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November 08, 2009|By June Sawyers | June Sawyers,Tribune Newspapers

'Moon Handbooks: Atlanta'

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Georgia might be known as the Peach State, but Atlanta could reasonably be considered the Peachtree city. The word "Peachtree" appears on at least 71 street signs, according to the authors (though the fruit tree is a rare sight within city limits).

Then again, as capital of the so-called New South, Atlanta has always done things its own way. Among the city's highlights are Martin Luther King Jr.'s Atlanta, which includes stops at the King birth home; historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the late civil rights leader was baptized and where his funeral was held; and the Sweet Auburn Historic District in downtown Atlanta, a six-square-block area and the historic headquarters of African-American life and business.

The city also has its fair share of celebrity restaurants: the Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers is co-owner of Watershed; Ashton Kutcher is associated with three eateries (Geisha House, Dolce and Ten Pin Alley); soul singer Gladys Knight and the late gospel singer Ron Winans joined forces for Gladys Knight and Ron Winans Chicken & Waffles; Sean Combs' upscale Justin's serves soul food; while fellow hip-hopper Ludacris has Straits, a bistro that combines unusual influences from Georgia and Singapore.

- June Sawyers, Tribune Newspapers

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