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3. The Optimist

There’s more to Ford Fry’s nautical seafood temple than fresh Georgia shrimp. Available only at lunch, the squat six-ounce burger is two thin patties made out of skirt steak trimmings ground with frozen butter (for real).

We asked 4 Atlanta chefs, “What’s the best burger you’ve ever eaten?”

Robert Phalen, Steven Satterfield, Linton Hopkins, and Ford Fry dish on their all-time favorites

The Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings for 2015

With the opening of Buckhead Atlanta and Alpharetta’s Avalon last year, our city saw an influx of restaurants from other markets (Oak Steakhouse, Thirteen Pies, and Le Bilboquet, to name a few). This year, however, numerous local names will expand further across the city. Here are the fifteen most anticipated restaurants for 2015.

Ford Fry names his first Houston restaurant State of Grace

With Mex-Tex spot the El Felix now open at Avalon, Ford Fry is moving on to his next projects. Superica, another Mex-Tex restaurant, is slated to open in late January in Krog Street Market, and he’s just announced the name of his first Houston restaurant: State of Grace. He’s also busy planning the “little sister” restaurant to the Optimist, slated to open at 280 Elizabeth Street next summer.

Seafood: The Optimist

Ford Fry’s empire keeps getting bigger, but we remain partial to the oyster bar at his Westside seafood spot.

Check out the menu for Ford Fry’s the El Felix, opening November 3 at Avalon

Rocket Farms Restaurants proprietor Ford Fry—the man behind the Optimist and King + Duke, as well as St. Cecilia, No. 246, JCT Kitchen and the soon-to-open Superica—will unveil his first OTP restaurant, the El Felix, November 3. A Mex-Tex spot, the El Felix is located at 1130 Avalon Boulevard in the new Avalon complex in Alpharetta.

Barn to Bun: How many miles do the ingredients in your burger travel?

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.

10 peach dishes you need to try now

Given that our ubiquitous state fruit has made its way onto our license plates and street signs on practically every corner, it should come as no surprise that local chefs are also tinkering with the Georgia peach in a number of creative ways.

Check, please: Bill Addison’s final list of favorite Atlanta restaurants

Forks up, y’all: We’ll soon witness an unprecedented surge of restaurant openings in Atlanta. It’s about time.

St. Cecilia

You can walk into Buckhead’s St. Cecilia and simply be swept into its maelstrom, starting with the stark drama of the 11,000-square-foot room—the glass windows three stories high, the white-tiled columns, and the ceiling that soars twenty-six feet into the sky.

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