South City Kitchen
Southern brunch in Vinings
Carley Edwards, DC Student
It’s not hard to find great Southern food inAtlantaand South City Kitchen (SCK) is no exception. With Southern staples like fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits, there’s no need to visit your local IHOP or Denny’s. SCK has two locations, one in Midtown the other in Smynings, as the locals call it. Since the Vinings location is in closer proximity to school, we chose to venture there.
My female companion is a chicken and waffles enthusiast. Since SCK is also notorious for their fried chicken, she had to indulge and was not disappointed. Our next excursion will be to Gladys Knight and Ron Winan’s Chicken and Waffles to discern who has the better blend of these two southern staples.
I was dying to try the fried green tomatoes with goat cheese, sweet pepper coulis and basil. I’m a pancake fan myself and had the buttermilk pancakes with whipped butter and sugar cane maple syrup. With a heavy dose of cornbread and biscuits prior to your meal, expect to take some home for later.
Some other interesting options to try are the Southern-style eggs Benedict (beef brisket, English muffin, pickled jalapenos with Creole mustard hollandaise) or the crab cakes Benedict.
SCK also has Southern dinner options like that famous buttermilk fried chicken with collard greens, or pan-roasted catfish withMississippicomeback sauce. Banana pudding and bread pudding are just some of the dessert options.
If you need an eye opener after a long Saturday night, try the Preach it!, a mix of 12-year-old Elijah Craig Bourbon, Sweetwater 420 and ginger ale, or sit back with a Low Country iced tea. Take yourself back to the 1920’sHavanabar scene with Ernest Hemingway’s favorite drink, the Papa Doble, a mixture of rum, Luxardo Maraschino, fresh grapefruit, simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Local, craft and standard beers are available with an extensive wine list. SCK is not just for knocking back mimosas before noon; it’s kid friendly, too. Kids are welcome for brunch with all menu items at $6.95 and kids eat free Sunday – Thursdays from 5 to 6pm at the Vinings location.
SCK Vinings is open for brunch, on Sundays only, from 10am to 3pm and closed for lunch. They open for dinner at 5pm every day. The Midtown location is open for lunch daily and brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 11 to 3:30pm with dinner starting at 5pm. Expect to spend about $20 per person for brunch, not including alcohol. To get to the Vinings location from school, take a right ontoCobb Parkway, then follow 75S to 285 W and take exit16 S Atlanta Road. Take a right off the exit ontoAtlanta Road, then a right ontoCumberland Parkway. SCK is on the left next to Muss and Turners Deli. Call ahead for to-go orders at 770-435-0700.