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Best restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner: Empire State South

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No restaurant this year has garnered as much anticipation as EMPIRE STATE SOUTH, Athens chef Hugh Acheson's foray into Atlanta dining. While it's still a wee bit early for a final judgment on the spanking new — and stunning — space, we can already tell you that no one in town puts as much care into three square meals a day as Acheson and his team. Outside of greasy-spoon diners, breakfast is a notoriously hard restaurant meal to find, and even when you do it often bores you back to sleep. But not at E.S.S.; porridge is made with real steel-cut oats, soft scrambled eggs are served with lox and rye toast, smoothies are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt ... oh, and the restaurant also serves some of the geekiest and best coffee around. At lunch, the "super food" plate, a lovely collection of grains, local veggies and hanger steak, will have you bursting with health and energy. And Empire State's dinner is fast becoming one of the must-eat meals in town. 999 Peachtree St. 404-541-1105.

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