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Atlanta: Watershed on Peachtree
The scene: Once a scruffy Decatur café with cement-block walls, Watershed has been made over as a stylish downtown spot serving zingy Louisiana food to a packed dining room and bar. The spillover from the 180-seater hangs out on a patio overlooking Peachtree Road.
The food: Many stick to the bar for spicy bites like catfish goujonettes in lettuce wraps, but there’s more going on in the back dining rooms, where you can taste Louisiana-born Joe Truex’s take on jambalaya. It combines fried oysters, butter-poached shrimp and fried-rice fritters over aromatic crayfish étouffée. His scallop schnitzel with anchovies, capers and a fried quail egg is brightened by a squeeze of lemon and a glass of terrific vermentino.
(Photo: Watershed on Peachtree)