10 peach dishes you need to try now

Local restaurants dish up the state fruit in desserts, cocktails, and savory dishes

Courtesy of The Optimist

Given that our ubiquitous state fruit has made its way onto our license plates and street signs on practically every corner, it should come as no surprise that local chefs are also tinkering with the Georgia peach in a number of creative ways. We suggest getting your fill now while the fruit is at the peak of its season.

1.The Optimist: Fried peach pie

Local peaches from Pearson Farm tossed in cinnamon-sugar are stuffed into a deep-fried pie dough pocket, and finished off with white pepper ice cream and peach caramel. theoptimistrestaurant.com

2. Revolution Donuts: Peach slider

The landmark Decatur donut shop sandwiches a gooey, sweet stack of sliced peaches into a yeasty, sugar-crusted puff of a donut. revolutiondoughnuts.com

3. Star Provisions: Peach cupcake

A quiet contender for one of the best spots to grab a cupcake, the deli at Star Provisions pipes peach jam into a dense vanilla cake and caps the top with a pink, peachy frosting. starprovisions.com

4Sublime Doughnuts: White chocolate peach fritter

Peach chunks are mixed into a fritter batter before being fried, glazed, and drizzled in white chocolate. sublimedoughnuts.com

5. Farm Burger: No. 5 Peach burger

All three locations currently offer the seasonal “No. 5” on their menu: Georgia peach chutney over the burger of your choice (veggie quinoa, grassfed beef, or chicken,) finished off with a creamy smear of local goat cheese and fresh arugula. farmburger.net

6. Grindhouse Killer Burgers: Booty Shake milkshake

Spiked with a hefty dose of peach liqueur and bird dog peach whiskey, this deceptively potent shake is flecked with chunks of actual fruit. grindhouseburgers.com

7. King of Pops: Peach Popsicle

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a fresh peach pop, from King of Pops.
Available around town and at various ITP and OTP farmers markets. atlanta.kingofpops.net

8. Westside Creamery: Peach ice creams and sorbet

This roaming ice cream truck scoops up a Georgia Peach flavored ice cream, a ginger-peach flavor, and a “Very Peachy” sorbet. To find them, visit westsidecreamery.com Also look for them at the Piedmont Park’s Ice Cream Festival on July 26th.

9. Miller Union: Peach Cobbler

What would this  list be without a peach cobbler? Pamela Moxley nestles local peaches under a sweet buttermilk shortcake and tops it with a homemade lemon chamomile ice cream. Moxley says it’s a crowd favorite, so she’ll be keeping it on the dessert menu for at least a few more weeks. millerunion.com

10.   Polaris: Signature peach daiquiri

Now that this Atlanta icon spins again, they’ve brought back a modern rendition of their signature retro favorite, which bartenders have been mixing up at the Polaris since 1967. Enjoy the view while sipping on a blend of Highwest Peach Vodka, peach essence, and fresh mint from the hotel rooftop garden. facebook.com/PolarisAtlanta