The clockwork map, the pounding cello, the blood, the intrigue…the emails from your friends begging for your HBOGo login. It can only mean one thing: Game of Thrones is back.
Last we saw, Arya was blinded by her ambition; Tyrion had come up short Daznak’s Pit and was surrounded by flame-grilled Sons of the Harpy; Daenerys was whisked away from that scene by Drogon, but was surrounded by Dothraki horsemen; and Jon Snow got an emperor’s treatment at the hands of the Night’s Watch – if the emperor in question is Julius Caesar. Will he ever learn?
The burning question in the Taste of Atlanta offices as dig in to the new season is: if the Atlanta dining scene was Game of Thrones, who would be what (and who would bite the dusty Red Waste)?
Tyrion Lannister is small in stature, but he may have the biggest personality in the show. With an appetite for adventure, he’s visited the Wall, “enjoyed” the view from the Eyrie’s cells, and crossed the narrow sea to take refuge in the cities of Essos. His character has all the right ingredients, and he gets fresh at the drop of a hat.*
So when we think Tyrion we think Heirloom Market BBQ. It’s also diminutive, with almost no seating to speak of, and its almost-secret location makes it easy to miss this Southern/Korean BBQ fusion joint, owned and operated by Georgia’s own Cody Taylor and former K-Pop star Jiyeon Lee. Heirloom is undoubtedly one of the more interesting dining experiences around Atlanta, and you’ll be telling tall tales of what you ate here to anyone who’ll listen for months to come.
*Yes, we mean pants.
Jarret Steiber is one of Atlanta’s most daring young chefs. His skills with a blade and a plate have earned him a place among this year’s James Beard Foundation Award semi-finalists, and his moving feast supper club, Eat Me, Speak Me, continues to garner rave reviews. Trained in the classical techniques, but willing to defy conventions to achieve his goals…Stieber’s Eat Me, Speak Me could only be Arya Stark. Arya has a singular focus, taking revenge on the people responsible for the execution of her parents and brother. To accomplish this she’s traveled the length of Westeros and across the narrow sea to Braavos to train with the Faceless Man, Jaqen H’ghar.
Away from Westeros, in the east, the story of Daenerys Targaryan is unfolding. Despite her benevolence toward her people, Dany’s position is constantly being challenged and her rise to prominence has put her on the radar of her rivals. Impervious to fire, Daenerys also goes by the name Stormborn, which is why she’s our pick for Fox Bros. BBQ. In 2012, a 100-year old tree fell into the restaurant during a storm. Rather than signaling the end, Jonathan and Justin rebuilt their restaurant and patio and came back stronger than ever, and if you can smell delicious smokiness around Candler Park, Fox Bros. is the reason.
Historic Roswell dining gets its share of compliments, but since it’s a trek north for trendy intown dwellers, its legitimacy as a dining destination is often overlooked. Table & Main is highly regarded by food snobs and everyday diners, with some of the best fried chicken (we’re sure it’s not crow) in the Metro area, and its balcony that overlooks a courtyard, we can’t help but think of the Wall, and its protector, Jon Snow (who still knows nothing).
Who knows which of your favorite characters will die next, or if Brienne of Tarth can ever actually be an Oathkeeper and protect anyone she’s supposed to (Renly Baratheon – dead, Caitlyn Stark – dead, Arya Stark – missing, Jaime Lannister – #handoftheking #ironythrone)? There’s only one way to find out!