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Where to Eat & Drink in 2018

By The Editors

Photo courtesy of Atlas

12.15.17

Best of Food & Drink

MOST EXTENSIVE, EXPENSIVE WINE LIST
There are plenty of great wine destinations in town, but the one with the most impressive wine list is Atlas. Nestled into The St. Regis Atlanta, the artcentric restaurant has some of the biggest, baddest bottles around town included in its over 600-bottle selection. From dry wines going back to 1970 to sweet wines dating as far back as 1934, plus in-demand bottles such as François Carillon, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 2015 and El Maestro Sierra Pedro Ximénez Viejo. Bottles can get up into the thousands, but they’re worth every penny—the assortment runs wide from Sassicaia half bottles to verticals of Movia Ribolla orange wine, Paolo Bea, Groth and more. Pro tip: The bartenders pour by the glass of (almost) anything on the list if you ask nicely. 88 W. Paces Ferry NW, 404.600.6471

MEMBERS-ONLY MAINSTAY 
It’s the toughest table to get, unless you happen to be (or know) a member. Since 1999, The Club at Chops has been the ultimate place for socializing, networking and dining on the finest steaks in town. It’s classic and intimate, with rich mahogany, custom-made dark-leather furniture, specially commissioned artwork, and bartenders who know your favorite drink and cigar of choice. Members enjoy monthly socials complete with vodka or single-malt scotch and caviar pairings. The Club at Chops membership is superexclusive—chef Pano Karatassos, CEO of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, personally selects each member from the pile of applicants. If you’re lucky enough to be considered, be prepared to spend about two years on the waiting list. 70 W. Paces Ferry Road NW

TOP-NOTCH TASTING MENU
Linton Hopkins’ flagship tasting program at Restaurant Eugene, directed by executive chef Chris Edwards, has never been one to pass over. Prepare to be challenged by entrees like sorghum-lacquered quail with smoked turnips and foraged wood sorrel, an example of the kind of food only to be found at the likes of Restaurant Eugene and the brilliant work of Linton Hopkins. Tip: Opt for a wine pairing (from $85) to complement your tasting menu of choice; the sommeliers can pour anything from a grand cru to an aged Napa Valley cabernet. 2277 Peachtree Road, 404.355.0321

CHAMPION WINE CONCIERGE
From the vineyard to the glass, Vine Vault offers full-service concierge and storage services. Security is key—unique codes, cameras at every angle and biometric entry ensures your priceless collection is safe. Wine is maintained at the ideal temperature and humidity, with backup generators in case of power loss. Membership options range from 12-bottle lockers that show off prized wines to individual cellars with 10,000-bottle capacity. It’s a private club for Atlanta oenophiles, with rooms to enjoy drinking and invitations to wine dinners and tastings. Members are also privy to one of the city’s most knowledgeable sommeliers, facility manager Joon Lim, who can offer advice ranging from vineyard visits to when to drink a certain wine for optimum enjoyment. 764 Miami Circle NE, Ste. 211