Gourmet Live and BlogHer Road Trip: Atlanta Food Guide

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This month's stop on the Gourmet Live & BlogHer Road Trip: This month we’re taking you to Atlanta for a little southern hospitality at BlogHer’s annual Food Conference. From the most tech-savvy takeout to the city’s greatest grits, get ready to explore the vibrant culinary scene of the Deep South..

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Atlanta Food Guide: Tips From Local Bloggers
Nicole Jayne, Scoutmob
What one thing would you tell BlogHer Food-goers is a must-try in Atlanta?
Do not miss Hector Santiago's (of Top Chef fame) El Burro Pollo burritos. There's nothing better than shooting the shit with a famous chef Hector while he rolls you a fresh one. The chicken (or tofu) is thoroughly concentrated with spicy chili flavor and topped with a cooling mixture of jicama, cilantro and additional roughage. Exclusively available from the basement of Hector's fancy tapas restaurant on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, he works to serve the people.

-- Nicole Jayne, Scoutmob Atlanta and member of the BlogHer Food ’11 Advisory Committee

Denene Millner, My Brown Baby
What district would you send a food lover to first?
Old Fourth Ward/Inman Park. There's an amazing row of restaurants on Highland Avenue where you can find everything from gourmet tacos and fresh-baked desserts to live jazz bistros and dinner spots that serve up fresh, locally grown and raised fare. Start with stone-ground grits and sweet potato pancakes at The Highland Bakery, pop into the hip market in the basement of Parish for lunch, hit up Trattoria Il Localino for scrumptious, authentic Italian dinner and end the evening at Park's Edge, with a great cocktail, dessert and live jazz. Cool neighborhood, great atmosphere -- can't lose.

--Denene Millner, MyBrownBaby.com

Nicole German, Nicole’s Nutrition
Best Szechuan/Sichuan?
Tasty China near Marietta: Authentic Chinese food with amazing Szechuan. Everything I have ever ordered there has been delicious.

--Nicole German, RD, Nicole's Nutrition

Renee Ross, Cutie Booty Cakes
Where would you send a vegetarian or vegan?
Cafe Sunflower is a great spot for vegetarian food. I'm partial to the chili but they have a variety of options for those of who do not eat meat or want to take an occasional break from being a carnivore. There are several locations around the city.

--Renee J. Ross, Cutie Booty Cakes and BlogHer.com Health Editor

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Ashley Hiking in Stilettos
Best late night food?
Definitely R. Thomas. The food is great, and it's always bustling with energy. Even better that they are open 24 hours!

-- Ashley, Hiking in Stilettos

Amelia Schaffner, Z Tasty Life
Atlanta's a big burger town -- which joint reigns supreme?
Atkins Park, for fresh, high-quality ingredients, big, thick, juicy, cooked-perfectly-to-order burgers with crisp lettuces, a variety of great adds and a fantastic bun that holds up until your last bite. Deeeelish! For a more dive-y burger, Moe's and Joe's or George's on N. Highland are decades-old favorites. In my opinion, all the hip boutique burger joints that are popping up everywhere are overrated, overtrendy and overpriced.

--Amelia Schaffner, Z Tasty Life

Sarah Eliza, Devastate Boredom
Best foodie happy hour?
Steinbeck's in Oakhurst! AMAZING chef-created food and a great beer selection. It will satisfy both the food and drink snobs in your life, with a fun pub atmosphere to boot.

--Sarah Eliza, Devastate Boredom

Pinkie Fae, Pinkie and the Bean
When you have a hankering for pasta, where do you go?
Eats on Ponce -- best turkey lasagna ever!

--Pinkie, Pinkie and the Bean

Michael, Father Muskrat
What's the best place for takeout?
Sushi Avenue -- the original location on Ponce. Always fast and friendly. Always delicious. Also: CoffeeBlue and Fox Bros BBQ.

-- Michael, FatherMuskrat

Nicole Jayne, Scoutmob
What are your 3 top favorite food trucks or carts?
Our food truck scene has just started getting organized in the last couple of years, but there are some serious standouts: King of Pops, for gourmet handcrafted popsicles (don't miss the Chocolate and Sea Salt); Westside Creamery, for insane ice cream sandwiches; and Black Tie Barbecue, the friendliest in town.

-- Nicole Jayne, Scoutmob Atlanta and member of the BlogHer Food ’11 Advisory Committee

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