Where does The New York Times think you should eat in Atlanta?

It's been a fine day for the Atlanta restaurant community. The venerable James Beard Foundation announced its 2016 restaurant and chef award semifinalists and numerous Atlanta names are in the running for these esteemed culinary awards . In addition, the  Atlanta dining scene got some love from The New York Times this week via a profile by food correspondent Kim Severson. She focuses on the city's dining renaissance of late, with input from Hugh Acheson of Empire State South ; Anne Quatrano of Bacchanalia , Little Bacch , Star Provisions and WH Stiles Fish Camp ; and Sean Brock, who recently opened Minero in Ponce City Market .

"Over the last couple of years, a record number of new and independent restaurants have opened," Severson writes. "Especially in the urban core — what people here call intown Atlanta — veteran chefs and newcomers alike have taken advantage of cheap rents and a growing cadre of good line cooks who don’t feel the need to prove themselves in bigger ponds."

She also references some of the local (and, in some cases, national) celebrity chefs Atlanta has had a hand in producing in recent years , including Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow and Revival , as well as Ford Fry, who has built a mini empire with Superica , The El Felix , Bar Margot , Marcel , St. Cecilia , King + Duke , The Optimist and most recently, BeetleCat .

Severson does take care to mention some of the hinderances Atlanta faces in becoming a true food capitol:

"The city’s divisions — cultural, geographical and even racial — remain a challenge, too. It takes a long time to get around, and most of the metropolitan area’s 5.5 million residents live outside the city limits. Even the drive to Decatur, a small city one might call Atlanta’s gastronomic equivalent of Berkeley or Brooklyn, can seem too long."

As Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Linton's in the Garden put it, "Atlanta has a lot of things that make it not an easy story line."

In addition to examining the state of the Atlanta dining scene, Severson also compiled a list of places to eat in Atlanta, many of which, we're happy to say, the AJC has provided extensive coverage on:

Where Atlanta Chefs Will Likely Tell You To Go

Cakes & Ale,

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Read about our favorite Cakes & Ale salad

ExploreRead more about Cakes & Ale owner and chef Billy Allin
Explore Take a first look at Allin's new spot, Bread & Butterfly

Best Barbecue

Community Q BBQ,

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ExploreGet the recipe for Community Q's Redneck Chicken Salad

Best Breakfast

The General Muir, 1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta, 678- 927-9131 , thegeneralmuir.com

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ExploreRead about Chef Todd Ginsberg's new TGM Bread

Read about Ginsberg's Yalla and Fred's Meat & Bread

ExploreRead about TGM baker Rob Alexander
Explore Check out our favorite burger at Fred's Meat & Bread

Best Place to Find a Cult Bartender

Ticonderoga Club, 99 Krog St. N.E., Atlanta, 404-458-4534, ticonderogaclub.com

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Best Oxtail and Fried Chicken

Busy Bee Cafe, 810 M.L.K. Jr Dr NW, Atlanta, 404- 525-9212 , thebusybeecafe.com

ExploreGet a recipe from Busy Bee chef Tracy Gates-Phillips
Explore Read about two other great places to get fried chicken in Atlanta

Best Food to Rival New York's

Gunshow, 924 Garrett St., Atlanta. 404-380-1886, gunshowatl.com

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Go behind the scene with former Gunshow chef Andreas Mueller

Find out more about Chef Kevin Gillespie

Read about Gillespie's Red Beard Restaurants venture

Explore Read our review of Gillespie's newest restaurant, Revival

Staplehouse, 541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, 404- 524-5005 , www.staplehouse.com/

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ExploreRead about Giving Kitchen, Staplehouse founders Jen and Ryan Hidinger

Best Food to rival California's

Miller Union, 999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, 678- 733-8550 , millerunion.com/site/

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Explore Check out our favorite salad at Miller Union
Explore Check out Steven Satterfield's recipe for ambrosia rice pudding

Read about Satterfield's road to recovery See Satterfield's nothing-but-an-apron calendar photo

Best Restaurant to Take Your Parents (Or Your Rich Friends)

Atlas, 88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, 404- 600-6471 , atlasrestaurant.com/

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Best Sushi in the South

Umi, 3050 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, 404- 841-0040 , umiatlanta.com/

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Explore Read about Himitsu, the new lounge from the team behind Umi

Best neighborhood Italian restaurant you probably can’t get into

BoccaLupo, 753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, 404- 577-2332 , boccalupoatl.com

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Most unexpected lunch

Spice to Table,

659 Auburn Ave NE #506, Atlanta

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Explore Check out chef Asha Gomez' recipe for chocolate chili cake

Best place for coastal seafood

The Optimist, 914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, 404- 477-6260 , theoptimistrestaurant.com/

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