It’s time for another Toberlone Tuesday post, this week we head to the
A T L !
It’s the home of Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola. Question? Is the city of Atlanta in your future travel plans? Wonder what’s good to eat “Inside the Perimeter?” This second edition of “Toblerone Tuesday” has a few tasty suggestions the next time you’re in this great city.
Atlanta is the capital and the most populous city in the state of Georgia, with an estimated 2015 population of 463,878. Atlanta was established in 1837 at the intersection of two railroad lines, and the city rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become the metropolis it is today. In 1996, the world turns its eyes to this capital as it became the third U.S. City to host the 26th Summer Olympic Games. Ever since then, the city of Atlanta has been on an upward trajectory ranking third behind L.A. and N.Y.C. in movie productions and has also been a force in the culinary world.
Movies are fun but great food is better! Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to spend a majority of my work week in this city. Every evening, after our long work days we had to face the dreaded question of “what to eat?” With a group of colleagues in tow, we hopped into our rental car and explored the Atlanta food scene. So yes, these recommendations have been thoroughly tested and approved by my friends and colleagues.
So, what’s good to eat in Atlanta?
Located in the neighborhood of Virginia Highlands, this restaurant offers a cozy, classic Italian ambiance with delicious food and a great wine list. La Tavola won “Best Italian Restautant” in 2007 by The Sunday Reader’s “Reader’s Choice Award”. What to order? My ALL TIME FAVORITE: Squid ink Spaghetti, Lasagna, Zuppa di Pesce and the Pork Chop.
Antico Pizza and Gio’s Chicken
Just a few steps away from Georgia Tech, Antico Pizza Napoletana and Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano will win your heart. Both restaurants are a part of the Westside Little Italia Atlanta group and offer a casual, friendly and communal dining experience.
What to order at Antico? Our favorite is the Margherita D.O.P. and the Lasagna on the Rosso pizza menu. If you feel like a Bianche pizza then the Bianca is a must try.
What do I order at Gio’s?
Everything if I can!
But some of my favorites are: Amalfi Chicken and Diavola. The chicken portions are big enough to share. We usually order one chicken dish and the Sorrentina pasta to share. All dishes comes with a refreshing crispy green salad. If you happen to find yourself there on your own, look into the “Cucina Povera Napoletana” menu. It’s a great deal with enough food to leave your tummy happy.
Take the Coca-Cola museum tour
If you have some free time, head over to the World of Coca-Cola tour. It’s pretty interesting to see the history of Coca-Cola and you can have all the free samples you want! They even have samples of the different brands of Coke products from around the world! Plus, you’ll get a free bottle of Coke to take with you!
Feel like a Thai Coca-Cola?
Feel like some good Mexican food?
Mi Barrio Restaurant is the true definition of a Mexican dive. The casual atmosphere, stiff margaritas and some chips that will leave you addicted makes this small family owned restaurant one of my favorites. What to try? The Fajitas came highly recommended however, I love the Coctel de Camaron!
On the opposite end, of Mi Barrio is Alma Cocina, a modern Mexican/Latin restaurant located in downtown Atlanta. Alma Cocina serves up modern, contemporary Mexican and Latin dishes with a beautiful dining room. What to order? The Fish Taco platter is quite delicious but DO NOT skip the dessert menu!
What’s a trip to Atlanta without having some Southern cuisine?
OK Café in Buckhead is a good stop for some Southern inspired dishes. I’ll be honest, the diner style menu is great but their dessert selection “takes the cake”. No pun intended! Key Lime pie, Coconut cakes and Strawberry Shortcake is not to be missed!
Since we’re on the subject of sweets, my ALL TIME favorite cupcake is Cami Cakes. Thanks to my friend Kat for turning me on to this place! There are numerous locations throughout the city which makes it so convenient to stop by and satisfy that sweet tooth. The Classic Cami, Red Velvet and Salted Caramel are to die for! Each visit to ATL, I take an Uber to the Camp Creek location, load up on the Red Velvet and freeze them when I get back to LA. They have promotions if you follow them on their Instagram page, click here.
So, thanks for joining us on this version of Toberlone Tuesday as we share our dining experience in Atlanta. This city has so many great things to do in ATL! Where is your favorite place to eat in Atlanta? Let us know in the comments below.
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