Atlanta’s 7th and 6th gifts to the world, respectively

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts (one per day of the week this week, minus Sunday because we’re slackers) wherein Metroblogging cities recount the 7 gifts their city – in our case, Atlanta – has given to the world.

Because we’re just this side of Thanksgiving, because I haven’t eaten lunch yet and because I’ve got to cram two gifts into one post.

I give you Coca-Cola (“Coke”) and Chick-fil-A, two Atlanta natives that are our culinary and pop culture ambassadors the world over.

Coke – the bottle, the secret formula, the trays, the Santa Claus ads, the catchphrases and slogans – they’re all Atlanta, but they’re also Americana and part of an enduring legacy bigger than this city and even Coca-Cola itself. It’s in the number seven spot.

Chick-fil-A the sandwich, the restaurant and those cow ads are newer but no less authentically Atlanta nor ubiquitous. What started as a mall store chain and The Dwarf House is now a major national brand. So while not as international as Coke, I still think Chick-fil-A has a larger capacity for growth to share the glory of peanut oil-fried chicken sandwiches with the world.

All this typing has made me hungry. Off to Chick-fil-A for a sandwich and a Coke.

More tomorrow.

11 Comments so far

  1. Daniel (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

    There’s no chick-fil-a or chick-fil-a commercials here in NYC (well, there is a chick-fil-a stand in the NYU food court, but I have to sneak in for that.) My point being that you can’t really say chick-fil-a is a gift to the world.

  2. Seth (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

    If you’ve been to Atlanta or eaten at a Chik-fil-A, you know it’s a gift to the world.

    Just because you have to go to Germany to experience Oktoberfest doesn’t mean it isn’t a gift to the world. The same concept holds true for natural wonders and the like.

  3. Roger (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    Does Chick-fil-a still have the sexual discriminatory policy of guys not being able to wear earrings? I believe they once had such a policy, but times may have changed. I think it had to do with the company’s founder being a fundamentalist Christian, as does the company’s policy of closing on Sunday. I have no objection to the latter policy…wish more places would give their employees a set day off.

  4. Mist 1 (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    This is what it’s like when my mom lands in Hartsfield-Jackson:

    Mom: Can we go to Chik-a-fila or whatever it’s called?

    Me: Nice to see you to.

    Mom: What do you call that color lipstick? Smog?

    Then we hug and go to Chik-fil-A.

  5. Noah (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

    I have been to the Coke museum and it is really interesting and cool! Thanks, Atlanta, for Coke.

    One Atlanta culinary delight I could do without is Waffle House. Each one of those places is worse than the last!

    –Noah from NYC

  6. Matt (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

    i love how no one on here can spell Chick-fil-a

  7. samantha (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 7:55 pm

    Whenever I go to visit my mother, she meets me at the airport with a bag of Chick-Fil-A. We don’t have one in Seattle.

  8. Truett C (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    Roger, Chick-Fil-A does not let it’s male employees wear earrings because it is no longer 1988. Men are also forbidden from wearing pastel blazers while on the job and may not drive their Fieros to work.

  9. Deb (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    Hey…I like Waffle House! I especially like that some of them now offer chocolate chip waffles. Yummy. They are a nice greasy spoon when you need one. Being from the land of diners myself, NJ, they make an ok substitute.

    As for Chick-fil-a being convervative, it is, but it makes it more fun when I kiss my girlfriend there. :)

  10. Roger (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

    Truett, did I hit a raw nerve? Last time I looked around my corporate office, I’ve seen several guys who wear hoops or studs. I see that out in public a lot, but then I do live in a metropolitan area. Might not be true out in the boonies. Did Chick-fil-a allow male employees to hear earrings prior to 1988? If not, is that because it was no longer 1969? Is that not your logic?

  11. plumdrank (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    lets ask coke union workers in colombia how they feel about coca cola’s ‘gift to the world’ there oh wait you cant coke-funded paramilitary groups tortured & murdered them

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