This charming restaurant has built a huge following with their modern takes on authentic Southern dishes. Chef Ryan Smith is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who has called Atlanta home for a decade, honing his craft at top-flight restaurants like Canoe and Holeman & Finch. Under his direction, the kitchen at Empire State South ably melds comfort and class.
Many locals stop in for breakfast – their coffee is sourced from Counter Culture Roasters in Durham, North Carolina and is deep and bold, perfect for kick-starting your day. Start off with an excellent biscuit sandwich with fried chicken and pepper jelly, or a cup of steel-cut oatmeal. Dinner is hyper-local and highly regarded. Appetizers of choice include the awesome charcuterie and the bevy of preserved jarred goods. For entrees, you can’t miss with the Gum Creek lamb with turnip chutney and smoked goat fritter or the amazing Georgia pork tasting prepared a number of ways and paired with a creamy butternut squash puree.
Empire State South
999 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309