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 April 30, 2013
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    What are the best hair salons in Atlanta?

    Before you head out and soak up Atlanta's nightlife scene, you'll want to stop by Adore Hair Studio -- there are two locations in Decatur and Inman Park -- for a haircut, color job or flat iron. The customer service is unmatched and they make appointment setting convenient with their online portal. If you have super curly hair, you'll want to try to book with Malaika Lewis-Pickard, who also gives fantastic precision cuts.

    Another fantastic option is Helmet Hairworx Atlanta, which again has several locations througout the city. They often run specials, like a cut and color package for $99. Many of the stylists here were trained at the top-notch Aveda school, like Emma Hasty, who is phenomenal at custom coloring.
  • On April 30, 2013
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    Where is the best shopping in Atlanta?

    If you're in town and looking to scoop up something that says you were here, then skip the suburban outlet malls and head straight downtown to the CNN Center.

    There, you'll find one-stop-shopping for all things branded "Atlanta."

    The CNN Center houses spots like the Braves Clubhouse Store, which sells apparel, memorabilia and hard-to-find trinkets from the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Thrashers. At the actual CNN store, you'll want to shop for your relative who lives and dies by Anderson Cooper or other famous CNN personalities, and pick up fun trinkets from CNN, the Cartoon Network and HBO.

    Of course, if you're just looking for amazing deals, then be sure to head up 400 North until you see signs for North Georgia Premium Outlets. There are more than 140 premium stores here including Ann Taylor, Burberry, Coach, Cole Haan, Elie Tahari, Gap Outlet, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Nike, Restoration Hardware and Williams-Sonoma. There's prime shopping -- and amazing deals -- to be had here come Black Friday.
  • On April 30, 2013
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    What are the best restaurants in Atlanta?

    When it comes to the dining scene in Atlanta, options are unlimited. Some of the best chefs in the country run kitchens here, so interesting culinary hybrids happen south of the Mason Dixon Line. If you’re looking for something authentically southern soul food, head to Gladys Knight and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles, but prepare to wait in line. Here, you’ll find your favorite meal served all day long, and a place that allows for savory and sweet to coexist. (It’s named for Knight, a soul legend and the late Ron Winans, a gospel legend.) Locals and visitors (especially ones who have checked out national TV shows like “Man v. Food”) head here for the Midnight Train – 2 chicken wings and a waffle. But fair warning: go easy here. You’ll be angry if you leave without ordering up a slice of sweet potato cheesecake. If you’re in a highfalutin food mood, then you want to aim for high brow hot restaurant Canoe, where George McKerrow Jr. is one of the nicest restaurant owners around town. Make Sunday brunch a stop for sure – because a basket of sticky buns is a must-do – but evening dining rules here. And especially if you’re looking to toast a special occasion. If your palette is a bit more adventurous, you’ll want to have the slow roasted Carolina rabbit on your plate. A must-have starter is the house smoked salmon on a crispy potato cake.
  • On April 30, 2013
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    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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    What are the best bars in Atlanta?

    You’re visiting Atlanta for a reason – to soak up something that’s quintessential ATL. But the best bar in one of the best city neighborhoods will ship you across the pond. Barcelona Atlanta Wine Bar & Restaurant is situated in the thick of Inman Park, and believe it or not it’s not the selection of wines that will win you. The Spanish wine collection is fine, to be sure – and if you want to play around with what bottles you love best, head here on Sundays, where wine bottles are half off – but it’s the assortment of mixed drinks and tantalizing tapas that set the pace here. It’s a see-and-be-seen spot, and the toast of Atlanta all mitigate here. If you’re looking to happy hour as the locals do, this is the spot to make your stop – but you’ll likely end up staying until final call.
  • On April 30, 2013
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    Where is the best pizza in Atlanta?

    The best pizza in Atlanta – or anywhere in North America if you ask the right person – is hands down Antico Pizza. Located near Georgia Tech, this is NOT your college dorm room delivery pizza.  You’ll sit at communal tables if you dine in – and do bring your own bottle of wine – and top delicious wood-fired pizza with fresh minced garlic and mild, spicy red peppers. You’ll eat pizza off of a pizza sheet and likely set it on a piece of paper towel that you’ve ripped off the roll.  None of this sounds befitting of pizza this delicious, but it all makes sense and adds to the authenticity of the joint.
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    Where is the best pizza in Atlanta?

    The best pizza in Atlanta – or anywhere in North America if you ask the right person – is hands down Antico Pizza. Located near Georgia Tech, this is NOT your college dorm room delivery pizza.  You’ll sit at communal tables if you dine in – and do bring your own bottle of wine – and top delicious wood-fired pizza with fresh minced garlic and mild, spicy red peppers. You’ll eat pizza off of a pizza sheet and likely set it on a piece of paper towel that you’ve ripped off the roll.  None of this sounds befitting of pizza this delicious, but it all makes sense and adds to the authenticity of the joint.
  • On April 30, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What are the best bars in Atlanta?

    You’re visiting Atlanta for a reason – to soak up something that’s quintessential ATL. But the best bar in one of the best city neighborhoods will ship you across the pond. Barcelona Atlanta Wine Bar & Restaurant is situated in the thick of Inman Park, and believe it or not it’s not the selection of wines that will win you. The Spanish wine collection is fine, to be sure – and if you want to play around with what bottles you love best, head here on Sundays, where wine bottles are half off – but it’s the assortment of mixed drinks and tantalizing tapas that set the pace here. It’s a see-and-be-seen spot, and the toast of Atlanta all mitigate here. If you’re looking to happy hour as the locals do, this is the spot to make your stop – but you’ll likely end up staying until final call.
  • On April 30, 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.
  • On April 30, 2013
    Kelley L. Carter answered the question: Kelley L. Carter

    What are the best restaurants in Atlanta?

    When it comes to the dining scene in Atlanta, options are unlimited. Some of the best chefs in the country run kitchens here, so interesting culinary hybrids happen south of the Mason Dixon Line. If you’re looking for something authentically southern soul food, head to Gladys Knight and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles, but prepare to wait in line. Here, you’ll find your favorite meal served all day long, and a place that allows for savory and sweet to coexist. (It’s named for Knight, a soul legend and the late Ron Winans, a gospel legend.) Locals and visitors (especially ones who have checked out national TV shows like “Man v. Food”) head here for the Midnight Train – 2 chicken wings and a waffle. But fair warning: go easy here. You’ll be angry if you leave without ordering up a slice of sweet potato cheesecake. If you’re in a highfalutin food mood, then you want to aim for high brow hot restaurant Canoe, where George McKerrow Jr. is one of the nicest restaurant owners around town. Make Sunday brunch a stop for sure – because a basket of sticky buns is a must-do – but evening dining rules here. And especially if you’re looking to toast a special occasion. If your palette is a bit more adventurous, you’ll want to have the slow roasted Carolina rabbit on your plate. A must-have starter is the house smoked salmon on a crispy potato cake.
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