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No. 3: Restaurant Eugene

No other restaurant in town explores the relationship between Southern ingredients and the flavors of the world with more refinement and intellectual rigor. Chef de cuisine Jason Paolini oversees the kitchen of Gina and Linton Hopkins’s flagship, and a recent meal was among the finest in years: Ham broth lent Dixie smokiness to a silky sliver of foie gras; a witty spoonbread puree anchored rosy slices of lacquered duck; and a dramatic staging of sturgeon caviar and parsnip cream with grated egg and herbs was pure, borderless luxury. Gifted pastry chef Aaron Russell crafted desserts—such as lush sliced strawberries with vanilla ice cream and candied celery—that were heady but also more lighthearted than in the past.

2277 Peachtree Road, 404-355-0321,

Photograph by Alex Martinez

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