Atlanta has a lot of fabulous, drool-inducing restaurants featuring all types of cuisines - but when it comes to naming the best of the best, the James Beard Foundation is looked upon as a top authority in deliciousness.
Each year they release a ranking of the top restaurants and chefs across the country. Atlanta has a few spots that consistently land on the list, and the city's newbies are always in hot pursuit of the Best New Restaurant award. Below you'll find a few of our Atlanta favorites that have been recognized by the James Beard Foundation.
Chef Linton Hopkins
Address2277 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
Chef Linton Hopkins received the honor of Best Chef in the Southeast in 2012, and his restaurant Holeman and Finch is up for best bar program in 2013. Hopkins is no stranger to the James Beard list, he's been up for Best Chef in the Southeast for several years in a row. In Atlanta, you can sample his handiwork at not only Holeman and Finch but also his well-known special occasion spot Restaurant Eugene.
Chef Hugh Acheson
Hugh Acheson is no stranger to Bravo fans. One of Atlanta's own Top Chef reps, Acheson (along with his quirky Southern charm) have left their mark on Top Chef Masters and as a reoccurring judge on Top Chef. Acheson shared the honor of Best Chef with Linton Hopkins in 2012, and Athens, GA his restaurant Five and Ten is a 2013 nominee for Outstanding Wine Program. Acheson has also gained recognition for his cookbook, A New Turn in the South. Try his fresh take on Southern cuisine at Empire State South in Midtown.
Address1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
Around these parts, you'll find plenty of folks that are bitter about Atlanta being snubbed by those that dole out Michelin stars - especially when it comes to the staple of Atlanta fine dining known as Bacchanalia. Luckily, the team at the James Beard Foundation knows their stuff, recognizing Bacchanalia over and over again for more than 10 years. Sample Chef Anne Quatrano's creations at Bacchanalia or Floataway Café, and pick up some stellar ingredients for your own award winning creations at Star Provisions.
Taqueria del Sol
Address1200 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-4346, USA
Our own little taco stand, with several locations around Atlanta, has been recognized three times by the James Beard Foundation in the “Outstanding Restaurateur” category. Their tacos just plain rock, with weekly specials that have loyal fan followings. On any given day you'll find a long line of hungry taco fiends waiting to order from the counter, but don't let that scare you off - they are pros at handling the crowds.
More Top Restaurants
Other hits over the years include:
- Ford Fry's dynasty, which includes JCT. Kitchen, No. 246, and The Optimist
- Farm to table standout Miller Union
- Decatur favorite Cakes and Ale
- Another Top Chef fave, Kevin Gillespie, has been recognized as a rising star