A tlanta Food Walks offers #1 rated Atlanta food tours, rated #1 by Tripadvisor, Yelp, and National Geographic. We are Atlanta food experts, passionate storytellers, and home-grown Atlanta natives. That’s not just marketing fluff: we have *literally* written the book on Atlanta’s culinary history. We know all of the secret nooks and crannies in this city that you can only discover through deep research and a whole lot of living and eating here.

We are THE Atlanta pros. Our company is a member of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and Food Tour Pros certified. Our executive team has spoken at Arival and the Global Food Tourism Conference, the premiere conferences on tourism, about how we are using food to tell the story of Atlanta.  The Atlanta History Center and Historic Oakland Foundation call us when they want someone to talk about Atlanta and its food.

There’s a reason we have more 5 star reviews than any other Atlanta food tours: we love food, we love Atlanta, and we love sharing Atlanta’s food with you.

I came for the food tour but was enchanted by the history of Atlanta! This was a great way to tour Atlanta and get to know more about the city’s history while getting to enjoy some amazing food!

Laci SoileauTrip Advisor Review

The food was terrific but the added bonus of Joy's energy and knowledge of the history of the city, MLK and the civil rights movement, put it over the top. Would definitely recommend!

Cheryl BowmanTrip Advisor Review

I recently took my whole team (about 30!) out with Joy and Martha on this delightful walking tour. The food was awesome, as was the history and the things we saw. Everyone had a great time.

CarolTrip Advisor Review

Meet The Team

Founder/Atlanta Historian

Akila McConnell

Favorite Atlanta Neighborhood: Grant Park
Drink of Choice: Dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives
Preferred French Fry: Leon’s Full Service Pommes Frites

Akila McConnell is the founder and owner of Atlanta History Tours and Atlanta Food Walks. She is also a travel writer and historian who focuses on the story of Atlanta.

Much to her delight, a lot of people like to call her a “food and travel expert,” including Conde Nast Traveller, USA Today, Yahoo.com, and About.com. She has written for numerous print and online publications, including National Geographic books, Wandr’ly, the Food Traveler’s Handbook, Atlanta Parent magazine and her own blog The Road Forks.

Akila grew up in Alabama and has lived in Atlanta for almost 20 years. In between, she spent three full years traveling across the world. Akila spends most of her free time reading biographies and cooking with her two micro-foodies.

Culinary Storyteller

Marcy Breffle

Favorite Atlanta Neighborhood: East Atlanta
Drink of Choice: Margarita at Taqueria del Sol
Preferred French Fry: Garlic fries at Noni's

Marcy has been a history nerd and amateur foodie since she was a kid growing up in Atlanta. At 10 years old, she applied to be a Colonial Williamsburg interpreter so she could learn how to make her own butter and cheese. Even though Williamsburg didn’t work out, Marcy’s love of history and food continued to shape her life. She studied history at the University of Georgia (Go dawgs!) and spent a lot of her time exploring the Athens culinary scene. After graduating, she moved back to Atlanta and started a career in museums and historic sites.

Marcy will admit that she’s not the best cook, but that just means that she has more opportunities to eat her way across Atlanta. To further explore Atlanta’s diverse food scene and step outside of her culinary comfort zone, Marcy and her friends started a monthly food club. From barbecue to Bangladeshi food, you can expect a solid restaurant recommendation for any neighborhood and accompanying trivia from Marcy.

Culinary Storyteller

Jennifer Hubbard

Favorite Atlanta Neighborhood: Westside Provisions
Drink of Choice: Negroni
Preferred French Fry: Bon Ton

Jennifer has taken the advice and encouragement from family and friends to expand her passion for food beyond cooking classes, new restaurant finds and menu recommendations. She’s fully embraced the idea by becoming a culinary storyteller. Usually seen as the adventurous one for her food choices, she enjoys helping others step outside their comfort zone and discover things they never imagined they’d like, or even try.

Originally from Chicago, but having called Atlanta home for many years, the world’s busiest airport makes it convenient for Jennifer to indulge her passion for travel, as well. During the day, she advocates for underserved communities, developing programs that help them gain access to justice. As a food tour guide, she participates in community building in a different way, exposing people to unexpected hidden gems and bringing people together whose paths might not have otherwise crossed. Jennifer loves the fact that a simple meal can often become an experience to connect people and create great memories.

Culinary Storyteller

Emily Pearse

Favorite Atlanta Neighborhood: Inman Park
Drink of Choice: Penicillin Cocktail
Preferred French Fry: Chik-fil-A Fries

Emily is a comedic actress, originally from Florida. She developed a deep love for the deep south after spending her college years at Florida State University, only 40 minutes from the Georgia border! From there, she moved to the west coast for 3 years to build her acting network in Los Angeles, but the south kept calling. It was something about the southern hospitality and the incredible food that made her want to head back east. (Not to mention Atlanta's booming film and television market!)

