Recently, we made a long-overdue pilgrimage down Memorial to the little shack that houses one of the city's most talented and least recognized chefs: Miss Ann herself, who masters the grill, enforces her rules, and isn't afraid to show a patron the door if they don't follow 'em. It made us think: of the many, many restaurants and bars in Atlanta, a few personalities stand out as, ah, characters.
Thusly, we ask you: who are some of Atlanta's best characters in restaurant-land? We ain't talkin' television stars, either. We're talkin' the Miss Anns of the world, those who are just as known for their food as they are for their big personality. We dig the good-natured ribbing of Claudio at Reuben's Deli, who pokes fun at his regulars but isn't afraid to point to his own rules for softspoken, indecisive newcomers. No doubt about it, we'll always bow down to his holiness Grant Henry, the owner of Sister Louisa's and the subject of citywide reverence. And after tales of kicking guests out, throwing their burgers in the trash, and just generally causing grown men and women to whisper their no ma'ams and yes pleases with a touch of quivering fear in their voice, we think Miss Ann deserves a special, matriarchal position at the top of this list. We'd like to hear your suggestions. Holler at us on Facebook or Twitter and introduce us to some of the most interesting people running around our city's restaurants. Because things will never get boring with folks like Miss Ann and Grant Henry.