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.
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.
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.