From a young age, Emily remembers helping her mother making holiday treats from treasured family recipes, like her grandmother's coveted white fudge recipe. She believes food has a way of bringing people together and making us feel connected with our past. Now she is so excited to share her combined love of theater, comedy, and great cuisine through culinary storytelling with Atlanta Food Walks.

Culinary Storyteller

Kevin Saunders

Favorite Atlanta Neighborhood: Decatur
Drink of Choice: Whiskey sour
Preferred French Fry: Chik-fil-A

Kevin Saunders was born and raised in Maryland, right outside Washington D.C. He relocated to Atlanta 3 years ago to further his acting career and has become a huge advocate for Georgia filmmaking. Georgia is one of the busiest filming locations in the world, so it only made sense to transition here. But Kevin has fallen in love with the city and all it has to offer even outside the film industry.

When he's not on set, Kevin LOVES finding new places to eat. Currently, residing in Decatur, he frequents awesome restaurants like Brick Store Pub Leon's Full Service, and Jenny's Ice Cream. He believes food brings people together and a way that breaks cultural and societal barriers. I mean really, who doesn't love good food!? So, if you want or have any suggestions for great places to break bread, feel free to let him know!

General Manager

Margaret Spencer

Favorite Atlanta Neighborhood: Kirkwood
Drink of Choice: Wine
Preferred French Fry: Wrecking Bar

Margaret grew up in Minnesota but fell in love with the city of Atlanta when she moved here in 2010. She is a chiropractor by day, professional belly dancer sometimes, and Atlanta lover always. She is happy Atlanta is so dog friendly because she has two dogs, named Gryffindor and James Potter, that bring her much love and joy.

Culinary Storyteller

Kristin Storla

Favorite Atlanta Neighborhood: Decatur
Drink of Choice: Blackberry Bourbon Smash
Preferred French Fry: Belgian Fries at the Porter

Kristin Storla is a native Georgia peach. Brought up in Marietta, college in Columbus, and now here in Atlanta, Kristin has stayed close to home for the ever-evolving food and entertainment scene. Kristin found the perfect balance of mixing her two passions, good food and even better people, as a Culinary Storyteller. She makes a hobby of exploring the culinary nooks-and-crannies in Atlanta, eating her way through local favorites. Taking those two passions a step further, Kristin has even started a dinner club among friends.

Not just a foodie, Kristin works as a freelance actor and fight director. She’s worked with local companies such as The Shakespeare Tavern, Out of Box, Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare, and The Center for Puppetry Arts BUT her favorite roles have always been ones where she can eat on stage! She can not only tell you where to grab a great bite, but where to catch an amazing performance in town. Her dream in life is to host a competitive cooking tv show.

Culinary Storyteller

Joy Warren

Favorite Atlanta Neighborhood: Buckhead
Drink of Choice: Mojito
Preferred French Fry: Chik-Fil-A Waffle Fries (dipped in Chik-Fil-A sauce, of course

Joy Warren lives up to her name because she exudes joy in life, food, and people. She is an inspirational author of the recently published youth inspirational book “Kingdom Star”, and singer/songwriter from Virginia where she attended Hampton University. As a musician, she has worked with Grammy Award-winning producers and artists from all over the country. However, she attributes the majority of her passion and growth as a person to her time serving in her family’s church as worship leader and youth pastor for a combined total of 18 years. Joy also founded the local social activism organization called The iForgive Movement, a movement to help relieve injustice through the simplicity and foolishness of forgiveness.

Joy grew up in Virginia Beach but loves the energy, opportunity, and history of Atlanta. She enjoys meeting new people, and making people laugh and feel loved, because hospitality is not just a southern thing: it’s a way of life!

Culinary Storyteller

Jamie Weiss

Favorite Atlanta Neighborhood: O4W
Drink of Choice: Cel-Ray Collins
Preferred French Fry: Sesame Fries at Hankook Taqueria

Jamie is one of the Georgia Peachiest, born and raised here in Atlanta. Coming from a family of cooks and food-people, she has eaten her way through Atlanta’s robust culinary scene her whole life with no plans of stopping! Currently a full-time student at Oglethorpe University studying Communications, she genuinely loves learning and picking up any kind of trivia to share every chance she gets. She’s probably the coolest nerd we know!

Although she is no stranger to Atlanta’s finest dining, Jamie prides herself on being well-versed in local dives, hidden gems, and professional wrestling. When Jamie isn’t studying or leading food tours, she likes to take her corgi, Felix, on long walks down the Beltline or kicking-back with some TV or a podcast.

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