By Isoul H. Harris
Margot Tenenbaum, the stylish and dark-witted blond playwright in Wes Anderson’s 2001 acclaimed film, The Royal Tenenbaums, inspired Bar Margot, a restaurant/lounge hybrid located inside the Atlanta’s Four Seasons. Founded by supernova chef, Ford Fry, Bar Margot’s vibe is a real-life incarnation of its fictional namesake. Beauty abounds (from the tastefully decadent bar to the well-cast, downright sexy wait staff), but substance runs aplenty (from the edible art of the must-order charcuterie board to the explosively tasty Crab Toast with avocado coulis).
Bar Margot is the first hotel resto-lounge in Fry’s southern empire, which consists of the Houston-based State of Grace and 10 celebrated eateries in ATL (Esquire named The Optimist “The Best New Restaurant in America in 2012”). Ford’s all-American pizzazz perfectly complements his passion for fresh ingredients. The menu’s “Nearby Beets + Greens” is not a cute southern euphemism, the delicious veggies are grown in his private garden on the hotel’s rooftop.
Friday and Saturday nights feature a DJ spinning from the Four Season’s 10,000 vinyl records library. The lively, head-nodding mix ranges from canon classics to cosmopolitan funk. The scene is lit enough to validate your presence and quiet enough to sustain proper conversations. The multi-culti, well-outfitted crowd is sexy, and a romantic aura wafts through the room. Bar Margot is a spot the young Ms. Tenenbaum would patron. She would nibble on the refined American fare, sip on one of the secret signature cocktails, and enjoy the atmosphere. You should follow suit.