Home grown

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Atlanta dining continues, and off to another brunch spot. Actually only open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, Home grown has quite a lot of popularity, so, I wanted to check out what all the buzz what about.

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The super quaint, and pretty unassuming restaurant is a lot more dynamic on the inside than it appears on the outside (see, kids? The age old “don’t judge a restaurant’s menu and interior by its outside”…I think that’s the quote?). Now, you’ll definitely have a bit of a wait for brunch, we were given 45 minutes, and that was accurate. But, once you’re in, you’re led past a little dinner-like counter with bar seating, to a spacious dining room, with walls full of different artist’s paintings, all for sale. There are two parts to the dining room, so, if you’re in the front room, where I was, you’re 100% going to want to at least take a walk to the back, where you’ll find a whole country-store vibe, full of shirts, art, and some other chachkies for sale. Along with the most glorious element ever, a small, elderly man playing the hell out of a keyboard and marimba. A marimba! Magical. Tip him.

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The menu is filled with lots of comfort food, and typical southern style dishes, made with local, fresh, seasonal ingredients, and all very affordably priced. I ordered the Lynne Stack (2 salmon patties, 2 fried green tomatoes, sautéed spinach, tomatoes, with melted pimento cheese). Alright. So, let’s get the awkwardness out of the way, the flood of pimento cheese. Like, I mean, when this was delivered to me, I thought, no…I don’t think this could be for me, I didn’t order the bucket of cheese sauce. But, alas, this was the dish, you know, 20 feet below cheese level. I will say, the flavor of the pimento cheese was awesome, it was super delicious, but, they might want to offer a free heart screening if people are actually eating all of that. A generous dollop, a-la hollandaise on an Eggs Benedict would completely have sufficed here. Let’s move on to the good stuff.

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Once you uncover the actual food, it’s amazing and delicious. The flavors are really great here, so, it’s almost a shame that there’s so much cheese covering it all. The salmon patties are soft, but have a slight crispness on the outside, and extremely savory and flavorful with lovely spices. The fried green tomatoes were pretty good, but the batter was a little thick for me, so I worked around some of the fried batter, taking a bit of the pimento cheese and mixing it with the tomato for a really nice combination. Interestingly enough, the sautéed spinach and tomatoes were kind of everything in this dish. Like, some of the most delicious spinach and tomatoes I’ve had. I wish there were more because they were perfection. 

The Shorts:
Name: Home grown
Location: 968 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, but possibly for a weekday breakfast or lunch, to avoid the wait. The art there was actually really fantastic too, so, even if you grab a quick bite, you can shop for a little collection.
Would I recommend it? Yes, but beware the pimento. I would definitely order this dish again, sans cheese. However, the rest of the menu sounded great, so I might mix it up on a future visit. 

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The Little Beet Table

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So, I eat plenty of “fun” food, aka, junk. And, that’s totally fine (according to me), because I balance it out with healthy foods. The Little Beet Table recently opened up in Flatiron, focusing on gluten free, wholesome cooking and healthy eating, so, I had to check it out.

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The wooden clad, minimal aesthetic is warm and sleek, and everything on the menu looked great. Nothing says kicking off a healthy meal like a cocktail, right? Whatever. I ordered the Campana (milagro tequila, jalapeño, sriacha, cointreau). I really liked this one, it starts off a little sweet, but you get the kick from the jalapeño right away. It has a great balance, not too sweet and not too spicy, but will warm you up for sure.

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Then, to start, I had the Vegetable Crudite (mint raita and roasted red pepper hummus). I shared this starter, but it’s not a bountiful dish, so, it could totally work as a solo appetizer too. However, it’s full of flavor, and the colorful veggies and delicious dips make it a really satisfying starter without ruining your appetite for the rest of the meal.  

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For my entree, I ordered the Slow Cooked Salmon (avocado caponata, pistachio and black olive oil). I loved this. The salmon was perfectly cooked, and the slow technique really keeps all of the juice in, leaving you with a very flavorful and tender piece of fish. The salmon sits atop the avocado caponata, with chopped eggplant and veggies, somewhat similar to a ratatouille. The flavors are savory, and the dish is light, but substantial at the same time. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Little Beat Table 
Location: 333 Park Avenue South, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. The cocktail was awesome, the food was delicious, and the service was great.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. In a city where you can get lost in a sea of “fun foods”, it’s nice to have somewhere to get a delicious, and healthy, meal.