It's just as much about the history of Downtown Norcross as it is about the copious amount of food and drinks you'll consume on this three-hour guided walking tour. Come hungry!
Don't write off Norcross as just another Atlanta suburb filled with strip malls and drive-thrus. If you've yet to discover its quaint Mayberry charm, we suggest you take a different approach to exploring OTP. As in, food exploring. After our first successful run of Sichuan discovery at ChinaTown Mall, Atlanta Culinary Tours is back to brings u on another educational trip, this time around the historic Downtown Norcross area and its current food scene. Flush with adorable shops, laid-back restaurants, and reasons to get to walkin’, it’s quite a nice change of pace from Atlanta’s typical urban sprawl. Many preserved train depots and century-old buildings are open for business as pubs and eateries. Thanks to a recent beautification project, there’s plenty of lighting at night, music piping through speakers, brick crosswalks and beautiful landscaping, plus the aforementioned historic charm. And with Atlanta Culinary Tours as our guide, the area has the makings of an educational adventure. And by educational, we really mean you'll be eating and drinking in "knowledge"... with a little bit of actual learning in between.
The folks at Atlanta Culinary Tours curated this Historic Downtown Norcross event to prove there's plenty to be impressed by on this side of the perimeter. The whole tour includes a decent amount of walking (1 mile!) which takes approximately three hours, accounting for the amount of stops you'll make. Did we mention this is a culinary tour? Stops are code for food-eating and drink-drinking. We wouldn’t want you traipsing around all those one miles without enough sustenance.
Speaking of sustenance, here’s just a teaser of the stops along this Norcross culinary way (the exact lineup may change from tour to tour):
- Taste of Britain: This shop’s English owner makes frequent buying trips back home to stock up on British goodies for any Anglophile
- Mojitos: Authentic Cuban cuisine (and yes, mojitos) from musicians and devoted restauranteurs who play their own sets here on the weekends
- 45 South: Another great singer/songwriter scene with wine and beer and a relaxed atmosphere
- Paizanos: A quaint pizzeria specializing in authentic New York style pies
- Zapata: Influenced by the culture of Guadalajara and surrounding cities, it’s all about the tacos and tequila
- Iron Horse Tavern: Housed in a 130 year old building kept with all its original glory, Iron Horse is the go-to Norcross pub
- Bleu House Market: Adorable College Street stop for sandwiches, fresh baked goods, local eggs, dairy and produce, plus an assortment of unique home gifts.
- Dominick’s: Your classic Italian neighborhood restaurant where everyone seems to know each other, and the garlic bread, quite well.
- Norcross Station Cafe: Just as the name implies, this cafe is stationed in what used to be the local railroad depot. Instead of locomotives, you’ll find from-scratch food and that signature laid-back Norcross atmosphere.
Attempt to stretch your stomachs and broaden your culinary horizons as you check Historic Downtown Norcross off your Atlanta studies. It’s always nice to know that charming, walkable culinary destinations happen in (or just slightly outside of) Atlanta.