Since opening in 1993, South City Kitchen Midtown has established itself as one of Atlanta's favorite restaurants. Combining the energy of Atlanta with the warmth of a Southern home, it's nestled in an updated, historic bungalow on the city's famous Crescent Avenue.
Executive Chef Chip Ulbrich's training began in a comprehensive, European-style culinary apprenticeship program run by the Rock Resorts Company and accredited by The American Culinary Federation Education Institute. In.. 2001, The James Beard Foundation recognized Chef Chip achievements.
Dine on local specialties such as shrimp and grits, buttermilk fried chicken, she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes and banana pudding while viewing their exhibition kitchen or the Atlanta skyline on one of the best patios in the city. Eat the way the new South intended at South City Kitchen in Midtown.
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This is dressed up Southern cuisine at its finest. We took Drew's parents here for brunch; we had never been before. Even without reservations on a Sunday morning, we only waited about 20 minutes. I would go back and wait an hour for their food. While I was slightly underwhelmed by the fried green tomatoes (somewhat boring sauce & stiff breading), everything else was phenomenal. Drew was blown away by the Crab Hash with its robust breakfast flavors and heaping helping of lump crab complimented by perfectly poached eggs & hollandaise. His Dad ordered the fried chicken with collards and potatoes, which was just out of this world. We're talking about real greens here, no playing around. Drew's Mom ordered the shrimp and grits, which was just overflowing with flavor and attitude. I went sort of off script and got the SCK Pimiento Cheeseburger and fries & I would literally stand in line for that burger. So juicy & mouth-watering! The cheese was perfect, the BBQ mayonnaise sauce was perfection, and even the fries were just awesome. If you're looking for some old Southern classics done right & kicked up a little, this has got to be your go-to place. South City far exceeded our expectations & we will definitely return to give our bellies another heaping helping of that unforgettable Southern hospitality.
Posted: 6/16/2011 • Last edited: 7/02/2011 • Link to this review
We wanted to try something new for my birthday this year, but ended up kinda wishing we had gone back to one of our time tested favorites. My dinner was a special for the evening and it was a delicious buttermilk brined pork served over a parsnip puree. We got fried green tomatoes for an appetizer and were let down that they weren't better given that this restaurant boasts a southern inspired menu. They gave us a delicious chocolate cake dessert in honor of my birthday. Maybe southern food simply doesn't inspire me?
Posted: 10/31/2010 • Link to this review
Took my dad and his friend R to South City Kitchen for dinner. Had no trouble getting a table at 7:30 on a Friday with no reservation. Food was EXCELLENT: fried green tomatoes were enjoyed by all. My pork tenderloin with grits and corn was superb. Dad had the Shrimp Purloo and cleaned his plate. R had the fried catfish and loved it; enough left over to take home. A terrific meal and I would definitely go there again just for the pork. Caveat: the restrooms are located upstairs. I realize many people won't have any problem with this, but R, who has back pain, was not able to go upstairs; she walked next door to use the restroom. The waiter apologized and even gave us some free cookies for the trouble. Nice gesture. So... fantastic food, but be aware the bathroom is upstairs just in case you or your guest might have trouble with stairs.
Posted: 9/06/2009 • Last edited: 9/07/2009 • Link to this review
Reservations made a week in advance got us a table shoe-horned into a bay window and right next to the only access to the porch dining area. We had wait staff and customers opening the pneumonia hole to let in an arctic blast all during our meal. At one point a waitress actually attempted to prop the door open for the convenience of the staff. When I informed her that was not acceptable she closed it . . .WITH attitude! The din of the place rivaled any aircraft carrier deck during flight operations. A jilted girlfriend directly behind us continuously downed shots and dropped the "F" bomb on her former beau. How chic. Our server was pleasant and attentive but could not make up for the fact he was serving ordinary fried chicken at haute cuisine prices in a factory like atmosphere. Nearby parking was $15 and we had to negotiate a gauntlet of obnoxious drunks and panhandlers just to get to the door. First impressions last forever and this one will have me steer clear of South City Kitchen, midtown Atlanta, and perhaps anything inside the perimeter! If you're going to serve regular ol' fried chicken and mashed 'taters in a seedy part of town price your menu accordingly. (see Church's Chicken for ideas!) Chef Gordon Ramsey would rip this place a new one!
Posted: 2/22/2009 • Last edited: 9/07/2009 • Link to this review
The food had good flavor and the service was good. I was extremely disappointed in the dishes we ordered and I feel that the prices didn't correctly reflect the product that was served. The Crab Hash should be called Potato Hash since that's all there was, if there was any crab on the plate it was hiding under a potato, $17.25 for potatoes and eggs is a little much even for casual dining. The Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops had more grits than seafood, the three small shrimp and three marble sized scallops were hard to find in the plate full of grits. The grits were good but not $18.50 good.
Posted: 11/14/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
Great restaurant in the heart of Midtown. A twist on traditional Southern comfort foods - all the flavor with less of our infamous artery-clogging fats.
Posted: 10/17/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
Besides their diverse menu, their wonderful "She-Crab" soup is one of the best in the country. Service and the atmosphere are wonderful. The cuisine is excellent !
Posted: 8/20/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
South City Kitchen is great for everything from business lunches to entertaining parents on the weekends to first dates. The food is AMAZING and the atmosphere is quaint.
Posted: 8/20/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
Very good food, but avoid the upstairs area is there is a large party seated there which leads to slow service and a very LOUD experience. Check your bill since we were charged for two itmes we did not receive and then my credit card charge was $10 more than my receipt. After three phone calls, I was able to resolve the problem. Parking is a major concern also.
Posted: 8/13/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
The food was very great, good selection. Southern food served upscale. Service was fine and we were well taken care of. I would go back again without a doubt. The prices were good.
Posted: 6/23/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review