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When it comes to good taste, Atlanta has it in spades. The city’s Southern charm is evident in its wave of new tantalizing trattorias, beguiling brasseries and posh points of interest where menu magic, mixology moxie and dessert decadence deliver the goods. We’re serving it all up right here. Hopefully, you’ve come hungry.

Social Occasion
The banana cheesecake with pecan crumb and peanut butter chocolate ganache at Foundation Social Eatery

Dan Pernice and Ryan Pernice
This Roswell-raised dynamic duo have taken their hometown historic district by the taste buds. Both proteges of Danny Meyer—arguably one of the best restaurateurs in the country—it was Ryan, the younger of the two, who served as the driving force behind the opening of both the popular Southern spot Table & Main and the newer Italian trattoria Osteria Mattone. Eventually, Ryan lured his wine-savvy sommelier brother, Dan, from a James Beard-winning wine program at The Modern in New York City back home. Dan is now the beverage director of both restaurants. As this pair grow up (they’re 28 and 30, respectively)... and grow their business—a dining dynasty seems underway. 1028 Canton St., Roswell, 678.869.5178; 1095 Canton St., Roswell, 678.878.3378

Thaddeus Barton and Lane Hajack

After mastering the kitchens in various Chicago eateries (including a stint under famed chef Grant Achatz), Barton is taking root south of the city. As the new executive chef at rustic-chic restaurant The Farmhouse at Serenbe, Barton is letting his true culinary prowess shine through a revamped menu of seasonally driven, garden-rich cuisine. His wife, Hajack, is also poised to break new ground at the helm of Serenbe’s Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop, which involves developing an innovative new menu of local farm ingredients with a focus on baked goods and lighter fare. The culinary couple is taking this small idyllic town by storm. The Farmhouse, 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, 770.463.2622; Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop, 9065 Selborne Lane, Palmetto, 770.463.8379

Andy Minchow

Sure, Minchow is one of the most innovative mixologists the city has ever seen—but he’s also much more. As a pioneer of Atlanta’s craftcocktail scene who honed his skills at Holeman & Finch, his latest venture is a Kirkwood eatery-meets-cocktail bar, called Ration & Dram. It’s garnered significant buzz, thanks to cheeky drink names (a Yo, Adrian!, anyone?), a small-batch beer and wine list and a pared-down food menu of sustainability-minded cuisine. Ration & Dram, 130 Arizona Ave. NE, 678.974.8380

Eddie Russell
The Food Network
’s new show Belly Up! premiered last month with— surprise!—this Atlanta-based chef as host. After stints at Hugh Acheson’s Athens, Ga., standouts Farm 255 and 5 & 10, as well as Inman Park’s Parish Foods & Goods, Russell is poised to be the star-making network’s newest celebrichef. This summer, Russell will be enlightening viewers and revealing how bar food can be both delicious and sophisticated. He can do that because—besides working for some of the best kitchens in Georgia—he’s been a private consultant for many Atlanta top spots, helping to develop stellar lineups. Who knew?

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