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More High Praise for Staplehouse, O4W's 'Contemporary Mom-and-Pop Eatery'

It's your weekly roundup of Atlanta restaurant reviews

Andrew Thomas Lee

Another week, another stellar review for Staplehouse. This time it's Creative Loafing's Jennifer Zyman, who awards the Old Fourth Ward restaurant an "excellent" rating of four out of five stars. Zyman says chef Ryan Smith, executing his own vision for the first time, is cooking the best food of his career:

Smith, who has worked under great chefs such as Restaurant Eugene's Linton Hopkins and Hugh Acheson of Empire State South, was recognized early on for his skill. He left his post at Empire State South in fall 2013 to focus on launching Staplehouse with copartners, Jen, Business Manager and TGK Spokesperson, and Kara, the restaurant's general manager. Prior to this venture, Smith's career had always consisted of executing, albeit collaboratively, someone else's vision. This is the first time we're getting to experience Smith's blend of regional, New American-modernist cuisine unfiltered. ... Between this family's hospitality and Smith's refreshing food, Staplehouse humbly redefines what a contemporary mom-and-pop eatery can be.

THE ELSEWHERE AND THE BLOGS: Atlanta Food Critic says Morningside Kitchen is a restaurant that will make diners want to return for more. Atlanta Restaurant Blog likes Urban Tree Cidery as an alternative to a session of beer drinking. Hot Dish Review finds extravagance at The Capital Grille. Friday Date Night says Atlanta Fish Market is good for dining and people watching. Burgers, Barbecue & Everything else likes the authentic Sichuan tastes at Jia.