Going MAD for Griffin’s

Downtown El Dorado opens farm-to-fork eatery

At four, John E. Peters III was shucking oysters, at 14 he was washing dishes at a local eatery, and by 29, he was sauté cook for New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace when it earned the James Beard’s “Best Restaurant in the United States” award in 1996. Now, he’s The Griffin Restaurant’s executive chef, and while he admits the award was one of the high points of his career, Peters says he’s not done yet. 

The Griffin Restaurant dishes up farm-to-fork Southern fare with a flare for Creole cuisine, set inside the recently renovated Griffin Auto Company, 117 E. Locust St. in downtown El Dorado. It’s part of the El Dorado Murphy Arts District or MAD....Read more


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