Beside the Atlanta Food crew, I recently paid a visit to the Sandy Springs Gateway to mind the new kids on the block. The newcomers aren’t quite new because they’re established elsewhere, but recently opened their first Georgia locations in the Chastain Park area. The eateries have a few commonalities, location, Southern flagship, and traditional, local foods. Now, my thoughts were the outside footprint means little since in the Empire of the South, we know fresh and scratch-made when we taste it. We’ll be the judge of what’s Southern marked. These big and bold guys had some huge shoes to fill with claims of “the best” in town. According to my granny, those are fighting words, and I’d be a traitor to taste. Therefore, I visited to merely “inspect.” I wasn’t prepared for what my mouth experienced. Do the words, sweet, savory, goodness mean something to you?
Atlanta Food at Gateway
Tupelo Honey Cafe. Aesthetically pleasing Visible location Not too noisy Outdoor Patio I tasted the proclaimed “Best chicken in Atlanta”. I admit, it’s damn good, but the best? That’s debatable. It’s crunchy and tender but can use more seasoning. The gravy wasn’t a fantastic pair; it’s tasteless. Thankfully, my waitress placed the gravy on the side so I ate a small portion. Nonetheless, I devoured the chicken. By the way, I tasted the chicken breasts not the exclusive chicken served on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The small plates and sides were amazing! The tacos, fried green tomatoes, okra, corn souffle, and mac and cheese are one-of-kind. My final words are it should be treason to serve biscuits without butter. My table didn’t have a butter tray! It’s all good, I still enjoyed my meal.
Urban Cookhouse. I’m feeling the steelo of #eatlocalyall supporters. Urban Cookhouse sources food from local farms. The steak is marinated, 18 hours, then cooked on The Big Green Egg (by the way, this company too is local). Alongside is tender pork, shrimp, and turkey. I can taste the farm, fire, to table journey and it’s all worth the effort!
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Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. If the world could taste clouds, rainbows, and fairy dust, Buttermilk Sky Pies would considerably compare. The staff is in at dawn working magic. I adore these personal size pies, and my favorite is the buttermilk pie plus every cookie that’s offered.
Visit the recently developed ground and relish the homemade appetites. I’m truly a fan.
Disclosure: This experience was in conjunction with a press event but in no way impacts my opinion.
Special Thanks: Kristy, Kara, Bianca, & the location Managers at Tupelo, GM, Dwayne Sneed at Urban Cookhouse, and Ben & Kimmie at Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop!
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