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The firm Vivian Bencich founded with her husband John in 2001, Square Feet Studio, won first place in Contract magazine’s 2016 Inspiration Awards for work on Staplehouse. It was the first national honor for the growing firm of 11, whose portfolio ranges from the industrial sophistication of departed Abattoir to cozy Kimball House and a colorful, rambunctious Mellow Mushroom in Decatur.
Atlanta is a city that looks outward far more than inward, or even nearby. Outward, say, to the Lower East Side (the General Muir’s pastrami), or to China (Gu’s Dumplings), or to France (Bread & Butterfly’s tender, airy omelets). With the glorious exception of Ryan Smith at Staplehouse, I didn’t find a posse of young, or youngish, chefs all cooking as much for each other as for the public. The priority in Atlanta is less innovation based on local ingredients, as at Staplehouse, than finding a formula that works and then pumping out food to fit it. This makes for generous, untweezed food. But it also means food that, once successful, can become rote.
The accolades keep rolling in for two popular Atlanta restaurants. Bon Appétit has named both Staplehouse and Bread & Butterfly to its 2016 list of 50 Best New Restaurants in America.
It’s the all-day-and-night, something-for-everyone welcome that sets Bread & Butterfly apart and makes it settle in so snugly. I kept finding reasons to drop by, even if just to drink from the short and careful list of wines that's very French and unusually well priced.
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