There are a bunch of reasons to trust Hugh Acheson’s opinions. Not just about food, but about Atlanta in general. The James Beard winner heads up four Georgia restaurants. He’s also a ‘Top Chef’ judge, author, self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, music lover, appreciator of fine clothing, and has quite the rep for being a legitimately nice human being. (He even has a guide to 50 pickle recipes — the guy knows things!)
But more than any other reason, Hugh is really plugged in to the greater Atlanta scene at the community level. As chef/partner at 5&10, The National, Empire State South, and The Florence, he tries to keep all of his business dealings as local as possible “… not because we have to, not because we want to co-opt the term of local, but because we just want to invest in the people around us.”
From vinyl, to baristas, to what he dubs “the United Nations of Atlanta,” these are Hugh’s local favorites.