From cultured epicureans to comfort foodies and their "not like mama cooks it" proclamations always at the ready, attendees with a variety of palates (and standards) will enjoy some of Atlanta’s tastiest gems – James Beard Awards standouts that make exceptional additions to your itinerary.
Considered one of the culinary industry’s most prestigious honors for 28 years, the James Beard Awards recognizes transparency and excellence among chefs, restaurants, and wine and spirits industry professionals.
In 2017 alone, 15 restaurants represented Atlanta as James Beard semifinalists. Take a look at a few must-add foodie experiences for your meetings and events in Atlanta.
2017 Best Chef: Southeast Winner & 2018 Outstanding Wine Program Nominee |
Steven Satterfield from Miller Union
This acclaimed and farm-fresh eatery sits tucked in a renovated, circa 1800s warehouse in Atlanta’s thriving, food-centric Westside district. From the fabled apricot glazed duck leg to the rib-sticking fennel sausage, your attendees are going to taste some of the most robust flavors of Southern fare at Miller Union.
2018 Best Chef Southeast | Ryan Smith from Staplehouse
Located in the heart of Old Fourth Ward, just a mile east of Downtown, is Atlanta’s "neighborhood restaurant" Staplehouse. Don’t let their humble self-description deceive you, though – the James Beard Foundation, GQ, Bon Appétit, Vogue and even Entrepreneur are all crushing on this whimsical Eastside eatery. Dill swordfish, caviar and Grandma Lillian’s potato bread are some of the sample tasting menu items that have earned serious street cred with locals and visitors alike.
2018 Outstanding Baker | Sarah O’Brien from Little Tart Bakeshop
Sweetening up Eastside's Inman Park neighborhood, just a few miles east of Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta, is Little Tart Bakeshop. Attendees can grab a cup of motivation and a pastry from the awarded little bakery at Krog Street Market before they explore the area’s shops and breweries and plot their next dining spot. Be sure to congratulate Sarah if you see her.
2018 Rising Star Chef of the Year | Parnass Savang from Talat Market
You'll want to reserve this little treasure for your extended stay/weekend itinerary. Talat Market is a tasty little pop-up Thai restaurant in Eastside's Candler Park, just steps from Little Five Points – Atlanta's hippie 'hood. Friday through Sunday, your group can get a little weekend taste of some of Atlanta's best organic Thai cooking.
Looking for more? Check out the Atlanta BeltLine food itinerary, explore where to eat Downtown or reach out to Atlanta CVB to start planning.