TINY LOU’S | Atlanta, GA
Named after the popular 1950s dancer in the Clermont Motor Hotel’s “Gypsy Room,” Tiny Lou’s is a swinging French-American brasserie located downstairs at Hotel Clermont. Presenting a palate-pleasing approach to French favorites, executive chef, Jeb Aldrich uses seasonal and local provisions that are complemented by a French-focused wine list.
The food at Tiny Lou’s reads like a rugged love letter to French-American coziness — something like what one might cook for a lover — giddy, profoundly satisfying, conspiratorial — as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin. Cooking like this is sometimes called comfort food, but a better word might be ‘restorative’ food. They should be able to write prescriptions for this stuff — food as medicine — a meal to make you feel restored, triumphant, split wide-open, at any hour, even against bad odds.