Classic Southern cooking is like a rocking chair—laid-back, comforting, and perfect for eating. Today's Groupon whets appetites without wetting hoopskirts: for $15, you get $35 worth of supper and sips at PARISH, located in the Inman Park neighborhood. PARISH is a member of Concentrics Restaurants, whose other local spots include ONE Midtown Kitchen and TWO Urban Licks.
New Orleans–born chef Nick Melvin brings a worldly twist to PARISH's Southern comfort-inspired menu, cooking all the food in a cauldron made from a tuba and using bead-covered banjos to stir. In the tradition of Southern solidarity, PARISH uses fresh ingredients from local vendors for its dishes. Enchanted Mountain trout is used for the cornmeal-crusted Georgia trout ($17), while grits from Jenny Jack Sun Farm ride shotgun with the Big Easy Fried Chicken ($14). Other Dixieland dishes include a crispy eggplant étouffée ($16) with pickled raisins and popcorn rice, and stuffed catfish ($17) served on a bed of smoked maque choux. Appetizers include a chicken and andouille-sausage gumbo ($8) and Creole frites ($9) made with okra grown in the Oglethorpe state.
PARISH set up shop in a historical pipe and foundry-terminal building, restoring much of the structure's original tin ceiling splendor while also adding atmospheric lighting from chandeliers and antique sconces and a breezy outdoor patio. After sharing a Bananas Foster bread pudding ($7) dessert with rail-riding revenants and coal-shoveling specters, PARISH patrons can stroll the live oak–lined streets of Inman Park and take in the Victorian visages of its turn-of-the-century houses before retrieving their horseless carriage from PARISH's complimentary valet parking.
This Groupon is not valid for weekend brunch or at PARISH's market.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gives PARISH a three-star, "Very good" rating:
- But Melvin has brought a strong change to the menu... his focus widens to include a broader realm of Southern tastes…Not surprisingly, Melvin excels at vegetables and Southern classics. His take on wilted greens over local Jenny Jack grits is inspiring enough, but his fried chicken is super crispy, juicy and even better with a four-bean salad along side. – Meridith Ford Goldman
- this place has a following among me and my friends. – Christine K, Urbanspoon
- ...this place is the definition of "charming."…the reuben was absolutely cravable! Just the right amount of everything with melty cheese and perfectly seasoned corned beef - I will definitely be back for that. Oh, and how could I forget - delicious, big, crisp, vinegary pickles as big as, well, a cucumber - yummy! – FifthGrouper, Citysearch
240 N Highland Ave. Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30307Get Directions