Chili dogs at Nu-Way Weiners in Macon; crispy flounder in Darien at Skipper’s Fish Camp; peach ice cream from Dickey’s Peach Farm in Musella — these are three of the 100 Plates Locals Love, a new feature on Georgia’s tourism department website. It’s not all regional specific food, by any means — you’ll find listings for things like great poutine, tacos, and cannoli — but so what? Those are plenty interesting and useful too. Continue reading
Ponce City Market is rapidly evolving into one of Atlanta’s major culinary destinations. Opening tomorrow: The Mercury, “inspired by the culture of the 1960s.” Chef Mike Blydenstein will be offering “perfectly executed classic American entrees.” (Lobster fritters with cheddar cheese and tarragon mayo? Grilled asparagus béarnaise? He’s got our attention!) Atlanta’s Bartender of the Year for 2015 (says Eater), Julian Goglia, is heading up a bar program “inspired by the relaxed glamour of mid-century cocktail culture featuring house made ingredients.” Dinner only this first week; lunch will be added next week.
It began in 2009 with Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. When the stadium opened, Shake Shack was there, and it instantly became a huge hit. In 2011, Shake Shack traveled down I-95 to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. where, despite its New York origins, the Shackburger and Nats fans have become fast friends. Latest word is that, when the Atlanta Braves open in the new SunTrust Park in 2017, Shake Shack will be there for the first pitch. At least, that’s what they’re hoping for, as the two parties are still in negotiations. All that’s left in the National League East would be Philadelphia and Miami. There are already Shake Shacks in both cities but our money is on Marlins Park, as Citizens Bank Park just added Wayback Burgers this year.
We learned over the winter that Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken planned to open in Atlanta this year, as part of their big national rollout, and we learned exactly where. The latest news is that the good people of Atlanta will be tearing into Gus’s thighs and breasts by the end of the summer. It’s an eagerly anticipated opening in these parts, though it’s not as if there’s any shortage of great fried chicken in the ATL.
Msn.com’s getting in on the act – everyone wants to present their list of America’s best fried chickens! From #50 Hill Country Fried Chicken of New York City to #1 Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken of Tennessee (and currently expanding nationally), they present all the usual, and worthy, suspects interspersed with a goodly number of out-of-the-box picks. Have a look!
The ATL may not quite know what they’re in for, but they’ll be hooked soon enough, as Danny Meyer will be opening his first Atlanta Shake Shack next week. As is the Shack’s practice, there will be some locally themed shakes on the menu, including (OMG!) custard blended with a slice of pecan pie. How much is airfare to Atlanta these days?