Set in a converted two-story house fronted by a brick patio lined with pear trees, South City Kitchen draws the after-work business crowd by the droves. There's a lot of meeting and greeting here, making the restaurant quite noisy, but SCK-goers don't seem to care and thrive on the buzz (good luck finding a seat at the bar). If the weather's nice, try the patio, which is more sedate. When you finally get a table, a steaming plate of biscuits and cornbread will appear before you. Eat them; eat every last one. Next, you should try the fried green tomatoes with sweet pepper coulis and basil (you are in the South after all). If you're a fan of veggies, the Farmer's Plate is a treat: Brussels spouts and hazelnuts, cauliflower, and kale salad. Otherwise, the shrimp and red mule grits will fill you up. And you can never go wrong with a pimento cheeseburger; this one in particular comes with butter pickles, BBQ mayo, and fries. For dessert, it's time for a pecan tart, drenched in bourbon caramel, covered in vanilla fleur de sel ice cream, and topped with spiced pecans. (Note: The menu does change seasonally.) There's a good number of Southern brews on draft, quite a few American whiskey options available, some interesting cocktails like a jalapeño margarita, and an overwhelming wine list. SCK is also a good stop for Saturday and Sunday brunch (11am–3:30pm)—you'll find everything from crab hash to buttermilk fried chicken and malted waffles. A gluten-free menu is served at both brunch and dinner. There's a second location in Smyrna, at 1675 Cumberland Pkwy.
South City Kitchen
1144 Crescent Ave., btw. 11th and 14th Sts.
Our Rating Neighborhood Midtown Hours Daily 11am–3:30pm, Mon–Thurs and Sun 5–10pm, Fri–Sat 5–10:30pm Transportation MARTA: Arts Center Phone 404/873-7358 Prices Brunch and lunch items $11–$20, dinner main courses $12–$33 Cuisine Type CONTEMPORARY SOUTHERN Web site South City Kitchen
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