Food & Drink


Saturday, May 4th l Taste of East Cobb

May 4th at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church from 11am-5pm.  Enjoy local restaurants, shopping, live jazz music, and kid’s activities including huge inflatables, sand art, and face painting.  Rain or shine. $1 to $5 per taste.

Saturday, May 4th  l Taste of West Cobb

Taste of West Cobb is an annual event featuring dishes from some of the best restaurants in the area as well as musical entertainment by area schools. Proceeds benefit the Hillgrove High School Band.

Sunday, April 28th l Taste of Marietta

One of the largest and tastiest events in Georgia takes place on the Historic Marietta Square from 11am-7pm. An impressive variety of restaurants, it has doubled in size over the past 10 years and consistently been named a top festival in Cobb County.

Local Business Giving Shout Out to Other Local Businesses

The good folks over at Harry Norman, Realtors - Cobb Marietta never make things “all about them” in this space. This issue, the real estate brokerage over on Whitlock Avenue has chosen to give a shout out to four other local business owners and find out what they love most about Marietta.  Read on!

Traton Homes |

Bill, Milburn, Clif, and Chris Poston own this local home building company. Bill, Clif and Chris all live less than 1 mile from their office on Kennesaw Avenue. You can frequently catch the Postons on the Marietta Square at Two Birds, Shillings, or Thaicoon. They are all excited about the new Marietta Market that is opening and live close enough to walk there.  What they like best about Marietta life is that in the vast suburbs of Cobb County Marietta has small town roots and you see your friends and neighbors in town. Editor’s note: A couple of their downtown Marietta projects include: The Registry at Marietta Square townhomes and North Square townhomes

Two Birds Taphouse |

Jeff and Rachel Byrd, along with their son Dan, own this new Marietta staple.  They live in Keeler Woods and they drive 1.2 miles to work.  Jeff and Rachel moved here in 1987 and what they like best about Marietta is the support of their friends.  They say their business feels like an extension of their church family.  When the Byrds are not at their restaurant they like to frequent Kiosko, Spring, and Hoboken Café on Whitlock as well as the Marietta Theater Company. Editor’s note: They’ve got quite a following on Instagram so head over there to learn when one of their resident bands (Chip McGuire Band, The Hearsay, Battlefield Collective) are playing. We’ve heard Two Birds described as a “Modern Day Cheers.” 

King, Yaklin, & Wilkins LLP

Marietta native, Russ King is a partner at King, Yaklin, & Wilkins LLP.  Russ practices contract and family law and he has a 1.5 mile commute to the his office on the Marietta Square.  Russ went to Marietta High School as did both of his children and at least twice a week Russ can be found on the Square at Two Birds, McCrackens, or Stockyard.  What Russ likes best about Marietta is the mix of history with new on trend eateries. Editor’s note: We believe those who grew up in Marietta, went to Marietta schools, bought Marietta homes, raised their families and built businesses in Marietta are exactly the types of people we like to write about. 

Mayes Ward – Dobbins |

James Southerland is a funeral director at Mayes Ward located just off the Marietta Square on Church Street.  He and his wife, Mary Ansley, live in Oakton and both work less than 5 minutes away from where they work.  Both James and Mary Ansley grew up in Marietta and went to MHS and both of their kids are MHS graduates as well.  Whether they are eating at Shillings or Thaicoon or seeing a movie or musical act at the Strand the Southerlands are frequently seen on the square.  They say the proximity of their house to where they work and recreate is the best thing about Marietta. Editor’s note: Here is another individual who has grown up in Marietta, raised his family here, and continues to live, work and play here even as his own children have grown. We visited their website and were greeted with, “Everyone’s life is unique, worth celebrating and honoring.” We couldn’t agree more.

Cousins Maine Lobster Opens at Marietta Market


Maine Roll, 17.50

Maine lobster, served chilled, touch of mayo, 

New England style roll

Connecticut Roll, 17.50

Maine lobster, served warm with butter and lemon, 

New England style roll

Lobster Grilled Cheese, 15.50

Maine lobster, pepper jack & 

cheddar cheeses, Texas style toast

Lobster BLT, 16.50

Maine lobster, bacon, sliced tomato, mixed greens, 

herb spiced aioli, artisan bun

Maine Harvest Salad, 9.50

Mixed greens, white balsamic vinaigrette, hazelnuts, 

butternut squash, dried cranberries, avocado, 

crumbled goat cheese (+ lobster, 7.50)


Grilled Cheese, Cheese Quesadilla served with tots, 7.50

Maine “Red Snapper” Dog, served with tots, 5


Lobster Tail & Tots, 16.50

Maine’s ultimate luxury. 4 - 5 oz. lobster tail in shell, 

served with drawn butter and side of tater tots

Lobster Quesadilla, 16.50

Maine lobster, grated cheese, pico de gallo, 

cilantro lime sauce, flour tortilla 


Lobster Tacos (3), 16.50

Maine lobster, served with cabbage, pico de gallo, cilantro lime sauce on flour tortillas (swap corn tortilla for GF)

Fish & Chips, 14.50

Lightly battered and friend haddock served with fries,  lemon and tartar sauce


New England Clam Chowder, 7.50/9.50 (GF)

Consists of hand-shucked Maine clams in a rich, roux-thickened fish stock, tempered light cream, rendered salt pork and sauteed onions, tender potatoes

Lobster Bisque, 7.50/9.50 (GF)

Maine lobster in a roux-thickened stock, complemented with Spanish sherry, light cream and a dash of white pepper.



