REVIEW: South Kitchen + Bar, Athens
It was a rainy miserable night but, we decided headed to Athens to meet some friends and visit one of the restaurants on our list of 20 Best Atlanta Restaurants to Visit in 2016. We’d made the reservations days in advance because last time we tried to visit South Kitchen + Bar, we couldn’t get in. We were anticipating this visit and that excitement was shared by our guests.
Once we got in, I started taking picture of the interior and I asked one of the staff about the history of the building. It turns out that this was once a hotel and as I checked out the back of the restaurant, I could easily envision what this hotel must have been like back in its glory days. The stained glass in the front dining room and the ornate trim work at the top of the ceiling is gorgeous and these elements combine to make a wonderful dining experience.
Our server was exceptional throughout the meal and made our time there very enjoyable. Once we got our refreshments, we ordered the Deviled Eggs for an appetizer. We’ve ordered this dish at many other restaurants before, but this is the only one that I recall where each egg had its own distinct flavor. It was a fantastic beginning to the meal!
Melanie ordered the Bourbon Salmon, but chose to abstain from the sugary glaze and enjoy it in its pan-seared goodness. I chose the Red Snapper, which is normally served fried, and requested that it be pan-seared also. Kudos to the kitchen for accommodating our requests! It’s much appreciated!
Our fish were prepared nicely, cooked to perfection and seasoned properly. The same goes for the grilled asparagus and brussel sprouts we ordered. One thing we both really liked about the brussel sprouts were they were sliced. We love eating brussel sprouts at home and decided we’re going to have to try that when cooking at home.
The food at South Kitchen + Bar was fabulous and the setting was warm and comfortable. We had a wonderful dinner with our friends lasting over two hours and we never felt rushed. The service was fantastic and we just had a marvelous time. In Athens, South Kitchen + Bar is a MUST VISIT in our book – we’ll be back often! LOVE IT! Guten appetit!