Ever wonder where your favorite local chefs love to chow down? Us, too. Thus Eater Atlanta gives you its new Go-To Guide—your chef's guide to Atlanta, the southeast, and beyond. First up, our city's own celeb chef Hugh Acheson. When he's not busy with Atlanta's Empire State South or Athens's Five & Ten and the National, he's appearing as a judge on Top Chef and planning a new restaurant in Savannah. The man clearly gets around, so let's see what he's eating and where he's eating it, shall we?
My house or Waffle House.
Los Amigos Supermercado in Athens, GA. Great tacos.
Umaido in Suwanee, GA. Ramen of the suburban gods.
Gu's Bistro in Doraville, GA. Szechuan that will make you cry happy, albeit spicy, tears.
Late-night snacks and booze:
Popcorn and bourbon. My house. Safer that way.
Or, Cafe Agora in midtown Atlanta. Booze at my apartment. Safer that way.
Fancy night out:
Tomo. I love sushi.
Top five Atlanta restaurants not mentioned above:
Cakes & Ale
Holeman & Finch
Out-of-town faves (regional):
SeeWee, Awendaw, SC, for simple seafood.
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, AL, for dining at the most iconic American restaurant.
The Ordinary, Charleston, SC, for great seafood in a lovely building.
Lantern, Chapel Hill. Amazing food by Andrea Reusing. Then go to a Carolina basketball game!
Cochon Butcher, New Orleans. Muffaletta. 'Nuf said.
Out-of-town faves (national):
Grand Central Oyster Bar, NYC. Timeless.
Gramercy Tavern, NYC
Au Cheval, Chicago
Le Pigeon, Portland
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