Stuck at the world’s busiest airport amid the government shutdown? You deserve to treat yourself to a pimento cheese plate, a spicy tuna roll or a hearty bourbon cocktail.
With 934 4.5-star ratings, customers rave about the high-end ambiance, flavor-blasting cocktails and “global cuisine, with a refined southern twist.”
On One Flew South’s sushi menu, you’ll find a Japanese calligraphic mark written by Gengo, a ranking priest of one of Japan’s three Zen Buddhism schools. “It reads, from left to right: ichi-nan-shu: Ichi (One) Nan (South) Shu (Flew). Shu is a poetic word for flew, and all the strokes in the shu character are drawn to represent feathers,” according to the restaurant’s official website.
Its beloved cocktail menu “pays homage to the four years starting in 1920 that Aeromarine Airways carried wealthy passengers from Miami to Nassau and Havana aboard flying boats (‘Floatplanes’) so that the guests could drink legally during the Prohibition era.”
This isn’t the first time the upscale restaurant has received high praise. In 2015, it was the only Atlanta joint nominated as a semifinalist for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Service. And last year, One Flew South was deemed one of the best airport restaurants in America by Thrillist. It was also recently named one of the four airport restaurants that will make your layover worth it by Travel Noire.
“For me, the only pleasures our airport currently offers (with the exception of One Flew South) are guilty ones,” former AJC dining critic John Kessler once wrote.
You can find One Flew South at Terminal E.
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