Finding the perfect restaurant in Atlanta just got easier thanks to a new book that aims to help residents and tourists curb their appetite at just the right place.
The book — Food Lovers’ Guide to Atlanta — features some of the best restaurants in the city, including Virginia-Highland and Poncey-Highland favorites , , , Goin' Coastal, and .
Author Malika Harricharan, a food blogger in Atlanta and full-time social media consultant, said she was approached by a publishing company in early 2011. In less than a year, she was a published author.
“I didn’t have any idea that I would ever write a book,” she said in an interview with Patch. “That’s kind of what every food blogger dreams about.”
Harricharan, a Kennesaw resident, said she's always loved trying new restaurants and writing, and pairing the two together “seemed like the perfect match.”
She visits and writes about restaurants throughout metro Atlanta for her blog, Atlanta Restaurant Blog, and focused the book on restaurants across the city.
“One of the staples of any neighborhood is a solid Italian restaurant, and La Tavola definitely fits the bill,” she wrote in the book, which is available on Amazon for $10.
From wine suggestions to dinner options to parking regulations, Harricharan gives patrons everything they need to know in a one-stop-shop.
“Start your meal off with the fried pickles and their daily selection of fresh oysters,” she writes about Goin’ Coastal. “The presentation is beautiful. The wine list is great for those who enjoy wine, but don’t miss out (on) the imaginative and inventive cocktails they offer.”
Curious where Harricharan dines out in the neighborhood?
She said she enjoys many of the great restaurants in the neighborhood, but said Pura Vida is her favorite.
“I never get tired of the food they have there,” she said. “Chef Santiago is very very talented.”