Eatlanta: These are the best things to eat in Atlanta

It’s no secret that Atlanta is home to some really amazing food. We lived here for a month, ate at restaurants for almost every meal, and found some great places to eat. But there were just certain bites that we kept coming back to you — certain dishes that you can ONLY get in Atlanta. Here are our suggestions for the best things to eat in Atlanta. (And then I want to know about yours!)
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Best places to eat in Ouarzazate when you’re sick of hotel (or set) food

All photos by @treatsandgeeks and @whatsmikeeatingnow
All photos by @treatsandgeeks and @whatsmikeeatingnow

We just come off a two and half week stay in Ourrzazate, Morocco, while filming a TV show. Granted, two and a half weeks is a small stay when compared to some people who have had to live in Morocco for months while filming. But, for two people who generally eat out for every meal, a couple of weeks felt like months when your restaurant choices are limited.

We of course ended up eating at a few restaurants several times, and some places only once for reasons. And thus have narrowed down the restaurants that are still in business (some of the “best of” lists are out-dated), and worth your time, and your per diem…

1. Jardins des Aromes

Carmelized Chicken Tagine at Jardin des Aromes
Carmelized Chicken Tagine at Jardin des Aromes

By far our favorite, and the favorite of the entire cast and crew. This restaurant is as classy as it is delicious. The staff was so sweet as to even keep the restaurant open late for us when we all got so comfortable (okay and a little drunk) that we didn’t want to leave. We recommend the briouates, and almost 100% of the cast would recommend the caramelized chicken tagine.

2. Restaurant Douyria

Pigeon pastilla, goat cheese and rosé.
Pigeon pastilla, goat cheese and rosé.

We ate here the second-most. In the evening, it’s walking distance from Berebere Palace, and the views of Ouarzazate from their terrace are always impressive, no matter how many times you go there. We tried a lot of animals there: pigeon pastilla (not surprisingly, the veggie pastilla was the winner in the pastille better), dromedary (camel), and kid (baby goat).

Moroccan salad with argon oil. #morocco #moroccanoil #argon #moroccansalad #salad #ouarzazate #douyria #morocstars

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But the winner time and time again was their Moroccan salad and any of their vegetable tagine.

3. Accord Majeur

Steak and potatoes at Accord Majeur.
Steak and potatoes at Accord Majeur.

This place is right across the street from the Berbere Palace AND has great alternatives to all the usual fare (ie. tagines for days). So this was a winner winner chicken and steak dinner for most of the cast and crew, night after night. We recommend the steak and potatoes, and whatever wines the awesome servers recommend — we were always happy with that combo.

4. Habous

Chicken nuggets and fries at Habous.
Chicken nuggets and fries at Habous.

When you want to feel like there are more than just a smattering of people in town, head to Habous — in the middle of a lively town square (at night). And try not to scoff at me when I recommend the chicken nuggets. Yes, these chicken nuggets in Morocco are one of the best things you’ll eat, after you get sick of tagines. And also say hi to the cats — they’re as adorable as they are hungry…

cats at Habous

Hopefully these restaurants in Ouarzazate continue to stay open and serving delicious non-hotel food meals. And if you find more awesome places to eat, please leave ’em in the comments. Shukran!

Where to eat in Cartagena, Colombia

Tuna tartare and a side of water view at Marea by Rausch
Tuna tartare and a side of water view at Marea by Rausch

Stay:

But wherever you pick, make sure it’s inside the old city.

Eat:

Cartagena for amazing ceviche instead

1. La Cevicheria

Order a Small langostino, Ceviche pescado peruano, tortastadas with guacamole.

2. El Gobernador by Rausch

Amazing. The costa negra (Colombian-style black beef) with plantains and coconut rice was one of my favorite things I’ve ever had.

The costa negra!
The costa negra!

3. Pasteleria Milo

For desserts and wifi.

4. Demente in Getsemani

…if you’re already in that neighborhood.

5. La Vitrola

An old Cuban place. Our highlights were the coco de pie and mojitos.

Filete Camaronero at La Mulata
Filete Camaronero at La Mulata

6. La Mulata

A fish place for locals.

7. Marea by Rouch

Solid, but not quite El Gobernador level.

Make sure you try:

Drinking an Oreo granizado is like drinking heaven.
Drinking an Oreo granizado is like drinking heaven.
  • Ceviche — lots of it!
  • Pargo rojo with coconut rice
  • A granizada


Anyone else have any tips on where to eat in Cartagena? Leave ’em in the comments, and help other hungry travelers!

Make sure you try these 7 great restaurants in Bogota, Colombia

Cheers from the amazing restaurant scene in Bogota, Colombia
Cheers from the amazing restaurant scene in Bogota, Colombia

Bogota is an amazing foodie destination, and it’s really underrated. Kind of like New York, with South American flair. Here are the restaurants in Bogota that you NEED to try.

Where to stay:

While we’ve heard great things about Hotel Click Clack and the BOG Hotel. But we stayed at the Embassy Suites in Bogota. It’s a fairly nondescript business hotel, unremarkable, except for its fantastic location in Zona G. The G in “Zona G” is for “gastronomy,” and with good reason — it’s basically three square blocks of great restaurants. It’s also a cute little area to walk around, and the least scary place ever.

Eat at:

Camarones at Astrid y Gaston. Sauce was poured over hot volcanic rock. Like everything I had at this location, and the one in Lima, fantastic.
Camarones at Astrid y Gaston. Sauce was poured over hot volcanic rock. Like everything I had at this location, and the one in Lima, fantastic.

1. Astrid y Gaston

Not quite as good as the one in Lima, but I love Gaston Acurio. We just asked the wait staff to bring us “whatever they wanted” and ended up with an incredible (although a little too much fish) meal.

2. Masa for breakfast

Super-charming, and a great unexpected wifi spot.

3. Capital Cocina y Café in the Candelaria

It’s in the old colonial area that’s fun to walk around, and this restaurant is as adorable as it is delicious.

Perfect steak at Capitol Cocina y Cafe.
Perfect steak at Capitol Cocina y Cafe.

4. Central Cevicheria

5. Crèpes and Waffles

Here’s the thing, we were super-duper stoked about this chain. Crepes and waffles and wifi are my favorite things. But no other place had weirder hours (how is this place not open for breakfast?), spottier wifi, and even spottier service. But the waffles and ice cream are awesome.

6. Version Original, aka. VO

Ask to be seated upstairs and try the tasting menu, it was my favorite meal of the trip!

7. Andres Chia

The other ones are okay, but we’re still dying to go to the great real one outside the city!

Cafe y Jugo de Lulo!
Cafe y Jugo de Lulo!

Make sure you try:

  • Jugo de Lulo — Juice made from lulo, an exotic fruit with a citrus flavor
  • Coffee ice cream — Columbia and coffee, need I say more?
  • Arepa con Queso from a Cartagena street vendor — Delicious, because it’s all butter, mozzarella, and fried dough!