Renowned Chef and Food Critic, Anthony Bourdain, captured some of the excitement of Atlanta’s growing food scene in his latest episode of “The Layover,” which aired recently on the Travel Channel. Bourdain brings his viewers on a fast-paced tour of Atlanta searching for some of the area’s most exciting restaurants, pubs and clubs and includes recommendations from locals about their favorite hangouts and eateries.
Bourdain is known going “off the eatin’ path” and visiting restaurants that are not mainstream in addition to highlighting high-end, chef-driven dining. In the “Atlanta” episode he takes us through different Atlanta Area neighborhoods, mostly in DeKalb and Fulton Counties, to explore some of the incredible cuisine found in different neighborhoods around town.
A large portion of the program is dedicated to the international diversity found on DeKalb County’s own Buford Highway. Beginning at the Buford Highway Farmers Market, he takes an extensive tour of the incredible selection of meat and produce available at the Market and continues driving down Buford Highway to experience a few of the many cosmopolitan eateries. Bourdain also stops for a quick break at the “Drive-Thru” at Taco Veloz to enjoy a delicious “taco de lengua.”
In the evening, Bourdain makes a late night stop in DeKalb’s own East Atlanta Village to visit a local after hours hangout for other chefs at the Octopus Bar. The show also features some live concert footage from the Earl and boasts that the venue is one of the best places in Atlanta to hear live alternative music and enjoy fantastic bar food.
During the show, locals give plugs for their favorite places including “The Iberian Pig” in Downtown Decatur and the “Porter Beer Bar” in Little Five Points. Overall, the show’s conclusion is that Atlanta is still defining itself in cuisine because of the many influences from across the country and the world. However, it is attracting a wealth of talented chefs and is being expressed in many creative eateries that are sprouting up all over the city.
You can definitely feel the excitement from both Bourdain and the Atlanta locals raving about their favorite hot spots. The Atlanta area is stepping up with our offering of amazing cuisine and the rest of the country is taking notice!
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