That said, one of my favorites is Inman Park.

    It's one of the tony neighborhoods in the city minus all the pretention. It's located on the eastside of the city and every spring boasts the Inman Park Festival, complete with a parade and neighbors hosting day parties and keep their doors open so that festival goers can party hop with ease. The architecture here is to be rivaled -- you'll find lots of late 19th and early 20th century homes here, mostly stunning Queen Annes, in addition to smaller, colorful bungalows. Coming soon is the Krog Street Market, a complex that will include markets, restaurants and more.


  • On May 18, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What are the best attractions in Atlanta?

    Come to Atlanta and be cerebral! Some of the most significantly important historical things in the history of North America happened here, traveled through here or existed here. Start with the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical site, and start by visiting the home where the Civil Rights leader was born. Then head to Ebeneezer Baptist Church where he preached and close out the day hanging out in the memorial site where the legendary orator is buried. If you haven’t had your fill of memorial sites, head over to Oakland Cemetery where greats like Margaret Mitchell (the scribe behind “Gone With The Wind”) and golfing great Bobby Jones make their final resting home. Speaking of “Gone With The Wind,” you’d be remiss if you failed to stop over at the Margaret Mitchell House, which is a gorgeous turn-of-the century, three-story, Tudor building where Mitchell lived and wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning book. There also is a very cool exibit here dedicated to the 1939 film adaptation of the book.
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