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Antebellum Restaurant Review: Nicholas St. Clair has cooked in numerous restaurants from California to Georgia, including the famed Los Olivos Café that had a role in the film "Sideways." At Antebellum, which he owns with his wife Alison, St. Clair sources raw materials produced close to the restaurant, which occupies a restored former residence. From the corn soup to the pickled shrimp, the chef explores classic Southern dishes with his own style. Fried green tomatoes come with a crimp-edged fried egg perched on top and a mimosa ice on the side. House-made pimento cheese anoints one of the best burgers in town. Ever have grilled okra? It may be the best way to cook this contentious vegetable, and the menu pairs it with seared scallops. Wild salmon, medium rare, is accompanied by a cheddar grits cake made from Logan Turnpike Farms grits, which also appear with the shrimp and grits. End the meal with house-made ice creams and sorbets. Ask about wine specials and check out the jazz schedule for Wednesday evenings. Service is professional and the noise level is moderate, a welcome feature.