May’s Restaurant of The Month – SOUTHERN ART, Atlanta, GA | Burgers and Bourbon with BJ Coleman

May’s Restaurant of The Month – SOUTHERN ART, Atlanta, GA





Shrimp & Grits at Art Smith's SOUTHERN ART ...
Wild Caught Shrimp & Grits at Art Smith’s SOUTHERN ART …

Call it Southern food, call it Soul food, but no matter, how you chop it or dice it, ART SMITH is a maestro in the kitchen!  During my last stay in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of staying at the InterContinental Hotel.  Like Washington DC’s The Liaison, the hotel itself could do better a service, but thank God for Art Smith, whose restaurants are attached to the lobbies of each spot where comfort dishes with delicious and sweet southern flair that will keep me returning to both establishments regardless of the fact I’m none too pleased with the hotels themselves.

SOUTHERN ART is Art Smith’s soulful masterpiece located inside the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia at 3315 Peachtree Road NE.  Grand breakfasts, savory recipes, decadent flavors and those fluffy biscuits (only served at dinner), could please anyone looking for a good meal that will pop the jeans of their buttons and make them slumber like a baby immediately upon completion.

I dined there over 5 times during my last stay and even had a nice dinner with Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey!

Cynthia Bailey hand models the biscuits at Southern Art in Atlanta, GA
Cynthia Bailey hand models the biscuits at Southern Art in Atlanta, GA

The picturesque setting, the pop art on the walls and ceilings, and the outstanding service make Southern Art a first-rate restaurant where ease and comfort collide with sophistication and grace at the elegantly designed restaurant.

The biscuits are sensational!  Fluffly, rich, light, and buttery – the moist sqaured-shaped breads dissolve on your tongue and are served with a maple butter and pickled veggies

Art Smith's Deviled Eggs and Ham
Art Smith’s Deviled Eggs and Ham

When it comes to starters, Art Smith’s deviled eggs and ham are light but packed with flavor that will ready your tongue for anything to follow!

The fried green tomatoes were perfectly crisped, filled with goat cheese while topped on a bed of hot pepper jelly.  While the jelly gives the tomatoes a heck of a punch, the overwhelming sweetness almost takes away from the tomato itself, but the marriage of both is tolerable in a juicy way.

Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Tanglewood Farms Chicken lollipops
Tanglewood Farms Chicken lollipops

The Tanglewood Farm Chicken Lollipops are another appetizer at Southern Art worth sharing with friends!  Sweetly glazed tender chicken drums are easy to eat.  Again, the glaze here makes this dish almost too sweet, but it’s too decadent, too powerful and too enticing to ignore and not want to devour the entire cast iron skillet it is delivered in.

Art's Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Art’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Southern Art’s signature dish is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and it’s well worth the under $25 price tag!  Whipped potatoes, garlic green beans, and red pepper gravy accent the tender and beautifully presented well-flavored chicken.

The Flintstone-size Bourbon Glazed Pork Shank is an epic dish of strength and boldness. Flavorful tender meat over whipped potatoes and braised collard greens make this toothsome meal a hearty and impressive treat.

Bourbon Glazed Pork Shank
Bourbon Glazed Pork Shank

The Pecan Crusted Trout over butter beans and topped with a brown butter sauce is an overwhelming meal.  But once you get back the fish’s head on your plate and dig into the moist white fish, the beans and the sauce and the meal becomes an opus of culinary delight!  I tore that fish up!

Pecan Crusted Carolina Trout
Pecan Crusted Carolina Trout

The 12-layer Red Velvet Cake sounds intimidating, but it’s a realistic size portion that is meant to be shared.  Each thin layer of cake is topped with a thin layer of butter cream icing, and it’s heavenly sent!  Sweet, rich, moist and FAT, the cake is the ultimate dessert for birthday celebrations, or just because!  And while it wasn’t the BEST I’ve ever had, it was delicious nonetheless.

12-Layer Red Velvet Cake
12-Layer Red Velvet Cake

Southern Art is great!  The breakfast lacks the luxury and five-star appeal that flows at Art & Soul , but it’s still a delicious abode for southern cuisine that does not disappoint!  I really enjoyed the beautiful ambiance, the bar mingling, the superb service, and the distinct flavors of each dish and recipe!  A new Atlanta staple, Southern Art is a must for anyone looking for the authentic soul of the South during a visit or stay in Georgia!

BJC.

 

 

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