RECAP: Taste of Marietta 2011 – A Look at the Winners and My Favorite Tastes (Better Late Than Never)


View of Taste of Marietta 2011 from The Strand Theatre's Brew With a View

Taste of Marietta was way back on May 1, 2011 – I’ve been mulling this recap ever since. I had the pleasure of being a judge and had saved up calories and room in my tummy for hours and hours beforehand (let’s just say I head learned my lesson from last year!). Once again, it was quite a tasty year – here are a few of my favorites, a look at the winners and a video recap of what you missed if you weren’t there.

taste-of-marietta-atlanta-ga-chocolate-and-spice-crepes-nutella-reeses-peanut-butter-bananataste-of-marietta-atlanta-ga-hottie-hawgs-jalapeno-watermelon-ribTaste of Marietta has a collection of ten creatively-names categories in which the entries can be judged. The contestants tell the judges which category they would like to be considered for, but the judges reserve the right

  • Best All American: Cookies by Design’s chocolate chip millionaire cookie
  • The Big Chicken: Sugar Cakes’ chicken kabobs
  • The Grillmaster: Rib Ranch’s ribs
  • Blazin’ BBQ – Dave Poe’s
  • Finger Lickin’ Good: Hottie Hawgs’ ribs with jalapeño-watermelon glaze and pickled watermelon rind (pictured – right) – This was my absolute favorite dish of the day. I even visited their booth after the judging (despite the fact that I was stuffed) and had another taste!
  • Most Unique: Aspens Signautre Steaks‘ cucumber lemonade – The judges all loved this luscious libation so much that we requested more – thanks, Aspens!
  • Best International Dish: Paddy’s Pub and Eatery’s Irish banger with puff pastry
  • Best Comfort Food: Keegan’s Irish Pub’s meatloaf, mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach – all I can say is WOW! This meatloaf was flavorful, thick-cut and made me want more more more!
  • Dangerously Delicious Dessert: Chocolate & Spice Eatery’s chocolate-banana-Nutella-Reese’s peanut butter crepe (pictured – top) – Right now, Chocolate Spice is only a caterer, but I hope they open a storefront – or at least offer delivery to my house – very soon!
  • OVERALL WINNER of the 2011 Tastiest Taste: Henry’s Louisiana Grill’s popcorn shrimp with housemade remoulade – Henry is ever the entertainer. He comes into the judging room and takes over – presenting his dish with as much flair and personality as is possible in one human being. Congratulations, Henry, on another great win this year!

taste-of-marietta-atlanta-ga-henrys-louisiana-grill-4835-north-main-street-acworth-ga-2A few more notes about my favorites…

I wish that Hottie Hawg’s had those Jalapeño-Watermelon Glazed Ribs on their menu (at least, they’re not on the online menu – I’m visiting soon and will report back!). I plan to call them and ask them to put them on, even temporarily!

Henry’s Louisiana Grill is located in downtown Acworth. Yes, I know that’s OTP and I know it’s far for a lot of you, but it’s totally worth the drive, and not just for the popcorn shrimp with the housemade remoulade. It’s not easy to find authentic New Orleans-style food in Atlanta, so why not drive out 30 minutes or so and see Henry – sample his delicious alligator, Shrimp Etouffée, and the best darn hushpuppies you’ll find away from the beach!

Missed Taste of Marietta 2011? Here’s our video preview – plan to be there next year in gorgeous historic Marietta Square!

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