On the heels of the announcement of multiple Atlanta chefs and restaurants as 2014 James Beard Award semifinalists, three newish Atlanta restaurants are on GQ dining critic Alan Richman’s list of the 25 Best Restaurants in America, 2014 — with two in the top 10.
Austin’s Asian-Texan Qui took the top spot, with Richman calling it “the most fascinating new restaurant in America.”
Ford Fry’s first Buckhead restaurant, King + Duke is number five. Richman writes, “In the middle of the meal, I sat up straight and thought, This is the one. This is informal American dining, perfected.” No surprise, he loved chef Joe Schafer’s candied lamb belly.
Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow in Glenwood Park takes the number seven spot. “Gunshow has pulled off the improbable,” Richman says. “It manages to be the most intimate restaurant in America without candles, flowers, or post-dinner petits fours.”
The General Muir with Todd Ginsberg at the helm is 19 on the list. Richman thinks the Emory Point place “belongs in Brooklyn, or the Lower East Side. Well, maybe the Brooklyn or the LES of a half-century ago. Just to be clear, this is an authentic delicatessen, not a deli….”
If you’re into the print thing, the March issue of GQ with the story and list is on newsstands tomorrow.
What do you think? Did Richman pick the best new restaurants in Atlanta?
— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.