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Atlanta’s Restaurant Eugene is a fine-dining staple on Peachtree Road, but before you experience all it has to offer, here are a few things to know:
1. The menu changes daily. There’s a very good chance you won’t experience a repeat dish at Restaurant Eugene, and that’s certainly by design. Every evening, James Beard Award winning chef Linton Hopkins creates completely new tasting and a la carte menus, so choose with wild abandon — it’ll probably be a while before you eat the same dishes again.
2. It has a sister restaurant. Located directly adjacent to Restaurant Eugene is Holeman & Finch Public House. If Holeman & Finch is more rock ‘n’ roll gastropub, then Restaurant Eugene would the classy jazz lounge equivalent.
3. Don’t expect stuffiness. The food, atmosphere and staff all exude fine dining, but that doesn’t mean there’s any air of elitism here. It’s a little subtle, but the restaurant makes you feel very comfortable and at home. You’re here to enjoy great food and drink — it’s as simple as that.
4. The chef grew up within walking distance of the restaurant. Hopkins is a native of Atlanta and grew up just blocks away from what is now Restaurant Eugene (the restaurant is named for his grandfather, Eugene, who was a farmer in Tennessee). Maybe that explains the comfortable and homey (yet undeniably classy) feeling?
5. The restaurant respects local. Restaurant Eugene has built relationships with various farms and farmers in the Atlanta area such as Bobby Britt, Crystal Organics, Dillwood Farms and many more, which results in cuisine with a personal touch. Once again — sophisticated hominess.