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.
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.
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.
Brine Seafood Shack – Lobster Roll. Need I say more?
The south can do lobstah rolls too like this beautiful one from @brineseafood. #lobsterroll #weloveATL #lobsterlover . . . #eatthis #foodbaby#eatfamous #foodstyle #eatingfortheinsta #foodinsta #soyummy #foodaddict #atlantafoodie #onmyplate #atlantafoodie #atlantafoods #yahoofood #heresmyfood #getinmybelly #foodie #foodstagram #foodporno #foodpassion #foodshot #onmyplate #atlfoodie #foodporndaily #eatpretty #eatyourveggies #nomnoms #eeeeeats
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tried so many oysters today at the Oyster Cookoff, like chorizo and Gouda topped, cilantro cucumber mignonette, blueberry sauce topped and a collard creamed Rockefeller. I like ‘em in many varieties but my favorite is still raw like these Japanese style pictured here topped with tobiko. #beachfood #seafoodie #oystergram #oysterlover #visitalbeaches . . . #PassionPassport #wanderlust #lifewelltravelled #traveldeeper #f52grams #feedfeed #onmytable #tastemade#forkyeah #awshucks #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #instafeast #vscofood #foodstyling #suitcasetravels #getlostclub #traveladdict #tasteintravel #myfoodiediaries #goopgo #cntraveler #beautifuldestinations #TLPicks #PerfectingTheJourney
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.
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!
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.
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.