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Restaurant Experience: South City Kitchen

2010 August 30
by rob

Hi! As mentioned in my last post, I’m currently in Atlanta for work. Tonight I decided to treat myself, er, let Xtreme Labs treat me to a fine meal at a fine restaurant here in Atlanta: the South City Kitchen. This restaurant was recommended in my guidebook and by one of my coworkers. It’s pretty close to my hotel, so I had to give it a shot.

Now see here, I’m not in the business of writing restaurant reviews. My professional interests are in other areas. I am very enthusiastic about food, travel, and photography, however. So, let’s call this blog post a “restaurant experience” rather than a “restaurant review”.

I went to the restaurant. Someone opened the door for me. Woah, this place was classy. I had considered changing into t-shirt and shorts at the hotel. It’s a good thing I didn’t and was still wearing my nice shirt, jeans, and shoes that I wore to the office that day. Close call, that one.

I was offered a seat inside the dining room or on the fine patio. It was rather humid out, so I opted to stay indoors. I decided to order the Pan Seared Scallops & Fresh Bacon with sea scallops, slow smoked fresh bacon, English pea Carolina risotto, housemade pepper jelly. I also ordered my new official deep south cocktail: a mint julep (which I really hope isn’t considered a girl’s drink!).

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

After only a couple minutes, my waitress brought out some freshly baked biscuits with some whipped butter on the side. One of them was corn bread. Both were still warm. These were great. Fresh bread is one of my favourite foods. It’s so simple and so comforting.

Freshly Baked Biscuits

Freshly Baked Biscuits

My service was very prompt and the waitress was very friendly and checked on me often. Since I was taking so many pictures and eating by myself, I started feeling uneasy. Did they think I was writing a restaurant review? Oh well, I wasn’t about to stop taking pictures. I had just bought a new lens for my camera and was having fun playing with it.

After only about five more minutes, my main arrived. This dish looked great. The scallops were, indeed, nicely seared. I had expected, perhaps, the scallops to be wrapped in bacon. Instead, they were resting on a long piece of thick bacon. The bacon was grilled with the slightly-sweet red pepper jelly. All of the meat was served on a bed of fine risotto with sweet corn and topped with some fresh greens. I ate this part of my meal very slowly — carefully dissecting it and savouring each bite. I tried different bits in different combinations. Although each part was good on its own, it was fun to experiment trying two or more parts at the same time.

Pan Seared Scallops and Bacon

Pan Seared Scallops and Bacon

My waitress asked me if I’d like more bread. I declined since I wanted to save space for dessert. I had a hard time choosing between the pecan pie, the chocolate terrine and the cinnamon-raisin bread pudding. I had no idea which to choose. I needed to ask the waitress for a recommendation. When she back, right away she said that the pecan pie was a “must have”. I didn’t even have to ask. She was on the ball! The pecan pie was ordered.

I didn’t make a mistake. This pie was delicious. I’d have been nuts to order one of the other desserts. Topped with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream, this pie made me feel like I was in heaven.

The Signature Pecan Pie

The Signature Pecan Pie

A man came out to ask me how my meal was. I think he was the owner. Shortly later, wen the waitress brought me the bill, she politely asked me why I was taking pictures. I explained that I was enthusiastic about food and photography and I was traveling here and felt like I had to document meal. I further explained that I felt a bit self conscious. I thought that they thought I was a reporter or writer who was doing a review of the restaurant. She told me not to worry about it: lots of people came in there to take pictures of their food! Ha ha!


Rob Szumlakowski
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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