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Atlanta scores three spots in Southern Living’s ‘Best’ list

Credit: Chris M. Rogers, courtesy of Southern Living Magazine

Miller Union, Credit: Chris M. Rogers, courtesy of Southern Living Magazine

Three cheers for Atlanta, who claimed three honors on Southern Living Magazine’s ‘Best of the South Travel Awards.’ The award list, compiled by 15 editors visiting 18 states, examines a range of categories from boutique hotels and book shops to food trucks and late-night burgers.

Atlanta scored spots in the best new restaurant, late-night burger, and food truck categories. We offer our congratulations to these three honorees:

Best New Restaurant: Miller Union

Miller Union is one of 5 best new Southern restaurants named. Southern Living describes Miller Union as having “modern Southern cooking, stripped of pretension. Here, the luscious regional bounty simply shines.” They recommend that you not miss the farm egg baked in celery cream (I agree) and the seasonal vegetable plate.

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 999 Brady Avenue, Atlanta. 678-733-8550. $$$.

Best Late-Night Burger: Holeman and Finch Public House

photo: Jon Watson

Credit: Jon Watson

The Holeman and Finch 10 p.m. burger we’ve all heard about was the only honoree in its category. Made with a mixture of grass-fed beef brisket and lean chuck, these double thin patties are topped with house-made pickles and ketchup and the lauded Kraft American single.

5 p.m.-1 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, 2277 Peachtree Road, Suite B, Atlanta. 404-948-1175. $$.



Best Food Truck: King of Pops

As a testament to the rise in popularity of food trucks, ten honorees were named in this category — our own King of Pops among them. Of their choice, Southern Living says, “Hawking exotic frozen fruit bars (made with fresh ingredients from farmers’ markets), this whimsical cart holds court in Atlanta’s trendy Virginia Highland. With quenching, alluring flavors like chocolate sea salt, blackberry-mojito, pineapple-habañero, and grapefruit-mint, we can see why.”

3-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 12-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Corner of North Highland and North Avenue, Virginia Highlands. $.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

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January 1st, 2011
12:46 am

Happy new year!


January 1st, 2011
4:46 am

I love how these restaurants are all north of the perimeter.

They’re not? Imagine that.


January 1st, 2011
8:43 pm

They must have taken their own packs of salt with them to Miller Union. After all the hype, I was sorely disappointed in that place. While it wasn’t terrible, for the money I have had much, much better food elsewhere.

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January 3rd, 2011
7:43 am

Miller Union is good. But not really good. It is not one of the highest rated, for sure, except for the cost of dining. Not a bang for your buck kind of place, even if you have alot of bucks!

Bride of Puerquito

January 3rd, 2011
11:50 am

Atlantan’s are cheapskates…


January 4th, 2011
2:35 pm

Miller Union does not have a huge “bang for your buck” because the entire concept is about getting rid of the “bang” and giving the diners simply the best. I guess because so much of the hype is about how beautifully simple everything is, people going in with the wrong kind of expectations and looking for a different kind of food can be let down. It’s about simple, local food, where the preparation of it makes it the best that ingredient can be, and that’s about the best I can ask for. I love this place and will keep coming back season after season… because they take from what is here and what is growing and fresh, it has been a wonderful surprise every time.

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