I was cajoled by my sister to have a very late lunch here. It was 15 minutes til closing when we came in but we made sure (called ahead) and asked again upon arrival if it was still okay to come in. I’ll leave the pedigree details to all the other reviewers here, here, and here. Great pictures from Ironman Jimmy are here. Let me just tell you about the food.
We started with the Pork Rilette. It was creamy yet still had shreds of meat to render enough texture. It was topped with sweet wheatberries and cucumbers. It was so good I could have eaten it straight from the jar.
My sister’s Pan Roasted Carolina Trout was so fresh and clean tasting and the side of collard greens really rocked.
My Grilled Pork Chop was so fantastic I’m still dreaming of it up to now. It was succulent and so perfectly seasoned. It was topped with a small piece of cider-glazed apple to provide a slight sweetness but not too much to take away from the pure flavor of the pork. As a friend would say, “It’s crazy good.” The slightly stir-fried radishes in brown butter vinaigrette was an interesting concept on paper but was amazing in the mouth. Crisp, buttery, earthy. It works. The rice-a-roniesque rice (both in taste and texture) with field peas was the only thing that was weak.
My sister also had the chocolate pudding topped with Chantilly cream. She liked it.
Despite having arrived so late, we were never rushed. Lunch (and table service) is until 3PM, we left past 4. Service was so hospitable and the place was so cozy we wanted to stay and hang out the entire afternoon. Actually, they would have let us. Can’t wait to go back.
Empire State South
999 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309