Down-Home Southern and Soul Food: Take a Downtown Tasting Tour with Atlanta Food Walks
You think you know Atlanta? You’re probably right- we know how Scouts roll. But even the most seasoned ATL-ien is going to learn something fascinating while taking a stroll and tasting the tempting vittles Downtown has to offer. Your tour guide serves up an assortment of traditional Southern foods with a big side plate of history.
What To Expect
- A 3.5-hour walking tour through Downtown Atlanta
- Stops at seven distinctive restaurants and shops
- Four heavy tastings of delectable Southern eatables
- Three light tastings to refresh you along the way
- More Atlanta history than you can handle
- Southern-style hugs
We’re not afraid to admit when we’re wrong. We thought we knew it all. We thought we had seen every corner of the city, heard every story and tasted every delicious drop of Southern delicacy out there. But we love being surprised—Atlanta Food Walks took us to places we’ve never been (in our own Downtown!), gave us a tasting of new tempting vittles and let us in on some little-known history through the storytelling of the amazing tour guides.
About five years ago, owner Akila McConnell was a practicing lawyer, but she heard the call of her favorite thing- delicious food. So she quit her lawyerly ways, picked up a food and travel blog, and the rest is history. And she knows a lot about history, by the way. She began giving tours of Downtown Atlanta as a way to showcase the best of the different foods in the Southern tradition. Today, Atlanta Food Walks has five amazing food tour guides who live, work, and play in Downtown and love showing it off to visitors and locals.
The tour kicks off at Paschal’s in the Atlanta University Center, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made history over fried chicken, sweet potatoes, and cornbread dressing. Next up, the tour heads over to The Smoke Ring in Castleberry Hill, where we got a taste of Chef Jordan Wakefield’s take on contemporary Georgia-style BBQ—and that’s where the moonshine came in. Just when the sun starts really beating down, Arden’s Garden shines like a beacon of freshness, and the stories tie juice into the edible history of the South. The tour wraps up in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Atlanta’s oldest market, making a stop at Panbury’s for its delectable meat pies (who knew?), Just Add Honey for its awesome teas, Metro Deli, a haven for Soul Foodies, and then ends at Miss D’s New Orleans Style Candy for a little something sweet.