CHAMBLEE, Ga-- Buford Highway is a ribbon of asphalt that runs from Midtown to Gwinnett County. It may be the most diverse stretch of road in all of Georgia. One couple is exploring that diversity by eating at every single restaurant in order going north. Along the way, they learned a lot about food. And themselves.
It's been seven miles, 130 weeks, and 100 restaurants. Emily Allred and her husband have been eating their way up Buford Highway.
The adventure has been occasionally harrowing: "I have run across a couple of scary health failures. Our worst was a score in the 30's, but we did manage to get one with a score in the teens, which was kind of terrifying."
It is sometimes bewildering: "I wouldn't have driven behind the gentleman's club to see if there was a restaurant there if I wasn't doing this project."
But, mostly, it's been delicious.
Emily found the best restaurants were authentic instead of Americanized, but that meant signs not always in English and customs not always obvious. It meant finding a new comfort zone.
"It's all about overcoming our own prejudices and preconceived notions, and just going to a place and giving it a solid shot," she told 11Alive's Julie Wolfe.
Friday, Emily released her 100th Buford Highway food blog called Spatial Drift. It includes a best of.... For now.
Emily's fortune cookie at one of her favorite spots said it all:"Life to you is a dashing and bold adventure."
There are still miles to go, food to eat, adventure to be had.
Have you tried restaurants along Buford Highway? Leave your reviews in the comments section.