When the hands preparing the meal matter to you as much as what’s on the menu, there’s only one top choice, and that’s Alexis Hernandez, at Union Hill Kitchen (www. unionhillkitchen.com). A deft touch and playful interpretation of New American cuisine has earned this Food Network alumnus the title of top local chef among our readers. Stop by the Chamblee eatery for an eccentric menu packed with everything from salmon burgers to gourmet deviled eggs.
In second place is BoccaLupo’s Bruce Logue (boccalupoatl.com), with Bridge Catering’s Keith Hand (www.bridgecatering.com) in third place.