The ways we get to know historically great men leaves much to be desired: biographies are often very, very thick, and spending a holiday pondering the guy the holiday's actually for is borderline un-American. Honor a great Atlantan by thoughtfully stuffing your face, at Livingston Restaurant & Bar
An elegant, two story restaurant that plays white marble columns and dark mahogany tables against the slightly more modern opulence of a star-burst crystal chandelier, LRB sits on land once occupied by Livingston Mims (1820-1906), who served as Atlanta's mayor, though his love of food and wine is really why he was hot. The southern-style, regionally sourced menu starts with breakfast (Buttermilk Pecan Pancakes w/ organic blueberries, lemon verbena, acacia honey; Hand-cut Corned Beef Hash w/ poached eggs, & sweet pepper rouille), while lunch is highlighted by Georgia White Shrimp (w/ ham hocks, fava bean puree, Vidalia onions) and the Grilled White Oak Pastures Burger, sourced from grass-fed, free-roaming cattle, who were treated with the utmost humanity before being served with house-made pickles. Dinner apps include Peekytoe Crab Fritters w/ preserved ramps and Short Rib Ravioli; mains range from George's Bank Scallops (w/ Anson Mills grits & corn puree), to "Meat-Fowl-Game" like the Veal Porterhouse w/ Vidalia marmalade, and the speck ham'd Louisiana Rabbit -- popular in the Bayous for its tenderness and fwaaaavor
Attached to Livingston will be Cafe Mims, offering fresh teas, coffees, paninis, and house-made pastries like almond danishes, pecan sandy cookies, and bear claws -- very thick, and only slightly easier to digest than a biography.