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Buckhead gets a gold star for its green initiatives. Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Buckhead gets a gold star for its green initiatives. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Some of Buckhead’s best restaurants are doing their part to recycle, reduce and reuse.

Many chefs in Buckhead believe in sustainable farming and utilizing seasonal and organic produce. And not just because it makes their food taste better, but also because it’s better for the environment. Some take that eco-friendly concept beyond what they serve on their menus and integrate it into their corporate philosophies. Here are three restaurants that get the gold for going green.

We could devote this entire column to the green initiatives of Fifth Group Restaurants alone. But consider just South City Kitchen Buckhead: The restaurant composts 10,000 to 12,000 pounds of organic matter every month, which keeps hundreds of thousands of pounds of waste from the landfills every year. The staff also recycles spent fryer grease and uses LED lighting to meet strict energy codes.

Souper Jenny owner Jenny Levison has recycled in both her kitchen and dining room from the start with her first location in Buckhead. And the same eco-conscious philosophy is applied to her new flagship restaurant at the Atlanta History Center. Everything it uses is recyclable, right down to the drinking cups and straws.

True Food Kitchen at Lenox Square encompasses everything about being green, from the food to the design. The menu is based on the anti-inflammatory diet designed by holistic living expert Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. You can choose from vegan, vegetarian, organic, gluten-free and paleo dishes. The restaurant’s design features environmentally friendly materials from reclaimed wood floors to quarry tiles, low-voltage lighting and low-VOC paint.

Souper Jenny
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces
Ferry Road
Atlanta 30305

South City Kitchen
3350 Peachtree Road
Atlanta 30326

True Food Kitchen
Lenox Square
3393 Peachtree Road
NE, Suite 3058B
Atlanta 30326

BY: Sarah Gleim

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