Gunshow is ATL’s Culinary Carnival

January 29, 2016 | By | Comments (5)

Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow will make you fall in love– all over again– with eating out. One part gustation, one part recreation (and another part eye candy), 12523898 1197642356931821 7043428418969506275 n Gunshow is ATLs Culinary Carnivalthe open-concept eatery in Atlanta’s Glenwood Park neighborhood shows off, in its simplest form, what it takes to make it.

In plain sight, a handful of chefs create their best dish, portioned to serve 3-4, and sell it table-to-table. Are you thinking dim sum? Yep, it’s irreverent haute cuisine via cart.

And when two young guns arrive at once, it’s a gunshow. Will you pick one dish or both? The menu keeps tally with check marks (and is only calculated when you reluctantly say no mas).

The offerings are ever changing, making it relevant to revisit. Highlights for me were a steak tartare on an tapioca crisp, precisely seasoned and ridiculously memorable and fried chicken purportedly soaked in buttermilk for days.

Drinks arrive by bar cart with cocktails crafted table side. Dessert is trumped by the greatest banana pudding I’ve ever laid my eyes (or spoon) on. I’m comfortable describing it as epic.

2015-04-16 20.30.12Do you need a reservation to partake at Gunshow? Absolutely and you’ll be seated at communal tables that only heighten the carnival experience (we ogled our tablemates’ choices, asked questions and debated favorite dishes).

If we lived in the ATL I’d be a Gunshow regular, so here’s hoping Chef Gillespie will consider replicating his winning concept near me in Greenville.

EXTRA EXTRA: Check out Gunshow’s Hired Guns Series for 2016. These ticketed dinners cast all star southern talent for two nights only.

Top Chef alum Bryan Voltaggio slings his wares with the Gunshow team this Sunday and Monday. March features Vishwesh Bhatt from Snackbar in Oxford. May brings Brian Baxter from HUSK Nashville. June offers up Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach and next fall Vivian Howard arrives from Chef & the Farmer in Kinston! Check out how to obtain a golden ticket at Xorbia.



  1. Steph Burnette

    I would drive to Atlanta just for the banana pudding!

    January 30, 2016 at 10:59 am
  2. Chloe Rodgers

    This is such a cool concept! Also, I need that banana pudding.

    January 29, 2016 at 3:56 pm
  3. Kathleen

    Thank you Steph, for taking the time to let me know. I really appreciate it & good for Kevin. Glad to know I’m not the only parent who takes kids to gunshows. Nowadays, my grown son takes me.

    January 29, 2016 at 10:36 am
  4. Steph Burnette

    Thank you for your input. The restaurant owner, Kevin Gillespie, went to gunshows with his father, so the name is an homage to their shared experience.

    January 29, 2016 at 9:21 am
  5. Kathleen

    Darn, I was hoping this was actually going to be about firearms or hunting.
    Seriously, I wish y’all would if not copy “Garden & Gun”, at least cover some outdoor/hunting type activities in the South. That’s a part of our heritage, too.

    January 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

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