1. Georgia Boy
Chef Joey Ward’s deliciously adventurous Georgia Boy had a short run after opening in late 2019 and closing months later due to pandemic complications, but the speakeasy-styled restaurant, hidden behind a bookshelf inside the cozy Poncey-Highlands restaurant Southern Belle (whose kitchen he also leads), is finally back. The format is still a 16-course tasting menu, with new menu additions such as an homage to Buford Highway’s dining diversity via a trio of chicken dishes, including banh mi and tacos with chorizo made of chicken hearts.
Expect the molecular gastronomy — desserts that come in edible “glass” casings, and vegan interpretations of caviar — to continue, along with the optional drink pairings like biodynamic wine, craft cocktails and booze-free mocktails. Limited seatings are available from Thursdays to Fridays only, for now. It’s a welcomed plate of positive news for those who like hyper-seasonal, inventively interpreted dishes, but just FYI: Reservations and COVID vaccinations are required.