By Collin Kelley
INtown Editor

If you’re a foodie, September is the perfect month to be Intown. Three big events are happening, including neighborhood specific restaurant weeks and a barbecue festival in Atlantic Station. Grab your eatin’ bib, pull up a chair and dig in.

Midtown Restaurant Week
The annual showcase of Midtown’s eclectic restaurant scene will be Sept. 7-15. Diners will find specials for brunch, lunch and dinner. Prices will range from $15 to $25 or $35 for prix-fixe menus. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. At press time, participating restaurants included Article 14, Flip Burger, Ormsby’s, La Tagliatella, Escorpion, Villains, Zocalo, Pasta da Pulcinella, The Nook, Cypress Street Pint and Plate, 4th & Swift, 10th & Piedmont, Abattoir, Apres Diem, Atmosphere, Bantam + Biddy, Campagnolo, Chick-a-Biddy, Cowtippers, Cucina Asellina, Do, ecco, Einstein’s, eleven, Gilbert’s, Goin’ Coastal, Hobnob, The Lawrence, Livingston, Lure, Meehan’s, Melting Pot, Mi Cocina, Nakato, The Oceanaire, One Midtown Kitchen, Park 75, Ri Ra, Rosa Mexicano, Senor Patron, Shout, Serpas, South City Kitchen, The Spence, Spice Market, Steel, STK and West Mill. For more, visit atlrestaurantweek.com.

Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival
The fifth annual festival returns Sept. 13-14 to Atlantic Station. Whether you enjoy Georgia Chicken, Texas Brisket, Memphis Ribs or Carolina Pulled Pork, this event will have you licking sauce off your fingers. More than 50 barbecue restaurants and amateur teams from around the country will compete in a cook-off and visitors will be able to try barbecue for $1 per sample. There will also be a cooking demo stage, kids activities, a marketplace and live music. Admission is $6 in advance and $10 day of show. Kids ages 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult. Tickets for this year’s event go on sale July 15th. For more information or to buy advanced tickets, visit atlbbqfest.com.

Inman Park Restaurant Week
The fall edition of Inman Park Restaurant Week will be Sept. 23-29 featuring 13 popular eateries in the neighborhood. Each restaurant will offer a three-course, prix fixe menu, which will cost $15, $25 or $35. Restaurants taking part include Fritti, Il Localino, Kevin Rathbun Steak, North Highland Pub, Parish Foods & Goods, Park’s Edge, Pure Taqueria, Rathbun’s, Sotto Sotto, The Albert, Wrecking Bar, Barcelona Wine Bar, and Wisteria. In support of Hunger Action Month, which happens throughout the month of September, Inman Park Restaurant Week will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). Restaurants will sell raffle tickets for $1 each with proceeds benefiting ACFB. Tickets will be sold online at ACFB.org and at the participating restaurants. One winner will be drawn to receive a $50 gift card from each of the participating restaurants. For more information, visit inmanparkrestaurantweek.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.