My friend Ashlea and I were in Atlanta a while ago and stopped by Southern Art and Bourbon Bar. It is located inside the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead. I almost had a diabetic seizure as soon as I walked in from looking at all of the desserts on display. No fake.
The décor was one of the first things that caught my eye. The brightly colored artwork hanging from the ceiling to the wall, giant windows giving a peak of Peachtree Street, and the built-in bookcases that gave me this expensive “feel”.
The service was fantastic, our server answered every question accurately. He kept our glasses full, and didn’t try sell us on anything we didn’t want when it came to the food. All the glasses and silverware were spotless, the linens were clean, the floors looked brand new, and the bathrooms were cleaner than the White Houses’ and smelled like pine-sol. (I knew I saw Diane Amos from the commercial when I walked in the bathroom)
OK now to the best part, enough with the art show. The food was damn good. On point! Before you get your meal they give you these mini biscuits with a touch of honey butter that fill your mouth with country goodness, trust me your taste-buds will love you for this. Yeah that’s right, real southern hospitality at its finest. I could have eaten 20 of those biscuits. Maybe 35. They are also accompanied with pickled vegetables in these small jars, which is a nice touch.
I had the catfish BLT, and oh lord do I love me some catfish with mac & cheese (not enough cheese flavor) and fries. Ashlea had the buttermilk fried chicken with cream potatoes and cracked pepper gravy (she lived for that fried chicken). Now back to my favorite part, dessert. I wanted to order EVERYTHANG, but I settled for the Mockingbird Cake, which was a huge slice cake with lots of flavor. I never had it before, so I didn’t know what the ingredients were that made up this delicious cake . However, Ashlea had the 12 Layer Red Velvet Cake. The layers were thin, but she took most of it home. Southern Art and Bourbon Bar prides itself in their sweet cuisines. Such as their Bourbon Pecan Pie, Peanut Butter Pie, Banana Pudding Pie, Coconut Cake, Honey Orange Bundt Cake and the list goes on and on! Below is a picture of Ashlea’s 12 Layer Red Velvet Cake.
^^^ Buttermilk Fried Chicken over mashed potatoes – $22
This is defiantly the place to take someone if you want to impress them. First dates, business meetings or for whatever reason, everyone will have a great time.
All in all, when I go back to Atlanta I will revisit this good Southern spot and hopefully make it back to Chicago to try Chef Art Smiths, Table Fifty-Two.
Rating 7.5 out of 10.