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Rustic Chic at Atlanta's Premier Farm-to-Table Restaurant

By Elisha Neubauer

Don't be fooled by its name- Watershed Restaurant is nothing like the images that most likely spring to mind when you first hear the compound word shed. When you enter, you'll be greeted by clean lines, neutral colors, and impeccable décor; a contemporary air with a rustic spin. Its perfect location in the historic Brookwood Hills neighborhood only adds to its allure and visual appeal.

But a restaurant's success relies on more than just its interior designer. It's a combination of ambiance, service, and food; all of which, they have down pact. "Watershed serves local, seasonal, soulful dishes inspired by Southern tradition and prepared with present day artistry," state the members of the Watershed team. The eatery opened in 1998 in a gas station in Decatur. The restaurant enjoyed a successful run, and in 2012, owners Ross Jones and Emily Saliers (of the Indigo Girls) decided to move the restaurant to its current location.

By the time Watershed moved to the Brookwood Hills neighborhood, it had already perfected its farm-to-table game, earning a James Beard award along the way. Everything is crafted from local and organic farmers, meaning everything arrives fresh and goes straight to your table.

"We could not be successful without the help of our local farmers," they explain. "We are truly thankful for all of their hard work and passion that goes into providing us with the highest quality products." Some of the farms they partner with include Grassroots Farms, Bobby Britt, Green Ola Acres, Banner Butter, Border Springs Farm, Little Bit Farm Georgia, Gum Creek Farms & The Farmer Fund.

Over the years, Watershed has really made a name for itself, walking away with several recognitions, including being named one of the Best New Restaurants in the World by Condé Nast Traveler. Several items on the menu have gained notoriety, as well. The Fried Chicken + Biscuits, served on Wednesdays, is one for example. "Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson follows the legendary fried chicken recipe of Edna Lewis," they tell us. "An embroidered quilt with the recipe on it hangs in the dining room."

Another garnering factor for Watershed's success is the energy with which it supports the Atlanta community. "We work closely with a number of charities and farmers markets in the area," Watershed states. "Whether we are on or off-site, we are constantly working to support the Atlanta community."

The restaurant continues hosts private events including business gatherings, family celebrations, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, and more. The interior space combined with the patio dining area really opens up the options available for those looking to celebrate a memorable event. Several reoccurring events are open to the public, including the aforementioned Fried Chicken + Biscuits Wednesdays, Martinis on Peachtree, 20 for $20 Wine Tasting, and Sunday Jazz Brunch.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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