King + Duke

The King and You

Ford Fry Made You This Restaurant. It’s... Perfect.

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Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner walk into a bar.

Wait, that’s not right.

Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner walk into a restaurant.

Yeah, that’s it. Oh, and it’s this restaurant...

Welcome to King + Duke, the good chef Fry’s newest creation that’s like a living, breathing, wood-burning monument to achieving the early American dream (but mostly just the eating food and drinking drinks parts), taking reservations now and opening Monday in the old Nava space in Buckhead.

First, about that name. It’s a nod to the characters King and Duke from Huckleberry Finn. You’ll also notice a William Faulkner quote scrawled on a chalkboard and museum-style art everywhere (why yes, that is Hemingway’s face on the wall).

Explore your options. Really get in there. The blue-brick bar outside. The voyeuristic mezzanine. Tempting. But there’s also that table with a gas lamp on it by the giant open hearth. That’s where you want to be. You and a few friends who are into things like candied lamb belly and gin cocktails with powdered sugar and nutmeg in them (that’s called the Slingshot).

And in a month or so, you’ll be able to book the private upstairs parlor that was inspired by an old smoking room. So naturally, it has a mirrored ceiling and a big leather door.


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