Ford Fry knows a thing or two about delicious restaurants in Atlanta. He now has 10 restaurants in Atlanta and one in Houston. The Houston native graduated from the New England Culinary Institute and served as a fine-dining chef in Texas, Florida, California, and Colorado.
Fry moved to Atlanta when he opened his first restaurant in 2007, JCT Kitchen. Since then he has quickly grown to 10 restaurants across Atlanta. Because of this growth Fry now enjoys helping train and challenge his chefs, encouraging them to become better everyday.
“I love finding talent in the region, and putting these people in an environment where they can learn and grow.”
If you are an ATLien or looking to move here and need somewhere to eat, check out one of his restaurants:
Beetlecat- Inman Park, Atlanta Ga.
Beetlecat offers a fresh menu of oysters, clams, and other seafood, along with things that make no sense until you taste them — Mexican corn, udon, kimchi, hamburgers, Korean-style chicken.
Marcel- Westside, Atlanta Ga.
Marcel is a first-rate steakhouse and bar. Named after Marcel Cerdan, the iconic French fighter-romantic who endured ring rumbles, war, marriage, and a famous affair with Edith Piaf, Marcel will take you back in time.
Superica- Buckhead and Krog St Market, Atlanta, Ga.
Superica is too tasty to have just one location; luckily there is a Superica in Buckhead and Krog Street market. This restaurant offers an authentic taste on Tex-Mex, featuring fresh salsa and homemade tortillas and the best taco you will ever have.
The El Felix- Avalon, Alpharetta, Ga.
Ford Fry’s latest restaurant, The El Felix is located in Alpharetta’s Avalon development. Chef Ford Fry and Chef Kevin Maxey, together designed a “Mex-Tex” menu that plays to their own Texan roots.
St. Cecilia- Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga.
St. Cecilia serves coastal European food; dishes inspired by the coastlines of Italy, Spain, and France. “With an old-world, ingredient-driven approach, Executive Chef Craig Richards displays the Italian trademarks that have always stood the test of time, but with versatile and local Southern ingredients.”
King and Duke- Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga.
From seafood to duck to chicken to steak- this menu offers a seasonal dining experience in the heart of Buckhead. No matter what you are in mood for, King and Duke is sure to satisfy any cravings.
The Optimist- Westside, Atlanta, Ga.
The Optimist brings a seaside fish camp experience to landlocked Atlanta. The Optimist includes fresh oysters from the Alabama coast and Maine sea scallops to whole roasted Georgia trout, guests enjoy high-quality seafood from the country’s best suppliers.
No. 246- Decatur, Ga.
Chefs Ford Fry and Drew Belline partnered to open no. 246, an Italian-inspired, locally driven restaurant in Decatur. This menu offers all things Italian- pizza, pasta, seafood and more.
JCT Kitchen- Westside, Atlanta, Ga.
Ford Fry’s first restaurant incorporates an updated southern restaurant on the west side of Atlanta. On the menu you’ll find all your favorite comfort foods. Regulars love JCT’s refined comfort food, like fried chicken, deviled eggs with country ham, and their famous Angry Mussels.