South City Kitchen: Atlanta, GA, USA
I wanted to give my little sister a break from the OTP and get her living life like a young adult a bit and so I took her down to Midtown. We decided to grab brunch at South City Kitchen after she had taken a look on my Yelp App for what she wanted to eat. While my wallet definitely took a hit, my stomach was happy and so was my soul for getting to spend some quality time with my lil’ sis. Truth be told, we probably over-ordered. The food just looked so good, I couldn’t stop! We tried the following things:
- chicken liver appetizer (I know, but trust me on this)
- bread basket for the table (on the house)
- chicken and waffles
- egg-white frittata
Chicken Liver Appetizers: I love liver. I love pate, I love foie. It was a tough decision between the fried green tomatoes, another southern staple I adore, but this just looked really good. Chunks of seared chicken liver topped two pieces of sweet brioche which was placed on creamed corn puree. Corn puree! This was then drizzled with the sauce used to cook the chicken livers I believe.
- large for an appetizer, definitely for the table unless you plan on sharing an entree
- amazing flavors: the sweetness of the brioche went well with chicken liver and an even sweeter touch with the corn puree.
- chicken livers were cooked well: it’s really easy to overcook liver, and then it comes out hard and chewy.
- certain parts of the brioche slices became somewhat soggy because it was sitting on the corn puree. It might be good to put it on the top or on the side perhaps?
Bread Basket: two cornbread muffins and two biscuits were served with butter and jam at the table.
- fills you up if you are starving, which we were
- came out nice and warm.
- the cornbread was super fluffy.
- I like this form of “southern hospitality” because it’s a little something extra but it shows generosity on behalf of the establishment.
- cornbread could have used some sort of salt component like jalapeños or bacon bits. It was a tad bit on the sweet side for me.
- biscuits could have been fluffier.
Chicken and Waffles: two big breasts of chicken with about four pieces of waffle. I had heard good things about the waffles here so I was really excited to try it. The raves were as good as their word.
- generous portions: the chicken pieces weren’t that small.
- waffles were the fluffiest and softest that I’ve had: slightly sweet, they went really well with the chicken
- chicken was nicely breaded, not super crunchy topping which is fine because I wanted chicken and waffles, not fried chicken and waffles.
- that’s it. just chicken and waffles. HAHAHAHA. It’d be nice to get some kind of pickle or vegetable garnish. I mean, it was great but the plate just looked so “lonely” and “barren”. Then again, it may be right up the alley for a dude.
- salty. The chicken was mad salty.
Egg White Frittata: this had some amazing mushrooms, tomato, and goat cheese. For extra healthiness, there are kale bits!
- ridiculously tasty: the mushrooms were marinated ahead of time I believe, in some kind of vinegar based sauce. It went well with the tomato and goat cheese which were also in themselves, slightly acidic.
- eggs were nice and fluffy.
- maybe more cheese of a different kind.
Cheese Grits: my sister ordered these as a side to her egg white frittata. I was actually pretty curious as I’ve had cheese grits at Egg Harbor and love them.
- very cheesy: mad props for not being stingy with the dairy product
- good quantity: same amount as Egg Harbor, more grits than Highland Bakery.
- slightly on the dry end. Perhaps I’m setting the standard a bit high, but it was a bit congealed when it reached our table.
All in all, I was super happy with my meal. I definitely want to come back and try a few more things on the menu as well. Their waffles in and of themselves are worth getting, I think they’re better than waffle house which is supposedly the standard since they use cake batter to make them. All in all, here’s a brief summary:
- chicken liver appetizer: ***.85 (3.85 stars)
- bread basket: ***.5 (3.5 stars)
- chicken and waffles: ***.65 (3.65 stars)
- egg-white frittata with goat cheese and mushrooms: ***.85 (3.85 stars)
- cheese grits: ***.65 (3.65 stars)
If you wanted to check out South City Kitchen, I definitely recommend making a reservation via OpenTable, especially for brunch. It was super packed in there, not to mention parking is hard to find. I ended up paying a full day’s parking just for two-hours. That’s what it is in the city though! You can find them here:
1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Please have a great meal and let me know what you think!