I grew up in Decatur, not The City of, but Decatur. I played baseball in Decatur, spent many a day at the Decatur library, and have watched as Decatur has evolved into the food mecca that it is today.
I remember riding by what is now Leon's Full Service, a thriving and hugely popular Decatur restaurant, when it was part retail store, part abandoned gas station.
A lot has changed in and around Decatur over the past decade, and a lot of this change has been centered around entrepreneurs and chefs bringing new and exciting restaurants to Decatur. While there are those random cursed spaces (i.e. the former Atlanta Bread Co. space that seems to be a revolving door of late), most restaurants in Decatur thrive with the support not only of locals, but those that hear about the awesome meals to be had in Decatur.
Farm Burger, which now has locations in Buckhead and Dunwoody in addition to a new location in Asheville, North Carolina, got its start in Decatur in the spring of 2010, while a former Decatur gas station became one of the original Taqueria Del Sol locations.
Decatur has attracted new restaurants like Kimball House and Asheville import Chai Pani, while established eateries like Cakes & Ale moved and expanded and Victory Sandwich Bar opened a new location.
I'm proud to partner with the Decatur Restaurant-Tour and announce an exciting new program for readers of Tomorrow's News Today.
In Decatur, you'll find the some of the South's hottest new restaurants right next door to dining landmarks that have stood the test of time. It's no wonder it was recognized as one of America's best foodie cities in 2012.
Now, Decatur restaurant fans have a new destination to check out: DecaturRestaurant-Tour.com. The site is home to video-tours of the city's most popular eateries, with more being added all the time. So let former chef -- turned culinary retail innovator-- Mary Moore, of Cooks Warehouse take you on in-depth interviews with the city's top chefs and owners for a sampling of flavors that come from food, ambiance and personality.
Starting now, through the end of the year, the first four people to complete the tour (currently six restaurants) and present receipts at the Visitor Center (113 Clairemont Avenue) will be rewarded with a $100 Visa gift card and a Decatur Restaurant-Tour t-shirt. The t-shirt giveaway will continue for anyone who completes the tour and presents receipts. In addition, the person who "Checks In" on foursquare the most times at participating restaurants will receive a $50 Visa gift card.
Please click the logo at the right and check out further details of this exciting program.
*Also, I'm competing with other local bloggers and would love it if you'd refer friends and family to check out my site and click through to the program as well!