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A Chef’s Recs | Atlanta, GA

Peachtree Road Farmers Market | Cocktails at H. Harper Station | Sandwiches at Super Pan Latino

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Find | Markets

Farmer’s Markets | Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Ingredients| Star Provisions

For Southern ingredients.

Farm Produce

Sundance Family Farm

Grab some Yacon -- a wonderful root vegetable.

Indian Ridge Farm

Shop from Indian Ridge Farm -- great foragers.

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Eat | Restaurants


Great fine dining -- a classic, but modern.


Cause I love a great steak.


In Suwanee -- great ramen.

Off The Beaten Track

Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop

A great Latin-inspired sandwich shop.

Gu’s Bistro

It’s in Doraville -- great Szechuan food.

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Drink | Bars

Drink at: Holeman & Finch Public House and H. Harper Station.

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- Egg In A Hole, Brussels Sprouts & Shaved Gruyere

- Crisp Brussels Sprout Leaves


Details of Hugh Acheson’s recommendations for where to eat, drink and shop in Atlanta, Athens, New York and Los Angeles.

Q & A


Empire State South - Atlanta, GA | Five & Ten and The National - Athens, GA

Q & A with Chef Hugh Acheson

Q. For people who have never been to your restaurants, can we get a brief description from you about them and dishes to try?

A. I am a partner in three restaurants in Athens and Atlanta.

5 & 10 was my first restaurant that I owned and it serves contemporary, seasonal Southern fare. I would get the Frogmore stew, a lowcountry boil of shrimp and sausage.

The National is my second restaurant, it’s also in Athens, and is a Mediterranean restaurant focusing on the foods of Spain and North Africa. I would get the really healthy Power Lunch, which is a big mix of great local vegetables.

Empire State South is our newest spot. It’s in Atlanta and is a very modern take on Southern food, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would get the pork belly over rice grits. Yum.

Q. Tell us about your book: A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for your Kitchen... and can we get some highlight tips?

A. It’s a cookbook about my experience cooking Southern food. As a Canadian who has laid roots down in the South, I have an interesting view of the bounty of Southern cooking. As tips go, I think it’s best to just to understand the seasons and what’s in your sphere and cook from there. Learn the inconvenient route with food, it’s a lot more worthwhile.

Q. Southern cuisine seems to be currently getting its day in the sun. Has the cuisine changed or has the public’s perception of the cuisine changed?

A. I think my life long quest is to change how Southern food is perceived. I think it just gets an unfair rap as being unhealthy and that’s just not true. Southerners are more apt to eat greens than fried chicken. I do think its relevance and hipness right now gives us the opportunity to showcase its deep history and storied past in ways that can show its true meaning.



Find | Southern Ingredients

Grits from Anson Mills | Sorghum from Muddy Pond

Photographs courtesy of Anson Mills | Muddy Pond

Muddy Pond Sorghum

Classic Southern sweetness.

Anson Mills Grits

We make grits with them. duh.

Spinning Spider Creamery Cheeses

Great North Carolina based dairy.

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Drink | Sweet Tea

Tea Brand | PG Tips

Just good loose black tea -- PG Tips is good.

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Hugh Acheson’s recommendations for where to eat, drink and shop in Atlanta, Athens, New York and Los Angeles.

Empire State South

999 Peachtree Street

Atlanta, GA 30309

T:  404.541.1105



Mon -Fri: 7am - 10am / 11am - 3pm

Sun - Thu: 5:30pm - 10pm

Fri - Sat: 5:30pm - 11pm

Sat - Sun: 10:30am - 3pm

Five & Ten

1653 South Lumpkin Street

Athens, GA 30606

T: 706.546.7300


Sun - Thu: 5:30pm - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 5:30pm - 11pm
Sun: 10:30am - 2:30pm

The National

232 W Hancock Avenue

Athens, GA 30601

T: 706.549.3450



Mon - Sat: 11:30 am - 3pm

Mon - Thu: 5pm - 10pm

Fri - Sat: 5pm - until

Sun: 5pm - 10pm



A Chef’s Recs | Athens, GA

Find | Markets

Athen’s Farmers Market | Peaches Find Foods

Photographs courtesy of Athens Farmers Market | Peaches Fine Foods

Farmer’s Markets | Athens Farmers Market

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Eat | Restaurants


For a Cuban sandwich.


For a good meat n’ three experience.

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Drink | Bars

The Manhattan Cafe

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A Chef’s Recs | North Carolina

Find | Markets

A Southern Season

A wonderful food store in North Carolina -- you can browse for hours.

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A Chef’s Recs | New York & Los Angeles

Eat | Restaurants

Yakitori at Yakitori Totto

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Love me some yakitori.

New York | Yakitori Totto

Los Angeles | Kokekokko Yakitori

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