Another day, another poll for the 2015 Eater Awards, our sixth annual celebration of all that's made the restaurant world run in the past 12 months. We've already narrowed down finalists for Atlanta's Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year, and next up is So Hot Right Now, recognizing the brand-new restaurants that have made a big impact on the dining scene. The nominees:
There are several Ponce City Market eateries that could go in this space, but Hop's Chicken was one of the first to open in September and it continues to draw long lines. Linton Hopkins' first foray into fried chicken, served in a bucket, on a biscuit, or on a bun, has proven to be a success.
Marcel isn't even tireless restaurateur Ford Fry's latest opening at this point — that honor goes to Bar Margot — but the old-school European steakhouse made a splash when it took over the Abattoir space in July. In her first review for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Ligaya Figureas awarded the restaurant three stars. Dinner is pricey, but deals are to be had at lunch and late-night.
The Kinjo brothers are back. Proprietors of previous MF outposts in Midtown and Buckhead, their newest Atlanta restaurant opened in June in Inman Quarter. A restaurant must be good when the low end of its reviews declare the food to be simply delicious and not transcendent. The more positive reviews are calling it sushi perfection.
Kevin Gillespie's shrine to Southern food opened in the old Harbour House Pub space in July, and it's been tough to get a table ever since. Gillespie and executive chef Andreas Müller hope to remind diners of their grandmothers' cooking, and the fried chicken and cornbread might make a lot of grandmothers jealous.
After much anticipation, Staplehouse opened in September, realizing the dream of Jen Hidinger and late husband Ryan. Chef Ryan Smith is turning out five-course tasting menus in the main dining room, plus a la carte options at the bar and on the back patio. It's the first Atlanta restaurant on the new Tock ticketing system, and proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen.
Polls are open for 24 hours, so cast your vote for Atlanta's hottest new restaurant below. Eater writers and editors will confer and choose a winner from the top three vote-getters.