49. Rising Son

75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: Rising Son
Fried chicken, coleslaw, sautéed kale, roasted beets

Photograph by Josh Meister

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When Hudson Rouse, formerly of Home Grown, and his wife, Kathryn Fitzgerald Rouse, opened this creative meat-and-three for breakfast and lunch in 2016, the crowds flocked. They came to the adorable Avondale Estates storefront for fried trout with cheese grits and for vegetables—collards, kale, sweet potatoes—that Hudson grows himself. The restaurant now offers dinner (think pecan-crusted trout with creamed potatoes, green beans, and orange butter) and cocktails. As the woman sitting next to us on a recent visit told her server: “I’m upset—I’ve lived here for 18 months and only just discovered this place!” 124 North Avondale Road, risingsonavondale.com