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Go-To Guide: Tyler Williams Edition

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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.

Tyler Williams. [Photo: Alex Lassiter]

In this edition, we hear from Tyler Williams, chef at Woodfire Grill. Williams took a long path to the South, growing up in a Michigan farming community, then studying cultural geography at Arizona State before getting on the culinary bandwagon at the Western Culinary Institute. He's since worked in Portland (at Genoa) and Chicago (at Moto, Graham Elliot, and Gemini Bistro) before heading to Atlanta in 2010 to become sous chef at Anne Quatrano's Bacchanalia, then executive chef at Abattoir before his recent move to Woodfire Grill. He's proven himself well during his time in the South—he's already been named an Eater Atlanta Chef of the Year and an Atlanta Rising Star Chef. Here are the places he likes to dine when he's not crafting a local-friendly, daily-changing, AJC-four-star-garnering menu over at Woodfire.

Weekend breakfast:
Canton House

Quickie lunch:

Casual dinner:
Alfredo's or Taka

Ethnic restaurant:
Shoya Izakaya

Late-night snacks and booze:
Taqueria El Rey Del Taco or Cafe Agora

Fancy night out:
Woodfire Grill or Bacchanalia

Top five Atlanta restaurants not mentioned above:
4th & Swift
Century House Tavern
Peter Chang's Tasty China

Out-of-town fave (regional):
Trattoria Lucca (Charleston)

Out-of-town fave (national):
Pok Pok PDX (Portland)
Graham Elliot (Chicago)
Saison (San Francisco)

Out-of-the-whole-country fave:
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London)
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1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033 404 633 9233


753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 404 577 2332


1460 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 365-0410 Visit Website

Woodfire Grill

1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324 Visit Website

Shoya Izakaya

6035 Peachtree Road, , GA 30340 (770) 457-5555 Visit Website