The opening of Southern National is a homecoming for owners chef Duane Nutter and Reggie Washington, who worked together for years at One Flew South at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, before departing the city in 2016. They would go on to open Southern National in Mobile, Alabama, (Washington’s hometown) but hinted at a return to Atlanta. The partners officially closed the Mobile location in 2022 to relocate the restaurant to Summerhill. Food leans into Nutter’s travels in the Northwest, Kentucky, and Louisiana, where he was born, as well as the South and Atlanta. The menu features a few of the Mobile location’s most popular dishes, like the mussels and collard greens, along with several new dishes such as herb butter broiled red fish over smoked turkey smothered green beans and field peas and Creole-cured salmon and potato blini. Look for Nutter to bring his signature sense of humor to the menu, too, in desserts like peanut butter panna cotta topped with chunks of Nutter Butter cookies. Nutter and Washington reunited with two longtime friends and former colleagues in Southern National, partnering with Ticonderoga Club owners and critically acclaimed bartenders Greg Best and Paul Calvert, who developed the cocktail program for the restaurant. Reservations encouraged.
By Beth McKibben, Eater Atlanta