Jarrett Stieber has proved time after time that he’s one of Atlanta’s most original talents. After making his name with the pop-up series Eat Me Speak Me, Stieber finally made the move to brick-and-mortar with Little Bear, which opened in Summerhill in February 2020. Luckily, everything went really great, and Stieber immediately found the success he deserved. Haha jk! Actually, everything was a total disaster almost right away. But Stieber, pivoting to a takeout-only model, endured through the pandemic, finally welcoming diners this past May to sit down in Little Bear’s bright, modern dining room and enjoy his weird, iconoclastic, Jewish-ish/Sichuan-ish cooking. The engagingly written menu changes with the seasons, with temporary treasures (one night recently: Georgia shrimp with fig sweet-and-sour sauce and shishito peppers; eggplant with peaches, whey sauce, chili paste, and “herbs out the ass”) joining a few repeat faves, like chicken thighs with dan dan yogurt and Manischewitz vinegar and a striking black and white torte. The cocktail program and wine list are as thoughtful—and irreverent—as the food.
71 Georgia Avenue, 404-500-5396, littlebearatl.com
By Mike Jordan, Christiane Lauterbach and Same Worley, Atlanta Magazine
Photo By Martha Williams