Occupying a soaring Renzo Piano-designed glass space inside the Woodruff Arts Center, this hip, minimalist brasserie has what may be Atlanta's most dramatic dining room. High Museum visitors and tourists gather here at lunchtime, and Chef Todd Immel pleases them with a relatively tame lunch menu (chicken Caesar salads, crab cakes, and Flatiron steaks). At night, though, the restaurant is a hub for hip foodie locals—and Immel kicks things up a notch with more creative à la carte choices (foie gras trochon with brioche and quince-orange jam; mint tagliatelle with a savory lamb ragu). There's also a frequently changing lineup of tapas dishes—great for nibbling alongside selections from the excellent, globe-spanning wine list.
Tip: Save room for dessert. Some of the most innovative dishes on the menu are sweets: try the Meyer lemon cake with tarragon ice cream and a dollop of pillowy meringue.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
A popular haunt of the city’s food critics and chefs, this unremarkable-looking tapas bar near Retiro Park serves chef David Laredo’s exquisite market-driven dishes. The wine list is heavy on interesting choices, such as Sketch, a biodynamic Albariño.
We loved: , a thick gazpacho; seasonal vegetable tempura with sweet sherry vinegar.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.