According to most restaurant critics, the perfect soul food is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Try some authentic soul cuisine the way it was meant to be served with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of steaks, salads, and soul food at Peachtree Restaurant in the Power & Light District.
Shift your appetite into gear with farm-raised, cornmeal-breaded catfish fingers ($9) or the peachtree collard-green dip, a creamy herb and collard-greens blend served with tortilla chips, sour cream, and salsa ($10). Crisp greens kicked up with sharp cheddar, fresh-baked croutons, and tomatoes ($8) are an airier eat. Less-demure diners dig into Peachtree’s signature entrees, including Southern-fried chicken and catfish with rémoulade sauce ($19), pork chops doused in gravy ($16), and hand-carved steaks such as the 12-ounce rib-eye brushed with tangy pineapple glaze ($28). Vegetarian options include a grilled-tofu and soybean veggie burger parked on a toasted bun with all the fixings ($10). For dessert, try a fresh-picked peach cobbler ($6) housed inside a homemade shell. View the complete menu here.
Helmed by soul-food gastrominds Vera and Lavell Willis, Peachtree doles out hearty helpings of cheerful service, authentic grub, and eclectic ambience. The restaurant’s live jazz music makes a suitable soundtrack for toe-tapping or mass-mailing fresh glitter to former prom queens. Perch with a piece of sweet-potato pie ($6) and soak in the sweet sounds. Reservations are required.