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Food 101

4969 Roswell Rd. (Belle Isle Rd.) Send to Phone
404-497-9700 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Southern-influenced American fare is served in a comfortable, breezy atmosphere.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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Food 101, Atlanta, GA

Food 101 Restaurant Review

: Suggesting the aesthetics of a 1920s speakeasy, Food 101's décor relies on dark-stained wood flooring, a wood bar, brick wall tile and leaded glass. Native South Georgian Justin Keith set the tone for the modernized but classic Southern food that has been the restaurant’s hallmark since its opening. Currently in the hands of longtime Atlanta chef Ryan Smith, that goal is reinforced in capable hands. Smith likes pickling, and his skills show up in several ways, such as the house-made sour pickle and green tomato preserves that adorn the pimiento cheese appetizer. We suggest the grilled oysters, topped with cornbread crumbs and presented with a duo of gently charred lemon halves. South Georgia is all about fish and grits, and this version sets crispy North Carolina farm-raised catfish on Gayla’s Grits. Their stone-ground texture and deep corn flavor are a perfect pairing, along with braised escarole (a successful swap-out for typical collard greens) and a light-bodied sweet pepper broth. Atop all this lies the Smith touch: a green tomato chutney. Other dishes include the ever-popular meatloaf and fried chicken using Springer Mountain chicken. Target the bourbon pecan pie or any of the fruit-based treats for dessert. Wine drinkers will find numerous good selections by the glass, and bottle prices offering very fair values, although we lament the loss of the Wolf Mountain wines on the list. The bar has its own tapas-style menu.

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