Get your taste buds and dancing shoes ready for Taste of Marietta, one of the largest and most exciting food festivals in Georgia, as it celebrates its 26th year.

Marietta Magazine picks 3 restaurants not to miss at this year’s event!

3 to Taste: Sushiology, Hawg & Ale Smokehouse, Skewers on the Square

Hawg & Ale Smokehouse

25 Powder Springs St./30064  | (678) 780-4294 |

M-Th. 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat. 11am-Midnight; Sun. 11am-10pm

Skewers On the Square | (678) 909-2677

34 Powder Springs St. Marietta, GA 30064


1615 Ridenour Blvd., Kennesaw GA

Hawg & Ale Smokehouse

Stop by Hawg & Ale Smokehouse at Taste of Marietta! Below is a snapshot of their menu to get your mouth watering ahead of time!


Pork Rinds & Queso

Freshly fried and served with our house 

cheese sauce, BBQ Nachos

Waffle fries topped with pulled pork, shredded 

cheese and house BBQ sauce

1 pound of Wings

A pound of our hickory smoked wings served plain, 

dry rubbed or tossed in our house BBQ sauce, 

served with a side of Dawg Sauce.


Brisket Patty Melt

Chopped, smoked brisket, grilled onions, cheddar 

& provolone cheeses, house sauce, grilled Texas toast.

Un-porked Sandwich, (vegetarian)

Smoked zucchini, squash and portobello mushroom 

topped with house sauce, arugula, chipotle mayo 

and served on a Brioche bun

Square Sandwich

Chopped, smoked brisket, bacon, grilled onions, 

cheese sauce and served on Texas toast


If you can’t decide on just one meat, then the 

Combo Plate or Heap of Meat plate is for you. 

Combo Plate

Pick 2: pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket, turkey

Heap of Meat

Pick 3: pork chicken, brisket, 1/4 rack of ribs, turkey


Smoked St. Louis ribs are served 

with a choice of 2 small regular sides

Full Rack

Half Rack

Quarter Rack


Hot Mess

Homemade mac & cheese topped with smoked pulled 

pork and house sauce. Served with Texas toast. 

 - displaying a very small sample of the full menu

Skewers on the Square

Stop by Skewers on the Square at Taste of Marietta! Here is a sample of their menu!


Pomegranate Mimosas

- served Sundays, 11am to 3pm.

Mediterranean Breakfast

Fried Halloumi cheese, bacon, zucchini scrambled eggs, grilled pita, and Greek yogurt parfait.

American Breakfast

Cheddar scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, buttermilk biscuits or pancakes. 

Beduin Breakfast

Hummus with beef and pine nuts, eggs with fresh tomatoes, kefir cheese in house infused olive oil, served with fresh baked toasted pita.


Cheeseburger on a Skewer

Fried Chicken Tenders Skewer


Grilled Ribeye Skewers

Served with asparagus, fries, and a side salad

Bulgogi Marinated Korean Steak

Served with rice, romaine, Kimchi, and garlic cloves

peanut coconut Thai shrimp or chicken skewers and

served w/rice, asparagus, curried cabbage, mango slices

Mesquite Smoked Pork Skewers

Served with fries and side of mac & cheese

Tandoori Grill Minced Lamb Skewers

Served with Basmati rice and curried cabbage

Indian Chicken Skewers

Served with Basmati rice and Tzatziki sauce

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Garlic Sauce

Served with Lebanese thin bread with hummus and fries

Bon Fillet Fajita Steak Skewers

Served w/avocado, red pepper, green pepper, rice, tortillas

Publisher's Post - Premier issue!



This is intended to be a statement - the confident answer to the question, “Where are you from?” or “Where do you live?”  Marietta.

Hi!  I love harvest time, don’t you?  We’ve been working all summer to get this premier issue to press, and we are so excited to get to share it with everyone!  My name is Nicole Shea, and I live in this wonderful city of Marietta, also once referred to as “The Gem City,” with my husband and two kids.  I am new to the magazine business, but have a heart for getting to know the stories behind the fabulousness of this town.  

Who are we?  What is our vision for this new publication?  We are a group of local writers, graphic designers, photographers, foodies and Marietta-lovers who are on a mission to help small communities thrive.  To stay true to our name, we have a few rules - boundaries:

1.  We will only write about Marietta people, places and things.  If it doesn’t have a Marietta address, it won’t really fit our mission of being a local lifestyle magazine just for Marietta.

2.  We aren’t concerned with incorporated or unincorporated boundary lines or outdated ways of differentiating between north, south, east, and west Cobb - if you have a Marietta address then we think you’ll connect with our magazine.

3.  We’re not a newspaper, and we won’t try to be because we wouldn’t be very good at it.  We will focus on sharing the greatest local stories about festivals, philanthropy, local entrepreneurs, the arts and theatre, our history, new developments and everybody’s favorite:  food and drink.

Our promise to be interesting, creative and optimistic.  We hope you enjoy reading all about Marietta and what makes it such a GEM!

The November/December issue will be packed with our local holiday favorites, so be sure to subscribe TODAY!  


Nicole Shea