This Sunday marks movie-lovers’ favorite awards ceremony: The 86th Annual Academy Awards. But here in Atlanta, its worth recognizing some of the standout dishes in the dining scene. So without further adieu, ”We’d like to thank the Chef for these award-winning dishes.”
3073 Piedmont Road, Atlanta
Considered the Academy Awards of food, this banana cream pie won the 1994 James Beard Award. It’s a creamy, luscious and boozy slice of pie made with bananas, banana liqueur, white chocolate banana pastry cream and topped with shaved Callebaut Belgian White Chocolate in a homemade flaky pastry crust.
Watershed on Peachtree
1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta
Fried. Chicken. A staple in Atlanta. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but Watershed on Peachtree’s fried chicken has earned the name of best in the country by Southern Living, Zagat.com and Travel + Leisure. This prized bite is now available for both lunch AND dinner on Wednesday.
Holeman & Finch
2277 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
The burger may be as difficult to try a bite of as it is to catch a photo with one of the Academy Award winners, but alas, waiting to score one of the 24 grass-fed beef burgers is well worth the 10 p.m. “burger time.” This guy has been on Food & Wine’s “Best Burgers in the U.S.” list.
Little Alley Steak
995 Canton Street, Roswell
The “progression of New York strip” was named one of Atlanta’s top dishes by Bespoke Magazine in Fall 2013. The steaks come from one of Chicago’s oldest butchers, Meats by Linz. The dish includes four ounces of wet-aged USDA Angus beef, USDA prime beef and dry-aged USDA Angus beef prepared medium rare, sous vide style.
Taqueria del Sol
The turnip greens side dish has flavor much bigger than it’s plate size. Inspired by Chef Eddie Hernandez’s Mexican roots, the greens are cooked in chicken stock, spiked with chiles and laced with tomatoes. Garden & Gun selected them as one of the “100 Southern Foods You Absolutely Must Try Before You Die.”