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Woodfire Grill

An early summer salad on Woodfire’s menu summarized the most admirable aspects of Kevin Gillespie’s viewpoint. Thick slices of barely roasted peaches, boiled peanuts, and crisped, furled nuggets of country ham arrived on a rectangular plate, arranged in a pattern that emphasized their individual shapes. Drizzles of Tabasco-infused sorghum surrounded them. The visual effect was a little precious, but the combination of flavors immediately conjured the South—not simply the taste of regional ingredients, but also the feeling of eating breakfast in a meat-and-three or stopping to buy a snack at a country shack. Not enough Atlanta chefs do this. They revere local produce and meats but then cook them in a way that more evokes California than Georgia. Let’s hope Gillespie keeps mining the Southern recipe lexicon for offbeat inspiration; his cooking hasn’t been as experimental lately. The wine program elevates the evening. Austere, high-acid Old World wines often attune to Southern flavors better than New World counterparts. Co-owner Nicolas Quinones understands this. His list, full of less common varietals and seductive half bottles, is a thing of beauty.

1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-347-9055, woodfiregrill.com

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  1. mavi posted on 10/08/2012 10:53 PM
    I like the article and I agree with most of the choices.

    However, the wood fire restaurant should not be in the list.

    The food is nothing but average, the service is slow and the overall experience is completely underwhelming.

    This is not a top restaurant in any way. Sorry!!
  2. Eman posted on 01/10/2013 02:49 PM
    Best restaurant in ATL I have tried. Maybe I need to experience more, but I have been to many others and this one has never let me down. The tasting menu is seasonal and excellent time and time again. Service has always been excellent. Very under-rated food in my opinion.
  3. Erika posted on 01/26/2013 09:09 AM
    My favorite restaurant in Atlanta ! Frequently visit ATL for work (from Boston) and it's never a worthwhile trip unless Woodfire is on the menu at least ONCE - sometimes twice !! Freshest ingredients that just pop in every plate. Wine pairings are a must. You'd be crazy not to check this place out !
  4. DG from ATL posted on 12/27/2013 01:37 PM
    Completely over-rated. They got drunk off their own press write-ups and have the attitude they are doing you a favor by letting you eat their food and give them a large amount of money. Food is mediocre-to-OK but the attitude and sheer conceit place Woodfire in the Not-Top 50. There are too many really good other restaurants nearby (Floataway, Spence, Iberian Pig anyone?) to have to submit to the arrogance of WFG.
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