Restaurant Eugene

75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: Restaurant Eugene

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When he opened Restaurant Eugene in 2004, chef Linton Hopkins expanded Atlanta’s fine-dining canon to include food that’s more Southern and farm-driven but equally fancy. In the years since, even as the restaurant scene here and elsewhere has become more casual, Eugene’s farm-to-white-tablecloth philosophy is no less profound. A late winter dish of local squab got its mineral depth from pan-roasted duck liver, its earthiness from Harukei turnip, its sweet-tart pungency from dried cherries, and its fragrant surprise in the form of lavender. A more recent dish of Grateful Pastures chicken, confit kohlrabi with its flowers, and late-season Mandarin was the edible embodiment of spring. Eugene is a restaurant for all seasons. 2277 Peachtree Road, 404-355-0321,