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24 August 2015

Don’t be fooled by A-Town’s more glamorous side. You’re still in the deep South, baby. That means that if you’re searching for down-home cooking, you don’t have to look far. Though it can be a tough order picking favorites in Atlanta, you really can’t go wrong when you order a Southern feast from these local five.

Craving some Southern sandwiches and salads with a lighter edge? Come lunchtime, Buttermilk Kitchen is a natural choice. Chef Suzanne Vizethann’s sunny North Buckhead lunch and brunch locale serves up wholesome, made-from-scratch fare that includes several gluten-free items (it’s also a 100-percent peanut-free kitchen). You can’t go wrong with the chicken salad, but you also may like the Brunswick stew, deviled eggs or pimento cheese snack.

Tip: Keep your eyes glued to the restaurant’s website and social media outlets and snag a seat at their next Fancy Fried Chicken Dinner (held once a month).

It’s not just the scenic riverside setting or outdoor concerts that keep us charmed by Canoe. The Vinings restaurant also serves swoon-worthy dishes that have solidified its place as a local go-to (and favored special occasion spot). The menu offers up contemporary Southern cuisine infused with loads of local ingredients (including several grown at the restaurant’s on-site garden). Favorite dishes include the roasted springer mountain chicken (with grilled corn risotto, okra and pepper jelly) and the trio of Southern family farms pork (tenderloin, sausage, braised belly and field peas).

Photo courtesy of Common Quarter

Photo courtesy of Common Quarter

Decatur’s Twisted Soul sits tucked away along East Howard Avenue (cattycorner to Kimball House) and serves up hearty Southern eats in a warm, rustic space. Entrees include the Southern marinated fried chicken, sweet tea ribs and Nola barbecued gulf shrimp, as well as a number of starters, salads and sandwiches.

Tip: Head over on Thursday night between 5 pm and 8 pm for Fried Chicken night.

Easy-going East Cobb resto, Common Quarter, brings together the culinary chops of Chris Talley, Chris Hall, Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner for some excellent, soulful Southern cuisine. Offering up a warm, group-friendly environment, the menu centers on a locally-driven menu with dishes like the sweet tea-brined Springer Mountain Chicken (with summer beans, charred Vidalia onions, cornbread and Alabama white barbecue), crispy okra and Low Country shrimp and grits with tomato, corn and pickled chiles.

Photo courtesy of Community Smith

Photo courtesy of Community Smith

Meat-minded Southern food lovers will find a welcome respite at Midtown’s Community Smith. Making its home within a sleek, open space on Peachtree, the restaurant serves as an accommodating neighborhood joint with a modern edge. Leave your diet at the door and indulge on decadent snacks, like the blue crab hushpuppies to start. Then dig into plates like the pork chop with seeded mustard glaze, miso peach butter, asparagus and fingerling potatoes. Not feeling like a full feast? Enjoy snacks, cocktails and a view at The Garden—the rooftop bar at Community Smith.

Tip: If you’re thirsty for something stronger than sweet tea, ask for the craft cocktail list at any of these restaurants and get ready for an exceptional sip.