by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
The south is known for its butter-drenched, deep-fried and biscuit-battered "clean your plate" culinary tradition. And while old Southern dives and flashy new fine dining spots usually don't share a lot in common, a new crop of high-end Southern eateries have surprisingly fused the two together. So whether you like the simplicity of the Silver Skillet, or the white tablecloths of Restaurant Eugene, we've got both sides covered.
Updated: May 13, 2009
This west-Midtown beauty does a menu that borrows from all the classics. Fried chicken (while it's available), shrimp and grits, pork sandwiches and a "grown up" grilled cheese are all devourable, while the vodka-lemonade is a summer-Southern-treat.
Maybe the most celebrated of the trendsetters, Chef Scott Peacock brought his inventive take to soul 'n' southern cuisine, and quickly built a devoted following in Decatur. He has since won a James Beard award and cooked for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
A former Watershed sous-chef takes wears his Peacock influence on his sleeve, dishing simple (but expensive) seasonal Southern fare like deviled eggs, pimento cheese and pork chops. It's not as rooted as Watershed, but the influence is still there.