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2. Super food at Empire State South

click to enlarge JAMES CAMP

Much like any new Southern restaurant worth its grits, Empire State South has an (un)healthy dose of fat worship and gluttony showcased on its menu. At dinner, pimento cheese — already a big pile of cholesterol — comes with a side of bacon marmalade. What's that? Cheese and mayo aren't bad enough for ya? Here, have some pig fat cooked in sugar with it! But thankfully, the restaurant also has a way with foods of the less heart attack-inducing variety, in particular their super food plate. Served at lunch only, the plate is comprised of a collection of grains, veggies and garnishes, and lean sliced hanger steak. Farro is brightened with vinaigrette, beets cooled with yogurt sauce, turnips or asparagus (depending on the season) adding a crunch and intrigue. A meat-free version of the dish in salad form shows up on the brunch menu, and it too will leave you feeling full, healthy and ready for that third Bloody Mary.

999 Peachtree St. 404-541-1105. www.empirestatesouth.com.

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