Whether you're visiting Atlanta, Georgia, or live in the area, when it comes to enjoying a meal out with friends—including your furry best friend—mouthwatering options abound. Many restaurants make room for pups, so you and your pooch can nosh on apps or just grab a drink (hey, it's hot out there!). Here are 11 of Atlanta's great dog-friendly restaurants (in alphabetical order):
It’s a foodie’s dream job: Develop a culinary trail to promote a unique region in Louisiana and then spend days sampling the food specialties in each town. Kelli M. West, marketing and communications director at Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in Natchitoches, La., had the pleasure of enjoying numerous lunches and desserts to create the Gas Station Eats trail of “No Man’s Land,” the region situated on the western corner of the state bordering Texas. The delicious job required culinary fortitude.
Buford Highway stretches approximately two miles through Atlanta’s DeKalb County, Georgia, but its reputation as a hub of ethnic foods has a much more distant reach. One of the most ethnically diverse regions in the U.S., Buford Highway is home to over 1,000 different immigrant-owned businesses—including restaurants that range from Korean barbecues to Vietnamese bakeries, Mexican taco joints to Bangladeshi curry houses, Spanish tapas bars to amazing farmers’ markets. It can be hard to know where to start.
Black-owned restaurants are a critical component of the vibrant culinary scene in Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. No surprise since the area is home to some of the nation's largest Ethiopian and Somali diaspora communities and even boasts an Iron Chef America winner. From fine dining to fast casual, vegan soul food to pizza, donuts to injera, consider this list your starting point. But remember, it’s just a sampling: While this round-up includes many favorite spots, there are dozens more Black-owned restaurants in the area that are certainly worth checking out.
Most people can easily find goat’s milk cheese in local grocery stores. But how often do you get to meet the goats who produced that milk and enjoy fine dining within steps of the barn? At Elderslie Farm, in Kechi, Kansas, you can do both. Taking its name from a Scotch term for “where the elders lie,” the farm actually encompasses four businesses operating under the motto “affection, endeavor, delight.”
Visitors to North Carolina’s Pinehurst and Southern Pines region will find culinary options outnumber even golf courses. Whether you come to shop, explore, adventure, or golf, you’ll find the dining and libations options are as varied and impressive as the area’s storied courses.
As soon you step off the plane in Miami International Airport www.miami-airport.com, you immediately detect you’re somewhere different: An enticing, aromatic scent fills the air. Follow your nose through the terminal, and you’ll find at least one Cuban food stand stacked with hot pastries and a barista dispensing strong cups of coffee. Whether arriving or departing, I can never resist buying a bag of picadillo empanadas (hand pies) and a cortadito (espresso with steamed milk).
Like most cities, Charlotte, North Carolina, is made up of neighborhoods, each recognized for its vibe and character. The NoDa neighborhood—so called for its main drag, North Davidson Street—developed a reputation as an art district more than 25 years ago when husband and wife team, artists Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires, saw potential in the dilapidated mill village. They needed cheap studio space and NoDa had plenty of old buildings ready for restoration. Among other things, the couple started once-a-month Friday night gallery crawls that led to a resurgence in the area.
In November 2019, I happened to flip on the TV just as the founders of The Yard Milkshake Bar in Gulf Shores, Alabama, made a pitch on Shark Tank. Ultimately, investor Mark Cuban offered $400,000 towards future franchises in exchange for 22 percent of the profits from the new locations. Today, this sweet business offers customers 34 different ice cream flavors plus 60 different toppings. There are even vegan, lactose- and gluten-free ingredients plus eight versions of edible cookie dough.
March is National Women’s History Month, an opportunity to celebrate the contributions and achievements of women. Here, we recognize a fresh crop of female icons emerging within industries that literally feed humanity. Really, anywhere a foodie traveler explores, women graciously invite all to their tables. While many more women deserve appreciation and notice, we trust those featured here will inspire your future culinary travel.