If I was to think of where a trendy, upscale diner would be my mind would probably gravitate more toward West Midtown or Virginia-Highlands rather than Sugar Hill (near Buford). What we did find was décor equally worthy of the tag “trendy” and friendliness that the South is known for.
We were greeted immediately and seated within 10 minutes (NOTE: we arrived on the tail end of the lunch rush for Sunday brunch. I expect longer waits normally). This brief moment of waiting gave us the opportunity to lust over the dessert display. We found out later that the cakes are made by the owners chef brother. BTW, They also own other area restaurants that we may have to check out as well.
Melanie and I were both famished by the time we arrived and both of us felt like having brunch. I wanted to try a little bit of everything (and did). I went with the Southwestern omelet with jalapenos and sausage, home fries, a “short stack” of two buttermilk pancakes and a side of grits. Melanie selected the veggie omelet.
My omelet was huge and quite delicious! I really liked having the FRESH jalapenos that gave a wonderful little kick to the meal. The pancakes were very good and the grits reminded me a lot of one of our favorite places, The Flying Biscuit Café. The biscuit however was hard as a rock (Melanie’s was more edible) but they really need to revisit doing these Southern-style so they come out light and flaky. The home fries were equally disappointing in that they are simply cut potato sections which end up forming a mush rather than diced or cubed portions that maintain their consistency. Melanie LOVED her omelet and felt it was one of the best she had ever had (which is quite a compliment from her). One thing we missed at the end of our meal was cappuccino which is not offered ;-(
I need to mention our server, Kennie. He took wonderful care of us throughout the meal and was ahead of the curve when it came to anticipating our every need. And, we also want to congratulate him on his pending graduation from Kennesaw State University at the end of this semester. It’s not easy working and going to school and we wish the best of luck to this hard-working young man in his future endeavors!
The Diner at Sugar Hill was a great meal and we are looking forward to checking out some of their other restaurants soon. On your list of Atlanta dining, you MUST make it out to Sugar Hill and see these folks! Guten appetit!
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