Sunday, October 18, 2009

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.


"Joker" said...

I only had the pleasure of a visit to the trendy Buckhead section once, but it was a good 10 years ago. I don't remember the little bistro we ate at, but I do remember is was fabulous. The area has a lot of character, and some very fine eating establishments. I'm into cooking second only to riding, so I can really appreciate this post. You may not think a Yankee like me would even consider the shrimp and grits, but I KNOW that's some good eating if it's made right. I hope to get down that way again in the next few years. Maybe I'll even get to eat at this place. It looks wonderful.

mq01 said...

i would do ANYTHING to get my fork into that chicken fried steak with biscuits and gravy...oh oh my... mmmmmmmmmmmm......

Unknown said...


We have very few diners like this. I don't even know where we would be able to find cooking of this style and I do travel extensively here in our area. It will be something to discover one day. Thank you for the pictures.
What could be better, riding and eating

bobskoot: wet coast scootin

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Allen:

There is nothing like the comfort of a good southern breakfast, with all of its cardio-stopping goodness. However, I recently sashayed into a joint -- Buckley's Tavern in Delaware -- where shrimp and grits were on the menu.

My experience was not quite the same as yours. Southern cooking is out of place above the Mason-Dixon line.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twiated Roads

irondad said...

Don't get me wrong. I love comfort food. I was just disappointed. I thought from the title of the post that we were going to be talking about my favorite whiskey!