Buckhead's newest restaurant, The Chastain, honors a storied past and solidifies itself as a neighborhood favorite.
Down a dusty dirt road, there was once a roadside country store selling everything from canned goods to flour and other staples. It sat among fertile farmland and provided a place of refuge for the local folk who needed to quickly grab a few things. Today, that once simple dirt road is now Powers Ferry Road, and after demolishing and rebuilding a couple of times over the years and undergoing multiple name changes, that country store’s spirit lives at The Chastain—a new American bistro serving elevated dishes in a modern farmhouse setting. In between, the space served as a country grocery; a full-fledged restaurant, Bill Daly’s Red Barn, with an eclectic equestrian theme; and, finally, the iconic Horseradish Grill before it shuttered last year.
Prime New York strip with braised sweet peppers, chevre, roasted potatoes and haricots verts
Roasted garden broccolis with red onion, sheep milk yogurt, date vinaigrette, almond and crispy quinoa
Today, The Chastain is still steps from the golf course, horse park and amphitheater. The Chastain’s design, by local firm Siegel Construction & Design, is focused on blurring the line between indoors and out while still preserving the charm that comes with a storied building. A courtyard with a roaring fire pit greets you as you arrive, accented by large iron-paned windows that give you a preview of what awaits. Inside, the bar area, which is part of the original building, features an impressive back wall stocked to the brim with highdollar spirits. During the day, this bar is a breakfast counter serving coffees, teas, homemade pastries and more to passersby, making it the perfect spot for a post-walk treat. Past the bar, four booths on each side create an aisle to the main dining room, a dimly lit room with the perfect amount of finessed ambiance. The menu, crafted by executive chef, operating partner and Atlas alum Christopher Grossman, draws inspiration from the best local ingredients and seasonal harvests from The Chastain’s on-site garden. The rotating menu is organized from small to large and covers everything from fresh seafood, housemade pastas and sourdough bread from a 15-year developed recipe to soups, salads and vegetables, and a pecan pie that pays homage to the previous Horseradish Grill. Whatever you order, you can be assured that it comes from a place of gumption and grit—and there might even be a good story that comes with it. 4320 Powers Ferry Road, 404.257.6416, @thechastainatl
Drinks from the cocktail menu range from classics like The OF to inventive options like Pick a Daisy—your choice of spirit with lime and curacao
An assortment of pastries is available at The Chastain’s AM Cafe.
Photography by: Photos by Heidi Harris/Courtesy of The Chastain