Taste of Atlanta 2014 Preview: Heaven for Foodies

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FanBolt recently had the chance to partake in a blogger tweet up to preview 4 of the more than 90 restaurants that will be featured in Taste of Atlanta 2014! I’ve made it no secret just how big of a foodie I am, so every year when this event comes around – I go crazy on social media. You’ll see some of the tasty dishes and cocktails we got to try throughout the evening scattered throughout this post. I hope they’ll get you all as excited for October 24 – 26 as they do me!

The Original El Taco

We started off the tweet up at The Original El Taco in Highlands. I had never been here before despite its popularity, so sadly I was unaware of their fried chicken taco that I could have been eating for years and just now discovered. This is hands down my favorite taco in the city.

We snacked on chips and dip (Their salsa bar is amazing!) and had Bohemia Beer along with their Classic Margarita. I didn’t want to leave – but our next location was one I couldn’t turn down – Rosebud.


I’ve only eaten at Rosebud for brunch (the best cheese grits in Atlanta), so I was super excited to see what they had in store for us for a dinner sampling. To my delight, it also involved the grits I so love. Wild Georgia shrimp & grits – local spotted trotter andouille sausage, sweet onion, san marzano tomatoes & local grits. We also got to sample a blueberry, peach and vanilla infused Moscow Mule… yum.

The Albert

We had deviled eggs paired with a delicious white wine, followed by a open-face brisket sandwich on a pimento cheese biscuit paired with a pinot noir and lastly we enjoyed the most incredible fudge brownie topped with bourbon ice cream paired with a desert port. This was actually my favorite stop on the trip.

4th & Swift

We tried a lot here – and I mean a lot. Maple roasted Georgia carrots, veal and ricotta meatballs, white chanterelle mushroom risotto, brussel sprouts and more. To drink, I tried the Tobacco Road (Rittenhouse Rye, Lapsang Souchong, China-China Amer, Carpano Antica, RWC Savannah Verdelho Madeira, Absinthe, Aromatic Bitters) – they had me at rye. Another girl in our party tried the rum-based Fire on the Mountain… and let’s just say everyone should definitely order that!

Taste of Atlanta 2014 Tweet Up Gallery

Overall, it was a great experience with food that made me wish I never had to stop eating. Food should be an experience – and that is just what Taste of Atlanta offers those that attend. A weekend of incredible food and drinks that you can enjoy with your friends!

I’ve got some additional information for you all below on the opening night event and VIP tickets (because I think that’s the route to go!) along with a special discount coupon at the bottom – Enjoy!

Taste of Atlanta Opening Night Kickoff

Everything kicks off Friday, October 24 – along with Chef Host Ron Eyester! The event will be an all-inclusive block party with exclusive bites from Atlanta’s favorite restaurants, bountiful booze and live music from “Please Rock’s” 80s Synth Pop band Electric Avenue.

However, the evening will serve up more than just phenomenal food, live entertainment and fun – guests will also be giving back to the community – and live happily ever after – as a portion of event proceeds will be donated to Georgia Organics.

Enjoy tastes ranging from Saltyard’s Chef Nick’s Oyster Trio, to 4th & Swift’s Chef Jay’s Fall Vegetable Minestrone with Confit Pork Shank to St. Cecilia’s Chef Craig’s Grilled Octopus with Chorizo – the best bites in the city!

Advance price tickets are $70 for general admission and $90 for VIP. Limited tickets are still available! Visit TasteofAtlanta.com for more details!

Taste of Atlanta VIP

Curious what it’d be like to be a VIP? The Taste of Atlanta VIP Experience doesn’t hold back. You’ll enjoy cocktails from the city’s best bartenders, samples of more than 50 amazing craft beers and tastes of wine from around the world. Not to mention samples from a selection of restaurants not found in the main festival including South Main Kitchen, Smoke Ring, THRIVE, Polaris, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Little Alley Steaks and more. VIPs will also enjoy the enhanced Speaker’s Corner, hosted by Restaurateur and Barkeep Greg Best. Presenters from Four Roses Bourbon, Palmetto Cheese, Hop City and others will educate and entertain.

More VIP perks:

  • Complimentary tasting glass
  • Access to the nuloo™ Premium Mobile Washrooms
  • The first 300 VIP ticket holders at the festival each day can head to the 5th Street Bridge to pick up their VIP bag. Supplies are limited
  • FanBolt would like to offer you a $5 off promo code (“TWEET”)! The code applies to General Admission and VIP tickets when purchasing online at TasteofAtlanta.com, and the offer expires October 20. We hope to see you at the event!


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