You'll know you found it when you find the door that says, "incredibly pleasing delicious things." The Buttery ATL is the ultimate foodie speakeasy, an off-the-beaten-path chance to acquire pieces of Chef Linton Hopkins' culinary brilliance. It's the definition of a hole in the wall…but it's more like an Alice In Wonderland rabbit hole (they do offer fresh rabbit to take home and braise by the way) with a pot of culinary gold at the end of the rainbow.
I came across the Buttery while I checking out another hidden gem, The Queso Shop. As I sat there eating tacos in a super-hidden enclave of townhomes and small industrial buildings and feeling like I had really stumbled upon something, another patron told me about this super-cool little gourmet shop around the corner that was really hard to find. "Look for a gate that appears like you'd never drive in there." Um, OK. So I proceeded around the corner, located the open security gate and voila.
Fresh breads, butchery, biscuits, soups, creams, cakes, charcuterie, spices and blends, sauces, sandwiches, curated chef kits (including the fabled H&F Burger kits). The on-site cheesemonger will teach you more about cheese than Wikipedia ever could. But the real bounty are the take-home meals available every night. Starting at $30-$50 these meals for two include the legendary Restaurant Eugene Signature vegetable plate. This dish launched a whole movement for southern vegetables and is yours for pickup on Mondays. Other meals include salt and pepper roasted chicken, mountain trout and beef bourguignon.
But even just a quick stop in for perhaps the greatest
donut on earth—a maple glaze masterpiece is worth the visit. The place is dripping with little treasures
and inspirations. Set your GPS and