CONYERS — The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division has released its highly anticipated 2019 Explore Georgia Official State Culinary Guide.
The fifth annual digest-sized guide features the nomination-based “Georgia’s 100 Plates” list, a feature on five noteworthy female chefs, a guide to the best places to sample peaches, barbecue, craft beer, international cuisine and Southern dishes, as well as an exceptional selection of the state’s best food and drink festivals.
Restaurants all over Georgia are featured on the “100 Plates” list, including the Tin Plate in Olde Town Conyers, and City Pharmacy and Mystic Grill on the Covington Square.
The list gives a description of one spectacular dish from each eatery.
Tin Plate was highlighted for its PBJ Burger. The acronym stands for pimento cheese, bacon and (pickled) jalapeño, a combo that’s all the more appetizing when paired with beef from White Oak Pastures and an H&F Bread Co. bun.
City Pharmacy was recognized for its Everything Mac n’ Cheese. The reinvented former pharmacy focuses on reimagined Southern fare, including this hearty mac-and-cheese skillet that changes nightly according to the kitchen’s whim. Versions have included ham and beer cheese, pimento cheese with jalapeño jelly — even a breakfast rendition with bacon, eggs and sausage gravy.
And last but certainly not least is the Sweet Tea Fried Chicken featured only at Mystic Grill. Brine that includes sweet tea and local honey gives a decidedly homegrown flair to the juicy fried chicken, which shares the plate with crunchy green beans, buttermilk mashed potatoes and Andouille red-eye gravy.
“One of the best ways to immerse yourself and truly experience Georgia is through our food,” said Lisa Love, interim deputy commissioner at Georgia Tourism. “The history and culture of our state is woven into the many flavors, ingredients, dishes and traditions that create an unforgettable dining experience. This issue of the Explore Georgia Culinary Guide is our best yet, as it focuses on sharing our distinctive food and dining offerings you can’t find anywhere else.”
Since the inaugural issue of the Explore Georgia Culinary Guide, Georgia Tourism has designated “Georgia’s 100 Plates” as a way to provide visitors with locally sourced suggestions.
Nominations from around the state are gathered via ExploreGeorgia.org as well as Georgia Tourism’s social media channels and evaluated by a panel of judges who curate the list down to the final designees.
The list has been likened to recommendations that Georgians would share with family and friends, and it has received rave reviews from visitors as well as restaurant owners.
View the full list of “Georgia’s 100 Plates” online at ExploreGeorgia.org.
The Explore Georgia Culinary Guide is available for free at the 11 Visitor Information Centers across the state and on ExploreGeorgia.org.
To learn more about Georgia’s rich culinary experiences through videos, tours and more, visit ExploreGeorgia.org.
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