4th & Swift
If visitors want to experience a restaurant that epitomizes the Atlanta aesthetic, take them to 4th & Swift. Situated in the restored Southern Dairies building at the edge of the Old Fourth Ward, the space speaks to our enduring love for industrial-chic: Towering rafters, wooden beams, and craggy exposed brick blend with a slick bar and a theatrically backlit dining room. Chef-owner Jay Swift’s food embodies Atlanta ambition with his dual menus—one that rotates four times a year with the seasons, and a nightly changing lineup that uses the freshest ingredients in light-handed ways. Pastry chef Chrysta Umberger punctuates the meal with wit. I love her Duck ’N’ Donuts—doughnut holes with unctuous foie gras ice cream (don’t wince; it completely works).