The General Muir and The Optimist Among Bon Appétit 50 Best

Chef Todd Ginsberg at the General Muir

Chef Todd Ginsberg at the General Muir

Bon Appétit has released its annual America’s 50 Best new restaurants. And as in 2012, two Atlanta restaurants, The General Muir and The Optimist, are on the nominees list.

Last year, Cakes & Ale and Cardamom Hill made the 50 Best list, and Cakes and Ale ended up on the final Hot 10 list, as chosen by the magazine’s “Foodist,” Andrew Knowlton.

Here’s what Knowlton wrote about The General Muir:

A real, New York-style Jewish deli in Atlanta? Believe it. The classics are all here: matzo-ball soup, piled-high pastrami sandwiches, lox-and-bagel. Everything from those bagels to the General’s pastrami is made in house, and nouveau dishes — like, gasp, poutine — join them. The appealing space, with black-and-white checkered floors and subway-tiled walls, feels less like the well-worn delis of days gone by and more like the ones of the future.

And here’s what Knowlton wrote about The Optimist:

The old-school fish house has …

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