Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood has a new hangout, and it’s a cheerful place filled with natural light where you will want to spend all day long eating, chatting, reading, and sipping on chai lattes before morphing into organic wine mode.
Le Bon Nosh is the vision of engineer-turned-chef Forough Vakili, a former food operations consultant at Porsche’s North American headquarters who trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Brittany. Located at The Irby, an apartment complex starring a resort-style pool, Le Bon Nosh is welcomingly multi-faceted, serving as a café, a market, and soon a wine bar for the community. Another draw? Le Bon Nosh cares about giving back, and is in the midst of creating a platform that addresses food insecurity in Atlanta.
Come here in the morning for almond butter toast and chipotle aioli-slicked egg sandwiches on brioche—or to peep at what’s in the pastry case—and then stick around for lunches of lobster potato salad, wood-fired mushroom tartines, and green herb-crusted roasted salmon prepared in the open kitchen. It’s all about reveling in simple, seasonal ingredients here, with an elegant European-inspired aesthetic to match, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, custom oak communal tables for forging new friendships, and Viennese light fixtures, including a chandelier suspended over the petite C-shaped bar.
Los Angeles studio Commune Design (known for its collaborations with the Ace Hotel brand) is behind the look, which celebrates Vakili’s Iranian roots through elements like handwoven rugs and saffron-hued velvet drapes, while nodding to her time spent cooking in France with a painting by BDDW Gallery’s Tyler Hays and rustic light blue and teal plaster that conjures the coast.
Upstairs, the floral wallpaper-bedecked private dining space on the mezzanine will have you dreaming of a never-ending dinner party with friends.