When discovering a new place, I always make sure to try the local delicacies. Often, the best way to understand somewhere new is through the food. Food has such culture and history ingrained within it due to the location it’s found, and often the best way to try it all is with a food tour. Back in October, when I saw that one was listed during my time in Atlanta for SITSum, the Social Influencers Travel Summit, I hopped on the opportunity.
John, owner of Peachtree Food Tours, picked us up at our hotel at 8am. I was exhausted from the busy weekend, but ready to fill up my stomach with some of Atlanta’s best treats. Luckily, John knew exactly where they were and his passion in showing us shined through around each turn.
Our first stop was dessert at Intermezzo, where we got to choose from a variety of pies, cakes, and tarts. I settled on the cookie dough cheesecake and was pleasantly surprised by how light and fluffy it was. In addition to the cheesecake, we were treated to a special coffee with whipped cream on top, a seemingly simple concept, but the sweet addition took the coffee up a notch. Nothing like starting off the morning, and a food tour, with some sugar!
Next up was Einstein’s, a short walk away, where we dined on some traditional Southern favorites including shrimp and grits and a fried green tomato. The shrimp and grits was a bit spicy but so full of flavor. We washed it all down with a Mississippi Mule, made with honeysuckle vodka. I could have sat there and sipped on those all day long, but there were more treats ahead for us.
Next on our list was Cypress Street Pint and Plate where we indulged in a different kind of snack: a cheeseburger with bacon and onions that had a doughnut as its bun. I wish there were words to explain the delicious flavor combination here, but you’ll just have to give it a try for yourself. To compliment it, we had cider, and you could barely hear a word at the table, as everyone was completely enjoying the unique burger.
Even though we were all full, we had one more stop. Sweet Hut Bakery, where we picked out two sweets for later. I got a Nutella doughnut and a glazed one, and they came in handy on the flight home.
John’s passion really shined through and you could tell that these were places that he was excited to show us. The tour was in his neighborhood at establishments he frequents regularly, and we learned that John’s son gave him the idea to start a food tour business. I am so glad he did because it was a pleasure to see the neighborhood and get a local taste for Atlanta.
I was a guest of Peachtree Food Tours, but as always, all opinions are my own.