Root Baking Co.

75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: Root Baking Co.
English Pea Toast (on Rye)

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When wife and husband Nicole Lewis-Wilkins and Chris Wilkins relocated their artisanal bakery to Ponce City Market last fall, Charleston’s loss became Atlanta’s gain. In addition to its swoon-worthy bread—made from Southern wheat milled on site—you’ll find daily breakfast, all-day Sunday brunch, and, for lunch, exquisitely simple sandwiches (including roasted chicken with harissa carrots and, as the menu promises, “a lot of herbs”) and more intricate salads (such as one with soft and crispy grains, mustard greens, baby collards, pickled vegetables, green olives, and boiled egg, among other ingredients). Root also recently started serving dinner, and the menu, though compact, is filled with hits, from the Moroccan chickpea soup with saffron broth to the za’atar roasted chicken thigh with pickled turmeric and walnut salsa. It’s our favorite place to eat at PCM—morning, noon, or night. 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue, 470-639-8046,