Oh the Fun at Taste of Atlanta 2012

The Big Grill 2012

Hey friends! I hope y’all had a great weekend because the sis and I sure did! A belle tasted her way around town during the 11th annual Taste of Atlanta. Talk about some good eating. Let’s start with my adventure on Friday shall we.

This band was AWESOME!

We were invited to Big Grills Gone Wild, which was the kick-off party to Taste of Atlanta. Guests were treated to sample tastes from participating restaurants. There was so much to taste and I enjoyed every second. Do you see these desserts below? Yeeesss! They were so good.

These banana pudding bites were the highlight of the night. You know I couldn’t have just one!

Y’all know I love my desserts, so when Davio’s had the banana split with High Road ice cream, I just had to try it. Trust, it didn’t disappoint. The peanut brittle just added to its goodness.

These beef tacos from Fox Bros. BBQ were on point. Good eating with fresh ingredients.

Could it get any better than this? Yes, friend it did. On Saturday, Tamika, the mom and I kicked off the fest by trying everything from shrimp to Korean bbq chicken to pub fries. We left TOA with our palates pleased and bellies full. Let’s get down to it because you have to try some of these places!

Foodie VIP:

VIP is the place to be at TOA. As a VIP, you get the cutest wine glass and get to taste cocktails, craft beers, various foods and more (the beer ice cream was really good!). The best part was watching guests play a little poker. Imagine us sipping on sangrias and laughing at all of the trash talking! Oh, this sangria company is on our must-have list.

The sis and I oooh and aaaahed over Savida Sangria, which was paradise in a bottle! There were a plethora of flavors; I had their Strawberry and Tamika had their Elderberry. We’re definitely fans now and will purchase a few bottles. Glad we moved to GA because it’s not available in Alabama stores! What’s up with that (our trash talk for today)?

Delia’s: Chicken Sausage Stand:

Oh my goodness! We repeat: OH MY GOODNESS. This was yumminess to the 10th power. We’ve already found the location for this stand and will be heading that way by the weekend. Fun staff and even better eats. We love chicken, but this is chicken in a whole new delish way!

Metrotainment Bakery:

The highlight of my TOA experience were the desserts at Metrotainment Bakery! They were all so pretty and were constantly calling my name! I had not one, but two sweet potato cupcakes! The first one was divine. The second one fell on the ground so I was very sad about that (seriously).

If you live in the city or are visiting Atlanta, I highly suggest making a visit to this bakery. Their desserts were yummy and their customer service was stellar! I smell a sweet potato cupcake in my future (and yours) very soon…

West Egg Cafe:

Our mom tried this cupcake and really enjoyed it. I took a bite and it was yummy. Nice peeps here!

Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ:

The sis and the mom couldn’t stop raving about Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ. Tamika fell in love with their grilled corn, while ma went back for more of their ribs.

HobNob:

These shrimp and grits with havarti cheese were okay. They didn’t make me jump over the moon since the grits didn’t have a rich taste to them.

JCT Kitchen & Bar:

The pub fries at JCT were on point. They were served up very pretty in a cone with a little garnish on them. Guests could select different sauces; we got a chicken gravy sauce with cheese curds. Tamika loved the sauce, but it didn’t suit my fancy too much. I’m a fry girl, so the plain fries were good and yummy.

BottleBar & Bistro:

This dessert wasn’t good at all. I had their chocolate cheesecake pop and ma had their strawberry. Neither one of us liked the first bite and we are dessert-heads, so, you know we weren’t happy.

Paschal’s:

Paschal’s Restaurant had the soul food section on lock. It was great to try a restaurant that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. frequently ate at. Ma got some fried chicken and mac-n-cheese, while the sis and I tried the peach cobbler.

The cobbler was tasty, but not as sweet as we like it. It wasn’t bad, so if you go try it. The mac ‘n cheese wasn’t bad either, but it definitely didn’t compare to our mom’s!

Buffalo’s Cafe:

These little Southwest spring rolls were slightly spicy, but oh so cheesy. We LOVED them!!! Don’t they look like you want to eat ’em?

Rí Rá Irish Pub:

Did you see our coverage from last year?! If you did then you know we weren’t going to miss them this year. We had their fish and chips with malt vinegar. Oooooh so good!

Salt Factory:

Not only does this resturant serve fab Goat Cheese Ravioli, but they make a mean Korean BBQ chicken wing dish. The presentation was gorgeous and the taste was out of this world. We will most def visit this restaurant VERY soon!

It tasted as good as it looks. The wing had a slightly sweet, yet savory taste at the same time. The noodles were sooo yummy. This plate was almost too pretty to eat. We said ALMOST! 🙂

If you didn’t make it to TOA this year you MUST go next year. For those of you wondering, taste tickets were $1 each and the average price for food was anywhere from 1-3 tickets. Also, there were plenty of free tastes, sips, and eats that you didn’t have to use your taste tickets for.

We love this event and are excited to see what they’ll have next year. It seems like it keeps getting better! TOA is a great event because it literally turns tasters into diners. I got a few cards of places that a belle will be frequenting from now on.

Head on over to their Facebook page and like it to stay up on all the yummy goodness! Until next year!!

Disclosure: We were promotional partners for TOA and received tickets to both events. As always, a belle’s opinion is her own. 

Shermika

Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

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