Georgia James Tavern
Handsome and lofty, this pint-size downtown spinoff of chef Chris Shepherd’s Georgia James offers a melting pot of American classics. Ample to share, the main plates from the hearth are impressive, such as the roasted Gulf grouper jazzed up New Orleans–style with shrimp-studded seafood rice and tangy rémoulade. No ho-hum chicken here—spicy wood-fired breasts, papaya salad, and coconut sticky rice were a medley of tropical island flavors. Go for the iceberg slab salad and you’ll be rewarded with Benton’s bacon, Shropshire cheese, and black pepper buttermilk dressing. Also get the mouthwatering 44 Farms-chuck Tavern Burger, dripping with smoked onion “fancy sauce” and American cheese on a potato bun.