Taste of Atlanta 2014

Preserved GA Shrimp with Crispy Chicken Skin, Turnip Green and Deviled Egg Mousse

Preserved GA Shrimp with Crispy Chicken Skin, Turnip Green and Deviled Egg Mousse from Ink and Elm

One of the biggest food events to hit Atlanta last weekend was Taste Of Atlanta. There were over 90 restaurants present showcasing some of their best. Tickets were $25 a person and included entry into the festival and 10 taste coupons. Additional taste coupons were $1 each. Restaurant samples varied as far as how many taste coupons you needed which ranged from 1 to 3 coupons. I definitely think that you need at least 20 taste coupons but then again I wanted to be able to try everything. If you don’t plan to eat much then 10 taste coupons could work. For instance the Preserved Shrimp from Ink and Elm pictured above was about 3 taste coupons.

The festival is arranged by neighborhood which I think is an awesome idea. I was able to try a couple of places located in different parts of Atlanta so take a look at what I tried.

Aja located in Buckhead

Aja located in Buckhead

Angry Wings and Pinapple and Duck Fried Rice

Angry Wings and Pineapple and Duck Fried Rice

Aja is one of my favorite go to places for sushi in Atlanta. I also love their fried rice and they did not disappoint with this one. You guys know that anytime I post about wings I reference how much we love them in Georgia and Aja featured theirs. The Angry Wings are a spicy wing but not too spicy. To me it was bearable. I loved that they served there items in these convenient take-out cartons as well.

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Cafe Intermezzo Midtown

Cafe Intermezzo Midtown

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Dessert Heaven

I love Cafe Intermezzo and its also one of my go to places for desserts. The Tiramisu is my favorite although they didn’t have it at the festival.

Firebud Brands

Firebud Brands

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Firebud Brands is Georgia grown and includes sauces and spices. I tried the Alabama white sauce which was great. I would use it as a dipping sauce for grilled chicken or some smoked wings.

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Burger restaurants are popping up all over Atlanta and Burger Fi is one of the newest to hit the city. BurgerFi burgers are all natural Angus beef and the fries are hand cut. The burger was very juicy and the buns were toasty yet still soft. The fries were perfect and had just enough salt on them. I also thought it was pretty cool how they stamp their buns. Talk about branding!

Suno shaved ice

Suno shaved ice

Toppings for your shaved ice

Toppings for your shaved ice

Shaved ice

Shaved ice with peaches and strawberries

Suno Shaved Ice is definitely something different. It’s not your typical shaved ice with syrup you can top it with fresh fruits and berries. What I thought was interesting about this was that the ice was shaved so thin that it almost has a creamy, ice cream or yogurt like consistency.

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Naturally Fresh Dressings

Naturally Fresh Dressings

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I love Naturally Fresh Dressings. I’ve had pretty much all the flavors with the caesar, blue cheese and ginger being my favorites.

Big Green Egg cooking station

Big Green Egg cooking station

In addition to the restaurants being featured there were several demonstration classes and competitions taking place throughout each day.

Ink and Elm located in Decatur

Ink and Elm located in Decatur

Preserved GA Shrimp with Crispy Chicken Skin, Turnip Green and Deviled Egg Mousse

Preserved GA Shrimp with Crispy Chicken Skin, Turnip Green and Deviled Egg Mousse

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Ink and Elm is a restaurant and tavern focusing on southern cuisine using farm fresh ingredients. At this year’s festival they presented a preserved shrimp that tasted like it had been pickled in a vinegar. I liked the pickled flavor in combination with the deviled egg mousse which helped to balance it out. You also had the crispy chicken skin that added crunch.

Svedka Strawberry Lemonade Vodka

Svedka Strawberry Lemonade Vodka

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I’ve had Svedka Vodka plenty of times, but I didn’t know that they now offer flavors. They were sampling both the Strawberry Lemonade and Vanilla vodkas. I love this brand and its one of the few vodkas that doesn’t give me an instant headache.

Makan located Downtown Decatur

Makan located Downtown Decatur

Pork Belly Buns

Pork Belly Buns

Shrimp and Pork Wontons poached in Chili Garlic Oil

Shrimp and Pork Wontons poached in Chili Garlic Oil

Makan is located in Downtown Decatur and focuses on Asian inspired comfort food. They featured a pork belly bun that I thought consisted of too much bun for my liking. Inside was pork belly that was good but I could have used a bit less of the pork fat that surrounds pork belly. I know that is one of the highlights of eating pork belly especially for people that love it, but the combination of the soft pork fat and a soft bun left a consistency in my mouth that was not my favorite.

I did enjoy the shrimp and pork wonton. The flavors were great and although chili was used, it wasn’t spicy to me at all.

Davio's located in Buckhead

Davio’s located in Buckhead

Gnocchi Bolognese

Gnocchi Bolognese

One of my favorite restaurants that was present was Davio’s located in Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, serving up one of my favorite dishes the gnocchi bolognese. I’ve gone to quite a few food festivals this year and Davio’s was at most of them. Although I love this dish it would have been nice for them to feature something different.

Read here for more about the food at Davio’s.

Sufi's located in Buckhead

Sufi’s located in Buckhead

Chicken Kabobs with Rice

Chicken Kabobs with Rice

Sufi’s is fine dining restaurant located in Buckhead serving up authentic Persian cuisine.

Chocolat located in Alpharetta

Chocolat located in Alpharetta

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Chocolat Fine Chocolates is located in Alpharetta is made fresh daily with no added preservatives. Flavors include, creamy coffee ganache, amaretto pistachio truffle and rosemary lemon ginger.

Don Antonio Pizza located at

Don Antonio Pizza located in Buckhead

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Margherita Pizza

Don Antonio’s is authentic Neopolitan pizza with its original restaurant located in Midtown Manhattan, is now in Atlanta. I was able to snag a fresh slice of the margherita pizza…delicioso!

Q Sauce  It can be found at Whole Foods

Q Sauce
It can be found at Whole Foods

Q Sauce is the creation of Jennifer and Chris Adams of Dacula, GA. Sauces are all natural, made with no preservatives and contain no high fructose corn syrup. Flavors include, Classic Q, Vinegar Q and my favorite of all of them Mustard Q.

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Until next time…happy eating!! xoxo -Milla

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