Diana Presson Eller
Executive chef, Petit Chou
Petit Chou opened its doors in Cabbagetown this past spring. A breakfast and lunch gem, the restaurant is run by women, including its executive chef, Diana Presson Eller. Before taking the lead at Petit Chou, Eller worked with big Atlanta names such as Shaun Doty (Bantam + Biddy) and Robert Phalen (One Eared Stag).
Favorite restaurant: Staplehouse
Why she loves it: It’s the best meal in Atlanta that I’ve ever had, and maybe my life, from start to finish. The service and hospitality is so warm and wonderful. They really go the extra mile when you make your reservation and it’s like they know you when you walk in the door.
Favorite dish: Everything is wonderful, but what stood out the most was the jumbo lump crab with local corn and sunflower custard. The sunflower custard was made with steeped sunflower pods. It was earthy and floral, but not perfumey. It hit every note: salty, sweet, umami.
541 Edgewood Avenue, 30312
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