Which metro Atlanta dishes made Georgia Tourism’s list of ‘100 Plates Locals Love’?

Chicken and Dumplings at Watershed made the cut. (Beckysteinphotography.com)

Chicken and Dumplings at Watershed made the cut. (Beckysteinphotography.com)

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:

Cherokee County

Sweet Chili Glazed Swordfish Steak
Reel Seafood,
8670 Main St, Woodstock. 770-627-3006, reel-seafood.com.


Clayton County

The Dirty South
One Flew South,
6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta. 404-816-3467, oneflewsouthatl.com.


Cobb County

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.


DeKalb County

The General Muir, 1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta. 678-927-9131, http://www.thegeneralmuir.com.


Douglas County

Ya Ya’s Sesame Salmon
Gumbeaux’s Cajun Cafe,
6712 W Broad St, Douglasville. 770-947-8288, gumbeauxs.com.


Fulton County

20 oz. Cowboy Ribeye
Rathbun’s, 112 Krog St NE, Atlanta. 404-524-8280, http://www.kevinrathbun.com/

Chicken and Dumplings
Watershed on Peachtree,
1820 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta. 404-809-3561, watershedrestaurant.com.

1093 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta. 404-724-2333, http://littleitalia.com/


Gwinnett County

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


Henry County

“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

Crawfish risotto
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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