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.