When anyone asks us to recommend where to get a top-notch birthday cake, we hesitate about .05 seconds before responding "ALON'S!"
Open since 1992, this charmer in the heart of Virginia-Highland has become the bakery of record in Atlanta. They dabble in just about everything you can do with flour, from traditional, rustic breads to meltingly good chocolate chip-pecan cookies to banana cream pies with just the right amount of crisp in the crust. Try the lamb sandwich or the bruschetta with radicchio and Gorgonzola if you're looking for something savory.
1394 N. Highland Ave., 404-872-6000. www.alons.com