Mike Jordan, Thrillist Atlanta

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Thrillist is a daily newsletter that scours Atlanta for the latest and greatest happenings, hot spots and stuff. Sort of a Daily Candy for dudes, if you will. So there was no doubt in my mind that Mike Jordan, Editor of Thrillist Atlanta, would knock his Five Questions With… out of the park.

There are still no doubts in my mind. This man knows his ATL…
Q. In a recent AisForAtlanta interview, author Debra Shigley mentioned that she once saw Michael Jordan and (the greatest power forward of all-time) Charles Oakley partying at an Atlanta music venue. If you had 24 hours to show off Atlanta to your fellow MJ and the Oak-man, where would you take them?

A. First, I’d get them rooms at Hotel Palomar, and tell them I’d be there around 4pm with the limo (or my Buick). For clothes, I’d take them to Ken Barber; he always has a great collection of top-end garments at great prices, plus his boutique is very “grown man”. For food, I’d say Abattoir, because dudes over 6 feet are most likely serious carnivores. For music, I’d try to take them to a small spot like Northside Tavern or MJQ — for obvious reasons — and definitely Apache; I just saw Devin the Dude last Friday, and he killed it, but it’s crazy hot in there, so they’d probably veto it. For something more their speed, there’s absolutely nothing like Chastain Park in the summer. I saw Earth, Wind & Fire there almost a year ago, and it was almost like being baptized again. And then, we’d probably have to hit Oasis, Cheetah, or Pink Pony, since I’m sure they’ll ask what happened to The Gold Club. It’s only right.

You could change the sign from “”The Gold Club”” to “”The Trump Club”” and this building would look eerily similiar to one of The Donald’s properties.

Q. Favorite neighborhood(s)?

A. Decatur has become super cool since I moved here in ‘95. Stone Mountain was probably my favorite place to live; there’s something about the noiselessness and distance from traffic that I love. But there’s honestly no competition for Virginia Highland. The westside is nearest to my heart, because I went to Morehouse and remember back in 1995 how it was a total wasteland, and now Castleberry Hill’s booming.

Q. If you’ve got one meal left in Atlanta, where are you going and what are you eating?

A. As of today, it’d have to be PARISH. I’m a big fan of authentic Cajun food, and nobody hits it on the head like PARISH since they’ve hired a new chef. The New Orleans BBQ shrimp appetizer is ridiculously good, and the Crawfish Remoulade is almost sinful, and I’m usually against eating anything with a cream base. Definitely try those, and the Roasted Gulf Fish Panzanella.

If rooms could talk, the dining room at PARISH would scream crawfish, shrimp and gulf snapper. It might also mention something about an ice-cold Abita.
Q. Most underrated thing about Atlanta?

A. Not only are we extremely creative, intelligent, and culturally aware, but we’re very cool. Even with all the new development, constant flow of new residents, and growing cost of living, Atlanta has a natural cool that no other city has been able to attain. Here you see celebrities mingling with the crowd, millionaires openly fraternizing with all classes of people, and women… lots and lots of single, eligible bachelorettes.

Most overrated thing about Atlanta?

The music industry. I’ve either interned or worked for most of the major companies here that service the music business, and you can definitely say that LaFace was the pinnacle. Since L.A. Reid left to run Arista (and now Def Jam), the local game has suffered severely. I always tell budding artists that they’d be much better off looking for a record deal in NY, LA, or even Chicago; ATL is all about creative collaboration, but the checks don’t come from here. And you have to keep in mind that not only are there signed artists waiting their turns, but there are natives already in line, as well as people moving here every day with the intention of taking the business by storm. With that much competition, it just seems like a better idea to use Atlanta to find your voice and creative footing, then go where the money moves.

BONUS QUESTION: What is Thrillist, and why is awesome?

Thrillist is a daily web publication that caters to local guys who don’t have time to find great events, fashion, restaurants, services, or other fun things just under their noses. We’re awesome because we charge ourselves with finding the hottest stories before anyone else, and we don’t inject our opinion into what we cover (no food tastings; no “reviews”); we simply use our voice to reach the post-college, pre-marriage dude, and recommend to him what he needs to know to have the best week ever in Atlanta. And every city editor, from myself to the guys in NY, LA, Vegas, Chicago, DC, Dallas, San Francisco, the Hamptons, Miami, Boston, our Nation edition, and Philly (and more on the way) is willing to go to wild extremes to find the story every weekday.

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Sign up for Thrillist Atlanta, here.
Buy Michael Jackson’s classic Thriller- on vinyl- here.
Check out this three-bedroom thriller in Brookhaven. Quiet neighborhood, fantastic design, and plenty of room to grow:

 

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