ATLANTA, Georgia (November 1, 2018) --

Three Athens restaurants have been recognized by Georgia Trend. Two restaurants were awarded Silver Spoon The National and The Expat, while Maepole was awarded a Silver Milepost. The three restaurants were listed at one of the top ten restaurants in Georgia for the Silver Spoons and Silver Milepost award.

The National is a restaurant began by Athens’ own Hugh Acheson. “Classic City residents know how lucky they are—that’s why they pack The National for its midday Power Lunch (crackling-fresh vegetables in vibrant compositions) and the nightly specials of pan-roasted fish and grilled hanger steak, paired with seasonal options like squash blossoms and collard slaw,” says Georgia Trends writer Krista Reed.

The National was not the only restaurant recognized for a Silver Spoon. The Expat, a new French-inspired bistro in Athens’ Five Points neighborhood, was also recognized in their first year. “New in Five Points, The Expat is from Krista and Jerry Slater, familiar to Atlantans as former purveyors at H. Harper Station. The French bistro menu helmed by Chef Savannah Sasser includes just-right seasonal dishes (Sapelo Island clams; pickled Georgia shrimp) and exquisite brunch. Cocktails are literally by the book, as Jerry Slater is one of the contributors to The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails (UGA Press); the upstairs cocktails lounge allows customers to play DJ on the turntable,” says Georgia Trends writer Krista Reed.

The last restaurant recognized is Maepole. Peter Dale’s healthy and delicious food choices are free of hormones and antibiotics. “Chef Peter Dale (The National) crafts another winner, in which you choose your protein, your “base” (greens, grains, sweet potatoes), your sauce and your veggies at the counter and saunter to one of the tables inside or out. Dale’s attention to affordable, delicious healthy eating – and love of vibrant color – are again on full display. The meatballs and pesto are highly recommended,” says Georgia Trends writer Krista Reed.

About Georgia Trend

Georgia Trend, the magazine of Georgia business, politics and economic development since 1985, is the only statewide business publication in the market. Georgia Trend is published once a month with two extra issues: Business Georgia and Small Business Guide. It is delivered to more than 50,000 subscribers and has become indispensable to the leaders that shape our state.

About the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau is a proactive sales and marketing organization whose primary goal is to increase the economic impact of the hospitality and visitor industry by attracting individual visitors, group tours, and meetings and conventions to Athens. Tourism WORKS for Athens, contributing $310.17 million in spending, 2,872 jobs and $21.24 million in local and state tax revenue in 2017.