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Best all-day dining: Empire State South

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Empire State South is the Leonardo da Vinci of Atlanta restaurants, a true master of everything from breakfast to cocktails to house-made charcuterie. The thought of making a day out of dining here, starting with slowly sipping a perfectly pulled espresso on the patio, lounging between meals by the outdoor bocce court, enjoying adventurous cocktails late into the night, has all the makings of a micro luxury vacation. The menu is constantly changing, but you can always count on Southern-tinged dishes made with super-fresh local produce and other regional ingredients. Aside from the mains, lovingly baked biscuits in the morning and an array of jarred wonders such as puckery house-made pickles, earthy boiled peanut hummus, and rich and peppery pimento cheese at night, are excellent. The wine list is impeccable, including gems such as a bottle of La Chablisienne's unusual sauvignon blanc from Burgundy (menu description: "deliciously nerdy"). No matter the occasion, the meal, the drink, Empire State South does it all while capturing the very best of modern cooking in the South.

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