Ever wonder where your favorite local chefs love to chow down? Us, too. Thus Eater Atlanta gives you its Go-To Guide—your chef's guide to Atlanta, the southeast, and beyond.
Anne Quatrano is one of the country's best chefs, period. Together with her husband, chef Clifford Harrison, she operates some of Atlanta's most celebrated restaurants including Bacchanalia, Floataway Cafe, Star Provisions, Quinones at Bacchanalia, and Abattoir. She's one of our city's original farm-to-table visionaries and is the fifth generation to live on her family farm, Summerland, where many of her restaurants' ingredients are grown.
This fall she debuted her first cookbook, Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality, where she puts her 20 years' experience as an ingredient- and story-driven chef on the page. You may have noticed that almost every chef's Go-To Guide to date has mentioned one of Anne Quatrano's restaurants as a favorite. Here, find out where the dame of Atlanta cuisine likes to dine herself.
Watershed. My go-to is the ham steak with redeye gravy.
Miller Union. I love the vegetable plate; Steven's cooking is always so pure.
Floataway Café. My go-to comfort food is the veal & ricotta meatballs.
Community Q. I love their ribs.
Cardamom Hill. I dream about Asha's pork appam.
Late-night snacks and booze:
It's got to be Iranian pistachios & Zibaa's poppycock.
[Is there someplace in Atlanta that you like for late-night snacks and drinks?]
No, we are old and go home.
Fancy night out:
Le Bernadin. It is still my favorite New York dining indulgence.
[In Atlanta,] Miller Union.
Top five Atlanta restaurants not mentioned above:
Holeman & Finch
Out-of-town fave (regional):
Butcher & Bee, Charleston, SC. We love their bold flavors and interpretations of traditional seasoning, like pastrami chicken wings…always using quality ingredients.
Out-of-town fave (national):
Nomad, New York City. We love the hotel and the fantastic restaurant in the lobby is an added bonus—you can dine on delicious fare that is not over plated.
Maison Bras, Laguiole, France. It is my all-time favorite; the views of the Pyrenees Mountains are unbelievable.
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Anne Quatrano. [Photo: John Maley]