5 Must-Try New Additions for Taste of Atlanta 2014



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Food. You like it, we love it. But it’s hard to sift through the deluge of ATL restaurants that are really worth your time and money. So what’s the solution? Simple. A gathering of food lovers on a mission to find the best tastes around; where chefs and mixologists have polished their skills and menu offerings to deliver their restaurant’s best. It’s Taste of Atlanta. And in its thirteenth year, it’s where the city’s culinary titans come to play.
 
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Now consider yourself lucky that you live in the A. A city vibrant with history, culture and the best food around, where restaurants are opening daily to earn your hard-earned cash and appetite. TofA provides a platform to try a number of restaurants without taking out a loan to afford them all. So where should you start? The past year has proven that Atlanta is creating some of the best food in the South, so we’ve got five new additions to Taste of Atlanta that should be your first on your nosh list.
 
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Bartaco

You have the folks from Barcelona Wine Bar to thank for Westside’s newest destination for tasty tacos and fresh-squeezed margaritas – Bartaco. The place is a hit with a vibrant and lively vibe perfect for any gathering.
You’re Eating: Tacos! Lots of tacos. Also chips and guac.
 
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Bellwoods Social House

Another new contender to the Westside cocktail scene, Bellwoods Social House, delivers on chef-driven bar food to perfectly complement your drink.
You’re Eating: Short Dog – Braised Beef Short Rib; Ancho Kimchi; Sweet Chile Aioli; House Pickled Onion on H&F Bun.
 

Photo Credit - Tuan Huynh

Photo Credit – Tuan Huynh

Makan

The Decatur scene has a star on its hands with newly-opened Makan. The Asian sensation has been on a tear since opening offering authentic takes on Chinese cuisine from pork buns to copious bowls of ramen.
You’re Eating: Pork Belly Buns and Shrimp/Pork Wontons.
 

Photo Credit - Smokebelly Facebook

Photo Credit – Smokebelly Facebook

Smokebelly

Smokebelly has been bringing the heat to the Buckhead barbecue scene, with savory pulled pork, fall-off-the-bone ribs and awesome sides. East Andrews has a new winner.
You’re Eating: BBQ Deviled Eggs with Bacon Marmalade and Green Onion, and Smoked Chicken Wings.
 
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The Pig and the Pearl

This has been the year of barbecue, and The Pig and the Pearl has been a welcome addition to the Atlantic Station dining scene. The raw bar offerings are also some of the best in town.
You’re Eating: Coffee Rubbed & Smoked Denver Lamb Ribs.
 
Be sure to score your tickets and we’ll see you at the 13th Annual Taste of Atlanta!

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