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Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Southern California, Mel Toledo enjoyed tinned fish regularly for dinner. “My mother would heat up a tin of sardines in tomato sauce and we’d eat it with rice,” says Toledo, who today is a co-owner of Foundation Social Eatery and Petite FSE in Alpharetta—and one of a growing number of chefs in the metro area celebrating the sophisticated joys of preserved seafood in small packages.
Demetrius Brown and Brandon Blanchard of Heritage Supper Club began a residency at Bread & Butterfly earlier this year, hosting their Afro-American pop-up in the evenings. After their first event, owner Billy Allin offered to sell the restaurant to them. “We appreciate and respect what he’s built and will keep breakfast and lunch as close to what he’s built as possible,” Blanchard says. “Our plan is to spend the first 30 days learning from the staff how this restaurant operates. We want to sit down and get to know our people.”
If we’re being honest, to borrow a quote from Erykah Badu’s song “The Healer,” brunch in Atlanta might be bigger than religion. Many of us attend worship services on weekend mornings. Yet on any given Sunday, it’s probably also true that a similar number of Atlantans can be found faithfully enjoying an 11:05 mimosa or paloma with friends, sorors, cousins, classmates—maybe even someone they met at church last weekend.
Atlanta summers always encourage patio-seeking behavior, but in 2021, specifically? Sitting in a well-ventilated spot with a drink in hand is practically an obligation. Whether you’re looking for fancy cocktails, family-friendly fare, French bistro affectations, or just french fries and beer, here’s where you can do your duty.
Eggs, biscuits, soups, bowls, sweets—our guide to 33 of the most delicious ways to start your day.
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.
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