One of the first things I wanted to do on a recent trip to Atlanta was try a couple of Southern dishes, and our first lunch was at South City Kitchen in Midtown Atlanta. We started with some cornbread which has always been a favorite of mine.
…and then had pimento cheese. This was my first time having it, and I really liked it. Its very addictive.
For my main I had the fried chicken and shrimp and grits. The shrimp was ok and grits are basically like polenta which I like. The fried chicken was disappointing. The batter was not really crispy and was more of like a chicken tender. However, one thing I had, and would continue having our whole trip, was the collard greens. They are absolutely delicious. I had some a long long time ago, not in the south, and found them to be bitter. However, the ones I had in the south had an excellent balance of sour, sweet, savory and acidic.
Overall, this was a good lunch spot for an intro to Southern Food. Service was ok, and everything except the fried chicken was pretty good. I would probably want to try other spots before returning here though.