The Café at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Reviving the regional menu at this North Atlanta landmark is chef de cuisine Todd Richards, previously of the AAA Five-Diamond Oakroom in Kentucky as well as the famed One Flew South at the ATL Airport. Surrounded by rich wood paneling, the café features delicate glass lamps, plush red blanquettes, and well-spaced tables, as well as an extensive wine cellar and seasonal outdoor patio. Modern American fare is served all day, although diners often opt for the Sunday brunch, which features a champagne bar, live jazz, and more than 50 dishes ranging from artisan cheeses to chilled seafood.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.