Atlanta is well-known for Southern-style restaurants a-plenty. On many-a-restaurant menu you will find fried chicken, pimento cheese, grits, and deviled eggs in some form or fashion. Buckhead Atlanta’s latest eatery, The Southern Gentleman, is spicing up our typical Southern cuisine, and you haven’t tried these eats anywhere in town – we can promise you that!
Executive Chef Randy Lewis hails most recently from the New Orleans restaurant scene, and he infuses the typical Southern staples with a little creole kick. We couldn’t decide on the snacks (they all looked so delicious), so we let our waiter surprise us. He brought out the deviled eggs, pimento cheese gougeres, and hoppin’ john-boudin balls with warm pepper jelly – let’s just say we were off to a good start (and we hadn’t even finished our first cocktail yet!). The deviled eggs are a must-order because they are one of the most inventive deviled egg dishes I’ve ever seen – trust. I could have finished off the entire bowl of whipped pimento cheese with a spoon it was so light and fluffy. If you want a heartier app with some meat, the hoppin’ john balls are where it’s at – fried balls of smoky goodness.
After polishing off all of our “snacks”, we split a few more things, including the Sequatchie Cove Farm Cheese Bread with Southern Waldorf Salad, Chicken & Waffles with Chicken Liver Mousse, and the Daily Grind Burger with Riverview Farms Pork. Our waiter checked in with us about our affinity for blue cheese before he let us order the cheese bread, because it is definitely a strong flavor. Thankfully we will eat just about anything! I wanted to love the clever chicken liver mousse with the cute little waffle-ettes, but it just didn’t appeal to my taste buds. The presentation is spot-on though if you’re looking to impress your dinner date J I kind of loved that they didn’t have the typical beef burger that every other restaurant has on the menu – way to change it up! It was mouthwatering, and loved the touch of the bacon-mustard green-bourbon jam on top.
Are you salivating yet? Well, we mustn’t forget to tell you about the cocktails to whet your whistle! I started out with the sweet, but not TOO sweet Monk in a Cherry Tree and Meg tried the East of Hudson, made with a sweeter bourbon, which we actually both enjoyed. For round #2, we couldn’t not try the 110 proof Chartreuse green liqueur that they just happen to have on tap. They recommend you sip it with a Miller Highlight Pony (hello hangover!). With every sip, I felt like I was taking a shot, but thankfully I had my trusty Highlife to wash it down. And it sure does make for a nice picture, does it not?
Kudos to Bar Program Curator and General Manager Garron Gore for not skimping on the cocktail list. There is something for everyone and the glassware is enough to make you fall in love with heavy crystal, copper mugs, and even tea cups.
Don’t even get us started on the space! We lingered at the restaurant way after our plates were cleared, because we felt at home in the atmosphere. The white cloth wingback chairs and soft brown leather booths make you feel like you are dining in the comfort of a friend’s home. And they have seersucker window treatments, I mean….The tables aren’t too close together, so you aren’t intruding on your neighbor’s conversation, and the feel is rustic, yet sophisticated, overlooking the lights of the Shops of Buckhead Atlanta.
The next time you are looking to impress someone, whether it is a first date, an out-of-towner, a high-profile client or your hubs, grab a table at The Southern Gentleman, and sit back and relax, for you’re sure to feel right at home.