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No other place came as close to satisfying my simultaneous yearnings for discovery and acceptance as this weirdly tropical and uncharacteristically health-focused restaurant. When I found R. Thomas, it didn’t fit in, and I therefore believed in my teenage heart that it was just like me.
The first restaurant to open at Alpharetta City Center is designed to mirror the way former St. Cecilia chef Taylor Neary likes to dine—on simple, hyper-seasonal dishes created for sharing. Most of the menu's 20 plates are vegetable-based.
Maricela Vega's complex "modern Mexican" dishes are often entirely plant-based and always Instagram-worthy. She currently hosts pop-ups at the Spindle and LottaFrutta, and hopes to eventually open a bodega where she can give back to her community.
VeGreen puts an international spin on its eclectic menu of vegetarian fare. The dishes lean Asian, with some Chinese and some Japanese influences, but here and there, you’ll find a wild card such as pumpkin “cream” soup. Vegans are welcome here, and carnivores, too.
Chat Pani has moved from well-worn space I once frequented as an Emory undergrad, but the vibrant chaat and thali remain as excellent as ever.
Get the early word on four new Atlanta restaurants: Scout, Kitchen Six, Rize Artisan Pizza, and VeGreen.
If you’re light on time but feeling heavy on pounds, Atlanta Meal Prep is a lifesaver. For $105 you’ll be delivered five days worth of flavorful, healthy lunches and dinners—including gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, and vegan options—in microwavable containers.
Winter: Oven-roasted parsnip “fries,” braised Savoy cabbage with petit rouge peas, and a root and citrus salad
Winter, according to Miller Union’s Steven Satterfield, is a time to celebrate those often-underappreciated vegetables that people pass over in the market. Parsnips, kohlrabi, and even cabbage get the rockstar treatment in this final installment of Market to Table.
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