Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Review-South City Kitchen (Atlanta, Georgia)

While I thought it might be overkill to pick another Southern cuisine restaurant for brunch on our final day in Atlanta, it wasn’t. Definitely not. Brunch at South City Kitchen, which is located in the city’s Midtown neighborhood, was perfect. And it was an easy conclusion to come to that when you don’t live in the American South, you can never have enough Southern food, even in the span of just one short weekend.


South City Kitchen is part of the same group (Fifth Group Restaurants) that owns one of the other establishments we ate at, Alma Cocina. That’s how I initially discovered it but after getting a recommendation for it from an Atlanta native on a travel board, the decision was easily made.

If you’re like us and are not staying in the Midtown neighborhood (although there sure was one swanky Four Seasons hotel that we passed by), the restaurant is about a 10 minute walk from the Arts Center MARTA station (both the red and gold lines stop there). I had made reservations in advance and while there seemed to be slew of spots available when booking online a few days prior, when we arrived the place was packed with people waiting. Judging from the diners there, it definitely seemed like a locals kind of place, so I reckoned that they must attract a lot of neighborhood foot traffic too.

The restaurant is located in what appeared to be a former house (lots of charm and character, both inside and out). We were seated on the second floor which had natural light streaming in from the many windows, which I like (it also is great when taking photographs). We were asked if we wanted to dine inside or on their open patio; being Atlanta (i.e. hot and muggy) we opted for the air-conditioned inside. We were seated right by a large group of about 10 people, all of whom were very loud and boisterous so this, paired with the restaurant’s already loud atmosphere, wasn’t the greatest thing but what are you going to do? Of course, the large group left only shortly before we did.


Only in the South-delectable corn bread muffins

Since I had already checked Fried Green Tomatoes off of my culinary bucket list two days before during our meal at Mary Mac’s Tearoom, I opted to skip them a second time and instead we split the Housemade Pecan Granola which came with seasonal fruit and granola ($5.95). The waitress must have noted we wanted to share it, so nicely, we each got our own individual bowl. This was seriously the perfect starter, just enough to whet our appetite.


For my entree, I went with the Smoke-Roasted Beef Benedict ($11) which was topped with Creole Mustard hollandaise, pickled jalapenos (I did not eat these), and Red Mule grits. They had a couple of different versions of eggs Benedict and while I was tempted by the Crab Cake Benedict, I still feel I made a good decision with the Smoke-Roasted Beef since I have never seen that on menus elsewhere (Crab Cake Benedict I have).


D selected a favorite of his, Chicken and Waffles ($18). I don’t think an explanation is needed for this except that with the Vermont Maple Syrup, it’s a perfect testament to why pairing sweet with savory works. He also ordered a side of the Applewood-Smoked Bacon ($4).


I would have loved to try dessert but I attempted to eat as much of my entree as I could (and even then I still failed) since I couldn’t take home any leftovers and was left feeling incredibly full. I blame this on the grits, definitely the grits. The Pineapple Upside-Down Cake ($8) sounded particularly amazing.

There were a ton of truly Southern things I could have ordered (fried okra, lady peas, pimento cheese), but I was perfectly content sticking with the more Southern nouveau selections.

South City Kitchen offered an amazing brunch and reinforces why I love this special meal so.

South City Kitchen

1144 Crescent Avenue Atlanta

More in this series!

Atlanta-a photo essay

Margaret Mitchell House

Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park

Mary Mac’s Tearoom (restaurant review)

SkyView Atlanta

Martin Luther King’s Atlanta

Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery

Atlanta’s Turner Field

Restaurant Review: Alma Cocina

World of Coca Cola

 Hotel Review: Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Downtown

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  • Reply
    Becca Niederkrom
    July 17, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I just discovered the beauty of chicken and waffles. But it looks like a southern restaurant in Atlanta that serves this dish would prob blow my mind.
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      July 19, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      They are a pretty remarkable pair! I agree though, Southern restaurants that serve this know how to do it “right” and then some 🙂

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    Kelly @ Tasting Page
    July 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I definitely should not have read this before breakfast. I want ALL of that. Love the play on the benedict and love that they even have an interesting granola on the menu as well as chicken and waffles. It’s something for everyone – except for those of us living across the country right now. On the list!
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      July 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      I’m the same way with reading food porn posts before I’ve eaten! The granola was such a nice touch since I didn’t feel full before my entree came. Atlanta really offered some terrific meals (and I was still only there for 3 nights!).

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    Jenn @ Two Weeks in Costa Rica
    July 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Love the southern flair on the eggs benedict. Sounds rich and delicious with the smoky beef and mustard hollandaise. You would have had to wheel me out of there with all that yummy southern food!

    • Reply
      July 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      I heart Southern food although maybe it’s good that I don’t live in the South since I’d want to have rich dishes like this all the time 🙂

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