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Atlanta’s Dining Gurus Share Their Favorite Meals of 2016

The best of the best

The main dining room at Staplehouse.
Andrew Thomas Lee

Eater’s countdown to 2017 continues with a look back on the standout meals of 2016. A few Atlanta dining pros share their favorites from the last 12 months.

Angela Hansberger, Creative Loafing contributor

Easily, 21 courses with my best friend at Jose Andres' é. In the South, it would have to be an evening at Blackberry Farm. I will never forget Cassidee Dabney's poached farm egg and smoked chicken broth over Anson Mill grits. All of the Red Beans Road Show meals that Pableaux Johnson brought to Atlanta are high on my list. I love how he encourages new friendships over red beans. The James Beard dinner at The General Muir was outstanding with a talented group of Atlanta chefs and Richard Neal's memorable pickled Georgia clam pilau with fennel and green tomato.

Brad Kaplan, Thirsty South founder and Creative Loafing contributor

This won't be a surprise — but Ryan Smith and the whole crew at Staplehouse have set a new bar for Atlanta dining. It's not the fanciest, which is maybe what helps make it the best — meals at Staplehouse just feel right.

Beth McKibben, Eater Atlanta contributor

Every time I dined at chef Jarrett Stieber's Eat Me Speak Me for Sunday night omakase. Also, the last night of the tasting menu at Staplehouse was one of the most beautiful meals I had all year.

Chris Fuhrmeister, Eater Atlanta editor

There are many in contention. B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue on opening day was a hit. That whole-hog sandwich topped with slaw, that hash and rice — it all left me pounding my fist on the table. Obviously, every meal at Staplehouse is a celebration. Jessica Koslow coming to town and serving her ricotta toast and rice bowl was a treat and a nice reminder of dining at Sqirl in Los Angeles. Le Coucou in New York was French excellence. But, eating the entire Thai menu at Night Market + Song in Los Angeles topped them all. I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

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