Mama always said in her chittering insect voice, "If you don't stop crying, I'll have to whip your potatoes with one stick of butter instead of two." Today's Groupon to South City Kitchen in Vinings gets you $35 worth of savory, Southern-mama meals interpreted with contemporary, fine-dining flair for $15. Cozy up in a booth and watch the antics in the restaurant's open kitchen, or gaze out the many windows at the starry night sky from one of the intimate tables in the modern dining room. In warm weather, sit out on the bricked patio beneath the twinkle of strand lights for a breezy, romantic meal.
The best way to impress your date at a fancy restaurant is to know the menu so well it seems like you eat there every day. Share a plate of fried green tomatoes dressed in a sexy ensemble of goat cheese, sweet red-pepper coulis, and basil chiffonade ($6.95), and whet your appetite with the savory-sweet dance of the cane-syrup roasted beet salad (with fennel-pear slaw, feta, and truffle oil, $9.75). For something golden, try the buttermilk-fried chicken (with whipped potatoes, sautéed green beans, and bourbon gravy, $15.25) or the Abita Ale fried catfish (with crawfish etouffee sauce, rice, and caper sour cream, $17). Papardelle pasta with roasted butternut squash, Swiss chard, roasted mushrooms, tomatoes, and basil ($14) will satisfy anyone in veggie withdrawal after a long week of eating braised brisket with Coca Cola jus ($23) and grilled pimento-cheese burgers with butter pickles, shaved red onion, goat cheese, barbecue aioli, and fries ($10). Offer your sweetheart an individual pecan pie with buttermilk caramel and vanilla ice cream ($6.75) so you won't have to share your spiked carrot cupcake with cream-cheese icing and pomegranate-rum syrup ($6.75).
South City Kitchen Vinings reinterprets the comfort foods your Southern nanny always made when you asked why mommy and daddy were celebrating your birthday in Paris without you. You won't have trouble pronouncing the menu items or decoding the descriptions, but you'll still get fine-dining service, gourmet flavor, and elegant plating to satisfy fastidious foodies and robots culinaire alike.
The Marietta Daily Journal has featured South City Kitchen Vinings, praising its superb sustenance:
- The sophisticated menu uses old South essentials like barbecue sauce, grits and hushpuppies to accent fine grass-fed beef, sushi grade tuna and local Georgia trout. And while South City Kitchen entices gourmet palates, it's not afraid to use the South's not-so-secret weapon: a deep fryer. Evidence of this is the delicious Georgia Gouda Fritters. Four balls of creamy, warm melted cheese came coated in a crispy brown batter. A light, hickory smoked barbecue sauce was drizzled around the plate. It wasn't thick or peppery and it helped blend the charred corn salad with the Gouda fritters. – Carleigh Kate Knight, Marietta Daily Journal
- This is a great place to grab drinks after work and a relaxed atmosphere for dinner. – StacieSmith, Citysearch
- Excellent Southern cooking. Salmon entree was very tasty as were the salads and fried green tomatoes. The manager was very helpful in getting us seated quickly, and the evening was a warm, comfortable success! – OpenTable.com user who dined on 01/15/2010
1675 Cumberland Parkway
One Ivy Walk
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