Food & Drink

Kevin Gillespie Was Destined From Birth to Be Atlanta's Culinary Hero

Published On 01/30/2017 Published On 01/30/2017
 Granny Geneva put black coffee in his baby bottle, because that’s what Pa drank.
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He applied to Ivy League schools but subtly sabotaged himself. He had his sights on cooking.
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1. Gunshow 924 Garrett St SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow is a Brazilian churrascaria-meets-dim sum eatery in Glenwood with rock music and ticketed reservations. Diners sit at communal metal tables while chefs roll trolleys around the dining room featuring small plates from the open kitchen. Cocktail service follows suit with a roaming bar cart and tableside preparations (get the Toasted Old Fashioned). The menu rotates weekly but always features bold dishes like faux beef bone marrow, Buffalo chicken livers, French-style mussels with beef fat fries, and Vietnamese-style popcorn shrimp. An evening at Gunshow is like a night at dinner theater: take your seat, pick your poison, and enjoy the culinary show.

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2. Revival 129 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

Butter reigns supreme at Revival, Kevin Gillespie’s Decatur restaurant dedicated to reinterpreting the family dinners he grew up on in Georgia. Southern cuisine shines in dishes like buttermilk-fried chicken, cornmeal-fried catfish, duck-fat fried potatoes, and iron-skillet cornbread based on secret recipe passed down through the Gillespie family. The restaurant design itself is an ode to the chef's family, with a comfortable dining room modeled after his grandmother's farmhouse, complete with her old candy bowls and sewing kit.