10 Taste of Atlanta Must-Try Dishes

  • Tres Leches

    The El Felix's Tres Leches Cake

Each year, Atlanta’s top restaurants bring their dishes to Midtown for a two-day food extravaganza that serves over 40,000 hungry people. What can you expect at this year’s Taste of Atlanta festival, Sept. 25-27? I talked to the folks over at Taste of Atlanta and found 10 dishes you’ll want to be sure to taste this year.

The El Felix’s Tres Leches Cake – When it comes to Atlanta cuisine, Chef Ford Fry is setting the tone with his booming restaurant empire. The El Felix, in Alpharetta’s Avalon, is quickly becoming the town’s go-to for upscale Mexican bites.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q­­’s Cheeto Pie – You loved their Frito Pie, now try their cheesy rendition utilizing one of the country’s most beloved snack foods.

Southern Ground Social Club’s Pork Shoulder Roti Taco – Musician Zac Brown is serving up hit after hit, and his restaurant, Southern Ground Social Club, is a culinary force to be reckoned with.

Common Quarter’s Miniature Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pies – You like chocolate. You like peanut butter. You’ll love Executive Chef Jeffrey Gardner’s take on the classic dessert. Plan on going back for seconds.

1 Kept’s Bacon Fat Hatch Chile Corn Bread with Tomato Jam – Each year 1 Kept brings something unexpectedly delicious that you probably won’t find on the menu anywhere else in the city. Their corn bread is my choice for a standout hit from their menu this year.

Foundation Social Eatery’s Border Springs Farms Lamb Meatballs – Chef Mel Toledo’s Roswell restaurant serves up flavorful cuisine that could “make it” in Midtown, and I have a feeling these meatballs will hold their own.

Chai Pani’s Kale Pakoras – If you like kale, and even if you don’t like kale, give Chai Pani’s pakoras a try. They are a family favorite in my house.

D.B.A. Barbecue’s Grilled Texas Creamed Corn – Whenever there’s a festival where D.B.A. is serving their corn, you’ll find me close to their booth anxiously awaiting my turn. I’ll see you there.

Watershed’s Coffee Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Preserved Blackberries – Yes, it’s okay to begin drooling now. I think that’s what Chef Zeb Stevenson had in mind.

MAX’s Wine Dive’s Fried Chicken – Oh man, if you haven’t tried MAX’s fried chicken, make a point to try the crispy delight for the first time. Then, plan on going back for more.


Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

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