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One Eared Stag’s Robert Phalen is opening a new restaurant in East Lake this summer. Called Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters, it will be a casual Southern spot inspired by the former cook and nanny of Phalen’s mother-in-law, whose fried chicken recipe Phalen adopted.
One Eared Stag's Robert Phalen discusses Charleston, culinary school, and why he named his burger the meatstick.
The absolute worst part about my otherwise enviable job? Parking. Depending on where I go, I’m left to navigate wonky meters, spiral-of-death garages (Empire State South), ridiculously steep terrain (Bell Street Burritos in south Buckhead), and dark, suspicious lots (basically everywhere in Little Five Points and East Atlanta).
Robert Phalen, Steven Satterfield, Linton Hopkins, and Ford Fry dish on their all-time favorites
We thought this would be easy: Call a restaurant, ask them where they source their ingredients, and tally the miles. Turns out, tracing the farm-to-table distance of several of Atlanta’s “local” burgers isn’t so simple. See how they stack up.
Forks up, y’all: We’ll soon witness an unprecedented surge of restaurant openings in Atlanta. It’s about time.