Best things I ate (and drank) in 2017

Best Food of 2017

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This year I’ve traveled to some incredible places. While most dishes are in Atlanta, I’ve done some traveling both domestically and internationally where I had wonderful dishes. Many have full articles if you want to read more about my experiences and see more food porn. Just click on the link. Here’s the best dishes I’ve eaten this year (in no particular order).

Oh and special shout out to my hubs, Glen, for the fantastic bread he’s baked for us this year. Olive loafs, jalapeno cheddar, walnut raisin, brown sugar / coffee (perfect for a reuben) was one of my favorites as well. This bread is definitely up there as some of the best eats I’ve had all year.

Amara -The tandoori octopus from Amara is made even better with the sous vide process.

Atlas – Rabbit Loin

Sure, you can visit Atlas and get the $50 steak. But there’s so many amazing options at Atlas, you’re missing out if you don’t get more adventurous. The rabbit is served as a sausage, along with Mushroom Duxelle, Gnocchi, spinach, and truffle. The Lobster en Croute was to die for as well.
atlas rabbit

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Atlas Hibiscus doughnuts

I also loved to Raspberry hibiscus doughnuts at Atlas too. It was the perfect match with their Rooibos tea.

South Main Kitchen – Short Rib crepes.

Short ribs are cooked on a Big Green Egg and topped with a phenomenal garlic sauce. Inside is caramelized onion, bacon, spinach and goat cheese.

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South Main Kitchen short rib crepes

Food Terminal Shiitake Ground Pork

The Cheong Fun (Rice Noodles) break up easily and do an easy job of absorbing the sauce and the mushrooms add an earthy and almost crunchy texture to the dish.

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Food Terminal’s menu is as thick as a magazine, with plenty of mouth-watering choices.


Brine Seafood Shack – Lobster Roll. Need I say more?

Cast Iron – Coconut Pork

It is so tender you can cut it with a fork. Served with corn tortillas with just the right amount of char and “exciting cabbage” it’s definitely something you want to share when you visit Cast Iron.

Salt Factory – London Broil

Aged 37 days, the beef is incredibly tender and flavorful. Plus, it is served with huge onion rings.

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London Broil at Salt Factory

Bar Margot -Bison Tartare

There was a delicious Asian spice in the tartare that was divine. And they aren’t stingy at Bar Margot with the tartare.

Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails – Sweet potato and shrimp fritters

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Sweet potato and shrimp fritters at Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails

Saltyard – Crispy duck with mustard

Though it doesn’t look it, the cabbage is so much more than a splash of color. It’s fried and gives even more crispiness to the already perfectly crisp skin on the duck leg.

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Crispy duck confit leg with fried cabbage is one of many gluten free items at Saltyard

Foxtrot liquor bar -Flight of the Phoenix cocktail with Aperol and grape jelly and Pierogies.

Bhojanic – Goat empanadas

I was at a dinner that combines Mexican and Indian flavors. This was the first thing we had and it was magical.

CO – Beef and Kimchi dumplings

One kind of dumplings I’d never had but loved. Next make sure to order the some buns (we got the pork belly). You’ve got a choice of steamed or fried lotus leaf.
CO kimchi dumpling

PS 404 – Fried Chicken & Waffles with bacon red eye gravy, maple syrup.

The waffles taste like cornbread rather than traditional waffles and I wasn’t hating that. If you can only get one appetizer at PS 404, make it the Tuna Poke. Served with pickled cucumbers, cilantro, green onions, passion fruit and taro chips.

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Chicken and waffles at PS 404 are presented on cornbread-style waffles

Livingston -The Bruja at Livingston

The tequila based cocktail comes with grapefruit lime sour, Strega, salt and thyme. I wish I saw more drink menus that include cocktails with Strega. At Livingston, the pork belly was exceptional too. They serve theirs smoked and serrano spiced along with a balsamic vidalia onion marmalade.

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You can’t miss this spectacular view from the lobby of the Georgian Terrance, but don’t miss The Bruja cocktail at Livingston either

Oysters from Hangout Cookoff in Gulf Shores

They had oysters of every variety here. If you love oysters, definitely put this on your calendar for 2018. It happens in early November and the weather is perfect in Gulf Shores, AL for it. One of my favorites were these oysters served in a Japanese style. But the imagination and creativity of all the vendors here was incredible.

Sage Woodfire Tavern – Baklava Cheesecake

I’ve had baklava and I’ve had cheesecake but never baklava cheesecake. I love how they incorporated the flaky layers from baklava right into the cheesecake. This is certainly a one of a kind dessert. The combination of these two is glorious. Plus, they are very generous with the portion. Though two of mopped the cheesecake up, it could easily provide three or four people with a couple bites each. Do. Not. Skip. Dessert. at Sage.

Iceland eats

I’m surprised when I speak to people that have been to Iceland or have plans to go and they tell me the food was not good or they’ve heard the food is bad. I couldn’t disagree more. We loved the unique dishes we had when we visited. You should know that it is very expensive. Be prepared. Read a more detailed list of what we ate over here.

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Food Cellar – Situated in a 160 year old building, it feels more like an speakeasy than a restaurant when you walk in. But rest assured, the food is fabulous. So you know those cute little birds called puffins? They eat them in Iceland. We tried it and it tasted like beef. It was served along with goose in egg rolls. Ah-mazing!

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Puffin and goose eggrolls at Food Cellar in Iceland

Tapas Barainn – Though the decor doesn’t quite match the other two restaurants we visited, the food here was outstanding. An Iberico pork charcuterie with a fiery honey jam was wonderful. Another food item that was on my list to try was Minke Whale and it didn’t disappoint. It tasted like venison, surprisingly.

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Licorice Lamb at Tapas Barinn in Iceland

At the top of this page, you’ll see the scallops with foam and bacon. That is another fantastic dish we had at Tapas. I think my favorite, tied with the Minke Whale is the Licorice Lamb. I don’t even like licorice but this slightly sweet taste that is imparted in this dish was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.

Kopar – Down by the harbor and overlooking the water, I’d save this for your last night in Iceland. We had the adventure menu, which includes 9 small plates. It all started with some fabulous cod tongues and just continued getting better. Tip: get there before the crowd and take a picture on the swing in the bar.

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Kopar lobster

Cheers to all the amazing dishes I ate in 2017 and the talented chefs who create them. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!

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