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Reservation Friday:
Four Hot Restaurants in Atlanta and New Orleans

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Reservation Friday: <br>Four Hot Restaurants in Atlanta and New Orleans
Chef Christopher Grossman's Atlas of Atlanta. Photo by Emily Schultz

Atlanta

Photo by Emily Schultz
Chef Christopher Grossman's Atlas of Atlanta. Photo by Emily Schultz

Atlas 

A new addition to the culinary scene in the trendy Buckhead section of Atlanta, Atlas is open to the public but feels like a private club. Located in the lovely St. Regis hotel, every detail of the space has been thoughtfully designed and carefully planned. From the exhibition kitchen to the outdoor terraced garden, the décor reflects a sophisticated charm. A collection of important paintings, including works from masters Picasso, van Gogh, and Chagall, hangs on the walls. Chef Christopher Grossman’s menu is classic American with a tip of the hat to European influences.

Photo by Emily Schultz
Chef Christopher Grossman's Atlas of Atlanta. Photo by Emily Schultz
Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee
Chef Ford Fry's St. Cecilia. Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee

St. Cecilia 

Chef Ford Fry is going coastal with St. Cecilia. Never anyone to play small, Fry’s resto is 11,000 square feet, and within it you’ll find Roman columns, cozy nooks, and some of the freshest Mediterranean-styled seafood ready around. The menu changes daily, but if they have them, the Chilled Oysters are beautiful; the Triggerfish is meaty and often served with calamari. Sup on a plate of pasta, sip a glass of crisp Vernaccia, and live la bella vita in the big city.

Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee
Chef Ford Fry's St. Cecilia. Photo by Andrew Thomas Lee

 

New Orleans

Photo by Graham Blackall
Shaya of New Orleans. Photo by Graham Blackall

Shaya’s 

At Dominica and Pizza Domenica in New Orleans, Chef Alon Shaya has long wielded his flavor wand; diners marvel at calamari stuffed with lamb sausage and how roasted carrots and hazelnuts make perfect pie toppings. The newest outpost from the Besh group, Shaya’s name implies that this delicious endeavor is close to the chef’s heart. Melding the Israeli food of his childhood with the New Orleans flavors he can so finesse, the results are sublime.

Photo by Graham Blackall
Shaya of New Orleans. Photo by Graham Blackall
Photo by Keith Kornfeld
MoPho of NOLA. Photo by Keith Kornfeld

MoPho

 

Mid-City is abuzz over Mopho, from Chef Michael Gulotta. The selections at this Vietnamese-meets-NOLA mash-up are nothing short of fantastic food fusion. The Cast-Iron Roasted Tofu Po-Boy, Sazarac Bubble Tea, casual atmosphere, patio with twinkly lights, and build your pho all keep the endorphins flowing.

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Alon Shaya, Michael Gulotta