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Go-To Guide: Steven Satterfield Edition

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.
Steven Satterfield. [Photo: Matthew Wong]

In November 2009, Steven Satterfield and Neal McCarthy opened on the Westside what would become one of Atlanta's favorite farm-to-table restaurants, Miller Union. Since then, it's received local and national acclaim and become a destination for anybody who cares about ethically produced and thoughtfully prepared food. Chef Satterfield comes from an arts background (architecture program at Georgia Tech and rocking the guitar for his band, Seely), but in between gigs he found cooking and landed at Floataway Café then Watershed before opening Miller Union; he also became an advocate for groups like Slow Food Atlanta, Georgia Organics, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Next January, he'll publish his debut cookbook, Root to Leaf, focused on veggies (naturally). Satterfield took a break to let us in on his go-to spots for good food in Atlanta and elsewhere.

Weekend brunchfast:
Saturday: Ria's Bluebird. Ria's is an Atlanta mainstay with simple, well-made breakfast. It was sad to lose her in 2013, which is all the more reason to support this little gem that keeps on going.
Sunday: Cakes & Ale (just opened for brunch). Have not been yet, but it is number one on my bucket list

Quickie lunch:
Taqueria del Sol. Inexpensive and satisfying, this taqueria is impressively consistent, and everything is really good. My go-to is a carnita with a side of turnip greens.

Casual dinner:
BoccaLupo. Within walking distance of my house. Bruce Logue is inventive, creative, and has fun with Italian food.

BBQ joint:
Community Q. Great owners, great vegetable sides are well done, and kick-ass barbecue.

Ethnic restaurant(s):
Cardamom Hill. Asha Gomez is the queen of exotic deliciousness. I am addicted to her food— I'm pretty sure that there is crack in it.

Late-night snacks and booze:
Octopus Bar. Nhan and Angus keep it interesting and fun and it's always a little rowdy, which I like.

Fancy night out:
Bacchanalia. Anne Quatrano and her amazing staff always impress with seasonally succinct dishes that never disappoint.

Top five Atlanta restaurants not mentioned above:
4th and Swift
Floataway Cafe
Miller Union
Holeman & Finch Public House
Empire State South

Out-of-town fave (regional):
Fig or McCrady's (Charleston). It's a tie and I love both. Very different experiences, but equally amazing food.

Out-of-town fave (national):
Chez Panisse or Gramercy Tavern. Also a tie, both have impeccable sourcing, high standards, and make simple, delicious food.

Out-of-the-whole-country fave:
I'm going to San Sebastián in September and look forward to eating my way around this fascinating region of Spain.
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753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 404 577 2332

Community Q BBQ

1361 Clairmont Road, , GA 30033 (404) 633-2080 Visit Website


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

Octopus Bar

560 Gresham Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 627-9911 Visit Website

Cardamom Hill

1700 Northside Drive NW , Atlanta, GA 30318 404-549-7012

Cakes & Ale

155 Sycamore Street, , GA 30030 (404) 377-7994 Visit Website

Empire State South

999 Peachtree Street Northeast, , GA 30309 (404) 541-1105 Visit Website

Holeman and Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Road Northwest, , GA 30309 (404) 948-1175 Visit Website

Floataway Cafe

1123 Zonolite Road Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 892-1414 Visit Website

Miller Union

999 Brady Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 (678) 733-8550 Visit Website