Haute Secrets: Atlanta Chef Shares His Guide to the Good Life


Chef and restaurateur Mimmo Alboumeh is known throughout Atlanta not only for his restaurants and culinary talents but for his loyal and infectious spirit that continues to amass a loyal following of fans and friends alike in Atlanta. Born in Lebanon and raised in Spain, Chef Alboumeh lived in Italy before coming to Georgia and making his mark on the Atlanta culinary scene. As the owner and chef of MAYA Steak & Seafood  in Sandy Springs and Red Pepper Taqueria in Buckhead and Decatur, he continues to wow us with his innovative dishes and creative cocktails. Here, the energetic and creative culinary genius shares his favorite places to eat drink and relax in his city of Atlanta                                                                                                                                                             

Where were you born? 

Beirut, Lebanon but raised in Ital.y and Spain.

Where were you born? 
Beirut , Lebanon but raised in Italy and Spain.
How long in Atlanta?
21 years
Which neighborhood? 
Sandy Springs and Buckhead
Favorite Restaurant:
Maya, named after my 4-year-old daughter, who tells everyone she owns a restaurant.
Best Sushi
Best Italian:
Antica Posta
Best dessert:  
Maya’s homemade Peach Bread Pudding
Best place for a romantic date: 
the basement at Aria
Best Sunday brunch:
 Red Pepper Taqueria
Best place for a power business meeting:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
W Buckhead
Favorite shopping venue/boutique
Lenox Square
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches:
Best Spa:
Remede at St. Regis
Favorite Charity Event:
All CURE Childhood Cancer events
Favorite Cultural Event:
Cinco de Mayo
Best Pizza:
Varuni Napoli
Best Lunch:
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
My basement
Best Massage:
Spa810 Buckhead
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Anne Frank in the World Museum in Sandy Springs
Describe your city in three words:
Relaxed, friendly and fun
All-around favorite spot in Atlanta:
Atlanta Country Club Golf Course
Best Aspect of Atlanta:
Non-stop growth