The General Muir and The Optimist are two of the 50 nominees for Bon Appetit's best new restaurants. The General Muir opened in January of this year in Emory Point from the West Egg team and executive chef Todd Ginsberg. The Optimist is the third restaurant from Atlanta empire builder Ford Fry; since it started serving in May of 2012, Fry has opened another eatery and announced two more projects (here and here). Read what Bon Appetit has to say about the Jewish deli and the seafood spot below, and do see the full list here.
On the General Muir:
A real, New York—style Jewish deli in Atlanta? Believe it. The classics are all here: matzo-ball soup, piled-high pastrami sandwiches, lox-and-bagel. Everything from those bagels to the General's pastrami is made in house, and nouveau dishes—like, gasp, poutine—join them. The appealing space, with black-and-white checkered floors and subway-tiled walls, feels less like the well-worn delis of days gone by and more like the ones of the future.
ON THE MENU Burgers topped with crispy pastrami and Gruyère; classic pastrami on rye; prune-stuffed gnocchi with oxtail
WE ALSO LOVE That co-owner Jennifer Johnson named this deli after the ship on which her grandparents came to New York in 1949
On The Optimist:
The old-school fish house has been reborn in this outsize seafood emporium, outfitted in sleek white tile and floor-to-ceiling windows. The vibe of the vast, high-volume space is nautical-chic. The seafood-centric menu is built to match, with head-on Georgia shrimp in a buttery chile-lime sauce and clam and lobster rolls that would make any New Englander proud.· 50 Nominees for the Best New Restaurants in America 2013 [BA]
ON THE MENU Skate wing schnitzel; fish and chips with malt vinegar aioli; NC tripletail in herbed lime broth; white shrimp a la plancha with "sopping" toast
WE ALSO LOVE The putting green outside, where you can practice your golf game until your table is called
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