South Louisiana native and executive chef Scott Serpas has become an important part of Atlanta’s burgeoning culinary scene with his first restaurant venture, Serpas True Food. Located in what was once a cotton storage facility in the heart of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, Serpas is known for its “true food” approach to cuisine with an edge. The restaurant has received local and national acclaim since its January 2009 debut and was named one of the 10 “Best New Restaurants in America” in 2009 by GQ magazine. He gave City’s Best a look at what he loves about Atlanta.
What made you decide to set up permanent shop in Atlanta?
After moving here in 1994 to open Nava, I really grew to like Atlanta with its southern charm and hospitality. It reminded me a lot of New Orleans, and with its close proximity to the “Big Easy,” it was a no-brainer.