Empire State South


Chef Ryan Smith of Empire State South - Atlanta, GA

999 Peachtree Street Northeast # 140
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105
Hours: Mon-Thurs 7am-10am, 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Fri 7am-10am, 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat 10:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun 10:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm

No matter what you are looking for—an incredible cup of coffee, a mouthwatering pastry, or a rich Southern dinner paired with a serious wine and cocktail menu—2007 Atlanta Rising Star Hugh Acheson's Empire State South has it all. Head Barista Emily Letia reigns supreme during the morning hours, brewing small-farm coffees alongside Pastry Chef Cynthia Wong's collection of addictive sticky buns, whoopie pies, and scones. On the more filling side of the menu, 2012 Atlanta Rising Star Chef Ryan Smith shines, creating inventive, unforgettable dishes, based on traditional Southern ingredients and techniques but presented with a whiff of modern finesse. Sommelier Steven Grubbs and Mixologist Kellie Thorn follow suit, adding a strong beverage program to the mix. But ESS isn't just about the charm; underneath the gingham shirts and boyish smiles, the soft banquets, teal and chocolate palate, and antiquated décor (that's bonafide reclaimed antique wood) set the tone for a meal you won't forget.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Honey and Apple: Honey Tartlet, Apple Sorbet, and Grana Padano Chip
  • Duck and Chestnut Terrine, Burnt Bourbon Mustard, and Pickles
  • Lobster Cannelloni with Cauliflower Purée, Dried Capers, and Grapefruit Confit with 2006 Riesling, Zind-Humbrecht, "Herrenweg de Turckheim," Alsace, France
  • Sidoux Fizz: Maison Prunier Cognac, Scuppernong Shrub, Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry, Bar Keep Swedish Herb Bitters, Lemon Juice, De Jean Blanc de Blancs
  • Georgia Coffee

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