The taste bud tour of At­lanta

GA Voice - - Food & Mixology -

By RYAN LEE

It’s a shame that At­lanta’s most iconic eater­ies are The Var­sity, Chick-Fil-A and Waf­fle House, as the metro area has a buf­fet of more ap­pe­tiz­ing op­tions. And the ATL’s culi­nary cred is on the up­swing now as the city emerges from the burger and cup­cake fads of the past few years, with new con­cepts and recipes to serve and sat­isfy a mod­ern Southern palate.

There are neigh­bor­hood fa­vorites and hid­den gems across the city, re-imag­ined food courts in trendy in­town ar­eas, and LGBT own­ers, chefs, staff and clien­tele through­out At­lanta’s restau­rant in­dus­try. We’ll start our tour of the city’s taste buds with the most no­table trend of 2015: the cre­ation of chic food oases along the north­east Belt­line. Ponce City Mar­ket aims to be­come the city’s premier culi­nary em­po­rium. The Cen­tral Food Court is a hip, open-din­ing at­mos­phere that brings to­gether James Beard Award-win­ning chefs with the guys who cre­ated At­lanta’s fa­vorite pop­si­cles.

Whad­dya have? Maybe ve­gan kim­chee and Korean BBQ from fried chicken from or Mediter­ranean fa­vorites from A couple of At­lanta’s most cel­e­brated chefs serve up their lat­est of­fer­ings at Ponce City Mar­ket, with Anne Qu­a­trono’s

and Sean Brock’s while “Top Chef” alum­nus Hec­tor San­ti­ago re­vives his bistro, which was one of At­lanta’s true se­cret trea­sures in its old base­ment lo­ca­tion in Pon­cey High­land.

The les­bian-owned brings spirit to any meal with its Pro­hi­bi­tion-in­spired bit­ters and craft cock­tails, and dessert op­tions abound at Ponce City Mar­ket:

Camp

Sim­ply Seoul, Hop’s Chicken,

Mar­rakesh.

El Su­per Pan W.H. Stile’s Fish

Minero,

18.21 Bit­ters

Hon­ey­suckle Gelato, Col­lier Candy Com­pany

King of Pops Bar & Good Grub.

and

Among the most mouth-wa­ter­ing Clock­wise fron top: Ponce City Mar­ket aims to be­come the city’s premier culi­nary em­po­rium. Korean Oxtail Stew from Sim­ply Seoul. The les­bian-owned 18.21 Bit­ters brings spirit to any meal. Fried chicken from Hop’s Chicken. (Pho­tos via Face­book) ar­rivals at Ponce City Mar­ket is

which de­moc­ra­tizes one of At­lanta’s most na­tion­ally known foodie tra­di­tions. The burger that was for­merly only avail­able to the first 24 cus­tomers to or­der af­ter 10 p.m. at Hole­man & Finch in Buck­head now has a per­ma­nent home on the H&F Burger menu.

Burger,

H&F

more press and hype, hip­sters can still snicker about how they re­mem­ber when up­scale food courts were new and cool, as Krog Street Mar­ket es­tab­lished the

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