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Here Are Atlanta’s 2019 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

Ticonderoga Club, Root Baking Co., Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’, and Nolan Wynn of Banshee among Atlanta’s nods

Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

The list of the semifinalists for the 2019 James Beard Foundation awards was just released, and several Atlanta chefs and restaurants made the cut. The annual awards are the equivalent to the “Oscars” in the food world. The finalists are announced on Wednesday, March 27. Winners are announced on Monday, May 6 in Chicago.

Outstanding Baker

Chris Wilkins of Root Baking Co. at Ponce City Market

Outstanding Bar Program

Ticonderoga Club at Krog Street Market

Kimball House in Decatur

Also of note, The Atomic Bar in Birmingham, AL

Best Chef Southeast

Brian So of Spring in Marietta

Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue in Atlanta

Ryan Smith of Staplehouse in Atlanta

Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani in Decatur and Asheville, NC

Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah

Rising Star Chef

Nolan Wynn of Banshee in East Atlanta Village

Outstanding Restaurateur

Chef Hugh Acheson of Empire State South in Atlanta and Five & Ten and The National in Athens

Steve Palmer of The Indigo Road restaurant group — Donetto, O-Ku, Colletta, Oak Steakhouse, and Tiny Lou’s in Atlanta and The Macintosh, Oak Steakhouse, and Indaco in Charleston, SC

Outstanding Service

Kimball House in Decatur

Outstanding Wine Program

Miller Union in Atlanta

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Winners in the book/television/journalism categories will be announced at a dinner in New York on April 26.


541 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 524-5005 Visit Website

Ticonderoga Club

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 458-4534 Visit Website

Ponce City Market

675 North Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (404) 900-7900 Visit Website

The National

232 West Hancock Avenue, , GA 30601 (706) 549-3450 Visit Website

Oak Steakhouse

801 Clark Place, , TN 37203 (615) 902-3111 Visit Website


81 Van Buren Street, , TN 37208 (629) 900-0021 Visit Website

Chai Pani

406 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, , GA 30030 (404) 378-4030 Visit Website

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website


976 Brady Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 445-6867 Visit Website


1271 Glenwood Avenue Southeast, , GA 30316 (470) 428-2034 Visit Website

Kimball House

303 East Howard Avenue, , GA 30030 (404) 378-3502 Visit Website


1 Fenton Main Street, , NC 27511 (919) 766-0062 Visit Website

Root Baking Co.

675 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, , GA 30308 (470) 639-8046 Visit Website

Empire State South

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

Miller Union

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


90 Marietta Station Walk NE, Marietta, Marietta, GA 3006GA 30060 (678) 540-2777 Visit Website

The Grey

109 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 662-5999 Visit Website
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