Georgia has enough good food that creating a list of 100 top local dishes seems like a (hungry) fool’s errand. But the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s tourism division has managed to do it as part of its 2016 Culinary Guide.
15 metro Atlanta spots made the list of “100 Plates Locals Love,” compiled “as a way to provide visitors with locally sourced suggestions, the same way we would recommend restaurants to our family and friends,” a release stated.
Nearly 600 “plates” were nominated via ExploreGeorgia.org. The nominations were collected in November 2015 and evaluated by a panel of judges, who selected the 2nd annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love” featuring local favorite dishes from across the state. The Georgia Eats culinary guide is available at the state’s 12 Visitor Information Centers across the state and on the state’s consumer tourism website ExploreGeorgia.org.
The metro Atlanta restaurants that made the cut include:
Sweet Chili Glazed Swordfish Steak
Reel Seafood, 8670 Main St, Woodstock. 770-627-3006, reel-seafood.com.
The Dirty South
One Flew South, 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta. 404-816-3467, oneflewsouthatl.com.
The Whole Nine
Thompson Brothers BBQ, 2445 Cobb Pkwy SE, Smyrna. 770-818-9098, thompsonbbq.com.
Fried Chicken and Biscuits
Chicken and the Egg, 800 Whitlock Ave NW #124, Marietta. 678-388-8813, chickandtheegg.com.
Ya Ya’s Sesame Salmon
Gumbeaux’s Cajun Cafe, 6712 W Broad St, Douglasville. 770-947-8288, gumbeauxs.com.
Chicken and Dumplings
Watershed on Peachtree, 1820 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta. 404-809-3561, watershedrestaurant.com.
Asian-Style Sticky Chicken
Epicurean Cafe, 3579 W. Lawrenceville St., Dululth. 678-799-6176
Sweet Potato Waffles
The Peachtree Cafe, 50 S Clayton St, Lawrenceville. 678-377-8745, peachtree-cafe.com
“Old Blue Eyes” Black & Blue Burger
KirbyG’s Diner & Pub, 45 Macon St, McDonough. 678-583-8777, kirbygs.com.
North Fulton County
Short rib torchetti
Bite Bistro & Bar, 11500 Webb Bridge Way, Alpharetta. 770-754-5500, biteatl.com
Roux on Canton, 946 Canton St, Roswell. 770-993-0007, rouxoncanton.com
Salt and pepper squid
Canton Cooks, 5984 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta. 440-250-0515,
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