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First Woodstock Wednesdays tour, a big hit

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Atlanta Culinary Tours launched their latest neighborhood tasting tour this week in Olde Towne, Woodstock, north of Atlanta. The tour is organized and led by Woodstock brothers Adam and Kevin Peppers, who clearly love sharing their community. This recently revitalized central business district retains a small town feel with amenities. There are pedestrian walkways, greenspace, trees, lighting, benches and new brick buildings with street-level retail and residential above. Many of the restaurants put the focus on their outdoor patios.

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The tour has heavy sampling from these stops:

Ipp’s Pastaria got the tour off to an amazing start with red and white sangria, Pepe (spicy Italian sausage wrapped in dough, with marinara sauce, appetizer, $7.95) and Eggplant Rolentini (fried eggplant stuffed with ricotta and spinach, baked in marinara, Italian cheeses, entrée, $9.95).

FoxTale Book Shoppe, Woodstock’s hometown bookstore, served wine and mini quiche.

Freight Kitchen & Tap is a gastro pub located in the historic train depot. They served Fried Green Tomatoes with Bacon Aioli and Corn Relish (appetizer, $6) and the Daily Braise selection, slow roasted pork on cheese grits.

Popular area chain PURE Taqueria features Mexican fare and the strongest margaritas in the metro. Along with housemade guacamole and queso dip, we sampled Calamar Frito (salt & pepper fried calamari, queso fresco, chipotle mayo, $9.49) and Mejillones Con Chipotle (Steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, chipotle butter, caramelized onions, ciabatta toast, $10.49).

Woodstock is the second Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill location and features wood-fired pizza ovens from Tuscany. In addition to two fresh pizzas, we tasted a new item on the upcoming menu: Peruvian Ceviche, a spicy combination of sushi-grade tuna “cooked” in fresh lime juice and tossed with roasted corn, cilantro, roasted garlic slivers, avocado and choclo.

Cupcakelicious was our final stop and a sweet ending. We were greeted with three tiers of some of the most delicious mini cupcakes ever. This business opened just 10 days before our tour and sold over 2,300 cupcakes in its first two days!

For a better look at the tour, check out the slide show or the Atlanta Culinary Tours Facebook album.

Woodstock Wednesdays is the 4th Wednesday of each month beginning at 7p. Atlanta Culinary Tours currently has eight popular walking tours of the restaurants and food related businesses of Metro Atlanta’s best neighborhoods.

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