Taste of Atlanta 2009

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A few Saturdays ago, I headed to the Georgia Tech area to eat through the many options at the annual event, Taste of Atlanta. The event featured close to 100 local restaurants with a variety of choices to consume. Here is most of what I saw and some of what I ate:

Walking in, an ambush of free pork samples surrounded me; I did not partake in the pork-fest.

the other white meat on toothpicks

the other white meat on toothpicks


truffled lobster mac & cheese ball

truffled lobster mac & cheese ball


First bite of the day – tasted only of mac & cheese, no truffle, no lobster. No recollection of the restaurant since it was very early on.
Bhojanic set-up

Bhojanic set-up


chicken tikka masala over rice (Bhojnic)

chicken tikka masala over rice (Bhojnic)


blurry 3 bean salad (Bhojanic)

blurry 3 bean salad (Bhojanic)


High quality food coming out of the Indian restaurant (Bhojanic) considering the number of people around and cooking conditions. Tikka masala sauce was spicy and the 3 bean salad was sweetened with orange segments.
terrible shrimp from forgettable restaurant

terrible shrimp from forgettable restaurant


Mediterranean Grill set-up

Mediterranean Grill set-up


My friend from Med Grill midtown/emory

My friend from Med Grill midtown/emory


cupcakes (west egg)

cupcakes (west egg)


cheesy blackout cupcake

cheesy blackout cupcake


The cupcake was good, especially the filling (which was sweetened cheesy goodness), but I prefer moister cake.
free greek yogurt samples from Fage

free greek yogurt samples from Fage


peach, strawberry, or cherry topping?

peach, strawberry, or cherry topping?


The non-non-fat version of Fage greek yogurt is uber creamy and rich.
fancy Italian restaurant

fancy Italian restaurant


Il Mulino chef hard at work

Il Mulino chef hard at work


blurry porcini ravioli with champagne truffle cream sauce

blurry porcini ravioli with champagne truffle cream sauce


Excellent flavors at restaurant quality – it was a great chance to try the food without dropping hundreds of dollars

There was pizza…it was only ok

any of you have anchovies?

any of you have anchovies?


I'm a plain jane (but I got cheese)

I'm a plain jane (but I got cheese)

We had some from Rays:
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The Ritz Carlton was there serving savory and sweet treats:
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ceviche and apple trifle

ceviche and apple trifle


my ceviche and apple trifle

my ceviche and apple trifle


I met the chef

I met the chef


also met Jay Swift from 4th & Swift

also met Jay Swift from 4th & Swift


cupcakes, sweet potato pancakes (Highland Bakery)

cupcakes, sweet potato pancakes (Highland Bakery)


my sweet potato pancake was made to order and awesome

my sweet potato pancake was made to order and awesome


Top Flr had the taste of the day:
sound it out

sound it out


elements of tuna tartar (top flr)

elements of tuna tartar (top flr)


my tuna tartar - stand out savory

my tuna tartar - stand out savory


samples of jams/jellies made locally on farmland

samples of jams/jellies made locally on farmland


Cafe Intermezzo brought the baked goods

Cafe Intermezzo brought the baked goods


chocolate peanut butter cheesecake - mmmmm

chocolate peanut butter cheesecake - mmmmm


It sorta tasted like cookie dough, ultra-silky, delicious, sweet, thick, rich, cookie dough.
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failed red snapper ceviche from Savu

failed red snapper ceviche from Savu


Too fishy and stringy.
Genki was bad

Genki was bad


Genki set-up

Genki set-up

Amazingly awesome ice cream:

Morelli's Ice Cream in East Atlanta

Morelli's Ice Cream in East Atlanta


banana chocolate chip, lavender, salted caramel, chocolate chocolate chip

banana chocolate chip, lavender, salted caramel, chocolate chocolate chip


I also tried the coconut-jalapeño. The flavors were dead on and the consistency was the cream was rich and freezing without the icy, gritty, failure some ice cream suffers from. Salted caramel and coconut-jalapeño were particularly unreal.

All in all, Taste of Atlanta was a rousing success that gave Atlantans the opportunity to taste food from multiple restaurants. The restauranteurs have hope the eaters will visit their establishments at a later date. Most of the food was above average, with only a few plates blowing me away or making me feel ill.

My only complaint was the overabundance of cupcakes and desserts.

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