Menu items from restaurants in Chatsworth and Dalton are included in a listing of "Georgia's 100 Plates" that is part of the 2019-20 Explore Georgia Official State Culinary Guide.
Peanut butter pie from Edna's in Chatsworth and avocado fries from Cyra's in Dalton are included on the list, which is derived from "nominations from around the state ... gathered via ExploreGeorgia.org as well as Georgia Tourism's social media channels and evaluated by a panel of judges who curate the list down to the final designees. The list has been likened to recommendations that Georgians would share with family and friends ..." according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Concerning Edna's peanut butter pie, "You'll have to try a slice for yourself to analyze the complexities (OK, mainly the peanut butter) that landed this dessert a spot on Food Network's '50 States of Pie' list; only family members know the recipe," a description states.
As for Cyra's avocado fries, "Diners are routinely surprised at how the silky green flesh transforms into golden-brown, well-formed fries. Dunk them in the homemade chipotle dipping sauce."
Concerning the culinary guide, the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Tourism Division noted, "The fifth annual digest-sized guide features the wildly popular nomination-based 'Georgia's 100 Plates' list; a feature on five noteworthy female chefs; a guide to the best places to sample peaches, barbecue, craft beer, international cuisine and Southern dishes; as well as an exceptional selection of the state's best food and drink festivals."
"One of the best ways to immerse yourself and truly experience Georgia is through our food," said Lisa Love, interim deputy commissioner at Georgia Tourism. "The history and culture of our state is woven into the many flavors, ingredients, dishes and traditions that create an unforgettable dining experience. This issue of the Explore Georgia Culinary Guide is our best yet, as it focuses on sharing our distinctive food and dining offerings you can't find anywhere else."
The Explore Georgia Culinary Guide is available for free at the 11 Visitor Information Centers across the state and on ExploreGeorgia.org.