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The Watershed on Peachtree

Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls opened the original Watershed in 1998. It was a cozy little place in Decatur, and the songstress was seen, on more than a few occasions, bussing tables in one of the city’s cherished restaurants.

Fast forward a dozen years, and the original chef, Scott Peacock, has left for other opportunities, and Saliers has moved her restaurant from the town she grew up in, out to Brookwood Hills. In the process, she held onto executive chef Joe Truex, who’s been running the kitchen since Peacock left in 2010. The Watershed’s bright and open decor stayed, too, but if you’re looking for the informal funky vibe of the Watershed of old, it’s been replaced by cordial professionalism you’d expect at a higher-end restaurant in a district with business and conference hotels close by.

Highlights

Pimento Cheese Toast with Smoked Ham Hock

Say it out loud: it even sounds decadent.

Georgia Shrimp Wrapped in Country Ham

This is surf ‘n’ snout prepared la plancha and spiced up with gremolata and calabrese peppers.

Wednesday Night Fried Chicken

Watershed does fried chicken one night a week, and in a limited amount.  Be prepared to have to play rock, paper, scissors to claim yours.