Atlanta snagged the No. 9 spot, with mentions of
Brian So's much-lauded Marietta restaurant Spring
Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield's James Beard award
for Best Chef: Southeast and Kevin Gillespie's Hired Guns series at his Glenwood Park restaurant Gunshow:
2017 cemented the Capital City of the South's status as a culinary force, racking up accolades from national media. Bon Appetit gave Brian So's restrained, thoughtful Marietta restaurant Spring the No. 7 spot on its Best New Restaurants list.
After years of nominations, Miller Union's chef Steven Satterfield went from bridesmaid to bride with a 2017 James Beard award for Best Chef: Southeast, while Ford Fry's St. Cecilia won for Best Restaurant Design. And speaking of Beard, the James Beard House invited a plethora of Atlanta cooks — chefs Deborah VanTrece (Twisted Soul), Nick Leahy (Saltyard), Matt Basford (Canoe), and
even mixologist Tiffanie Barriere
, among others — up to its New York grounds to host special dining events. In fact, the Beard Foundation tapped the Taste of Atlanta festival crew to host its first casual event: June's Southern Wing Showdown, which, in true ATL fashion, brought together chefs from around the South.