Southern Comfort

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The term "comfort food" has been thrown around until it almost has lost meaning. But in the South, it has a more specific flavor. The term conjures up thoughts of biscuits and gravy, grits, fried chicken, sweet tea, and maybe even mint juleps and mimosas.

The Buckhead Diner in Atlanta's Buckhead area caters to that thought. We dropped in Sunday for their Sunday brunch. I sampled their Sweet Tea and instantly knew they had a firm understanding of Sweet Tea (as opposed to the swill the fast food places try to pass off as Sweet Tea). My wife ordered a Mimosa and was given the choice of it being made from orange juice or grapefruit juice. She ordered orange juice and was delighted with the mixture that was served to her.

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I could not resist the shrimp and grits. A true Southern delicacy but not easily made to perfection. TO my delight, it was a well balanced flavor of grilled peppers, sausage, shrimp, and grits. The grits were ground to the consistency of mashed potatoes which made them even more enjoyable. The Buckhead Diner has this entrée' down pat.

My wife had pan fried chicken, sausage gravy, and biscuits. She reported the flavor was spot on and the biscuits were light and delicious.

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Service was impeccable as well. The staff was engaging and enjoyable. Despite it being a bit of a drive for us, we will definitely be visiting the Buckhead Diner again in the not too distant future.

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