Convention: Southern fare
From the August 2016 issue of The Rotarian
Often called a city of transplants, Atlanta has a food scene that's suitably eclectic. Sure, you can find your share of traditional Southern fare. But the eateries that locals flock to put creative twists on the classics. For example, if you're looking for straight-up barbecue when you're in town for the 2017 Rotary International Convention, 10-14 June, local standbys D.B.A. and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q – each just a short car ride away – have got you covered. Heirloom Market BBQ offers a marriage of Southern and Korean flavors like a spicy Korean pork sandwich and ribs marinated in hot and sweet chili paste (closed Sundays and Mondays). Just east of downtown, celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie – of Top Chef fame – has borrowed from Asian culture as well. Inspired by Chinese dim sum-style dining, Gunshow allows diners to choose dishes as they're passed around on carts and trays. West Midtown's Miller Union and Decatur's Cakes and Ale use sustainable, Georgia-born ingredients as a foundation. At Miller Union, these building blocks transform into updated Southern staples, such as sorghum glazed quail with sunchoke, smoked beets, and grilled vidalias. At Cakes and Ale, the Southern influence may not be as heavy, but the farm-fresh food is fashioned so simply, it keeps Atlantans coming back for more. Register for the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta.