No. 246 Chef Drew Belline talks with Mary Moore in one of the videos.

The Decatur Tourism Bureau has launched a new website to promote its eclectic mix of restaurants. DecaturRestaurant-Tour.com offers video tours in addition to personal interviews with the city’s most popular chefs and restauranteurs.

“Decatur offers a unique combination of trends and traditions, from contemporary cafes to dining landmarks” according to Linda Harris, who handles communication for the City and is the Executive Director of the Decatur Tourism Bureau. She believes this was a major reason for Decatur being named one of “America’s top Foodie Cities” by Southern Living Magazine. “The videos felt like an authentic way to experience the ambience, signature dishes and personalities that give each eatery its own flavor.”

Phase one of the website is live with six videos hosted by Mary Moore, the popular chef-turned-retailer behind Cook’s Warehouse. Moore visits No. 246, Leon’s Full Service, The Iberian Pig, Cafe Alsace, Steinbeck’s and Cafe Lily. The Decatur Tourism Bureau is already in pre-production for the next six videos.

The Tourism Bureau is celebrating the launch of the site with a promotion for consumers: The first four people to complete the tour (currently 6 restaurants) and present receipts at the Visitors Center will be rewarded with $100 Visa gift certificate and a tour t-shirt. The T-shirt giveaway will continue for anyone that completes the tour and presents receipts through the end of the year. In addition, the person who “checks in” the greatest number of times with Four Square at a participating restaurant will win a $100 dining card and t-shirt as well.

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.